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Developer claims that piracy was out of hand with its zombie shooter

When it comes to purchasing apps on platforms like iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, 99 cents seems to be the "sweet spot" that will spark a user to take the chance to hit the "Purchase" button without a second thought. Many of the most popular games on smartphones like Angry Birds or Cut The Rope sell for just 99 cents.
 
Madfinger Games, makers of the popular title Shadowgun, thought it had a winning combination by offering its latest zombie shooter, Dead Trigger, for 99 cents on the Android platform. However, despite the low price tag, piracy was a big problem with the game according to the developers.
 
Regarding price drop. HERE is our statement. The main reason: piracy rate on Android devices, that was unbelievably high. At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible - that's why it was for as little as buck. - It was much less than 8$ for SHADOWGUN…
 
However, even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant, that we finally decided to provide DEAD TRIGGER for free.
 
 
Madfinger Games as a result has turned Dead Trigger into a free game with available in-app purchases. The company is quick to point out that this isn't a move to make the game a “freemium” title and that users can still play through the game without ever making an in-app purchase.
 
Interestingly, Dead Trigger is still available for 99 cents in the Apple App Store.

Sources: The Verge, Facebook



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RE: This isn't a new concept
By The Raven on 7/23/2012 6:33:37 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah...
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If buyers were signaling a prolonged decrease in demand sellers would lower prices or eventually roll over in a mound of debt.

I just saw that Best Buy of all places is offering AC: Revelations for $10. That is right a AAA game that got great reviews and hasn't even been out for a year. And it has been hitting sale prices regularly throughout the year for $20.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?_dyncha...
And did you say mounds of debt? You aren't up on current events are you?


RE: This isn't a new concept
By Reclaimer77 on 7/23/2012 6:52:37 PM , Rating: 1
AAA my foot. I'm really getting sick of seeing every console game being rated a 10/10. It's obvious reviewers are being paid off. How can Grand Theft Whatever be a 10 of 10 stars game? Come on, really.

Revelations is worth about 10 bucks in my opinion. It wasn't even that good. But today in the console world anything mediocre is given amazing reviews.

Here's what real gamers think of this "AAA" title
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.3513...


RE: This isn't a new concept
By The Raven on 7/24/2012 2:20:02 PM , Rating: 2
I don't want to complicate the issue but what you are saying is that there are no real AAA games and I would agree. There isn't enough originality or they just string one concept spread thinly over 7 games. But that is an indication of what I am saying about the state of gaming. So yes AC:R is a AAA game because of this trend. And yes GTA4 was a graphically spruced up version of GTA3 (Vice City Rules BTW, though derivative in its own way doh!).

I just pointed this out because the reviews for Duke Nuken were a lot worse than AC:R and now they are both selling at the same price.

But anyway your comment backs up what I am saying regarding the games industry. There is seemingly too much out there = prices are too high.


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