It happens to all of us, that one friend who keeps sending Facebook game notifications for that one game that you’ve never played and most likely never will. The interesting thing is if you were on Facebook long enough, you probably did play a game or two on the website. For me personally it was the word trivia games several years (and even more Facebook redesigns) ago, along with a short stint with Candy Crush, which I’m not all too proud of.
However today the thought of playing a game on Facebook would revolt me, and I often cringe when I receive an invite to play Clash of Clans or whatever the latest fad is, so what happened? Just like everything else on the internet, it was ruined by greed; if you go back far enough most games on Facebook were usually free, with no of the “turn limit” or “lives” garbage, it was simple time wasting fun. Of course that didn’t last long, and instead Facebook ruined it by making the whole gaming platform so money-centric that it’s near impossible to find a nice good game that’s completely free to play without having to pay to build a larger castle or grow your apple tree faster.
Of course the platform is obviously working in Facebook’s favor, as the games keep getting bigger and bigger (with enough of a budget to buy out Superbowl ads with Liam Neeson for the Clash Of Clans commercial, or to hire Kate Upton for The Game of War). But it seems Facebook and the game makers in general gave up on appealing to every-one who uses the site, and instead just focused on that single demographic of people willing to play to win. Once again that’s not a horrible plan, as every-one has their favorite platform for their games, be it console gaming on an Xbox or PlayStation, PC Gamers, or Online Gambling. You can find free and fun games in every one of them, or games that required Initial purchase to start play them.
For example, on Xbox and PlayStation you can play some free games but most of them would be with high initial purchase price tag, and after you bought it, you can play it for free without the need to pay more in order to move forward in the game. On the other hand, if you don’t want to bet, you can find many online gaming like casino games that you can play for free.
The real issue is that the concept of Facebook’s play to win games has become infectious, spreading to everything from simple mobile games, to full on console games such as Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, where players can buy more weapons (beyond the already expensive $60 price tag of the game). Hopefully the constant greed doesn’t spread more than it already has, but it looks like Facebook has opened Pandoras box of revenue based games upon us.