How To Not F2P Like A Total Wanker (The Jimquisition)

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Sometimes, independent developers ask my advice on certain practices. I can only say what I like, but I’ll say that for free.

Here are the clearest cut ways to avoid being a wanker in the freemium market, as one dev was curious to know. I think this happens to be quite a fine episode.

Speaking of wankers though, we also gotta talk about Randy.

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

I started playing some Free to Play games once I got myself a PS4 and I set a rule for myself that’s working so far – I’ll spend as much on Microtransactions (if I feel inclined to at all) as I would have spent to buy the game if it hadn’t been free. So by the time I hit what felt like a grindwall in Let it Die I’d only spent about £7 in Death Metal, well within that margin, and if I hadn’t decided to stop playing (just past the first miniboss on the surface FYI) I’d have spent… Read more »

El Chica Incognitus
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Let me just give a simple comparison. How much money has Overwatch made off me? 60 dollar. How much money has Warframe made off me? Maybe around 350+ dollars. Did I “need” to buy all that Warframe platinum? No. I have thousands of it sitting on my account right now with not much I really need to do with it. Why do I keep giving them money? They made a good fucking game and they’re giving it to me for free with constant updates. I do this with a lot of “free” games I play where I give them money… Read more »

Allan Weallans
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I remember Dungeon Keeper 2 would have the announcer tell you to go to bed if you were playing after midnight. It didn’t want you to play too long (it didn’t force you to stop, but it did nag you). Dungeon Keeper Mobile ideally did want you to play too long; it just wanted you to pay for the privilege. Both games told you to stop playing, but there’s an important difference. Not the difference that DK2 didn’t force you to stop playing; a more important difference than that. The difference between “you should stop playing” and “you should stop… Read more »

Sperium3000
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Blandy Pitchfraud is pretty good.

MM
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MM

“Don’t get used to it”, referring to the classic intro song? 🙂

Anyways.. what’s the name of that guy we thank Jim for again? Old.. bearded guy.. you know, lives in the clouds, likes to smite with thunderbolts, flood worlds, send messiahS to save humanity?

Escapes me right now. :-/

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I’m glad that the dildo bat’s made a return. It’s been far too long since it last made an appearance.

Xion Eternum
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Xion Eternum

For the sake of argument here regarding servers and server upkeep; it’s fairly easy to put a cost value on servers and server maintenance. Let’s take the big one as a case-in-point: World of Warcraft. Presuming they are running it on bare minimum hardware needed which is one main set of servers – one for each realm – with network cross-talk between servers on a rack for cross-realm(server) communication and interaction. Add to that a minimum reasonable backup set of 10% should some fail for some reason. Between US and EU servers there are 500+ involved. Knowing the kind of… Read more »

Lloyd Arold
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Funny how the “But how are they supposed to pay for X?” argument seems to get trotted out when discussing “AAA” games by massive companies. The games that are guaranteed to rake in ridiculous amounts on money in basic sales, season passes, DLC, merchandise, sponsorship deals, etc. even before the addition of a F2P/microtransactions. As if Blizzard of all companies couldn’t afford to add free new content in Overwatch, a game that sold over 7 million copies (iirc) in the first week alone, without having loot boxes scientifically designed to prey on customers. Nope it cannot be done so keep… Read more »

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

I sift through mobile F2P games all the time. Most are shit, but some have fun content. I usually quit as soon as I hit a pay wall, that point where the grind becomes so apparent, continuing to play for without spending money is practically impossible. However, in a few rare instances, where I find the game both fun, and fair towards free players, I like to support the game. I especially like it when a game has a “subscription” package. These give a certain amount of premium currency every day for a month, rather than a lump sum all… Read more »

Anton
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Anton

So now we know that they guy on Craigslist looking for a big British guy with a hardon is, in fact, Randy Pitchford.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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Randy must’ve been briefly convinced he was back in his therapist’s chair for a moment there.

Exley97
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Exley97

Is Randy Pitchford video interview new?

I still don’t understand how Pitchford has a lick of crediblity or goodwill left at this point, and I’m glad at least a few folks are still calling him out of his repeated fuck ups instead of doing the ball washing that some places are STILL doing (cough, IGN, cough).

Jiryn
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Jiryn

Alright, I’m going to say it. I wanted to keep anonymous about it, but the person in question knows how I feel and this has to be known since it directly ties to this video. I have a friend who helped code the initial groundwork for the microtransactions in Shadow of War. When I began to discuss the MTs in Destiny 2 with them, we got on the topic if they are really needed in games such as D2, Overwatch or not… Since they are in the industry, and still do code similar things for another developer, their reply was… Read more »

Jiryn
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Jiryn

So Jim, how do you define microtransactions? I am just curious because, like many other things in the industry, people seem to use many words interchangeably and i wanted your own definition. I have a few friends in the industry, one of which makes APP games for mobile devices. To his company, microtransactions are any and all items sold through their game, including new hats and outfits. To me, a microtransaction is any “repeatable” digital purchase. Such as the purchase of one time use items (Deux Ex: Mankind Divided), extra lives (Sonic Lost Worlds, similar to old coin-op), loot boxes… Read more »

Deena
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Deena

Oh Randy,
You came and you lied without blinking
So we’ll send you away
Oh Randy,
Your bullshit won’t stop us from laughing
So just shut up today
Oh Randy

MuddyScarecrow
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He knows that you have a British accent and that you’re “kind of” a big guy. And that you have a hard on for him. But goddamn if he only remembered your name maybe this helpful young journalist can help! I would love to see some parodies of this somewhere down the line. Like, he’s describing everything about you like your leather top hat and your cane and even starts describing episodes you’ve done but goddamnit WHAT’S HIS NAME?!

R.M.Renfield
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R.M.Renfield

I’ve met a couple of fanatics online who insisted LoL was “pay to win”, but it’s not – you can buy all the champs you want and still be totally shit.

As for the Randy Pitchford stuff – loved it. It excites me, it rouses me to see Jim putting on his war plate again, ready to get into another beef with some shithead. Fuck that guy, Jim, tell him what an arse-weasel he really is.

Akless
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Akless

League of Legends is mostly fine with how they deal with their micro-transactions and such, but they are starting to follow the “Overwatch” model to an extent. Crates (with separate keys) are now a thing, with each crate giving a single item from it and said items still require crafting with a currency you get from “dusting” previous things you got from crates. That and they have a handful of skins that can only be bought with a separate currency than everything else (gemstones). Said gemstones can only be gained from the Crates as a very rare drop or from… Read more »

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

Wow did Randy really go so low as to do fat shaming? Really?

Amy
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Its ironic really, i didn’t know Randy’s name till i started watching the jimquisition.

As for f2p, I say the core gameplay needs to be left alone but add MT’s for cool extras, and let people pay upfront for most if not all of it. I’ve spent loads of money on the MOBA I play and I’ll do it again I tell you, because I can buy what I want and not a chance at what i want.

LegendaryFrog
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LegendaryFrog

A new show staring the Duke reciting actual comments from the net? My body is so ready.

Benj
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Benj

Pitchford definitely knew Jim’s name right away.

He repeats it to himself over and over again every night before he goes to sleep.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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And remember, if you’re a giant publisher making all the profits using all the dirty tricks, it’s probably best to at least pay your corporation tax to your financially stretched country so you don’t look like a complete capitalist parasite.

Nice backdrop for the Duke there… who’s estate did you break into for that? Or is patreon paying that well these days? 😉

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Cait Sith, a robot liar who swindles people by selling them fortunes in an amusement park, has his own theme song.
That theme plays for a good portion of this video.

Make of that what you will.

Pilkington
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Pilkington

Born Depressed is back?! \o/
Also, Pitchford, I’m sure you’re a decent guy in real life, but you need to stop defending shit games. =x