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The Answer

By , on September 29, 2013
Last modified 10 months ago

Hey there loyal Appspy readers!

Not much of a response this week, but we did have those site issues over last weekend. I do want to thank Taekon and DarkScience for their replies. I had completely overlooked the possible positives of the push notification, or more specifically, why they were created in the first place.

For many of the games I review, push notifications will appear regularly as long as the app is on my phone. It’s not exactly the concept itself that annoys me, but rather at the start of every app with them, it gives you an option to turn push notifications off. I always do this, and even so, these games will always notify me to keep playing, to return. Perhaps it’s a flaw in my settings, but i’ve even turned off the notifications in there and still had certain games message me. I hate to sound paranoid, but it seems to me that many developers purposely bypass this system.

If you’re playing a game like Words With Friends or any other title where the game notifies you of your turn, that’s all well and good. If you can put up with the constant interruptions, this system is a great way for always informing you when you have a new move to make. Even in the freemium sphere I can see the benefit of the game informing you when something is complete, as a lot of those game require waiting if you do not want to spend money.

As with a lot of gaming concepts (such as gamification or freemium), it’s not that the concepts themselves are necessarily bad, but they are exploited a lot by developers and publishers to their detriment as a whole. Personally, I’d just be happy if the option to turn off push notifications actually worked.

The Answer this week is a little late into the weekend, but I hope you all enjoy what’s left, and I’ll be back on Monday with another question. Happy apping!


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harlianderson 10 months ago

Hello, AppSpy! Congratulations, for you have the idea of gifting friends appspymaniacos! And as I am a big fan of AppSpy step here ... every day to see news and paid games that are free! I know I'm selfish for wanting everything for free, but do not have access to paid apps! Then wait for miracles to reach the site AppSpy, and find free games and news. At the moment I am struggling to get in my free apps, no credit for games, blades of fury, doodle jump, combo and crew rayman jungle run. Are the games I most want to have ... and hope that miracles can! For the two only ones site that has attended more ... every 5 minutes are Facebook and AppSpy! Thanks for all ...

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DarkScience 10 months ago

The best notification I remember was from nova 3 saying the jet pack was in sale! I'll take it! I do get annoying sponge bob diner (my little girls fav game in my phone!!) notifications almost daily even though notifications are turned off for it! So it's not just you!!

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WavingPeople 10 months ago

Took me many irritating days to put on my self-proclaimed technology knowledgeable hat and figure out that you have to go into the Notifications section in your device settings and turn the apps' notifications off individually manually. The whole process just seems unnecessary, as per ranted.

When I answered the question, I didn't actually considered the good sides of push notifications (since I've never been exposed to any) so thank you and Dave for widening my understanding.

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WavingPeople 10 months ago

Also there should be an edit post feature, so many typos and errors. English is hard, you guys.

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TheAspieFox 10 months ago

English isn't hard, you just need to review what you're going to post before you post it.

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WavingPeople 10 months ago

I always do, but I can't always find all of the faults.

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DarkScience 10 months ago

Where you from Taekon - I email people from all over the world with my job, I would say your english is just fine! Better than some english people actually!

Dont beat your self up about it - I only speak one language and I guess you can speak at least 2!

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TheAspieFox 10 months ago

@Taekon; Even if you don't, I can say with assurance that you speak more fluently in English than a lot native English-speakers here in America!

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WavingPeople 10 months ago

Haha thanks guys, I grew up in Vietnam but currently residing in Australia. I started learning extra English outside of the Vietnamese curriculum to play video games in English (was so into Megaman Battle Network then).

I wasn't beating myself up, just saying that it'd be nice to have an edit feature.

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TheAspieFox 10 months ago

I do agree there; an editing feature would be quite helpful.

But it is good that you gained the opportunity of learning another language because of video games. People often assume that video games just rot your brain and make you dumb, when the opposite is quite true.