That's the problem; they will charge those features when it should be implented across the board. By charging, they will create 2 class of players and 2 class of quality playtime. 1 for the richer 9 exempt of all problems ) and 1 for the poorer ( with cheating, tussle and quitting ).. By the way.. if they charge... you will see license buying drop to 0 ( no one will pay the software price and a monthly fees for an acceptable place to play spades when there is other place where it's free and acceptable ).. Monthly fees are a very short term vision...
Usa_Justice esthablished a very good point arguing that the HW base players is unsiffisant to support a Monthly fees system. Actually, HW players base is sitting aroung, let's say, 400 players. Well, this is pretty low if you estimated that very few of them will pay the Monthly fees. It will, in a view of restoring HW cash flow, change nothing. Hw should, in a first step esthablishe the number of his base player, at least, at 1000. The only problem with that is that you have to sold 600 more license which is virtually impossible at this time.
It's impossible because players who already buy the software are not willing to suggest to their firend to buy it because there is so much issues to resolve. How many topics and reply the HW forum has concerning lots of issues. Sadly, nothing has been done and that's why, and i am pretty sure of this, the license selling has reach a nearly dead point. To make people buy your sotfware; you need 2 solid things : 1- have a software who is the real deal; a software who will make the others been a pale immitation in comparaison of yours. 2- You need credibilty and good reputation which happy players can provide you easly. Quite frankly, i don't think those 2 conditions are reunited right now...
GypsyRoseL wrote:That is pretty clear to me Justice!! Put the utility in Options that tells whether or not an IM is being used by a player, we can use it or not. ... Should we have to pay for this feature?USA_Justice wrote:Someone needs to help me, I guess. It seems everytime I talk about cheating someone thinks I'm talking about ELIMINATING it.
You can not eliminate it.
I hope that it simple enough as to not distort what I'm saying.
You can not eliminate cheating.
All I have ever suggested is that you take away the most common methods.
I stumbled on Hardwood when looking for a new place to play Spades, probably through Google. I was hooked within a couple of days of the 30 day trial and purchased well before my 30 days was up. My MO is: I'm a frequent player, I play almost every day but I have yet to play in tournaments ... I play cutthroat more often than partners. General rule is I do not play at other web sites.
I purchased the game because:
The bottom line for me is I would have to see exactly what the bonus features were and how much Hardwood planned to charge for them. Depending of what value I put on them ... a one time fee, monthly or annual fee?
- 1. No POPUPS or flashing messges of how I'd won something!! (those things drove me nuts at other game sites)
2. I seriously enjoy the graphics of the card decks, avatars, and fooms. I like the game rooms and how the card table looks like a card table, cards look like cards, almost like being there in person(virtual reality). I know that many of you put those features down on your list to number 5 or 6 but for me it's number 2. Would I pay for more similar features?
3. Bad behavior in the lobby or during a game should not be permitted, there is no excuse in my opinion. We all signed the TOS when we downloaded the program and each one is responsible for his/her own behavior. Offenders should be delt with quickly and severely - make a statement it will not be tolerated! I thought I paid for this with my initial purchase price.
4. Variety of different Spade games, regular, mirrors, suicide, cutthroat or partners was a feature not found at my regular card sites. Big plus!! Being able to play with bots when no game is available was another selling point.
Before knowing what features and how much the charge would be, how can anyone seriously say they aren't interested or say a definate NO? Or say they WOULD pay?
One quick point and then I am done here .... Recently I had a friend with a birthday, I went to many of my favorite free greeting card sites only to find they were no longer FREE. A yearly charge anywhere from $9.98 to $13.98 is what I found. Perhaps we have all benefited from a FREE internet but the reality is operating a business costs money and if the sponsors are turning away or having no ads is important then businesses will have to charge in order to keep their doors open.