An excellent reason for Nintendo to not go F2P

#1SonytendoPosted 7/15/2014 8:01:03 AM
http://www.gamesinasia.com/chinese-couple-sells-their-children-to-traffickers-uses-the-money-to-buy-in-game-items/
Free-to-play games are all the rage in China, but Chinese gamers often shell out a small fortune for in-game items in their favorite games, like weapons and armor. But a young couple in China took things way too far when they sold their two sons to child traffickers and used the proceeds to buy stuff in online games.

The parents in question are A Hui and A Mei (not their full names), a young, unwed couple from China’s post-90s generation. In a television interview on Guangdong TV conducted from a local detention center, they revealed that their first child was not planned, and A Mei said that A Hui had no intention of supporting the child financially. Instead, to avoid the financial burden, they sold him to Fujian-based child traffickers.

But then, A Mei got pregnant again. “[A Hui] likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes,” A Mei told reporters. So many of their collective resources were going into A Hui’s gaming that the two felt, again, that they wouldn’t be able to support the child. So, once again, they sold him to traffickers.

Child trafficking is a serious problem in China that affects thousands of people every year (full disclosure: a few years ago I made a documentary film about child trafficking in China). Traffickers sell children to new parents, to street gangs and street peddlers, and even to orphanages for adoption overseas.

Trafficking is highly illegal, of course—convicted child traffickers often face execution—and parents who sell children to traffickers are also violating the law. A Hui’s father, who was aware of what the couple were doing with their kids, finally reported the problem to police, and both A Hui and A Mei were arrested. The two are now in jail awaiting trial and sentencing for the crime of selling children.


Nintendo has started with F2P practices but once all the world's kids are sold into slavery to pay for these F2P games nobody will buy their games/consoles anymore. Face it kiddy games won't appeal to enslaved kids working 18 hours a day and won't appeal to the adults plating LoL or Candy Crush all day. Nintendo should push back against F2P and try to keep as much freedom as possible for the children of the world.
#2EndgamePosted 7/15/2014 8:35:14 AM(edited)
OR..... they should embrace free to play because they know people would eat it right up and make them lots of money, they are not responsible for stupid people getting themselves into debt over it

bring back Pokémon TCG for 3DS, F2P, but you can buy card packs ala Hearthstone

there, I just saved Iwata's position, you're welcome
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#3lordofthenlpplePosted 7/15/2014 8:50:49 AM(edited)
Fake news. But as for free to play. Its generally a bad idea. I know PWE has been a pretty successful Chinese company in China and abroad. But Im not always a big fan of their business policies. I like the games they create.

http://oi61.tinypic.com/hrnbba.jpg

I just dont like how their games arent competitive and are usually catered to the highest bidder. If Nintendo wanted that same edge. Its not the free to play that makes the game fun. Its the Chinese theme, martial arts and Chinese main characters. And then Nintendo should just sell the box without microtransactions
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#4TurbamPosted 7/15/2014 8:51:53 AM
As much as I dislike the concept of F2P, it really is a genius idea from a business perspective.
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#5lordofthenlpplePosted 7/15/2014 8:53:34 AM
Trust me...Its not..
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#6Sonytendo(Topic Creator)Posted 7/15/2014 8:59:04 AM
lordofthenlpple posted...
Fake news. But as for free to play. Its generally a bad idea. I know PWE has been a pretty successful Chinese company in China and abroad. But Im not always a big fan of their business policies. I like the games they create.

I just dont like how their games arent competitive and are usually catered to the highest bidder. If Nintendo wanted that same edge. Its not the free to play that makes the game fun. Its the Chinese theme, martial arts and Chinese main characters. And then Nintendo should just sell the box without microtransactions


http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/14/5899201/chinas-unease-with-video-games-on-display-in-child-trafficking-report
http://kotaku.com/parents-allegedly-sold-children-to-buy-virtual-in-game-1602864837
http://games.sina.com.cn/g/n/2014-07-08/1507797189.shtml

It's actually real.
#7MetroidJunkiePosted 7/15/2014 9:18:14 AM
I'd love a free to play game where you click on ads to earn premium currency. Works in Dead Trigger.
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#8GirgantePosted 7/15/2014 9:22:57 AM
Holy crap, always such stories from China - wtf is wrong with these people, it sounds like they lack any sort of moral compass.

Anyway, either your reasoning is flawed as hell or you're trying to make a joke - I don't know. But regardless, they should stay away from F2P, because it's an incredibly annoying and anti-consumer practice that is disguised as pro-consumer.
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#9MetroidJunkiePosted 7/15/2014 9:25:45 AM
Girgante posted...
Holy crap, always such stories from China - wtf is wrong with these people, it sounds like they lack any sort of moral compass.

Anyway, either your reasoning is flawed as hell or you're trying to make a joke - I don't know. But regardless, they should stay away from F2P, because it's an incredibly annoying and anti-consumer practice that is disguised as pro-consumer.


Governmental systems rooted in something like Communism are always prone to failure, they promise equal outcome for all but then have a fat government residing over its impoverished citizens.
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#10SyCo_VeNoMPosted 7/15/2014 9:30:02 AM
I'd believe it honestly some of these F2P games REALLY hook people
One I play people that rank in the weekly events I've calculated spend between $3000-7000 USD
Scary thing is most the times its the same people ranking week after week.