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    The end of skinner boxes

    There will always be operant conditioning driven games that will work. Ultimately, if it is going to be sustainable, developers need to look at increasing the game experience in three different areas.

    • Posted 5 months ago
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    Perfect World’s utopian worldbuilding in free-to-play MMOs

    Player-killing is a tricky subject for international MMOs. In some cultures it’s a taboo practice confined to certain closed-off areas. In others it’s a free-for-all. Sometimes it’s okay to kill someone as long as you ask for...

    • Posted 6 months ago
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    Pocket Trains is improving freemium design

    This is a guest post by Ben Sipe Let me start by saying I love NimbleBit games and the studio as a whole. I, like many of you, was hooked when I discovered Tiny Tower. I love...

    • Posted 6 months ago
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    The Pyramid of Free-to-Play game design

    I have been consulting on free-to-play game design since 2008. Over that time, platforms have ebbed and flowed. PC downloadable games, browser games, social games, mobile games and tablet games have all had their time in their...

    • Posted 6 months ago
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    Retail Principles for Free-to-Play Games

    Retailing is an old skill that is constantly developing over time. Today’s retail experts have had to master new skills such as consumer psychology often referred to as behavioral economics.

    • Posted 7 months ago
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    Improving Freemium Design – Madden 25

    Improving Freemium Design – Madden 25 As a monetization consultant/designer I write about games I play. Historically, I’ve only written these articles on games from smaller studios because stereotypically they make more mistakes or are easier to...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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  • Nintendo is going to be the first major platform to embrace F2P. Here’s why.

    Nintendo has decided to adopt the agency model for its self-publishing e-store. Microsoft has confirmed that it will be using the wholesale model, and I believe that Sony is doing the same. If that is the case,...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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