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The Good and Bad of Subscription Software

Subscription SoftwareWhile free to play has been gaining in popularity when it comes to computer games, more and more software companies have been switching away from a pay for product model to a subscription model. Why on earth would they turn to this model rather than having just a standard paid user license? In some cases, the move to a subscription model makes a lot of sense while in others it makes no sense at all. So how does a consumer know whether some software they want for their computer is worth paying a monthly or annual fee for versus just outright buying a copy of it? Continue reading

What Makes a Bad Free To Play Game

For the most part, consumers can get a lot of benefit from Free To Play games. After all, you can essentially play them for free as long as you have the discipline and patience to not spend any money on them. I have played a huge number of PC and mobile games yet spent probably no more than $50 on the games over a period of several years. This includes such titles as World of Tanks, Planetside 2, Lord of the Rings Online, Angry Birds Go!, Marvel Puzzle Quest, Plants vs. Zombies 2, and Puzzles and Dragons. The problem is that there are many pitfalls to the various Free To Play games that either make them dangerous for people to play or just flat out frustrating that they are not fun or just bad. Continue reading

How Free To Play Games Make Money

Angry Birds Go! ShopObviously it takes time and money for a developer to create a game. Offering that game for free to players is certainly not going to recoup the cost of developing the game. This is why for years and years, games had a purchase price. Free To Play games break this mold by removing the cost to the player but obviously not entirely otherwise the games would not get developed in the first place. Instead, most games rely on a number of tried and true methods for convincing players to provide them money. This article looks at the many different methods that developers use to try and coax some money from the players who are not required to pay a single cent to play a Free To Play game. Continue reading

What Are Free To Play Games?

Angry Birds Go!Angry Birds developer Rovio recently announced that all their future software titles would be Free To Play Games. This is a major trend in computer games outside of the video game consoles. Whether it is on your PC, tablet or mobile phone, many games now are being released under this business model. Of course if you log into the the various app stores, you will find a large number of games that are listed as being free. Just because the game is listed as being free to download does not make that game Free To Play. Today, I’m going to take a closer look at what exactly makes a game be Free To Play… Continue reading

Should You Update To Windows 8.1?

Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Today is the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 software update. For those that happen to be running Windows 8, the update is free while anyone on a previous version will have to pay the standard upgrade cost of $120 ($200 for the Pro version). At first glance, not much seems to have changed on the operating system but there have been a number of crucial changes that really feel like they should have been in the original release of Windows 8 last year. So let’s take a close look at some of the features that have been added and then whether or not this is an upgrade to consider. Continue reading