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Pokemon GO

21 September 2015 - 04:39 PM

I know there's the existing catch-all Pokemon thread, but this seemed worth of its own topic (for the time being at least) given the supposed scale.


I thought someone would've brought this up already. I help out at the local Computing Museum/Centre and a couple of visitors and other volunteers were really hyped...! Do you guys think it'll catch on and be the next big thing? Truth be told I cynically imagine all kinds of problems emerging like (stupid) people blowing all of their money on trips abroad to capture certain Pokemon, kids getting lost/worse hunting around locally, microtransactions eventually ruining everything for everyone, and so on (forgot the other thoughts that were running through my head when I was watching the trailer for the first time lol). I wouldn't be at all surprised if GO ends up being completely underwhelming. That's just me though!

Survey: 'Monetization of Freemium or FtP Games'

23 August 2015 - 01:00 PM

Hi guys, one of my friends is working on his MSc thesis ('Monetization of Freemium or Free to Play Games') and was looking for some additional feedback. Is anyone here happy to help out and share their experiences?
  • How familiar is the interviewee with free-to-play games?
  • Which platform/device is used by the interviewee?
  • How much is their disposable income? would they spend it on freemium applications?
  • How much time do they spend on their device?
  • How much time spend on a free-to-play application?
  • Have they spent money on a freemium application?
  • If so establish their buying pattern. Either purchase of virtual currency (small or big quantities), or purchase of upgrades, or purchase or packs. (it is important to retrieve examples of their purchases).
  • How often do they purchase from freemium?
  • What drives the purchase?
  • The purchase intentions?
  • Do offers motivate purchase?
  • In-game updates have an impact on purchase?
  • How much money have they spent in total on freemium?
  • What does the interviewee think about this way of monetizing a free game?
It would be great if you could answer in full sentences as if you were being interviewed in person, and of course feel free to skip anything you don't want to talk about. :-)

Advice For Your Younger Self

22 August 2015 - 07:39 AM

Looking back on our time playing RuneScape, I'm sure many of us have the odd regret(s) we look back upon and end up cringing about. So, if you could send a note back in time to your younger self what would you advise that they do differently (just in respects to RS :-P)? For example mine would happen to include some of the following:
  • Training Slayer whilst levelling Attack/Strength/Defence/Hitpoints so the XP gained after 99'ing those 4 (at the very least) wouldn't be wasted upon finally getting round to Slayer itself.
  • Actually bothering to do Quests as I meet the requirements for them. It's plain embarrassing how long it took to complete the likes of Tree Gnome Village and Fairy Tale II - Cure a Queen so I could actually use their respective transportation perks.
  • Spend more time playing Soul Wars...! I personally think it sucks now with the EoC.
  • Stay away from the game entirely.
Obviously OSRS is a thing too - so if you were able to bring yourself to start over again entirely, how did you apply everything you had learned from what you had done/learned about from others whilst playing RS2/RS3?

Resubscription Question

15 March 2015 - 03:50 PM

OK so I resubscribed a few days after cancelling my Membership, and apparently I've been charged for doing so. But given if I did nothing my account would have kept Membership benefits until the 28th (which is when I'm going to next be re-billed) anyway - was that just an automatic message everyone gets or am I actually out of pocket?

Seems dumb if I could have waited until the 28th.

Names of these two games?

09 January 2015 - 12:37 PM

0:53 and in the background at 7:38. Would appreciate identification! They look pretty fun.

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