Freemium Part Deux: DRM in Disguise

In my article, Freemium: It’s Real, It Sucks, It Really Sucks I discussed the latest bait and switch from the gaming industry. The concept of micro-transactions isn’t new; but now instead of it being an afterthought, games are being BUILT around picking your pocket, $.99-$99.99 at a time. Games like Simpsons: Tapped Out show how the model…

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Smurfberries: Understanding IAP and Why Free Isn’t Free

There is a new cancer out there. It doesn’t invade your body nor does it take your life. While it is 100% treatable, people are happy to be burdened with it. Some people don’t even know they have it – and many who do have it don’t seem to care. But like a biological cancer,…

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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Freemium: It’s Real, It Sucks … It Really Sucks

Since the first Diablo game, I’ve been hooked on level-grinding dungeon crawlers. I swear, I’ve played them all – regardless of system. From its humble origins … to the latest incarnations (well, almost latest; I refuse to play Diablo 3). I’m chomping at the bit for Heroes of Ruin (3DS) and for Torchlight 2. Give…

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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