Better late than never: EA to make the switch to freemium
0. phoneArena 08 Jun 2012, 10:47 posted on
We’re not sure if the planets are aligning or there really is something to this whole 2012 thing, but EA is now saying it will finally make the switch to a freemium model when it comes to its mobile games. If you’re a gamer, you know that EA is...
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1. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
too bad they couldnt get the new rendition of goldeneye right.
2. greyhulk (Posts: 152; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
I hate freemium games. I would rather pay a one-time fee of $5.00 than constantly be nagged to buy crap in the game and have a game that is completely crippled without spending money. I was hoping to see less of this trend, not more. I refuse to download any games that are funded this way.
10. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
yea same here, i would prefer to pay for a game. Ive never bought in-game content and i believe i never will.
11. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I completely agree! I've been saying the same thing. Best example would be Glu mobile games.
3. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
EA !!CALL OF DUTY !!!...it is Activision that publish call of duty games not EA...EA publishes battlefield games
in other hand ...i do hate freemium... it is just a way to milk users cuz in such game u dont really advance unless u spend alot of real money so buying a game would be way cheaper
4. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
I caught that call of duty bit too. I wonder Charlene plays games.
5. CharleneSchnepf (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)
Sorry about the memory casualty, I was thinking about the EA/Activision legal battle over COD and got my lines crossed. Corrected. Thanks for pointing it out.
6. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
can you put something in there about how they ruined goldeneye?
18. downphoenix (Posts: 2971; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
The latest one was actually Activision, but that's one thing both companies do have in common.
7. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
“free” is the second 4-letter F word to them.
8. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
No, no, no! Freemium games are not free, not at all. The whole point is to get you with the initial download and then nickel and dime you the whole time you play the game. look at Glu Mobile's Top Grossing "free" games. I would much rather just spend $5 and get everything on the game then to have to buy $50 dollars worth of "EA Bucks" or "Glu Points" to unlock everything. In some games you have to spend money to get things like Health packs (Dark Meadow)! So, to me this is not good news. EA doesn't have any intention on giving away free games. They are known already for nickel and diming customers. This is more of the same.
12. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
The few times I've tried these freemium games, I quickly got annoyed and uninstalled them. To be asked to buy something every few minutes is just too much for me.
16. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Me too, best example are the games from glu mobile, it's hard to advance levels due to the need to buy stuff to make your life easier ingame. Also some gameloft games are like these, but atleast their games can be completed w/o even dropping any nickle.
13. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 573; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
Freemium games are terrible. Someone got a hold of my transformer awhile back and went to the Sims free play(the irony in the name is flipping crazy) and purchased the top amount of points in the game on my account. Guess how much. Just guess. $250.00. Your not seeing crazy. That's the actual amount they purchased. Now long story short I got refunded all the money. But the point is NO mobile game in the world. Not even World of Warcraft Mobile or whatever they'll call it should have $249.99 as a point upgrade. The balls these people have.
14. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
i play any game i want for free. i download the apk's
i dont care. i already have fifa 12 and nfs hot pursuit.
15. greyhulk (Posts: 152; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
Congratulations on being too cheap to pay $1.99 for a game you can play for hours. Honestly, it's probably people like you who are driving developers to use the "Freemium" model.
23. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
most these games are to small and dont last hours thats the problem. I just downloaded a game they wanted 2.99 for and beat it in one day only took one hr. great game great graphics but game is over now and if i paid the 3 bucks id feel ripped off.
17. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
You are probably the guy who shoplifts too...
19. downphoenix (Posts: 2971; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Freemium games are usually very terrible. The best ones are ones that you can buy everything in the game without paying for the in game currency by grinding and getting good in the game. Games like Temple Run on smartphones and Tribes Ascend on console/PC are GOOD examples of Freemium games. Temple Run is the only freemium game I have ever spent money on, and it wasn't even because I was all that interested in the paltry 2500 coins I got, but because it was a fun game and I felt the devs deserved a buck for the game.
I feel the same way about Tribes Ascend, but Im waiting for them to do a gold sale with discounts on the currency before I buy, because unlike 99.99% of freemium games, they are worth the money, as they are games you can play without ever spending anything, you can excel at them if you have skill and learn the game as you play it. Plus they are fun enough that they would be worth spending some cash on if they were the traditional buy and play it model.
20. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
well i dont shoplift and the thing is i do not have a credit card, they arent necessary in my country. debit cards do just fine. and i cant get a credit card till i turn 18 anyways and i cant force my parents to get it. i'll start buying apps when i turn 18
21. jeroome86 (Posts: 478; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
I remember when they got mad at 2k sports when they release a superior NFL game for 19.99. So they lock up a NFL contract and release same game over for 60 bucks. Now I steer clear from EA.
22. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Def prefer the free games. if your worried about the pop up root your phone and get ad blocker. And if your worried about the cost of add ons most add ons can be one just play better or if you must use a cheat to get it free