“Unbelievably high” illlegal downloads are what brought the price of Dead Trigger to free
0. phoneArena 23 Jul 2012, 07:34 posted on
Just a couple of days ago, Dead Trigger, one of the most popular apps on iOS that got on Android, was selling for $0.99. Then, it suddenly…
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51. remtothemax (Posts: 230; Member since: 02 May 2012)
remember when someone said you should not be paid for your job and you didn't see how it was relevent?
1. do not require physical goods...so how does a game or movie or book or song get made? with holograms and fairy dust? are heavy duty graphic design machines not a physical good? what about electricity? what about the people who actually have to do stuff? what about the, i don't know stereotypical drawing board? where do you think these digital products come from?
2. because if you want to own something and have the right to access it at any time you purchase it. because unless you are on some pilot program for radio or tv, i haven't figured out how to make all the movies i want to watch magically appear on the television whenever i want unless i own a copy, digital or otherwise. also, the perhaps token act of me purchasing something i could access "for free" is my way of paying for the production of this good and encouraging the person who made it to make more things like it
3. i have eyes and hands, does that mean i have the right to own all books without paying anything to the editor or author? once again, do i need to point out that these things require people who need to get paid to produce? you do realize that many aaa video games and summer blockbuster movies cost a hundred million dollars or more to make. the hardware was designed to play movies or a game, not make movies or a game.
4. what do all of those copmanies/websites you mentioned have in common? they make money via advertisements and companies paying them for promotions. perhaps you don't mind, but some of us do not want a future in which master chief destroys the aliens with a conspicuously placed lockheed martin brand bazooka or watch movies in which the characters handle deep philosophical issues and then have involved conversations about why they love kraft brand macaroni and cheese. no thank you.
in conclusion, there is a reason for the paid versions. outside of the app world free to play things are almost always actually free to try, not free to play because most people do not want to live in a world where all our entertainment comes as interactive advertisements paid by corporate america
53. JessJess (unregistered)
"Digital goods do not require physical resources to produce them (you just hit copy on the PC), and thus, should not cost money!"
WTF did i just read?
55. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
This is so lame. People are so cheap that they won't buy something legally for just $0.99 cents? I bought the game for $0.99 cents and still decided to donate $15.00 because of it's amazing quality. Dead Trigger is worth more than $0.99 cents. There aren't any realistic excuse for pirating Android games that are fully compatible with your device on the Play Store. Pay for your apps or the devs. will give up on Android and/or Android might get locked down like iOS. No money, no developers. If this continues "Freemium" will be our only option.
56. GoBears (Posts: 342; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I pirate every app. If I like it, I buy it. If I do not like it, I uninstall it. I've done this ever since they did away with the 24 hour return period. I've bought many apps that I wouldn't have because I tried them for a few days.
57. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
I used to get apps for free, guilty. But I mostly quit. I buy them, what the hell... I want the product to get better. I do stil get some pirated apps to just try them out, then I buy them if I like them and use them. It's easier that way, get your updates, and don't have to hunt for a new version again.
58. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Blame Google for their 15 min return policy. $1 or $10, 15 mins is not enough time if you need to download the data itself to run the game. What if your device has issues running the game then realise your screwed? I have the Motorola Photon and EVERY Tegra 2 phone can not run Zen pinball without lots of lag. Its built for Tegra 2 devices, but tablets ONLY. Yea Atrix, Photon, Droid x2 users have sent countless emails with the issues and got no results. Bulls**t 15 min policy is a joke. Took my money and ram with it.
63. jopancy (Posts: 55; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)
The only way to REDUCE apps piracy is to make available multiple, convenient modes of payment and accessibility in all countries. Most app stores have this stupid policy of restricting access and barring some countries from making purchases via credit/debit cards. If I have the money but no access to buy a game, and everyone is talking about how great that game is, you think I wouldn't search for a free full version?
The majority of those who pirate don't have a convenient mode of payment. Getting a credit card in some places is like trying to squeeze water from a rock.
67. jellyfish758 (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
They could maybe add a registration system, like the app will check if the device it's running on has actually purchased the app and is registered. Just like Ultimate Guitar Tabs for Android. The APK that I sent to my friend could be side-loaded, but he could access the features. I'm just sayin', it could work!