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Should TA stop covering any and all freemium games?

12-27-2013, 06:39 PM
#1
Joined: Oct 2009
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Should TA stop covering any and all freemium games?

Didn't see a thread on this so feel free to point me in the right direction if one already exists.

So I got to thinking, what if TA spearheaded a drive to rid the gaming world of freemium money suckers? Simply put, if it has timers, paywalls and/or dual currency consumables it would never get coverage at TA. IAP's such as additional content (ie. Lego Star Wars) are fine, I'm just thinking of anything that might encourage whale like behaviour be shunned forever.

Or am I putting too much stock in how much influence TA has in iOS gaming, and this would have to be a concerted effort from all iOS entertainment sites? Or does anyone even really care, and freemium will eventually (hopefully) fizzle out on its own.
12-27-2013, 06:47 PM
#2
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 335
Shun the freemium apps and the indie devs that rely on sites like TA will be forced to switch to premium, a design choice they initially avoided in order to keep afloat in the mainstream market. Meanwhile, freemium apps that manage to become mainstream do so without TA; they go "viral" essentially, and will continue to do so as that is what appeals to the average ios consumer nowadays. In other words, a move like that would only hurt the small studios that made the switch out of neccesity to survive

12-27-2013, 06:56 PM
#3
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I think Touch Arcade should just continue to focus on fun games. I'm not a fan of the freemium model, but there are some real freemium gems that are reasonably implemented.
12-27-2013, 09:07 PM
#4
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TA shouldnt stop covering freemium games. As UC mentioned, there are freemium games that deserve attention.

TA covers ALL iOS GAMES. Not just paid games.

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12-28-2013, 12:20 AM
#5
Joined: May 2010
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I think they should cover freemium games. I mean people are going to buy them anyway with the 'free' tag why not have TA there to tell us how good to he game is and/or how to make it in the game without any IAP.

What I THINK they should do is have a separate rating system. Not for freemium games, but for IAP.; and how reasonable the IAP is in relation to the game and how to game is altered to include IAP. So the most reasonable IAP games get the higher stars and the ridiculous blatant money grabbing games get 1 star.

I'm a person that reads through all of the review they post on the TA website and I've noticed the talk of IAP comes towards the middle (depending on how good or bad they are) and not many people usually read everything on the page, sometimes they skim it and sometimes They look at the star rating to show if a game is a good or bad, and as a result they don't get an accurate grasp of how good/bad an IAP system is from the star rating - as the rating sums up all aspects of the game ( so a perfect game might be 4 stars for very bad IAP - but all the star rating give is 4/5. No further depth)

I think having another darker set of stars underneath for IAP reasonability or 'IAP value' would give people a better understanding of the game and the IAP hoops you have to climb to have fun with it. Plus it will give something back to he consumers who don't have games with bad IAP.

My two cents anyway

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12-28-2013, 12:31 AM
#6
Freemium doesn't mean bad or not worthy of being played or of attention. There are free games with IAP that are also fun quality experiences.
12-28-2013, 12:57 AM
#7
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Should a website based on covering iOS games exclude the most popular, highest grossing games that attract the most attention... ... ... ? Really? Maybe they could just shut the site down entirely.
I'm not defending free games, just attempting to point out how silly a question it is. All that would do is lessen their web traffic and make them less money. Take the spotlight off indie games they support. I see no good in doing it.
12-28-2013, 01:00 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nobunaga View Post
Should a website based on covering iOS games exclude the most popular, highest grossing games that attract the most attention... ... ... ? Really? Maybe they could just shut the site down entirely.
I'm not defending free games, just attempting to point out how silly a question it is. All that would do is lessen their web traffic and make them less money. Take the spotlight off indie games they support. I see no good in doing it.
All o' dis.
12-28-2013, 02:01 AM
#9
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There are many fair implementations of freemium just as there are many really bad implementations of freemium. Personally, I like when reviews point out the quality and fun of the game, but also the way IAPs are implented because in today's market it is critical that buyers know what they're getting into.

Of course, I like many others here prefer premium, but it's just not going to happen with every game.

As for a TA, and I'm not trying to stir up anything but it seems like there are reviews that do fairly account for IAPs and others that don't really mention much about them at all. So I would like to see TA take it up a notch in trying to explain IAPs. It really helps a lot and it does a great sevice to readers.

There are a lot of great freemium games, but they're are probably far more games that abuse the system and are pure money grabs (many that are trash and wouldn't even be considered for review). So, yes, TA and any other mobile gaming site should review all games whether premium or freemium so we can navigate the minefield.
12-28-2013, 05:57 AM
#10
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Originally Posted by Bronxsta View Post
Freemium doesn't mean bad or not worthy of being played or of attention. There are free games with IAP that are also fun quality experiences.
I agree.. Outwitters, subway surfers, Jetpack joyride, asphalt 8, 8 ball pool and many more fall into "good guy freemium." I normally prefer paid games, but it's stupid to bury one's head in the sand and pretend that all freemium is evil

Last edited by bacon-N-eggs; 12-28-2013 at 06:02 AM.