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The Question

By , on September 23, 2013
Last modified 10 months ago

Hello there loyal Appspy readers! It’s another Monday and it is of course time for another question.

Many games on the App Store want you to play them, and ever since the inclusion of push notifications in 2009, they have been able to tell you that. Now for some games this might be a blessing, reminding you that you haven’t spent time with it, or indicating that something you may have been waiting on has been finished, but other times, it can be quite annoying (especially if you’re expecting a message and it’s just one of your games talking to you).

I would like to expand on this conversation this week so my question to our readers (should we call you guys Appspites?) is this: What are your thoughts on how games utilize push notifications?

I can’t wait to see your responses, and as always, I’ll let you know my answer on Friday. Enjoy your week, and enjoy your gaming!


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DarkScience 9 months, 4 weeks ago

If your playing turn based strat on line they are vital! And exciting to receive. I don't play pay for games so not plagued by add based notifications.

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DarkScience 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Though deux ex does keep reminding me to come back, these seem a little desperate to be honest!!! Really aren't necessary.

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Taekon 10 months ago

The games with push notifications that I've seen so far are ones with energy bars that limit what you can do and excessive IAP stores. Sure it's useful sometimes when I want to know whether I can continue progressing or not, but the majority of the time when I don't feel like playing, the notifications just keep popping up. It's annoying to be constantly demanded to play and pay more and more.

The most horrible ones, however, are from paid apps. I think only a few of them have push notifications, and those ones should really stop doing it. I've already paid for the game, I should be able to play it whenever I want, not feel like I'm being ordered to open the app.

Not a lot of deep thoughts on this one I'm afraid. Generally I'm just really annoyed by the sounds and banners. I think it'd be great if they could improve push notifications by actually turning off the feature if the user say no when the game asks about it. I always have to go into my iPod's setting to turn it off a second time, which feels unnecessary.

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Taekon 10 months ago

TL;DR: rant rant rant