GameTap Free Game Cutbacks

The GameTap Blog announces a large number of games will be removed from their library of free offerings as of Thursday, at which time one of their paid "Gold" memberships will be required for continued access. Their reasoning is this: "As many of you know, over the past year or so we’ve released well over one hundred games for free, in order to entice people to sample what GameTap has to offer and, hopefully, subscribe to our service. This strategy has worked incredibly well for us, and now we’re ready to move on." This leads to a pitch to subscribe, but they offer the following outlook for penny-pinchers: "If you can’t afford that, don’t worry, we’ve still got quite a few games for you to try out. Not only are we keeping over 40 games around for you, we’ll also continue to entice you with weekly samplers - full, free games you can play for one week only. Going into the future, these games include Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, X-Com: UFO Defense, and many more we have not yet announced. You can guarantee that a lot of the games we’re removing will make brief appearances in the future!" Thanks Voodoo Extreme.
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Jan 19, 2009, 18:47
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Re: GameTap Free Game Cutbacks Jan 19, 2009, 18:47
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having more of the "good" stuff go free more frequently
Sure, everyone likes a free lunch, but doing that would dramatically remove the incentive to subscribe.

There are a few gems in there, but any real gamer already owns them
The real benefit of the service is that there are plenty of games to play for one low fee that one would otherwise never pay full price for. Yes, for the real gems with replay value, it is more economical to buy them outright. Where Gametap makes sense is for all of those games that you would like to try but don't want to spend the money on them. If you are not using piracy for those games, then Gametap is a great deal.

but the current system cannot hold my attention on a monthly basis.
It really depends on how many games you typically buy and play. If you are someone who tends to buy a lot of games, play through them, and then never touch them again, Gametap is a great deal because you'll spend a lot less for the same play.
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