Articles Tagged with: free to play

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 works; take a four hour game, give it away for free – and drag those four hours out to over a year of “click and wait” while offering time-compressing “donuts” at top dollar. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Filed under : Consoles, Software, The Cloud

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, it is growing throughout the realm of mobile device gaming – and until people are willing to shake it off – it is here to stay.

The cancer is In App Purchasing (IAP). In “common speak”, we call it “Smurfberries”.

Take a look at this screen shot of Google Play’s Android store. These are the top fifteen TOP GROSSING GAMES on the store. You might notice … they are all “Free”. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Filed under : Smartphones, Tablets

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 me the kill-loot-level-wash-rinse-repeat formula. I’m good for it. Read more

About Shane Monroe

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

Filed under : Slideshow, Smartphones, Tablets