Why We Love In-App Purchases
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. Yes, you read that correctly.
We know, we know. We decried in-app purchases just yesterday in an impassioned feature about the games that act as the worst offenders of the bunch. But there's a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to IAPs, and this feature is all about why they can actually be a blessing in disguise. We're through being angry for the moment and are instead ready to sing some of their praises. Because, like DLC, these purchases have their positive uses as well.
1. IAPs enhance older games in ways that players can benefit.
If you've enjoyed a classic RPG port or a platformer you've memorized, IAPs can inject some new life into a game you know like the back of your hand. For instance, additional levels, costumes, alternative soundtracks, and more await you if you want to change things up. Plus, many of the IAPs that could transform your game are much chaeper than that of console DLC or purchasing a new game -- and hey, so many titles are free-to-play now that you're only spending a couple bucks on the game, period. And that's something we can all get behind.
2. They make things easier.
Got a level you just can't complete? Running out of power-ups? Call on the magical power of real-world cash to swoop in and save you. Some might call it cowardly, but we call it a great idea, especially if your progress is impeded by a roadblock where you just need one last push. It's a modern luxury we didn't have until the last few years, so why try to fight the urge? Give in a time or two. It doesn't have to become a habit, does it?
3. Developers benefit from your extra spending money.
If there's a particular developer, company, or franchise you find yourself identifying with every time a new release hits the App Store or Google Play Store, you might have already been swallowed up as a loyal fan. And that's okay! You want your favorite studio to flourish, don't you? Vote with your money and ensure those developers get paid. That way, you can ensure you see more of the games that strike your fancy, and more of the content that you enjoy. And you're only out a few measly dollars, or the hundreds you chose to spend. You're totally in control. Unless you're addicted to Pet Rescue Saga. And then we can't help you.