I’ve noticed a bad trend in iPhone games lately that is beginning to anger me. Extremely fun games are monetizing poorly.
Three games I have enjoyed the most use an in app purchase monetization model. This model allows the download of the game to be free; however, some items in the game must be purchased with real money. Most games with this model can be played without spending a dime. But it’s almost impossible for it to be enjoyable if you don’t.
I finally got fed up when I downloaded the new Jurassic Park game. This game is free to download and free to play with limited ads. The game works by the user accomplishing objectives and gaining rewards for it. Each objective is in realtime. Waiting on food to feed your dinosaurs can take 10 minutes to an hour. The game requires days or even weeks to accomplish somewhat simple task. This isn’t a game you can sit and play. More of a “I have a free minute to feed my Dino’s while I wait for my coffee to be made” game.
In order to play the game for more than 1 minute you must buy in game currency. This will allow you to build more buildings and buy more dinosaurs. I dropped $10 just for an extra few minutes of fun. After, I felt betrayed. Like my game experience should have dramatically changed after spending money. The game remained the same. Very boring and passive. I don’t want to play it anymore. I want to hate it. I’m disappointed because I almost liked it.
More and more games are like this. It seems like app developers are changing from making a great game that cost a few dollars to free games that are ruined by in app purchase. So many games are almost fun.
Something else that grinds my gears is the extreme dependence on the app users to advertise games and apps. Now apps are tightly integrated with Facebook and other social sites. This integrations is used because they want us to help push their game. Saw this a few times and was like, “oh smart. I’ll share with a few friends.” But now, I’m seeing games requiring me to share. I don’t like that. Don’t force me to annoy my friends and family.
I can spare $1 or more for a great iPhone game. I’m the audience developers should target. It seems like their target is the free market and hoping to trick a few dollars out of them. Allow me to buy your game or app without ads. Don’t force me to annoy my friends because you can’t market your app on your own. Let your games and apps work great without your need for money ruining it.
Above all else: Stop using tapjoy! It’s annoying.
A friend of mine made this image in relation to this post: Sometimes I wish I could copy myself.
I have said a lot lately that I’m getting sick of Facebook, I never liked MySpace, and I really wish there was something wonderful and great to take it’s place. I was hoping that Google Plus would be that “new” thing.
So far, I found that a lot of the features I do enjoy on Facebook are simply just mixtures of other Google features.
Of course, an exact copy of Facebook would simply be another Facebook. However, I’d like to be able to login and know what is going on right away. It is a very simple system and looks very cool. I hope it takes off and everyone I know uses it. For now it’s just something I signed up for and played around with for a little bit. The invite structure is getting so full that anyone I would want to talk to on there can’t join yet. I guess it’s just a waiting game.
I also see some other issues with it. Because it’s merging with other Google products. Google Plus is making chat use gTalk to do simple chats, so during down time my clients etc will be able to see and chat with me openly. I think I saw a feature to only show people from a specific ”circle”; however, I’m not sure if it shows the rest of the people me as offline.
Being that it’s in beta means there is surely more to come. Google is constantly changing it’s other products for the better. I just fear that it might be a bit more confusing for those to grasp that don’t already use Google products.
Time will tell. I really hope it becomes something great!
I started doing web development as a hobby many years ago. Eventually, I started making it my life career. The advantages and disadvantages quickly came very clear as you can see in my Working from Home post.
Development was once a fun hobby to pass the time. Then it became a job. The free time to work on personal projects is gone. All the dreams I once had to develop sites and systems for fun is now overtaken by the need to finish up and obtain new clients.
I also have a great desire to learn new things. I would love to learn new programming languages and better skills my design skills. I would love to continue to grow with my passion rather than be held still by it.
I’ve decided to copy myself, I will have 3 versions of myself throughout the day. Most people do this but rarely notice. The easiest way to notice is simply see how people react around different groups of friends, a lot of people will change.
I will always have a need to work. It is one of my favorite things to do. My only issue is what I’m working on. Never do I get to work on one of my own ideas.
I always add a little flavor to every project I get. I add extra features that the site owner might not have thought of. But at the end of the day I can only say I did that, I can’t say it’s mine. I need something to be mine.
Therefore, I will have a work me that will focus on clients and I will limit my hours per day to simply working. A real world job would take anywhere from 8 – 9 hours of your day to get something done – sometimes there is overtime.
I am now going to get myself on a set schedule and follow specific work hours. I have clients with different sleep schedules so determining the right time of day to make this happen is difficult. I may just say that as long as 8 – 9 hours of work is done in a day, I’ll be happy. But this removes the structure which is an issue. I will also try to take two days off a week rather than working all 7 days.
For now, I’m going to say from 7am – 4pm I will be working on clients. Nothing more or less. Well, at least some time for lunch.
This will allow me a time to say no to the other two versions of me: playing and social.
Everyone needs some “me” time. Time to do a hobby, read, or just watch paint dry. Without time alone, one never truly gets to understand themselves. I’ve decided to give myself 2 -3 hours a day for myself. I can read, play a game, or work on a personal project. Which ever I choose is my own decision. I just need to make sure I allow time each day to make myself happy and to grow without guilt.
This “me” time will be either after I’m done working or socializing. Just as long as I get some time to grow before I rest.
I have a lot of friends with very busy lives. I get invited to do multiple things a day and usually do very few of them, one if I’m lucky. People think since I work from home I have the ability to drop what I’m doing and just go have fun for the rest of the day. And this is very wrong.
They have the promise of a check on Friday, I only get paid when I get stuff done. Each day is a mini goal to finish something. I can’t just let time pass by because someone calls.
However, I can’t be a hermit and live in my office alone for the rest of my life. As I stated in my last two versions of me, I will have about 9 hours of work a day, and 3 hours of “me” time. This leaves about 4 – 5 hours of social fun. Weekends of course are a different story. There needs to be a cut off from work and play. Weekends will be for trips and more long term fun.
I need more structure in my life. I need to grow and have fun without guilt. Once I get a routine going everything should be cake. Productivity should go up. I can no longer just work until I almost fall asleep in my chair. I need a break and some fun.
I know this won’t be a one day change to get this all into place. Nothing of structure is overnight. But I’m going to start a countdown timer while I work to make sure I stay in my range. I’ll say no to social events until the timer is up. I’ll make sure I get some time each day to clear my head. I’ll make sure I set time aside for friends and family.
If I follow this simple yet complex structure, I think life will start to get a little more enjoyable. And who knows… one of my great side project ideas might end up becoming my new full time career.
Just today I read an article titled, “Facebook Busted in Clumsy Smear on Google“. I found the article very interesting in many aspects. Two of the best well known internet giants in the United States are getting down and dirty with one another rather than simply creating great services and letting the best man win. Another interesting concern is that Facebook actually seems threatened by Google’s attempt to replace their social media network. Makes me wonder if Facebook has just become too cocky thinking no one will ever replace them until now.
Talking to anyone of your friends, I can almost guarantee they will be aware of both Google and Facebook. Both internet giants are everywhere. Google has replaced the term “internet search”. Facebook has it’s own movie! Makes me wonder why these two giants would be so inclined to such shady dealings as to slander another’s name behind ones back.
As stated in the article:
Last month, Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page sent out a memo telling everyone at Google that social networking was a top priority for Google—so much so that 25 percent of every Googler’s bonus this year will be based on how well Google does in social.
This got me to figuring out what has happened. Facebook has been the number one social media network with very few close competitors. I’m sure it’s CEO and board feel as if no one will come close to how big they have grown today. Until an internet giant such as Google comes along and starts to take their thunder.
Google has experienced internet wizards and pros building their highly advanced and free tools today. Unlike on Facebook, you may never see a simple AJAX call error on a Google site. Facebook knows the power of Google an is obviously fearful of it. A company capable of building it’s own operating system (coming June 15th, 2011) is sure as hell capable of building a very usable social network.
When Google released the Chrome browser, it became well adopted simply because of their wide ad network and site base. Logging into YouTube, one would instantly be bombarded with a suggestion to use the new Chrome Browser for a faster internet browsing experience. The browser took off like a rocket in internet use:
Google could easily do the same thing with their upcoming Social Media Network burst.
When I use Facebook, I still as if it is missing something. It misses reliability, usability, and the ability to meet new people. Myspace gave the users the ability to make their profile unique. Myspace also encouraged meeting new people rather than simply talking to friends and family. I hope Google’s new social plan involves a Facebook replacement that allows users to have a reliable social experience while still meeting new people.
Facebook won’t last forever, Google may be the first to make them realize that. The fact that Facebook did such an underhanded move in order to stunt Google’s momentum, makes me think they know their live will start to fall short as people become bored with them.
I can’t wait to see what happens next.