Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
User Settings
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

Op Ed

Cliffski's Blog - The psychological value of ownership, and how free to play games use it.
Free to play works because it doesn’t ask you to value the game until you already feel you own it. How much would you pay for farmville to buy it outright? maybe $5? But play the game for free for a month, build up your farm, invest it, and then hit a plateau in the game where you really need to buy coins to continue…. and suddenly YOUR game is worth a lot more than $5. You value the game you already own very highly, and so buying add-ons for it is just common sense. I suspect this is why DLC works so well, and sells so well. You have already made a commitment to valuing the game, by investing your time. Only a fool could try to rationalize NOT spending money on it now…

Post Comment
Enter the details of the comment you'd like to post in the boxes below and click the button at the bottom of the form.

15. Re: Op Ed Feb 12, 2013, 03:38 eRe4s3r
Flatline wrote on Feb 12, 2013, 01:15:
Tom wrote on Feb 11, 2013, 23:12:
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 11, 2013, 22:32:
Part of the reason for that is of course that there are no f2p games that offer any immersive fun gameplay experience.

Meanwhile, League of Legends has like zillions of players, then there's Tribes: Ascend, Airmech, Path of Exile, Mechwarrior Online, Planetfall 2, etc. F2P is not just crap like Farmville, browser games, and failed MMOs. It includes some hardcore games, some of which are actually pretty good.

It's a brave new world. Between F2P and KS, publishers are being kicked to the curb pretty good now. LOVIN IT!

And all those decent F2P games tend to not hold your sense of fun hostage, at most they allow you to quickly customize your play experience to what you want for some cash.

Which again is completely missed by Cliffski here.

And I agree with Eraser. For many games, if I haven't plunked money down on it, I have almost no attachment to the game. It has to rock my f*cking socks off for me to keep coming back to it. Whereas if I'm already invested, dammit, I'm going to get my money's worth of fun out of this thing if I have to wring it dry.

Let's make this a practical example. If Cliffski had made Gratuitous Space Battles F2p, and I started playing it strictly on it's merits, I probably would have lasted about 10 minutes... well before even the first hypothetical pay-threshold. As is, since I blew 20 bucks on that... thing... I stuck with it for a few hours before moving on.

Yeah that's exactly what I mean. When I buy a game, after deliberation I am invested in it. I literally DEMAND my fun then, and I wring it dry. I only stop playing a game I bought when It is really and absolutely not fun anymore.

Of course like any gamer I bought some real stinkers in my time and I don't play stuff that aggravates me from the first minute even if I bought it....

But for f2p games It is completely the opposite, if the first hour doesn't blow me away so far that I can pick samples on Mars it's going in the "yeah I have that installed.. somewhere" list. Which usually means I forget I ever had it. ^^

To me, none of the f2p games listed by Tom are anything I want to play.. if you ask me what I want to play right now? It'd be, Project Eternity, that Dreamfall Kickstarter game, and Sim City 5. Also MAIA, Impire, and .. I am sure there was something else... Clockwork something. Besides that, Startopia, and Dreamfall: The longest Journey (Yes, the old game ,p) I just finished the Longest Journey.. missed playing that for some reason. Absolutely awesome. And BF3 of course, every now and then.. and Euro Truck Simulator 2 (after playing BF3) to chillax again.

None of these games are free to play. So maybe it is just weird me.. but there don't seem to be any f2p games I like or want to play. Especially Mechwarrior.. I played Mechwarrior for the Story, I only even got to the games because of the books. And that's why I think MW: Online is a travesty in a way...
Avatar 54727
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
      ;)   ;)   :(   :(   :o   :o   %)   %)   :)   :)   :|   :|   ;P   ;P   X|   X|   :D   :D   More
Login Email   Password Remember Me
If you have a signature set up, it will be automatically appended to your comment.
If you don't already have a Blue's News user account, you can sign up here.
Forgotten your password? Click here.
          Email me when this topic is updated.

Special Codes

  • b[bold text]b
  • i[italic text]i
  • u[underline text]u
  • -[strikethrough text]-
  • c[code text]c
  • +[bullet point]+
  • q[quote text (indented)]q
  • [quote="Author"]quote text (indented)[/quote]
  • [url=Link]text[/url]
  • r{red text}r
  • g{green text}g
  • b{blue text}b
  • m{maroon text}m
  • s{secret text (shows in the background colour)}s

Forum Rules

  1. Disagree all you want but attacks of a personal nature will not be tolerated.
  2. Ethnic slurs and homophobic language will not be tolerated.
  3. Do not post spam, links to warez sites, or instructions on how to obtain pirated software.
  4. Abusing the forums in any manner that could be construed as 'griefing' will not be tolerated.


Blue's News logo