There have been others that have surfaced and users flock to try them out. I have even joined a few. However, I am finding something quite disturbing – the fact that these applications are asking people to buy points (or whatever they are called for each application) with real money. What are the points used for? Well, they can be used for special defense/ offense items, or towards game money, or energy refills to do battle with other game opponents.
In Sorority Life, you can buy 20 brownie points (their point system) for $5. The special items offered are between 12-19 brownie points a piece, meaning you have to really pay some money as the opportunities to obtain free brownie points are like pulling teeth.
The question is: why is it so expensive? How much is Zynga, who owns Mafia Wars, Vampire Wars, and many other game which they boast an increase of 12 million users in two weeks? (As a huge note, Sorority Life is not owned by Zynga, but by Playdom.) I understand that some of the money goes to technicians, graphic artists, server expenses, and some for the company, but what about a little relief for the gamers? Why not give back to their users and lower their special items?
Of course, for those who have a lot of money to waste on something they would not be able to show anything for, it would be no worries. However, there are game rental sites online that you can be sent games for a low cost per month.
Do you play these interactive games? What do you think of it? Expensive? Do not care? Have you bought points through these applications?