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Are In App Purchases Worth It?

06-29-2009, 02:34 PM
#1
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Are In App Purchases Worth It?

Do having multiple price tiers in games make htem more interesting or fun or are they just unfair and a waste of time?

What types of things are expected within them? Are you more inclined to purchase somethin because of the in-game reward it gives you?
06-29-2009, 02:42 PM
#2
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Originally Posted by joeheitz22 View Post
Do having multiple price tiers in games make htem more interesting or fun or are they just unfair and a waste of time?

What types of things are expected within them? Are you more inclined to purchase somethin because of the in-game reward it gives you?
It really depends on the game and how much the additional content interests you. All this feature really is supposed to do is add additional gameplay at a price for fans of the game who just can't get enough.

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06-29-2009, 02:45 PM
#3
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What games have in app purchases already? I do know that Flick Fishing has one.
06-29-2009, 03:40 PM
#4
I dislike in-app purchases, unless they really add something worth it. I feel most in-app purchases add things that would be free in an update if there was no in-app purchases. Also, the Flick Fishing in-app purchases adds ONE fishing spot for 99 cents. The game only cost 99 cents and came with way more.

I feel in-app purchases are good for apps such as collections of games. If there was a Papi app that contained all the free Papi games for 99 cents, and then allowed you to purchase the paid games in the app to save an icon, that would be worth it. I also like the idea of magazine subscriptions and book stores.

In app purchase needs to add something really cool, like a level editor, to be worth it.

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06-29-2009, 03:44 PM
#5
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Originally Posted by spyker3292 View Post
What games have in app purchases already? I do know that Flick Fishing has one.
Enigmo
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Archmage Defense
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06-29-2009, 03:46 PM
#6
Joined: Feb 2009
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Originally Posted by Rockey04 View Post
I dislike in-app purchases, unless they really add something worth it. I feel most in-app purchases add things that would be free in an update if there was no in-app purchases. Also, the Flick Fishing in-app purchases adds ONE fishing spot for 99 cents. The game only cost 99 cents and came with way more.

I feel in-app purchases are good for apps such as collections of games. If there was a Papi app that contained all the free Papi games for 99 cents, and then allowed you to purchase the paid games in the app to save an icon, that would be worth it. I also like the idea of magazine subscriptions and book stores.

In app purchase needs to add something really cool, like a level editor, to be worth it.
I like the concept of the desktop space savings alone! It may make it so a company can sort of bind all of their games into one app from which you can buy or pass on their other apps.

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06-29-2009, 03:54 PM
#7
Joined: Jun 2009
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Yeah. I have split feelings about in-app purchases. I'll focus primarily on games: If you look at DLC on gaming consoles, you usually see 3 kinds of DLC.

1. Great new content that adds a lot to the game (Oblivion, Fallout 3, Halo 3, Burnout Paradise (island))
2. Bullsh!t that should have been in the game from the start (RE 5)
3. Content that adds little to the actual game, but is appealing to die hard fans (Castle Crashers, Burnout Paradise (cars)).

So it all depends on how developers use DLC. For instance, we get a bunch of free levels for Rolando, Flight Control, Pocket God, etc. How many of us would have paid for this stuff if we only paid $.99 for the game to begin with? Who knows.

The one thing that has great potential for DLC is that we will see the life and quality of games increase. Developers can focus on refining their current games and still make money off of them, even from the people who already made the initial purchase. Hopefully this leads to better polished games and great new content. But as we see in gaming consoles, the DLC isn't always worth the price. Also, don't be surprised when someone intentionally holds out on a feature just so they can charge extra for it later.

Last edited by iTodd; 06-29-2009 at 04:02 PM.
06-29-2009, 03:54 PM
#8
Joined: Apr 2009
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Originally Posted by Rockey04 View Post
I dislike in-app purchases, unless they really add something worth it. I feel most in-app purchases add things that would be free in an update if there was no in-app purchases. Also, the Flick Fishing in-app purchases adds ONE fishing spot for 99 cents. The game only cost 99 cents and came with way more.

I feel in-app purchases are good for apps such as collections of games. If there was a Papi app that contained all the free Papi games for 99 cents, and then allowed you to purchase the paid games in the app to save an icon, that would be worth it. I also like the idea of magazine subscriptions and book stores.

In app purchase needs to add something really cool, like a level editor, to be worth it.
I agree with you Rockey, I dislike inapp purchases. There is no need to pay for an update. They are just a gimmick to make you spend even more, even if they are just a dollar.
06-29-2009, 03:56 PM
#9
Joined: Apr 2009
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Also, the Flick Fishing in-app purchases adds ONE fishing spot for 99 cents. The game only cost 99 cents and came with way more.
True... plus it adds a multiplayer game.

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06-29-2009, 03:56 PM
#10
Can a developer have a sale on an in-app purchase or do they always have to keep the same price?

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