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« on: June 11, 2014, 02:44:35 AM »

Engadget article about it.

I don't think I have seen any games that give you in game currency for watching a video, but I have seen the share with FB stuff. I won't miss it.

I follow Nimble Bit on Twitter and they retweeted a TA article about how this is bad for developers and gamers (I didn't read the TA article). I can see how developers like Nimble Bit would hate this, but they are very giving with their in app currency so I can't see this as hurting them too much since they seem to have a strong following. Couldn't they give away less free "bux" and make their games more difficult so people are more enticed to spend?

How  do gamers lose? Less F2P games maybe? The Reddit Apple thread seems to be overwhelming for the ban. I think it might actually be better for gamers, if there is no incentive to make all these F2P game, maybe it will clear out the store of all the crap. I don't play these type of games though, so I am probably not a good representative of your average iOS gamer. A lot of people must like the free coins for watching an ad since those games do quite well.

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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2014, 04:08:14 PM »

Good.

I know many developers need to work out a better revenue model but I hate this one.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2014, 02:45:39 AM »

I don't know, this one doesn't bother me as long as it was my option to watch the videos. There's a game called Another Case Solved, where you play a detective who's basically solving minigames. At your office, the phone rings periodically, and if you pick it up, you get the choice to watch a quick video and get free currency. It's very unobtrusive, and can be helpful if I only need a couple more bucks to to buy something.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2014, 11:44:58 AM »

Yeah. Of all the ways they stick advertising in games this is fairly harmless, IMO.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2014, 12:26:28 PM »

I don't mind the videos (though I generally don't use them), but I really can't stand being nagged to log my idle hours on FB.  I also hate being given the impression sometimes that I'm missing out on some aspect of the game by not doing so.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2014, 03:02:06 PM »

Jetpack Joyride was updated last night and includes a video to watch to get something. Not sure if that means anything, but maybe Apple reversed their decision on it?
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2014, 10:59:56 PM »

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on June 12, 2014, 02:45:39 AM

I don't know, this one doesn't bother me as long as it was my option to watch the videos. There's a game called Another Case Solved, where you play a detective who's basically solving minigames. At your office, the phone rings periodically, and if you pick it up, you get the choice to watch a quick video and get free currency. It's very unobtrusive, and can be helpful if I only need a couple more bucks to to buy something.

Yeah, that's a good example of it put to good effect. I think what I have more of a problem with are games that have a window pop up to say, "Hey, try this game! Install it and win free currency!" and games that have you visit a random website to earn more free currency. The videos feel rather harmless in comparison.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2014, 02:45:33 PM »

The only game I've played that has videos to watch for in-game currency is Tetris Blitz. But it's completely optional, so was never a big deal. I do hate games that make you watch videos between turns (e.g. Word with Friends).
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2014, 04:34:25 PM »

Hay Day does this but it's so unobtrusive and optional. Basically once in a while you find a ticket lying on the ground that offers you the chance to watch a clip for 1 diamond (a form of in game currency). If you click yes you watch a 30 second ad for another app and then the diamond gets added to your total. The diamonds are not necessary to playing the game and you can ignore the tickets completely.
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