Is the gaming industry about providing high quality entertainment and being paid for that, or is it just a matter of milking as much money as possible from gamers? Is absolute quality still a value for game developers, in this new era of gaming?
I usually don’t install or I promptly uninstall games that feature in app purchases. Especially when they’re games that cost money. This became a strong trend in gaming and I really can’t stand it; I understand developers need to make money and pay bills and so on, but this must happen following some ethic, in my humble point of view. I think games should be sold for a price or be free: everything in between is a territory where dirty behaviors are feeling home. The same goes for in game ads: why should I see them if I already paid for the game? Why should I see ads at all? If you need to earn from the game, fix a price and don’t fill them with shit. But the business model became roughly something like that: set a low tag price to attract users so they download your game and you get nice stats (look we got 10000000000 download so we are cool) and then you put in game ads and/or in app purchases to get more money for the game. This is disturbing me: gaming is something important, I believe that.
A good game can help people forget their problems for a while, it makes you kick that shitty co-worker or boss away from your thoughts for a while, it maybe helps you forget the bills you must pay or the fact that school kills your mood etc. You play to live adventures, maybe to evade reality, to kill time having some fun and relaxing.. and when you do it and you get some flashing ad in your face this is all screwed up. The same happens when the game asks you MONEY: once you buy the game, there should be no more money talking. The developer sells the game so that the user can live it and play it at its best, that’s all. In game ads and in game purchases are like when a commercial interrupts an intense scene in a move on TV: it sucks and TV networks should not complain you prefer to download the series / movie with a torrent.
What really puts me off is that this business model became so popular: app stores are stuffed with apps and games that are “free” or extremely cheap, but this is just a lie because they are full of ads or require you to pay money if you want some core or very important function. I don’t think this business model will go away soon, because it works; most people doesn’t feel like I do and so developers go for it. I just find it wrong and that’s what the rant was all about.