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Download using WiFi or not ?

View Poll Results: Wifi is fine for larger games?
Yes, I use it as much as possible. 31 77.50%
Yes, but only if needed. Prefer to download anywhere. 8 20.00%
Nope, can't or won't use it. 1 2.50%
Voters: 40. You may not vote on this poll
04-03-2011, 06:28 AM
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Location: Isle of Wight, UK
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Download using WiFi or not ?

Are you happy to use WiFi only for downloading larger games?

A lot of my customers are rightly asking why there's no multiplayer in Great Little War Game, and the short answer is that the extra maps required would bust us over the 20Mb download limit, which scares me a bit.

I'm sure a lot of developers would benefit from this poll, and that's ulimately good for everyone, so please vote.
04-03-2011, 06:35 AM
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Toledo, OH
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I personally own an iPod Touch 4G so wifi is a requirement not a choice. But on my android I actually leave the wifi off and have never had a problem getting anything off of it. For me I don't care how I get the app as long as I can get the app. I think if you break the 20 mb threshold it is what it is. You have yourself a Great Little War Game you made and people will want it whether its 20 mb or 100 mb. Sure you'll get a whiner or two who will whine while at work but will stop once they get home or to a hotspot.

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04-03-2011, 06:49 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: New York State
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Originally Posted by Rubicon View Post
...the extra maps required would bust us over the 20Mb download limit, which scares me a bit.
As someone who considers himself an "actual gamer" for whatever that's worth, I'll give you the opposite take: being under 20MB scared me a bit because when I see a game of this scope that small in size I know the dev did make shortcut after shortcut to appeal to that odd breed of twit: so attention deficit afflicted that they will only buy a game they can grab on the bus on their iPhone.

Do NOT consider 20MB an upper limit if it in any way affects quality.

Yes, I'm sure going over 20MB costs you some small number of sales in the short term as this odd breed of twit also seems to have aversions to downloading at their computer, but in the long term you'll be better off choosing quality over trying to appeal to a demographic of customers that has something wrong with their head.

Consider that a large percentage (probably more than half) of your customers couldn't download over cellular wireless if their life depended on it anyhow as they have a touch or a wifi iPad, almost everyone will have wifi at home if they care about direct *anything* to these devices as the worst wifi is still faster than the best 3G, even closer to almost everyone will have a computer hooked up to broadband as they had to get iTunes somewhere and they don't pass out CDs of it anymore, and unless they're trapped in a cave will, at the worst, have the option of downloading it at one of the bazillion wifi hotspots out there (I've done 200MB game updates over public wifi at starbucks on vacation away from my house, this is not a big deal, you buy yourself a $2 coffee, sit down and catch up on web forums while your games update in the background - heck, I bought your game while I was on vacation over public wifi ).

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04-03-2011, 08:23 AM
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,609
I don't care for multiplayer at all and I'm bored multiplayer fanatics require it everywhere. Check games with zero single player and that doesn't use a mmo approach, I doubt they are that many sells for such games, even games like Quake and Unreal Tournament took a high care to release a deep enough single player mode.
04-03-2011, 08:30 AM
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Singapore
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The kind of apps that I might download using 3G are usually the spontaneous reference kind, like if I need to find out places of interest or bus timings etc. I say might because I have them on my iPhone anyway, but you get the point. If it's a game I'll mostly be downloading it through Wi-Fi anyway, if I'm on the move I'll just play whatever games I have instead of downloading new ones. If a friend recommends me a new game or something I'll just remember to download it at home. I suppose it might be harder for those without Wi-Fi at home, but they could just sync it through iTunes since most people would need to charge their phones anyway. XD

But yeah, there's also Wi-Fi access in public areas and schools so that's not a big problem. If you're working you could download whatever you want during lunch breaks. The only problem with big downloads is that my iPhone is running out of space, but that's another story. :P

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04-03-2011, 09:26 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: London, UK
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iPod Touch here, so... yup. 100% WiFi.

It seems to me that Great Little War Game is more of a "gamers game" than casual, so the people looking to play it probably don't have an issue with using iTunes to download it.

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04-03-2011, 09:52 AM
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I always download apps via wifi. I don't think i've ever downloaded anything using my ipad's 3G.
04-03-2011, 09:56 AM
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Location: Montreal
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I always download apps on my computer :P
04-03-2011, 11:22 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
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I use WiFi 9.75 out of 10 times to download right onto my device(very rarely using the WiFi on my PC to download in iTunes as an alternate) because my connection is pretty fast. I honestly prefer downloading straight from the device.

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04-03-2011, 11:35 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: London, UK
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I tend to download to iTunes mostly. Both are connected to the same router but the iPod connection is slower than my Macbook.

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