Would YOU Pay $30 a Year for TETRIS?

Would YOU Pay $30 a Year for TETRIS?

Doug wrote about the new ‘reimaginged’ Tetris app, which includes the following:

· The fan-favorite Marathon Mode.
· A brand new level-based Galaxy Mode, where players can use game-changing power ups to dig down and shatter their scores.
· Innovative Marathon One Touch Mode, a simple and easy-to-use control scheme for Marathon mode that is specially designed for touch screen gameplay.
· New gameplay challenges delivered via the never-before-seen Tetris Log system.
· Tetris Rank functionality that tracks players’ lifetime “lines cleared” to assign an overall rank.
· Ability to subscribe to the T-Club, the only Tetris fan club to give members exclusive access to new mobile challenges and content.

These sounded pretty cool and made me want to play Tetris again (first time since about a week after the game was released), which sent me to check my updates and then to realize a few things …

Do you own the latest version of Tetris for the iPhone? Before you check your app updates and say ‘yes, I do’ … let me be the first to tell you that NO, in fact you do not. EA has released a new ‘update’ which actually forces you to buy the game again. Your current game will persist, but will not be updated.

What is in the new version? A vacuum to your wallet! Seriously – EA now has something called the ‘Elite Tetris Fan Club’. As mentioned in Doug’s post:

For a fee of $2.99 per month or $29.99 for a year, consumers who download Tetris can also subscribe to the T-Club, an elite Tetris fan club that gives members access to exclusive discounts and content, premium Tetris Log challenges, and a booster to progress their Tetris Rank faster.

Wait … to be a member, you need to buy the new game (again), and THEN subscribe for $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year! What do you get in return? A cool ‘one touch’ mode, and a bunch of other stuff that seems fairly nonsensical.

$30 a year for some vague level-up system on top of a brazen cash grab based around … Tetris. I would never have guessed. But then again, this IS EA, so I shouldn’t be surprised! What do you think? Add your comments and chime in on the poll!

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About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!

3 Comments on "Would YOU Pay $30 a Year for TETRIS?"

  1. You know, when I was doing that post, and I saw that EA had purchased Tetris, stuff like that went through my mind. Let’s just say that I’m not a big fan of EA, and was worried that they were going to screw something up.

  2. When I first scanned your article I just saw stuff about club and buying game modes – it showed how little I read the actual press releases sometimes!  When I re-read it I thought … well, you can see what I thought!  And I am with you on the ‘not a fan of EA’ thing … 

  3. So, is EA basically tricking you into a subscription when you buy Tetris? 

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