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Why "Successful" Games Not Popular Here?

11-23-2015, 01:25 AM
#1
Joined: Oct 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 32
Why "Successful" Games Not Popular Here?

I am new to TA forum. And I found that TouchArcade forums and the players here have a more unique favour of mobile games.

Because for the games that are so popular in all kinds of leaderboards (from Supercell and King), they are not popular here and not so discussed here in "iPhone Games" section. Why is it so?

Hyman Ho
Email: hymanhang@gmail.com
11-23-2015, 02:36 AM
#2
Joined: Feb 2014
Posts: 181
I don't find the Supercell and King games as egregious as some people but I believe most people who at least post on the forums generally come from the pay once and play generation. There are probably tons of lurkers on these forums that enjoy both types of games and I wouldn't be surprised if many preferred F2P over Premium.

It could be that some lurkers who enjoy F2P don't want their opinion torn to shreds or feel like there is a strong possibility of negative backlash if they post something in favor of those games, I don't know for sure. Lurkers who have been around awhile may have good reason to believe that since pro F2P articles posted by Eli Hodapp on the TouchArcade main page seem to be met with highly entertaining hostility.

Despite the pro F2P articles TouchArcade is still generally more of a Premium friendly place as far as game coverage but without the all F2P must die attitude of other well known mobile gaming websites.

Or it could be that forum posters feel that those games have been discussed at length. Lesser known F2P games such as Terra Battle, Pocket Mine 2, and the new Mabinogi Deul get high praise in their respective topics.

My belief is it may be a little bit of both.

Last edited by JasonLL; 11-23-2015 at 07:37 PM.

11-23-2015, 01:33 PM
#3
Joined: Mar 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 983
We play plenty of freemium games, they just are not new and the newest games dominate the early pages. Games like CoC and candy crush have their own official forums, no need to dwell on them here.
11-23-2015, 01:49 PM
#4
Joined: Aug 2012
Posts: 452
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hyman_1990 View Post
I am new to TA forum. And I found that TouchArcade forums and the players here have a more unique favour of mobile games.

Because for the games that are so popular in all kinds of leaderboards (from Supercell and King), they are not popular here and not so discussed here in "iPhone Games" section. Why is it so?
Because TA is harccore gamer's domain, and games from appstore tops ( like Candy Crush and CoC) are boring, primitive due they are made for mass audience.
11-23-2015, 07:30 PM
#5
See, TA deals with games that are amazing but not shown in the AppStore that way.
11-23-2015, 09:02 PM
#6
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Under your bed
Posts: 1,524
At least in my experience, those games are very stripped down experiences designed to serve as mildly entertaining time (and money) sinks. At TA we typically look for more than that from our mobile games. Also, the genres they take place in are typically not new and exciting (match 3s like candy crush have been around since games you could play on an ipod with a click wheel).
11-25-2015, 04:28 AM
#7
Joined: Oct 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by JasonLL View Post
I don't find the Supercell and King games as egregious as some people but I believe most people who at least post on the forums generally come from the pay once and play generation. There are probably tons of lurkers on these forums that enjoy both types of games and I wouldn't be surprised if many preferred F2P over Premium.

It could be that some lurkers who enjoy F2P don't want their opinion torn to shreds or feel like there is a strong possibility of negative backlash if they post something in favor of those games, I don't know for sure. Lurkers who have been around awhile may have good reason to believe that since pro F2P articles posted by Eli Hodapp on the TouchArcade main page seem to be met with highly entertaining hostility.

Despite the pro F2P articles TouchArcade is still generally more of a Premium friendly place as far as game coverage but without the all F2P must die attitude of other well known mobile gaming websites.

Or it could be that forum posters feel that those games have been discussed at length. Lesser known F2P games such as Terra Battle, Pocket Mine 2, and the new Mabinogi Deul get high praise in their respective topics.

My belief is it may be a little bit of both.
I agree with you. For every community, there must be something that makes them unique. The initial players and reviewers in TouchArcade have shape this community in this way and attracted the people with the same values.

Hyman Ho
Email: hymanhang@gmail.com
11-25-2015, 04:35 AM
#8
Joined: Oct 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Montanx View Post
We play plenty of freemium games, they just are not new and the newest games dominate the early pages. Games like CoC and candy crush have their own official forums, no need to dwell on them here.
King and Supercell having a forum may contribute to this, but I think it's more about the taste of this forum?

Hyman Ho
Email: hymanhang@gmail.com
11-25-2015, 04:42 AM
#9
Joined: Oct 2015
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 32
So do you guys think that still a large amount of players in this forum also enjoy Supercell/King's game, while at the same time enjoying the game of TA's taste?

Hyman Ho
Email: hymanhang@gmail.com
11-25-2015, 05:28 AM
#10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hyman_1990 View Post
So do you guys think that still a large amount of players in this forum also enjoy Supercell/King's game, while at the same time enjoying the game of TA's taste?
Possibly, possibly not.
Supercell/King games usually are kind of 'diversion' games - you'll play them for five minutes, periodically throughout a day, for example.
A lot of the games TA members like require a bit more of investment - you get the most out of them by playing for sessions of 30-60 mins, perhaps even longer if you have the time.
I can definitely see people enjoying both types, but I find that when I try to play both I end up not really enjoying either. So I just play premium mostly.