Stop throwing your money away on crappy phone games. That's the dumbest thing you can do with
your money. These supposedly free games make a killing off of bored people who want an excuse to
touch their phone. There was a time not too long ago where it was OK to stop touching your phone for
five minutes. My Freemium gaming experience was specific to one game, but all of these games are
the same. They get money out of players in two ways. The first is that they lock the game and prevent
you from playing it unless you pay a fee. The second is they allow you to pay to unlock things like new
characters, weapons, and power-ups. It's really easy to fork over a dollar or two when you're waiting at
the dentist's office or sitting at your desk at work. Those dollars don't seem like much at the time, but
they add up quickly.
My experience with Freemium gaming was The Simpsons: Tapped Out. This is a free game where you
get to build the fictional town of Springfield from scratch. That's what I was told anyway. The game
play in The Simpsons: Tapped Out consists of placing buildings and then waiting a pre-set time period
to click on them to get money to buy more buildings. This leads to every town having huge blocks of
buildings placed as close together as possible because you don 't want to waste an inch of real estate
space. That's not really my idea of proper city planning.
I hate boredom. Just thinking about it bores me. Even writing about it... Well, let's move on.
Fortunately, living in the smartphone age means we don't need to be bored. Not now, not ever. Bring it on, waiting room! Do your worst, line at the DMV! Delay my flight another hour, airline! I scoff at your attempts to make me suffer the horrors of boredom.
That's because I've got my Android phone (a Moto X, if you're curious) and three of the latest brain games. Two are also available for iOS, but one of them is an Android-only app. All three: guaranteed to destroy not only your boredom, but also any free time you thought you had.
Seriously, play these at your own risk--risk of serious entertainment!
So-called "casual" games are all the rage, and with good reason: They're fun, easy to learn, usually non-violent, and perfect for those times when you have 5-10 minutes to burn. That's in contrast to your average first-person shooter, role-playing game (RPG), massively-multiplayer online game (MMO), or the like, which can consume entire weekends--and a good chunk of your paycheck.
We have discussed it many times here on the blog, but video game pricing structures are failing the consumer on a monthly basis. New games--particularly annual release titles--debut now with more bugs than a dilapidated tenement. $60, whether for a perfect title or one that essentially comes with broken gameplay, is a good bit of coin. To answer the question at the top: Yes, tiered pricing needs to be the future of video gaming.
I don't mind if my kids play video games, but I have two rules: no more than 30 minutes per day, and nothing with blood, guts, guns, and other violent images.
That leaves out a lot of the most popular releases, like Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Medal of Honor 3, and even Batman: Arkham City. If you're a parent like me, that can create something of a quandary this holiday season: The kids have outgrown the educational stuff, but you'd rather not expose them to all that realistically-rendered brutality.
Fortunately, alternatives exist. If you want to give the kids something new for the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, you can choose from dozens of fun-filled titles that haven't a trace of violence, gore or adult themes.
As we dive headlong into the madness of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the beginning of the that is the 2011 Holiday Shopping season, let's take a look at the biggest news to hit the video game world this week. Also, I'll answer the question, which games should you keep on your discount-radar heading into Friday and Monday?