Somethings I have to get off my chest
I'm not an EA fan, but I've stopped complaining about premium items. I've noticed that at least once a year EA gives it's players the opportunity to earn lots of free donuts; last year it was Christmas, this year it was Halloween. That skin will be available when you finally purchase Barney, and now you have a good reason to want to get him.
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Maybe some day you won't be so poor and can afford Barney. When that day comes, that free prize will still be waiting for you. Or perhaps his price will come down and you can scoop him up with free donuts you received from grinding through the game.
I, too, would not spend 1 million dollars on Krusty Burgers or Gulp N Blows to achieve that 5 stars. Alternatively, try a bunch of Coffee Karts and hide them behind your Squidport Buildings. Take pride in them not being seen.
There are also all kinds of other non-premium decorations that can go on the boardwalks. With those and the use of fences as well as mixing up tile patterns can all contribute to making your Squidport unique.
Yes, yes you will. We all will...
I don't have extra Gulp-N-Blows and only 2 KrustyBurger's, and I have 5 stars in Gluttony. Here's what I did until I bought Swanky Fish: put Coffee Karts behind buildings to improve your Gluttony rating.
Finally, I haven't spent any donuts on the wheel and only Skinner's House left, so you actually don't need to buy donuts to get the "cooler" stuff.
Good constructive feedback from you, maybe EA will see this and won't release another skin for a premium character.
You realize there are more important things to spend money on then a game right.
Especially when a person has a baby. :roll:
If anything, EA is still living in a little illusion, thinking that we didn't have an economical recession, and that most of the players don't have money to spend on the game. Well at least not enough to play the game like it's intended to be played. Personally I have money to to buy doughnuts, but I am not about to pay them over $400 for an app game. It's entertaining, sure, but not $400's worth of it.
I noticed that most people who pay big bucks for this game have self control issues, or love instant gratification, which I have nothing against. I mean at the end of the day, thanks to those people the game is still being maintained (in some aspects barely). But charging the way they do is crazy, to say the least.
I've heard they made over $100 million over this games lifetime. With that much revenue coming in, I think they could've given Barney to people who didn't get him last year. The game gave him for free for gods sake. In fact I have other opinions on their premium system, but I won't get into that. Won't want the moderators to delete my post.
I was the first one to offer my congratulations. And obviously there are important things to spend hard earned money on.
At the same time, aren't most of us in the same boat? We have jobs and obligations with bills to pay. We also spend money on more than necessities: cable TV, internet access, a nice evening out, movies at the theater, video games etc. We get to choose our entertainment. EA does provide a fun game, for free. If someone chooses to spend some of their paycheck to enhance a game they enjoy rather than playing a round or two of golf, it is their prerogative. But EA doesn't "owe" us anything.
It's their world and we're all just playing in it.
It all comes down to priorities. I have been playing since the game was released, with a small break when my ipod did not support an update, and I only recently 'purchased' donuts with a itunes gift card that my kids got for Christmas and didn't want. I also have the Plow King skin but I won't be buying the Bowlorama any time soon. As previous posters have stated there are events that are donut friendly and I also see plenty of true premium players complain about spending real money just to have items released for free soon after. If your priority is this game then you will find the funding but remember to enjoy your kid and try to use this as a platform of stress release and not more frustration.
Had to read that twice, but I see what you did there...
This was an amazing response..
You can do things when the child is asleep. I have time durning the day. He is three months old and at that age they still tend to sleep a lot. I didn't mean to come off as a dad who doesn't spend time with his son. He comes first and I only play the game twice a day. One of those times being at 12 AM when I get home from work. Yeah, you read that right. 12 AM. I am a stay at home dad durning the day time and start work at 5 PM. Don't lecture me on bonding with my son. I take great pride and joy in him. He can stand up on his own now. He needs help with balance but can stand for a good period of time. If all babies can do that at three months then whatever. I still love him.
Thanks everyone for the ideas and the congrats. I thought the coffee carts were only for Squidport. The peanut carts can be used around Springfield. I do wish EA would realize that the recession isn't quit over yet. I wonder if someone from EA has read this post. Hm... Time will tell.
Also, you do not need 50! Restaurants for 5 star rating. About 3 krustys and 5-7 kwikemarts. Keep building till you have 5 stars. Nothing wring with multiples when you are a freemium player (don't spend donuts).
I dont get the OPs opinion: you see something that is tempting you so you expect someone else is giving it to you for free. There is a Mercedes dealer a few meters down the road from my house. I see their advertisement at least twice a day and i have the road i am travelling on tempting me. In your logic this would be enough to get in that store and claim a car for free. Expecting other people to work for you for nothing is commonly known under the term slavery, you take but you dont give.
So what was your point again?
Congrats to your baby, an exiting time lies ahead. I have a four and a one year old, so i understand where your money goes.
That's just gona sit at home unless they give me that car too
@ O.P I kid, but that's marketing. They're gona entice you to buy barney.....it's ur choice to buy tho
Oh that made me laugh hard!
whilst i've spent money on the game i too can't justify spending $400 or more on a mobile game where i only play for a few minutes a day to set tasks up.
for $400 i could buy 4 or 5 brand new PC games and get 100's of hours out of them.. it's makes spending the $400 worth it.
i have friends in this game that seem to no longer play the game whos towns are full with premium items.. makes me think how many $100's of dollars are just wondering around a game that they no longer play.
Nothing is for free, especially a game like tapped out! If no one would buy doughnuts, the game would not exist anymore!
So just play it for free and live with that you can't have some stuff. Why should EA care about the freemium players? It's a business and not a charitable society...
But anyway, I wish you all the best for your young family..