Sorry jeannette i didnt realise me spending my hard earned money to purchase eggs and obtain my monsters by doing so was classed as egg timing. And i do believe if i am going to spend my real money on a game that there should be things that can only be obtained by spending. Therefore giving another egg exclusive monster as a reward is a kick in the teeth, and another reason not to spend another penny on thos game.
And kenpatril i would be more incline to say they ran out of ideas and just giving these out.
Of course you feel that way, because you want to have an advantage over everyone else because you can spend more money than they can. It’s kind of like a hacker saying: I think this exploit should not be patched because it gives me an advantage in the game.
Can we go with an argument like this? I would argue that what “should” happen is that the game should be what I’ll call “fair”. That is, everyone playing the game should have a fair chance at having everything in the game.
If we make some areas of them game only accessible with money, then this is not the case. Many players cannot spend money on the game, and many have to spend money on more important things.
If you build the game based on money in this way, then you block parts of the game off from many players. This is good for you, of course, because then you have an advantage over those people who can’t afford this. But it’s not good for the majority. And the majority determine the success of the game.
Ultimately, developers must cater to the majority because if the majority aren’t happy, the game crashes and burns.
As a game developer myself, I’m of the opinion that one of the following situations should exist:
- The only payment is the payment to pay for the game to begin with, and there is no other payment.
2. If there are in-app purchases, they should be limited in supply and not overly expensive (that is, either add a few cheap in-app purchases that are one-time payments once, or add them again each month - as long as the money required is not unreasonable). This could be seen as a sort of optional subscription system to the game.
I do not think there should be unlimited in-app purchases, and I do not think there should be a concept of pay-to-win to where people with more money have the greatest advantage.
That’s how reality is, but games do not need to imitate reality.
Yeah there should be egg only arks that always remain that way. Prob would make sense to do that after the update and put new exclusive arks in though cos there not exactly exclusive ATM but if all egg arks eventually get released then there isn’t any point in anyone spending money on eggs
What about patience? Often, money is spent to get this faster. These things are fully obtainable in-game, but may require a lot of effort to get. People can spend money to get them faster than others, but others still have equal chance at getting them.
This, too, is an acceptable approach in my opinion. It’s not ideal, but it’s acceptable. In this case, you’re giving a speed advantage to those who pay, but that advantage is irrelevant given enough time.
As is apparent by the game DragonVale, people truly do spend money due to impatience. There’s no real need to spend any money in that game, but for the longest time people have spent a lot (making it in the top 50 grossing apps for many, many months) just to speed things up.
Yes thats exactly why im annoyed. I spent money to get the exclusive arks. For them to be given out for free is a shame. And makes me consider spending in future again.
The mistake they made is they failed to inform properly. People didn’t know that these monsters would be free eventually, and thought they would always be egg-exclusive.
Now… of course, we’ve been preaching that this isn’t the case for a long time. But not everyone reads our forum posts. This was a mistake - they should certainly have made it clear that they would be available for free later.
Why didn’t they? Presumably because it hurts their wallets. But sometimes I do think people need to play it carefully with the money-making. You need money, but you should never be misleading, and should always be honest.