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iPhone: Micro Transactions VS Pay to Play?

View Poll Results: Would you rather Pay to Play, or be able to purchase micro-transactions if you wish?
Pay to Play 71 78.89%
Micro-Transactions 19 21.11%
Voters: 90. You may not vote on this poll
03-17-2009, 05:01 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 24
Micro Transactions VS Pay to Play?

Micro-transactions VS Pay to Play?

Would you rather download a free game that allows you to purchase items within the app to make your character stronger? Or would you rather pay a flat fee to play the game outright?
03-17-2009, 05:01 PM
flat fee to play outright

03-17-2009, 05:03 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 4,568
Flat fee to play the game out-right

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03-17-2009, 05:12 PM
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 1,502
Flat fee absolutely. EA has a tendency to use those micro transactions often,
03-17-2009, 05:12 PM
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,472
Flat fee, no question in my mind.
03-17-2009, 05:21 PM
the problem is when companies abuse them. I mean, im sure there will be an adjustment period- such as when the app store first launched. There were games being priced anywheres from $10 or more for games like solitaire or mahjong. They quickly realised their games are only worth what people will pay.

If people buy these stupid in game upgrades- (i guess you can tell by my rhetoric which direction i'm biassed) then they will succeed.

If people don't buy them, then the market speaks.
03-17-2009, 05:28 PM
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 1,513
Flat price. I hate micro-transactions, which is why I don't play MMOs. They make you buy something that you should already have. Why? To make money? No one will pay for that sort of thing. I can't believe people still do micro-transactions...

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03-17-2009, 05:31 PM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 2,512
flat fee - refuse to rent which is basically what the idea is !

you will be stiched up everytime, and end up with a very expensive game

dont understand your poll (suspect i am not the only one)

Micro-transactions VS Pay to Play? - so which is flat fee ?

Last edited by soup; 03-17-2009 at 05:33 PM.
03-17-2009, 05:35 PM
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,186
I'd rather pay a flat fee. I want to know the entire cost of a game upfront. I don't want to think it is $5 only to find out as I play it that it is really $15 or $20.
03-17-2009, 05:39 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,240
Yeah, you pay for what you think is a whole game, then have to (or really want to) pay extra constantly to unlock new features. The people at the 3.0 conference acted like the 99 cents for a weapon or pack of shirts was no big deal, but you could definitely buy a great 99 cent app like GeoDefense or Pocket God, that I'm sure you would get much more fun out of than two extra shirts for your dog, or a rocket launcher you could use in a game.

Last edited by Fleabag323; 03-17-2009 at 05:40 PM. Reason: Changing a typo. :)