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Random Price Drop Complaints Thread

03-04-2011, 05:14 AM
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Random Price Drop Complaints Thread

Oh no! The game I bought yesterday just went free today! This will not stand, please boycott xyz! I'm tired to the yo-yo App Store price wars between indie developers and just want straight pricing. It's ridiculous and unfair that game developers don't respect me in their attempts to promote their struggling business. I could have KING SIZED it at Burger King but didn't because I have to give me hard earned money to some puke who despite having made a worthy game went and made it free the next day.

Everyone, please get in here and complain about it! Seriously, rather than focusing on game content let's take over the forum by invading game threads to hijack the discussion by whining about how we got mislead by dishonest programmers and their backstabbing attempts to get noticed. So what if this developer spent a year coding a game uncertain if it would ever make a profit but just wanting to get a quality release out there; it's not my responsibility to support them with financial kudos!

The availability of quality product for discount pricing can not go on... everyone, let's stand united about price cuts to keep the negativity and selfishness alive in Touch Arcade! Please post in here as a call to arms; no longer will we let basic economics rule our gaming outlet! Let's unite together to demand that if we pay one price, everyone else should too because I'll be damned if I'm going to let someone else get a bargain over me! (I am in America after all!) If these developers want a hand-out they need to apply for food stamps like the rest of us. I didn't pay $300 for my iPod to let someone shaft me over $2 when they're forced to reduce price to no/little profit!

One developer told me that I was unlikely to get a better value than a 20 hour gameplay release for $4 to cover after dropping that original guaranteed price to $2. Imagine the gall of suggesting that their product would entertain me endlessly for a cheap value despite having been made cheaper! Don't they realize I get more enjoyment out of yelling at homeless people for free?!? Our rage will not be quelled by these logical attempts to justify the benefits of readily avaliable entertainment at a generally low price even before discount. Game developers need to learn that it's time they financially support themselves rather than getting a any value for their product from me.

At this rate I may have to resort to pencil and paper classics like hangman or tic-tac-tow because the App Store market crash is defrauding my investments. When I bought Infinity Blade I thought I was investing in something of value I could one day sell on ebay as a collectable but instead the market crashed and my $6 investment is now worth only $3. This can no longer stand, I have a family to provide for!

Ok... now I'm off to vomit but brothers and sisters, carry the banner of righteousness onward!

Last edited by undeadcow; 03-04-2011 at 05:36 AM.
03-04-2011, 05:47 AM
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"Ok... now I'm off to vomit but brothers and sisters, carry the banner of righteousness onward!"

You are what a politician ? hahah

anyway the the issue you have raised is truly acceptable and somebody has to do something about this unexpected price drop, but mean while

i have tip for you

before purchasing study there daily purchase statics and also kinda of company
if it is big or renown company then i don't think so they change price's frequently and about small developers they generally make apps free when there apps doesn't go for sale, say about 2 to 3 weeks you use appannie.com or other same kind of sites for statics.

and at last the easiest way Come to TA and ask TA community this the best place you ever know

03-04-2011, 06:27 AM
Ha! funny
03-04-2011, 10:04 AM
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+1 brother, to hell with those devs..

Yeah, not so much.

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03-04-2011, 10:26 AM
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I don't have a big problem with devs dropping prices, the games are insanely cheap anyway. The exception is when they promise people it will not drop ever (IB for example), then it does.

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03-04-2011, 10:55 AM
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I'd promise not to drop the price if it meant making sales. If they wanna whine afterwards it's their problem, they're getting the deal of a lifetime with iOS games anyway and they still don't f***ing realize it.

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03-04-2011, 11:07 AM
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Geez, the internetz still have much improvement to do in sarcasm detection
03-04-2011, 11:10 AM
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I can't really be bothered to read all that - I can kinda guess what the sarcasm is about!

Good to bring up the topic though, and annoy the whiners.

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03-04-2011, 04:03 PM
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undeadcow - nice rant.

But on a serious note the only problem I've ever had with all the apps that go free for a day, or drop down significantly in price temporarily or permanently is it makes me wonder if any devs or companies may be getting influenced to not develop for iOS devices.

Let me rephrase - I understand that prices change and video/computer game pricing structures are already crazy enough as it is (if you don't like the price, just wait several months or a year and it may be dirt cheap) but what happens with all the free/99c price drops on the App Store is a bit much.

Hell, after being subjected to this after getting my iphone4 a few months ago even I'm smart enough now to just wait out the inevitable price drops for apps I'm not dying to get immediately because I'll just grab them when they drop to 99c for a sale.

This is very unlike the PC or console market (I think) as a new game that retails for $50 or $60 you *might* see drop in price by a factor of 20 to 30%, but on the App Store its common to see apps normally costing $5 or $6 drop down to just a buck. That level of price reduction is simply unheard of for a sale on just about any other products from what I've seen - PC and console games included.

I'll give you a good example. I still have yet to get Dead Space for iOS (I know - the horrors!) because I've got other games to play for now and knowing that EA will drop it in price sometime to 99 cents gives me absolutely ZERO incentive to get it any sooner unless I decided I just *had* to have the game more immediately. Now if EA or other companies rarely, if ever, dropped a $6.99 game down to $.99 then I would have picked it up at the regular $6.99 price knowing that it would be a freezing day in Hell for them to drop it down to 99c (if ever). If I knew they had a history of only dropping their price on a sale by a buck or two then I might wait a little while longer but I already have it figured out that this game will probably be on sale this next Christmas for a single dollar (if not sooner).

So I guess my point is, I'm not cheap, I don't mind the price drops (even if I just bought the game literally the day before) but the sudden and extreme price drops possibly might be causing some loss of sales from customers like me who now know better. And I can't see that being a good thing for the companies (as it may influence them not to develop as much on iOS) and then for us customers (as companies not developing quality titles on iOS means less good games for us on iOS).

Those are my opinions anyway. I have absolutely no evidence to back any of them up...
03-04-2011, 04:25 PM
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