F2P Ethics: Jon Jordan at F2P Summit

I’ve previously tried to avoid talking about the ethics of F2P because, whilst I believe the vulnerable need to be protected, I don’t think it’s a serious issue and mostly the reaction and anger it invokes is somewhat silly and overblown. However, I did just write a piece for GamesIndustry International (nee GamesIndustry.biz), which is…

Office of Fair Trading Investigating F2P

In the UK the topic of children and IAPs has become a mainstream news topic in the last month. Now the Office of Fair Trading (the governmental UK consumer protection organisation) has said it will investigate if some F2P games targeting children are “misleading, commercially aggressive or otherwise unfair” or in other words “unlawful”. Well…

Special Effect: Getting Disabled People Playing

Special Effect is a charity that allows disabled people to enjoy videogames through adapted equipment, a loan library and a website packed with information. Check out the below video to see how they got Charlotte back in to gaming and visit the site to donate. [Update] Special Effect just posted this moving video of Arlo…

Free-To-Play Is Not The Only Way

Freetard (noun). A freetard is a unyielding proponent of free Source: Urban Dictionary I like to think that I am not a freetard, despite being such a champion of the F2P model that I wrote a book about it. I believe that F2P is the best business proposition for most games: It grants access to…

The Rise of Rage of Bahamut

I’m something of a card game fanatic: I play and write about Magic: The Gathering a great deal and have worked and advised on a number of card battlers. Whilst the genre is insanely popular in Japan, where Puzzle & Dragons makes $25 million per month, few have managed to crack the West. The standout…

Develop: When You Don’t Need A Consultant

In my final column for Develop (I’ll be writing for GamesIndustry International from April), I talk about times when you shouldn’t hire a consultant. Consultants are of best use when you’re blind on a subject. When you have a specific problem that needs their unique knowledge to help you gain deeper understanding and reach a…

Slamjet Stadium Out Now

My buddy Alistair “The A-Dogg” Aitcheson’s two-player-single-iPad title Slamjet Stadium just hit the App Store. It is one of the most fun titles I’ve played in a long while – jostling friends over control of slamjets is as hectic as it gets. It’s impossible to describe how much chaos can be involved and how competitive…

Judging 2013 BAFTA Games Awards

It was a great honor to be invited to the Mobile & Handheld jury for this year’s BAFTA Games Awards and the quality of the games were outstanding, which is a testament to how far mobile games have come. The Walking Dead was a fine winner of the award. The level of polish is outstanding…

BBC News Interview: Children and IAPs

Following Don’t Tell Me How Spend My Money getting picked up by Stuart Dredge in this Guardian article, I was contacted by BBC News for a short interview. The hot topic of children and IAPs hit mainstream media after a boy wracked up over £1,700 on his dad’s iPad. You can read more and watch…