Another unpopular opinion here for you all. Today’s topic: mobile gaming.
We all know them. They’re on every 12 year old’s iPhone or tablet. Heck, some of you probably have them on your smart device.
I’m no saint! I have a few myself. I won’t deny it!
But today, I need to talk about the over abundance of them on every mobile app store, and their exhaustive nature and lack of quality.
- They. Are. Everywhere.
Between posting ads online, television, subway boards, or even on other mobile apps and games, these little games occupy so much space.It’s almost impossible to escape them. Their ads are loud and often are obnoxious. They’re so often the loudest and most annoying five second ads before the video you are watching on YouTube. Worst part is, they hit you again with the same ad, a few videos later.It’s exhausting. Really.I cannot stress this enough. If you don’t feel this way, then you must be either using an ad-blocker on your browser (good idea, folks) or you are oblivious to the world around you.
THEY’RE EVEN IN MOVIES NOW!
- They remove the freedom to play, at the expense of the player’s patience and money!
Do you have a friend who is addicted to Clash of Clans, Game of War, or Candy Crush? Of course you do. Now, ask that friend how much money they’ve spent on the game, to avoid waiting for an in-game cool-down time.Go ahead. Be disappointed in them. And come back to reading this.
Unlike other console or handheld games, mobile games don’t have the time to invest you into story, or grinding, or farming. Instead they almost prey upon you to spend your hard earned cash, time and time again, to avoid waiting to play or get specific resources.
This mechanic is the fundamental principle in the “Free-To-Play, Pay-To-Win” model. And I don’t like it.
Every time I log into my Google Play account on my phone, I pour a glass to all of the mothers and fathers whose credit cards died for these apps…
- They are not fun! Period.
I’ve gone on record to state how much I love the Pokémon series. I’ve been a fan ever since Pokémon Red and Blue‘s tidal wave of popularity in the 90’s. But damn did I get sick of Pokémon Go fast. It’s such a stale and shallow experience, especially at launch. It was fun to watch a social phenomenon sweep the country, including my small hometown, but it was fun on a sociological and anthropological level.
I have convinced myself that these games, and their kin, are just “companion” games at best. From Fallout Shelter to Super Mario Run, the games that are often praised as good mobile games, are still companions to their larger and more prestigious counterparts; potentially created to get you to buy and play their larger, more fun and more expensive console and handheld experiences.
Not to mention, there are so many copy-cat crap games out there, trying to capitalize on the name-brands mentioned above, that they will literally steal a Pokémon game, rip it into a new app, and re-brand it as “Friendly Monster Battles GO” or something.
Anyway, that’s all this time gamers.
Keep on gaming, it’s been a slice!
– Chris Pie