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Video games to be included in Netflix subscription

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  1. [2]
    Bullmaestro
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    Unless they do something similar to Apple Arcade and enlist developers to create quality games for mobile, I can see this failing spectacularly and failing hard. The mobile market is almost...

    “We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV,” it wrote. “Games will be included in members’ Netflix subscription at no additional cost similar to films and series. Initially, we’ll be primarily focused on games for mobile devices.”

    Unless they do something similar to Apple Arcade and enlist developers to create quality games for mobile, I can see this failing spectacularly and failing hard.

    The mobile market is almost synonymous with pay-to-win gacha bullshit and shoddy mobile ports that simply don't play well with a touchscreen. And I honestly loathe Apple Arcade for snapping up titles I wanted to play as timed exclusives, because it meant that I would need to be locked to Apple's ecosystem in order to play them.

    10 votes
    1. Rez
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      Well they already have your credit card if you're playing their game in the Netflix system. And this lets them more easily double dip on popular exclusive content they have - The Stranger Things...

      Well they already have your credit card if you're playing their game in the Netflix system. And this lets them more easily double dip on popular exclusive content they have - The Stranger Things mobile game! Spend $0.99 to defeat the Demogorgons!

      It may not be wildly successful but it seems like they'd be hard-pressed to fail hard. A big issue with the mobile market is simply being seen. Netflix can push that hypothetical Stranger Things game straight to millions of fans. The quality of course could still be garbage but probably still pretty lucrative for them, and it gives them another way to encourage people to keep their subscriptions. E.g. you may not have a Stranger Things season every month, but if you like to play the game during brief downtimes, you're locked into keeping that sub active.

      3 votes
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    joplin
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    I'll withhold judgement until I see what they produce. They have a Stranger Things game on the iPhone that was pretty decent. It was in the style of a Nitendo game and hit the mark pretty well. So...

    I'll withhold judgement until I see what they produce. They have a Stranger Things game on the iPhone that was pretty decent. It was in the style of a Nitendo game and hit the mark pretty well. So they can write (or hire someone to write) a decent game when they try.

    I have to wonder which platforms they'll support? If they want to support both mobile and desktop they'll probably end up being web-based games. I'm not sure how easily that would translate to something like an AppleTV or Roku device. (The AppleTV could definitely handle the load, but would they just run it in a WebKitView if it were web-based? Would something like a Roku have the hardware for that? I seem to recall that they got in a tiff with Google over their hardware being too low-end for some features of YouTube.)

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      Deimos
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      In their Q2 Earnings Report today, Netflix confirmed that their plan is to focus on games for mobile devices at first.
      3 votes
      1. joplin
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        Thanks for that! Yeah, it makes sense. I was curious because Netflix is one of those apps that exists on just about every conceivable platform. Even my 12 year old TiVo has a (very slow, very...

        Thanks for that! Yeah, it makes sense. I was curious because Netflix is one of those apps that exists on just about every conceivable platform. Even my 12 year old TiVo has a (very slow, very clunky) Netflix app. They've even updated it with in the last 5 years because it has (roughly) the same interface as the app on my AppleTV. That was surprising to me!

        3 votes
  3. trazac
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    I'll believe it when I see it. Every few years Netflix announces its foray into games and says something dumb and the people revolt. With Stadia seemingly struggling already, I'm surprised they're...

    I'll believe it when I see it. Every few years Netflix announces its foray into games and says something dumb and the people revolt. With Stadia seemingly struggling already, I'm surprised they're even considering this unless it somehow manages to be profitable by charging no extra money.

    3 votes
  4. mrbig
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    Android has a subscription called Google Play or something, which is kinda cool. Apple has something similar I reckon. I have a hard time seeing Netflix succeeding at that. Why would they want...

    Android has a subscription called Google Play or something, which is kinda cool. Apple has something similar I reckon. I have a hard time seeing Netflix succeeding at that. Why would they want that at all, what's the reasoning here? Who's gonna pay for it?

    Bandersnatch was not a hit and there's nothing special about the Stranger Things games. IDK.

    2 votes