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Can we have a rule for dev's promo code giveaways

07-07-2009, 03:25 PM
#1
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 543
Can we have a rule for dev's promo code giveaways

I don't mean contests like what some devs do, but with threads where a dev posts
"new game here with promo codes! " and a list of 5-20 promo codes

I don't think devs should do that, instead they should do a email me or PM me system, to be more fair.

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07-07-2009, 03:37 PM
#2
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Location: Barcelona
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This has been discussed multiple times here. At the end of the day, the promo codes belong to the developers and they can distribute them however they want to.

07-07-2009, 06:38 PM
#3
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 686
Quote:
Originally Posted by wonderva View Post
I don't think devs should do that, instead they should do a email me or PM me system, to be more fair.
To be more fair those threads should be tucked away in another forum.
Non-US visitors here can't use them and trying to find any sort of review in those threads is just about impossible.

They are so bad now that I won't read the thread because of the "I WANT ONE TOO" or "OMG the lurkers got them" followed by the inevitable frenzy of "Bestest game ever!!!!". Trawling pages of that just to find what the game is (1) about and (2) what it's like is a non-starter. I can't be the only one who would love to not see those threads.

Devs get noise from those, they get a prominent position on the site pages. But they don't seem to get many reviews despite the promises and if there is something good buried in several pages of 10 word posts then it stays buried.

A Promo/Competition forum would at least mean the Game Releases forum could concentrate on game releases.
07-09-2009, 11:25 AM
#4
I understand that its up to the developers to do what they want with their promo codes, but i think if they just list like 10 and give them out to whoever is a waste. They are literally gone in seconds and those people might not even like the game. They should do something like bitten devs did... Make you try the lite version and if you like it they will personally send you your own promo code.
07-09-2009, 11:37 AM
#5
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 170
Some other forums have a hidden text setting that won't display unless you post in the thread.

That might be an option for these giveaways to cut down on people who don't post when taking a code.
07-09-2009, 12:18 PM
#6
Quote:
Originally Posted by wonderva View Post
I don't mean contests like what some devs do, but with threads where a dev posts
"new game here with promo codes! " and a list of 5-20 promo codes

I don't think devs should do that, instead they should do a email me or PM me system, to be more fair.
What is unfair? I don't think if you will suffer any losses from it right?

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07-09-2009, 12:41 PM
#7
Joined: Sep 2008
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sportsfan791 View Post
I understand that its up to the developers to do what they want with their promo codes, but i think if they just list like 10 and give them out to whoever is a waste. They are literally gone in seconds and those people might not even like the game. They should do something like bitten devs did... Make you try the lite version and if you like it they will personally send you your own promo code.
It's up to the devs to "waste" or give away THEIR codes as they wish.

People complaining are really only complaining because they didn't get a promo code. Honestly, if you want the game that badly, go buy it.
07-09-2009, 12:56 PM
#8
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Originally Posted by Mr. Charley View Post
People complaining are really only complaining because they didn't get a promo code. Honestly, if you want the game that badly, go buy it.
This is pretty much all it comes down to it. People in these threads are always like "Argh darn lurkers always stealing codes without even writing iTunes reviews "

Developers are giving out promo codes to seed community interest, get people to look at their game, and more importantly, just get some people playing it. I think very few developers who post here are looking for shill reviews in exchange for promo codes.

If you want to help out a developer, buying their game is the best way to do it.
07-13-2009, 03:08 AM
#9
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,467
Why do people continue to whine and moan about promo codes?
They complain about "lurkers."
They cry if the codes are all gone.
They whine if someone took a code and didn't say they did.
They want to email the dev and then get the code.
They want a contest for the code.
They want people to try the lite version first before getting a code.
And on and on and on....

It's just plain silly.
It's a code, people, for a game that only costs a few bucks anyway! Developers can dispense them however, whenever, and to whomever they wish. Imposing "rules" is offering a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. End of story.
I'm sure that developers who read all these complaints about how "unfair" it is think that there is a certain faction of TouchArcade posters who are a bunch of whiny crybabies. I know I do!
07-14-2009, 11:14 PM
#10
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 27
im new to touch arcade.

what does PM mean?