Geek Wish-List: Curse of the Mobile Games.

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Hello again everyone, I hope you all enjoyed yourselves at Respawn Ready last week because it’s time again for another Geek Wish-List. As I said before this week I want to start things off by talking about some of the issues that I have with the Mobile Game industry. The biggest of these problems are how the Mobile Game genre seems to be turning into a way for gaming companies to drain every last penny from those who play them.

However, despite being something that I wish would change in mobile games I can’t help but realize just how lucrative the marketing strategy is for the industry. To put it into perspective why would you sell a fully furnished house that you made for $60 when you can just give the house away for free and then charge the customer $2 to $30 for each item of furniture that they want to add to the house. Even someone with zero business experience can tell you the better option, at least for the one who owns the furniture.

From forums.thesims.com

From forums.thesims.com

What I would like to see change is instead of having a bunch of free games that have so many in game purchase options that I loose count to instead charge a small price of $15 or so up front and then have purchase options for items or abilities that don’t affect the game play outside of aesthetics. To give you an image of what kind of game I’m talking about think of FTL, Faster Than Light, with in app purchases that would only change aesthetics. For example having The Serenity from Firefly as your ship that you use.

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From rubendevela.deviantart.com

From rubendevela.deviantart.com

Other than the in game purchases and the time restricting mechanics such as waiting two whole days for a tower to be finished ( Looking at you Clash of Clans) most mobile games are very entertaining. That being said, I really wish that there wasn’t so many restrictions put into mobile games so that I could enjoy them like any other game that I’ve spent money on.

From virtualeconomists.com

From virtualeconomists.com

Yet the fact that for most people, unless you pay for the in game bonuses, the games are free and thus being limited in game play is only fair. Next week I’m gonna talk about the upcoming Anime this season and what shows from the last season I’m wishing to get a second season of.

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