Turning Players Into Payers (The Jimquisition)

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Activision’s patented idea of utilizing matchmaking to trick players into buying DLC is an unsettling one, but if you think that’s as bad as it gets, you don’t know videogames.

Let’s talk about Scientific Revenue, the service that demonstrates exactly what games want from you – they want to turn players into payers… and they proudly admit it.

The predatory side of gaming has only just begun to show its fangs.

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.

The Jimquisition: Of Course You Realize, This Means Wargaming

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As The Jimquisition gears up for change, we’re reminded that some things stay the same – like spurious YouTube copyright threats.

World of Tanks‘ very own Wargaming.net has been misusing words like “defamation” in order to try and scare its own community… and it’s time for an expert to step in.

Because this isn’t about World of Tanks… this is about OUR shit being fucked with. Again.

The Jimquisition: A Cautionary Post-Mortem Of Evolve

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Battleborn is not the only 2K Games release to have suffered indignity this generation. Evolve, more famous for its DLC model than anything it did as a game, was another multiplayer shooter that failed to do anything better than fail.

The fate of Evolve serves as a cautionary tale to any would-be project banking on additional content to make its money. Audience goodwill is a finite resource, and when you push for excess at the expense of quality, you might just find out how finite it is.

The Jimquisition: Can Evolve Cut Down The Bullshit Tree?

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A year ago, we talked about how Evolve fell out of the “AAA” Bullshit Tree and hit every branch on the way down.

Turtle Rock’s multiplayer game of predator and prey prototyped the current trend of unfinished games that used DLC like crutches, and suffered as a result.

Now it’s back, completely free, and redesigned as Evolve Stage 2.

And that’s… interesting.