“Coercive monetization.”


Once again my friend Pete from angryjedi.wordpress.com aka I’m Not Dr Who has written another great blog on gaming issues.  He is now writing for USGamer  http://www.usgamer.net/ which is really worth a look – they cover the unexpected and unvoiced views of the gaming industry as he explains more succinctly here: http://angryjedi.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/1257-you-ess-gee/

The link below talks in accessible detail about the GROSS turn of events that have inserted the Greed Factor into what is supposed to be Entertainment.  The comment that follows this link was my response to it on his page.

http://angryjedi.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/1259-gross/#comment-5955

Though I’ve said it many times before – I AGREE WITH YOU!  It’s a shame it has to be said continually, perpetually.  Why aren’t the greedy game providers listening to the public?  For that matter why isn’t there some regulation and standards set for this industry?

This greedy monetization is creeping into everything – even into the download sector, into family games, hidden object and adventure games – where players have been happy to purchase their game for unlimited use.  Game designers listened when there was a revolt against TIMED games, and gave us a variety of difficulty modes to choose from – giving us a chance to just play for pleasure in Easy/Relaxed/Casual mode.  So why can’t they see that they are putting off customers in droves!  Okay so they are reeling in the unwary, but sooner or later they become the wary!  A fast buck might be a quick buck but it is not a sustained buck!

What happened to integrity and ethics?  And what happened to pride in a product – in this case, game?  What example are they setting – as a side issue – to the young who will see this monetization as the way of the future?  Their future.

Bah Humbug!

Jud House  1/07/2013

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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