Free Apps Generate the Most Revenue, Google Play Grows

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froggz

I absolutely abhor free to play garbage games. It's digital crack, developed to hook people that are susceptible to addictions. That's why it's so popular, they give you the first taste free, then once they got you hooked, they give you a little bit more, but only if you have your friends try it too. Then once the player is deep into the game then it's almost impossible to continue playing unless you pay.

I recently downloaded dragonvale since it was highly recommended on some gaming site and this is exactly how I felt when I was playing it. The first day the game was enjoyable, then it got ridiculous with the pay to play garbage, so I went to different forum sites and I found out there are people that have been playing that game for over a year, and have spent over $200, complaining that they can get any further or they lost all their progress due to an update. I immediately uninstalled the game, F**K THAT! I have way too many cheap games on Steam to be wasting time with this free to play garbage.

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gmvolk

Sad, but true. I prefer to buy an app rather than get nickle and dimed by one. I will not ever IAP in a game. Candy crush has certainly gotten quite a few people giving them money. Candy crush!? In PvZ2 there's a whopping $99 purchase, seriously what sane person would pay that? I guess it only takes a few.

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Neufeldt2002

I agree, if I see that the app has in-app purchases I don't download it, or uninstall it. I did that with PvZ2, can't stand this model. Paying for an app that has the ads removed from the free version I have no problems with, I like to try before I buy, very rarely do I pay first.

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SirGCal

Very much ditto... Also people don't pay attention to permissions in games. Namely the Angry Birds games for example. I enjoyed them before they were taken over with the IAP and data mining issues of recent years. Sad.

But I still have a ton of apps on my devices with no or near no permissions at all and no IAP. Information just isn't worth giving away for some game.

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vrmlbasic

On a related note, MechWarrior Online really screws players over with its "freemium" content and is currently charging an absurd $500 USD to preorder a single mech (and it is, despite the cost, still gimped)!

I, too, would rather buy the whole game up-front.

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BrainFlush

@vrmlbasic You are wrong, they changed it last week. You buy a limited one time only gold mech that also includes the entire 24 mechs in the $240 for $500. Still is expensive. But nothing compared to Star Citizen. And before anyone says anything about SC is doing everything MWO isn't, I backed both for an absurdly amount and I am active in both games.

I have more hours in MWO than every game I have which is well over 1000 on Steam and Origin plus a whole bunch of F2P titles I also backed. Feel free to click my profile and see my link. Regardless, is what MWO doing crazy? Not really, compared to WoT or WoWp I think their prices are quite fair and to be honest here, MWO has only gotten better since it was in Closed Beta. But hey what do I know.

So you get 24 mechs for $10 each, find a cheaper F2P game that gives you that many ships/planes/mechs/models/characters/clothes/gear you get the point. And it is people like me and the 20k active or more founders that keep games like this going.

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vrmlbasic

I really think that MWO should still be in beta. They've been promising us for months that this "UI 2.0" release will redefine the game and fix all of its flaws. When that finally comes out, a release that will radically transform the game, the game should have finally gone out of beta. Right now it isn't really much of a game. They're treating the game right now as though it were still a beta.

Also, last I checked the Clan mechs still aren't Omnimechs. If that's still the case then that is canon-breaking BS. 500 bucks should get one a whole host of omnimechs.

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Renegade Knight

Spent 50 bucks on a Freemium game. Just on the upgrades. Then threw in the towel on the entire concept. To much time. Not enough fun. Too much money. Steam Sales and paying full price for console games is cheaper.

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bjoswald

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: People like free shit!

And on Page 2: Oranges are still orange!

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vrmlbasic

While people like free stuff, the article is saying that people really LOVE paying for their free stuff.