The Free to Play market continues to be a major attractor to fans and developers alike. Each year, we hear big numbers being thrown around early in a title’s lifespan. However, one area that isn’t discussed as much is player retention despite how important it is. Free to play game design suffers from a major game design issue that anyone interested in developing their own game must come to terms with.
Today’s video looks at the concept of Fun Pain, and what it means for hurting a game’s playability and design.
I was reading a Gamasutra piece by a friend of mine regarding the use of frustration in the form of “fun pain.” This is the way that many F2P games have made their money and is definitely not on the good side of monetization. I want to talk about this more and how the practice goes against the point of game design.