- 12-22-2012, 12:11 PM #26
Wordament did not give up on WP. They just added another platform. And Zombies, Run! while a cool app/game, it isn't really all that popular even in iOS/Android. For one, it's $8 for a running app with some very basic gaming.
12-22-2012, 12:29 PM #27
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yeah I don't think it's a big deal at all. I dont know anyone who bought a Windows Phone because of Wordament. I didn't even know it existed before I got my phone. I think this move gives us something we need, the ability to play games with people on iOS and Android. hopefully its the first of many. that being said, we DO need a few exclusives, but I don't think it's a big deal. I'd rather be able to be accepted by other OS than have exclusive games that I can't play with any of my friends.
- 12-22-2012, 12:56 PM #28
Let's face it. "Killer apps" are only killer apps if everyone knows about them.
Wordament is a really fun game. But it wasn't going to be a killer app for Windows Phone because hardly anyone knew about it. We'd just be playing together talking about how great it is. Yet it would do nothing for iOS users who have never played it.
When iOS and Android users play it, they'll find a great game that was on WP first. "What game is this? It's fun. Where did it come from? Oh, it was on WP first?"
It can help legitimize WP as a platform to others. There may be good games on WP first. Games they never heard of, like Wordament.
In the end, if you really like WP, you can't be afraid of certain games being available elsewhere. You either like the whole design philosophy behind the OS or you don't. And that design philosophy is what will eventually win new users, not some exclusive word games that remain largely unknown.
I completely understand when someone says that they can't go with WP doesn't have an app or game that they feel they need. I don't understand when some people want to jump ship just because someone else happens to also have something that we have.
- 12-22-2012, 01:21 PM #30
WP doesn't need EXCLUSIVE killer apps. This isn't a closed ecosystem world anymore. WP needs killer apps that are cross-platform. I have friends that are die-hard apple or android fans. They wont change, but I still want apps that can communicate with them. I want to be able to play Wordament with my friends if they start playing it (now I have to tell me iOS friends about it).
The features that set WP apart aren't apps. They aren't how awesome the weather app and the calculator app are. The features that are awesome are the Live Tiles (soon to be augmented with notifications), the vanilla lockscreen capable of app integration, and people hub and such. These are tools that set WP apart. Not some game. I know games are big on smartphone ecosystems, but they need to be cross-platform to prevent limitation.
- 12-22-2012, 01:24 PM #32
As for achievements... they'll get their tidbits. Sure, we get them first. We get them for all our XBL games, not just the few that are trickled onto iOS with that functionality.
If achievements is important, there is no better phone than WP.
- 12-22-2012, 01:30 PM #34
sorry but that zombies, run app is pretty stupid imo.
i understand that the whole running from zombie theme is a motivation booster and could add some fun to exercising but it's pretty useless. you could be sitting down on a bench stuffing your mouth with 20 quarter pounders and still escape from the horde of zombies right behind you.
****e. im still 500 pounds. screw you zombies, run!
- 12-22-2012, 01:48 PM #36
Microsoft just needs to build upon the "Live Anywhere" concept. Continue to bring the WP8, Xbox and Win8 users together in a unified ecosystem. All 3 systems can tie into the same Xbox Live experience. Make it work automagically regardless of which device they log into. Then they really need to market the **** out of platform. Show people how they can go from phone to PC to Xbox seamlessly.
- 12-22-2012, 04:19 PM #43
Why didn't Microsoft allow seamless integration between the phone version and the desktop version?
- 12-22-2012, 05:41 PM #48
In a way I miss exclusivity on some things, but overallI think being open is the best option for the customer. At least the somewhat closed approaches of Google and Apple is what pisses me off about them, so I rather not have that for MS too.
- 12-22-2012, 08:29 PM #50
No one ever bought a Windows phone because of Wordament, no one, ever.
You should be more upset about Office making it to other platforms because that's a real selling point for WP and the Surface
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