Quantcast
Team Meat hates free-to-play games - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Team Meat hates free-to-play games


10:00 AM on 05.07.2012
Team Meat hates free-to-play games  photo



Super Meat Boy is coming to iOS, but creator Ed McMillen isn't throwing it up there without a jab at the current crop of mobile games. Slamming the free-to-play model employed by many titles, McMillen has attacked the kind of business model that treats consumers like farm animals. 

"To us the core of what is wrong with the mobile platform is the lack of respect for players, it really seems like a large number of these companies out there view their audience as dumb cattle who they round up, milk and then send them on their way feeling empty or at times violated," he recently blogged. "There is an ongoing theme these days to use a very basic video game shell and hang a 'power up carrot' in front of the player. The player sees this carrot, and wants it!

"All the player needs to do is a few very rudimentary repetitious actions to attain it, once they get to it, another drops down and asks them to do more ... but then the catch ... instead of achieving these 'goals' by running on the tread mill, you can instead just pay a single dollar and you instantly get to your goal! better yet pay 10 and unlock all your goals without even having to ever play the game!"

McMillen then called the freemium model, "a slap in the face to actual game design and embodies everything that is wrong with the mobile/casual video game scene."

I've recently found myself quite supportive of the free-to-play model, when done right. Games like Tribes: Ascend and Blacklight: Retribution are focused on creating a fun core game that's worth playing, then adding premium enhancements in a way that you want to buy them, rather than feel you need to.

If anything, I'd say that's a more respectful way of making a game than a fair few retail games, some of which demand an up-front $60 entry fee and still add free-to-play accessories masked as "DLC." Paying for cheats and level ups in a game I already paid for is a bit less respectful than a game where I can set my own price tag. 

Still, the vast majority of freemium games are pretty crap, and exist solely as money sponges for their creators. We need more Ascends and Retributions before the model takes off, but I hope it does. I see genuine potential in such games, especially compared to the current "AAA" space.






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.



Review: Peggle Blast photo
Review: Peggle Blast
12:00 PM on 12.06.2014






Free-to-play

6:30 PM on 12.18.2014
Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch

Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...more



8:00 PM on 12.13.2014
Best song of 2014 gets a Dota 2 parody

While you're sitting there, not admitting that you love Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off," why not get down to this. Sick. Beat? Seriously though, this is an amazing parody of a catchy song for all Dota 2 fans.more



8:00 AM on 12.05.2014
Warface is noface, to be displaced and not replaced on the Xbox 360 marketplace

Crytek hasn't been doing so hot critically lately, with the recent releases of Ryse and Warface. I would have completely forgotten that the latter game had existed if it weren't for the ridiculous name, which immediately...more



View all Free-to-play






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more