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Business models driving game design? Twas ever thus
The strange thing with everyone complaining about business models affecting game design is that this has always been true. That perfect game that alway makes you want "just one more go"? A relic of the bygone era...
- Posted 653 days ago
Microtransactions: a video introduction
The Escapist magazine ran a video introduction to microtransactions. I took a deep breath before I watched it – expecting a Zero Punctuation style scathing review of the business model that would probably make me laugh out...
- Posted 670 days ago
Why Facebook won’t charge 30% for payments and leave billions of dollars on the table
“Pay with Facebook” is coming. It’s already live on Happy Aquarium from Crowdstar. Later this week, it’s coming to Farmville, the most popular application on Facebook with over 70 million monthly players. It’s big news. And most...
- Posted 1208 days ago
Developers: Stop trying to sell levels. The public don’t want them.
I spend a lot of time talking to games developers about downloadable content. And they always say “We’re going to make bonus levels and maps and sell them as downloadable content”. Which is a terrible idea. it’s...
- Posted 1255 days ago
New business model alert: Lite is dead as freemium comes to iPhone
Apple has announced a change to its terms of service which paves the way for new business models on the iPhone. Historically, virtual goods could only be purchased in paid apps. That led to a series of...
- Posted 1307 days ago
Ten reasons microtransactions are better than subscriptions
As a developer, making money from games has never been more important. You’re considering (or have already started) making games that you publish yourself. But you’re torn between whether you can make more money from subscriptions or...
- Posted 1318 days ago
Two reasons why Facebook is about to become bigger than Google
Facebook is on the cusp of becoming the dominant company on the Internet. The company has realised that the web is about so much more than just searchable information, and it is on track to beat Google...
- Posted 1321 days ago