This week on our live show, I made announcements regarding the new time for it starting next week. Rob couldn’t be on, but we had Carter Dotson from PvP live on. Besides doing our usual discussions, we had an entire conversation about mobile gaming.
For a special livecast, I spoke with noted Game Economist Ramin Shokrizade about the subject of monetization in the game industry. We had a lengthy chat about microtransactions and their implementation in games today. We also spoke about pay to win design, and the ways of designing ethical monetization.
Who would have guessed that the South Park IP would become a new hit RPG franchise. After the surprising success of The Stick of Truth, we got the Fractured But Whole and Phone Destroyer this year. Despite a perfect use of the IP, South Park Phone Destroyer fails to avoid the monetization traps that have plagued mobile games before it, and for me sinks what would be an otherwise great concept.
Gacha, or Gachapon, is one of the most popular systems for free to play casual and mobile games. While these games may be simple from the outside, they feature complex systems of progression to get people hooked on playing them, and are as fascinating to study as they are controversial.