I'm totally freemium and I disagree that it's getting harder to win rewards. I also haven't seen any extraordinary reason to spend money. If anything I've been LESS motivated to actually buy donuts because I have not been impressed with recent prizes.
I didn't mind being a Premium player for most of the time I've played but it has gotten to the point that they are sucking more and more out of us and creating event after event and there just seems like no time to just play without the looming thought of having to buy things. The problem is that EA has gotten greedy and the spending has increased exponentially. Anyone who spends money on games expects the spending to increase but TSTO has gotten out of hand. I could prove this with bank drafts but I think EA knows what they are doing.
The additional problem they created is lack of space. I have every single item to this point and yet they have not increased the land adequately to cover the additional needs. I love The Simpsons and if the increases had been linear I probably would have stayed longer but at this point I feel I need to wash my hands of this.
And for the Freemium players who will flame this saying that I am just crying about this they can also admit it's getting harder to earn the rewards because of ever increasing event requirements. I have always tried to complete events before spending money but now that is nearly impossible even for an active player.
Bottom line is EA should not bite the hand that feeds them and this practice will drive more paying customers away. Premiums will spend money but there will be a limit for any of us whether they admit it or not.
Whoops, I completely miscalculated and I'm still 2600 probes away from getting the torture device. Still not spending any donuts
I always find it amusing that people find it necessary to announce their departures. If you're not happy...go. Frankly, EA isn't going to care. Their current business Model works for them. As both a premium player and a freemium player, I find the arguments listed don't really Hold water. In one town I spend only the donuts I earn through gameplay. Yes, I have less and sometimes it makes me twitchy. But through every event I have always managed to earn everything available. Even during the "event that shall not be named". In my premium town I have everything. I've played since day 1. There is plenty of land. I have a few things in inventory because I choose to have some areas highly decorated. My stonecutters and **** areas Are large by choice. My prison, my racetrack...the list goes on. All of them could be significantly smaller and still look nice. I choose not to have it that way. And yeT I still have some open space.
At the end of the day it's a free game. No one is forcing anyone to spend money. You can play just fine without ever dropping a cent. I'd rather do this than drop the $65 on a video game that I Complete in less than a month.
Unfortunately there is the potential for companies to far too easily cross the line with the cash shop model and make more than they should premium for the extra padding to their bottom line from the minority who has to have it all. The unfortunate side effect is it ticks off a lot of people who do want more than one or two premium things here and there especially if the content is constantly coming out with no time to sit back and earn (real world or in game or both) for the next set of premium items. In fact in far extremes it makes some people desire a monthly fee to get the ability to earn the premium stuff through game play. And some think it would be better if the game company put at price tag on the game ($30) and charge for quarterly expansions ($15). Similar to the old expansions model that has almost been forgotten.
In that model all this premium content would be obtained through game play (game currency or earned in some other way). Personally I would prefer the expansion model over the level of premium items they have been making part of limited time events or deals. At least I could then buy the content at my own pace instead of just missing out because I refuse to pay tons of real money on a game that by all gaming industry standards is worth only $30 at this time. I spent $50 on donuts and I felt that was plenty enough to pay. I would spend more if they switched models and packed the premiums into expansion packs and let us earn the items through game play.
I don't understand why people defend EA so much, they are a dirty company that doesn't respect their consumers and are just out for what they can get, they really don't care about what we want, but for some reason people still support them and defend their shady business practice, I really wish people would wise up to EA and make them go under, maybe then they will learn to stop biting the hand that feeds them.
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