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Not free

Posted on: July 17, 2018

It seems to be a point of pride for some Pokémon Go (PoGo) players to highlight how little money, if any at all, that they put into the game. That is what I gather from anecdotal interactions with other players and from Facebook group posts.

If they wish to play that way and grind a maximum of 50 coins a day, they are entitled to do so. What they are not entitled to do is getting those coins by spoofing, sniping, and shaving.

What these players are also not entitled to do is putting others down for paying to play. Closet PoGo players do not reveal they pay to play in order to avoid the condescending question, “Pay for what?”

PoGo shop.

I pay to play to the tune of just SGD 1 a day. I enjoy the game and wish to support the company and the people it employs. I benefit from the ecosystem it has created in the form of YouTubers and other social leaders.

I do not think that it is helpful to expect a company to provide an app, a service, and an entire ecosystem for free. Doing this entrenches a mean and closed mindset.

I challenge the notion that the best things in life are free. They are not, not even the intangibles. Take family time for instance. Think about how much time and effort it takes to carve it out or set it aside.

Born free. Became expensive.

Free or freemium apps get cashflows eventually. They could offer micro-transactions that fool users or sell user data without the users’ knowledge. When the latter happens, we become the product, not the customer.

Thinking or wishing that you can get away with “free” has its price — continued ignorance, unrealistic expectations, and futile actions. We might be born free of burden, but we become expensive very quickly. The lesson at birth is something we should not forget.

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