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Tetris Subscription is Highway Robbery

If you have played any games on any device, one of them has likely been Tetris. Tetris has been around since 1985 and there have been many versions of the game even on iOS. Tetris licenses out the name of the game so others can create a game. Back in January of 2020, a whole new version of Tetris was released by the development group N3twork. The release can be viewed on tetris.com.

As is the case with many apps these days, they are free with ads. Quite often there is the ability to remove the ads. When the app was released, there was an offer to remove ads. This was a one-time fee of $4.99. I immediately purchased this, because I do not like seeing ads when I am playing a game. The one-time purchase mechanism is useful in some situations, however, it is becoming less common. Instead, many apps are moving towards a subscription model.

In many cases, this makes sense, because a subscription can generate consistent revenue. The reason for this is because many people sign up for a subscription and often forget that they have subscribed. When it comes time to renew, if they didn’t pay attention the notice from Apple, and say, “oh it’s only x, I’ll keep subscribing”. If the fee is small enough, say $4.99 a month, most would not argue with that.

While I was digging through the interface of Tetris, I noticed that there was the option to change avatars and your background. These had a lock in the lower right corner. So I tapped on it, and it brings up the option for “Tetris Premium”, which I can understand.

What shocked me though was not that they were offering a subscription, but the price. It is $4.99 per week. This is not $4.99 per month, which I can somewhat understand, but PER WEEK. This means that if you were to subscribe to Tetris Premium for an entire year, it would cost your $259.48. Here is what you would get for that:

  1. No interstitial ads
  2. Exclusive LCD Theme
  3. Three Exclusive Avatars

That is it. I would hope that they would add more backgrounds and avatars.

My Thoughts

To me, this is completely absurd. I will concede that it is possible that this is an “accident” and it meant to be per month, but it does not seem to be the case. It is also possible that the interface can update to whatever the current offer. There are many apps that are scammy apps that try to trick people into spending money for very little in return.

I am not saying that $4.99 is inappropriate for all applications, quite the contrary. However, for a game like Tetris, pricing of $4.99 per week is definitely not worth the price. To me, this just seems like a cash grab. Not only should N3twork be ashamed, Tetris Holdings, Inc. should protect their brand, because this is going to make people stop trusting any Tetris apps in the future.

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Daily Run Down 06/12/2013: Morning Edition

Here is this morning’s Daily Run Down.

General News

International

Politics

Health

Science/Space

Financial

Gaming

Reviews

Law

Technology

Mobile

Software/Apps

Security

Developer

London/Britain/UK

Personal

Funny

Chicagoland

Total Number of stories: 46

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Daily Run Down 04/04/2013: Evening Edition

Here is this evening’s Daily Run Down.

Big News

Recalls

General News

International

Politics

Obits

Science/Space

Historical

Gaming

Law

Technology

Internet

Social

Mobile

Software/Apps

Security

Developer

London/Britain/UK

Personal

Odd

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Chicagoland

Total Number of stories: 57

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Me Rant

Canceling Subscriptions to Online Dating Sites

I’ve been single well over a year now, exactly 404 days. Yeah, something’s missing… Any who, My ex didn’t move out until December 9th, despite breaking up on Halloween. Me being the chivalrous type I didn’t sign up for any dating sites until after she moved out. I joined Match.com and paid for the 6-month subscription with guarantee. This means that you have to email five different people every month and always keep your profile visible. It’s not something difficult to do. If you do this and don’t meet anybody they give you a free six months free. Needless to say, I haven’t met anybody yet and my subscription was coming up for renewal. Since it hasn’t worked I decided to not renew it.

With match.com you can keep winking and viewing your matches. You can’t see who has visited your profile, but nobody initiates contact with me anyway, so it’s not a big loss for me.

During the cancellation process they asked for a reason. They provide a few options, including ‘other’. Other was the only one that fit for me. I provided some reasoning and continued my cancellation. I was then prompted to answer a couple other questions. The questions were “In your own words, how can we make finding love better?” and “How likely are you to recommend match.com to a friend?” My responses are below:

In the eternal words of George Carlin, “I’m using the same words as everybody else, I do not have my own words.”

First suggestion, provide a cheaper solution. It’s already too expensive. It shouldn’t be that expensive.

Second, Provide more options. Allow users to hide matches who are not paying. If they don’t pay, and you are, they aren’t shown nor matched.

Third, explain winking better to new customers. Many don’t understand its intended purpose and how to really use it.

Fourth, The biggest annoyance is in the “What’s New” section. Do not have MatchMobile display as a “new” item if a user is already signed up. I had been signed up from the beginning and was irritated whenever I did see “1 New” item and it was only match mobile. It’s misleading and deceptive and should be removed entirely.

If I had a choice, I’d give the question “How likely is it that you would recommend Match.com to a friend?” a -10 due to the horrible results and a complete waste of time and money it truly is.

Suffice to say, match.com didn’t work for me. Will I pay again, I’m not sure. Only Time will tell.

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Daily Run Down 08/28/2012

Here is today’s Daily Run Down.

General News

Technology

Funny

International

Chicagoland

Personal

Science/Space

Health

Gaming

Software/Apps

Gadgets

Politics

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Mobile

Security

Historical

London/Britain

Earnings

Patents

Tips and Tricks

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT CHARLIE

Total Number of stories: 121

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