This post was originally published on the Our World blog on 12th July 2018:
We have recently been researching other smartphone games such as Clash of the Clans to see what others have been doing and it struck us that in-app purchases seemed very unfair in that it favours those with more money, thus creating yet more inequality.
Games should be played on an equal playing field where EVERYONE has an EQUAL chance of winning regardless of how money money they have. We miss the good old days when playing a game was about having fun and a test of your skills, if you won it was because you were the better player, not because you had more money.
With Clash of the Clans, although it is a very good game, it is equally a bad game because it is not far or equal at all and does not show who is best at the game but instead who has the most money.
Now days it seems that everything is geared at making as much money as possible from players and to draw them in and get them addicted so they spend even more money. We feel this is very wrong, this is not what gaming should be about. It should be about having fun with your friends and family where everyone has an EQUAL opportunity of winning despite their background, how rich they are etc.