Earlier this week, game publisher EA announced that it will be removing its Tetris apps from the App Store on April 21, 2020. EA did not provide a reason for this move, but it appears to be related to a licensing change.

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As part of a multi-year agreement with The Tetris Company, game developer N3TWORK today announced that it has released an all-new Tetris app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The app features a traditional solo gameplay experience, both online and offline, and will be updated with new gameplay modes in the future.

The new Tetris app is free to download worldwide, excluding China and New Zealand, with an optional $4.99 in-app purchase to remove ads.

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Juicy Box Avatar
26 months ago

Out of curiosity, the first time you went to a bar early in life and paid $5 for your first beer ever, you probably enjoyed it for about a half hour before it was empty. Then when you asked the bar tender for a refill and they said, "That will be another $5", were you raged with anger and said, "I already paid $5, so I want free refills for the rest of my life"?

It's funny how people put a price on things they enjoy. For some, they will pay hundreds or thousands over a span of 4 or 5 years for beer, but if an app they equally enjoy does a one time charge of $5 for the same span of time, they freak out.
It is as simple as durable good versus consumable good.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durable_good
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumables


Until recently, almost all video games were considered durable goods. With the rise of digital media, a long with the bubblegum-like mobile game industry, video games are now becoming more consumable in nature.


It's funny how people put a price on things they enjoy.
If video games were always a consumable good, there probably wouldn't be any complaining, but when people used to be able to buy a video game and continue to use it indefinitely, and now you could buy a game today and tomorrow it could be pulled from the apps store or an iOS update can break the game, this understandably irks people.
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Labeno Avatar
26 months ago

So another multi-year agreement, $5 to remove ads, and the need to re-do this all over again in a few years since we won't actually own the game.
I feel I need to respond, and I'm not trying to create a controversy, but just making an observation of something that perplexes me.

Out of curiosity, the first time you went to a bar early in life and paid $5 for your first beer ever, you probably enjoyed it for about a half hour before it was empty. Then when you asked the bar tender for a refill and they said, "That will be another $5", were you raged with anger and said, "I already paid $5, so I want free refills for the rest of my life"?

It's funny how people put a price on things they enjoy. For some, they will pay hundreds or thousands over a span of 4 or 5 years for beer, but if an app they equally enjoy does a one time charge of $5 for the same span of time, they freak out.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
herocero Avatar
26 months ago
I can’t wait for their exclusivity to end so in the future I have the opportunity to buy this game a third time ... pass.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
martyjmclean Avatar
26 months ago
Ah this one looks much better than the EA one!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pakaku Avatar
26 months ago
Meh, at this point I'll just stick with some form of the game that won't expire, like Tetris on NES
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
26 months ago

The game needs to ping home to start and be able to play, and they are shutting down access. The app will be useless.
Yep, just tested and confirmed that.

They must have added that requirement recently, because I've played a LOT of EA Tetris on the plane in airplane mode and have never had any issues.

It just shows how scummy EA is. They actually WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY to break the game. I deleted it from my phone; it feels dirty just having it installed at this point.

It's sad because they could have set a good example and gone THE OTHER WAY; disable all networking code, remove dependancy on the Internet and release one last update that'll work forever if you keep it installed/install from purchase history.

But no, they're *******s.



- Tetris is a bad example of everything because Russia's involved and the original is some garbage little ASCII-style game for the Электроника 60 that was the USSR's state property. The (IMO questionable but widely accepted IP) is now being used as a weapon. IMO it shoulda just died with the gameboy... it's not THAT good.
Just because the Soviet Union took ownership of everything their citizens created doesn't make the creation any less valid or awesome. It's a great game that has endured for decades; we just want developers to treat it better.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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