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Fire Ball's refunding day!

08-25-2011, 02:12 AM
#1
Joined: Jul 2011
Posts: 71
Fire Ball's refunding day!

Hey guys,

Fire Ball's paid version comes out, but you can get refund by following steps below:
1. Download the game, give honest reviews
2. Send to oyefaction@yahoo.com immediately
---A. Your review ID
---B. Which country or region your review ID belongs to
---C. Your review content
---D. Your paypal account

Thanks for participating in this activity! (2011.08.25--2011.08.31)

We will check your review ID and content once it shows in itunes and after we check all, we will refund $0.99 to you by paypal! Cheers!



Last edited by Oye Faction; 08-26-2011 at 03:34 AM.
08-25-2011, 03:31 AM
#2
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: Isle of Wight, UK
Posts: 1,509

08-25-2011, 03:40 AM
#3
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 230
Yeah this smart plan may lead to getting banned from app store, though the refunding sounds appealing.
08-25-2011, 03:53 AM
#4
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Posts: 2,564
Developers should preferably be discouraged or prevented from posting contests or competitions that require posting (fake) positive reviews or five-star ratings in order to get a reward.
08-25-2011, 03:59 AM
#5
As a consumer i.e. someone who benefits from iTunes reviews being as objective and trustworthy as possible I hope Apple pulls the dev from the App Store entirely.
08-25-2011, 04:02 AM
#6
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: Isle of Wight, UK
Posts: 1,509
I actually agree with that tbh, but didn't want to seem churlish given that I'm also a developer (as well as a consumer).

We try to get our players to give us five star reviews by putting lots of time and effort into making a good game. That's how it's meant to work.
08-25-2011, 04:10 AM
#7
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 230
Also as a consumer, if this is available, app store will be in a mess, lol
08-25-2011, 04:37 AM
#8
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: City
Posts: 155
Seems like alot of work for a measly 99c refund ! And it doesn't even get refunded to your iTunes credit, wtf are we going to do with 99c on paypal? It costs like $1 to transfer paypal funds to your bank account, and whod bother transferring 99c anyway, this whole setup is weeeeiird, and if you leave it in there what are you going to buy? A fake mustache? Or a mustache comb? ( in which you'll have to pay extra for postage)
08-25-2011, 04:40 AM
#9
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Posts: 2,564
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
I actually agree with that tbh, but didn't want to seem churlish given that I'm also a developer (as well as a consumer).

We try to get our players to give us five star reviews by putting lots of time and effort into making a good game. That's how it's meant to work.
Mm-hmm, there's a pretty big difference between asking people to give your app five stars if they think the game deserves it, and asking people to give your app five stars in exchange for free stuff, promo codes or money back.

A while back, the developers of Push-Cars ran a promotion that rewarded people who gave honest reviews, even if those reviews were negative, and that's fine. On the other end of the scale, we had the sleazy Slimline Games, who spammed the Promo Codes forum with their derivative apps, offering a chance at rewards only to people who gave them 4 or 5 star reviews. That's the kind of thing that needs to be nipped in the bud.
08-25-2011, 04:52 AM
#10
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: Isle of Wight, UK
Posts: 1,509
I'm not against developers nudging their players to drop a review - our game begs for one once and I know a lot of other games also do that.

The crucial difference though, as you point out, is that the reviewer is free to write what he likes and it's that that maintains integrity in the reviews. Buying fake ones does nobody any good at the end of the day.