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Cordova, TN; July 3, in the year of our Lord 2015--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is looking at an exciting trend in the video game industry. What is this trend that has us all a twitter? It is seeing video games go from the free to play to the one time pay model. Yes we know free to play could be referenced as repeat to pay. Since too many of the free to play games are actually repeat to pay. Not to be confused with real free to play video games. Why is this exciting? Because it gives consumers more choice. It allows consumers to pay one time for a game and show they support that model over the repeat to pay model. It is also something we believe in strongly here at Family Friendly Gaming.

Lego Minifigures Online is the latest video game to go from the repeat pay to play to the one time pay model. The amazing innovation of this transformation shows other video games could do the same thing. Why can’t there be a one time pay Crossy Road? Why can’t there be a one time pay Ultima Forever? The companies have the code, and it does not take that much work to tweak the games to a pay one time model that works. Just like it does not take that much effort to put video games in the physical format. As we have written about here on Family Friendly Gaming before, these companies could sell directly to their fans and supporters. Advertisements on sites like Family Friendly Gaming could bring in all kinds of sales. I thought they cared about making money.

The next logical progression for this innovation (after going into physical copies of course) is to make offline only modes for online games. Give families the option to play completely offline. A total stand alone version of the game. We do not need to be social 24/7. Some alone time is good for all of us. Especially when different people rub one another the wrong way. There are no safety issues with stalkers, trolls, haters, and freaks when you are playing offline in your own home. Sort of like how abstinence is 100% effective in avoiding diseases. Avoiding online play means you avoid all of those issues and problems. There are plenty of online games I would love to play offline stand alone versions of. I don’t mind some kind of local multiplayer. I want to avoid those nasty Internet usage fines.

What about you? Would you play your favorite online only video game locally in an offline mode? Do you support the physical copy movement? Do you like owning games that you pay for? Would you like a little alone time in online games? Would you like to save money on Internet usage? Do you prefer pay one time over repeat pay to play? Did you find this article thought provoking?

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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