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tmpnull5442yThe other reason for micro-transactions is that in many cases they make more money than flat sales or subscription services. As soon as corporations discovered this many of them will not offer the purchase outright option because they want more.
because...... Gatekeeping people with prices kinda discourages people from buying stuff nowadays. Freemium stuff is kinda free but shoves you with microtransactions and shit. It's a psychological thing i guess
@Cappuchino I know - people are easy to manipulate (said the pentester with a special interest in social engineering). Like I said - if you don't pay for your goods, you probably are the merchandise.
But still, it pisses me off. I want to pay for stuff, the nice and fair way. I'm paying for gas, for my bike, for my clothes, my computer, my beer, like everyone else. Why can't people realize that software isn't created by magic but by work as well (and work needs to be paid)?
I guess that's re-education and some classic conditioning, so maybe less "moo" and more "woof" and kind regards from Pavlov.
I agree aside from one point - most of us open source developers genuinely do it just to give something back, rather than for the CV.
It *used* to be a really stand out feature on a CV, but these days it's become so widespread it doesn't really add much. Certainly not worth the effort you'd put in for good contributions if that was your only aim.
I think its due to the entry age decreasing. Nowadays you have very young (compared to older generations) gaming. Parent's wont shell out cash the whole time for them to play so the appeal of free-2-play services are very high at a time where any form of "privacy" is really not cared about at all.
If you tell an 11 year old he can play the newest flappy birds premium game for free if he watches a few ad's he will agree immediately. The behaviour then carries into your adulthood.
Take it from me, someone who is younger than most of the people on DR, I used to love free-2-play because my parents refused to buy me anything and working would only get me 1 or 2 AAA games. Once I started working with a steady income its turned completely around now I hate the privacy intrusions and all things free-2-play because I have the money to afford to buy it myself
dejaime3752y>> Nowadays, software manufacturers have the same legitimacy as the "free" financial "advisors" you find at banks - and who could be dumb enough to trust them? Oh yeah: Almost the entire fucking society is who. <<
Are you implying they had any "legitimacy" at some point? That makes no sense.
We just need to realize that this is not a Software change. That change happened somewhere else, software is just copying what general retail/services are doing. It worked well for them, and certainly would work well for software.
You are definitely overestimating the impact of Free and OS Software here, software is just copying the rest of the economy. It wasn't GPL that made everything a subscription or microtransaction. It was simple competition, and would have happened in similar fashion even if FOSS had never existed.
@dejaime I never said that I blamed FLOSS - quite the opposite, there are commercial FLOSS projects, think Fedora. Hell, Stallman himself sold emacs back in the day, making five figures with it. It's freedom, not communism, after all.
FLOSS doesn't neccessarily mean free of charge, it just means "once you buy my stuff, I'll hand over the source code and let you do your thing".
It's a general problem with society - most people expect they can get something for free without anyone willing to make cash. The problem, as I said, is that if something's free to you, it's quite possible that something shady is going on and in the end, you're paying more for it than if you had been billed in one chunk. Think about the commissions and fees for that "free" financial advice from banks (they literally ruined some people), think about in-app purchases, think about ads that sling malware.