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Extra Credits is good and you should watch it.

04 Sep

I mentioned before in my post about advertising that the free to play model would benefit tremendously from new revenue streams. The Extra Credits video series just put up a new video voicing all of my concerns far better than I could.

Summed up, the aggressive targeting of whales is getting out of hand. Whales certainly have their place, but if games cater exclusively to them, there’s going to be a death spiral. This situation isn’t just bad for those games; it’s bad for the entire free to play industry, which is picking up a pretty bad reputation. Things don’t have to be like this. Blizzard, Riot, and Valve are making money through free to play without having to target such a tiny fragment of the population.

I think we should all consider what is necessary for the free to play industry to remain sustainable. There’s a lot of potential for good here, and it’d be a shame to waste it.

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Game Thoughts

 

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3 responses to “Extra Credits is good and you should watch it.

  1. Cindy Simeti

    September 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I dig this channel, also subscribed to them a few months back. I love how they tackle actual industry topics in a cohesive manner that fans, educators, and devs can all understand without being snobbish about it.

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    • Grant

      September 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Yeah. One of my favorite things is that they cover such an enormous range of topics too. Game design covers a lot of territory, and they don’t shy away.

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      • Cindy Simeti

        September 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

        I almost wish they didn’t do LP’s as much ^^; so they can go back to the discussions. But when they cover LP’s for indie titles I don’t mind as much at least.

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