Deathwatch: 750,000 bakeries to close
That’s a lot of bakeries, and is sure to be damaging to the economy, although not waistlines of the nation. But wait, they’re not REAL bakeries – they’re the ones in the Baking Life Facebook game, which is being brought to an end by developers ZipZapPlay.
Fair enough, and as our grandparents probably used to say to us, all good online bakery games come to an end. But for those avid 750,000 players, all the in-game Zip Cash that they have acquired (bought with actual, real-life money) will disappear with the game itself, as they are not being offered the chance to transfer it to other games made by the same company.
All of which has got us wondering whether that’s fair or not. If you buy in-game currency, the game ends and you lose the lot, should you just grin and bear it? After all, it could be suggested that the money you’ve forked out was part of the privilege of playing the game.
Alternatively, if the game’s developer wants to look like they’re being the good guys, couldn’t they offer you back some of your in-game dosh to use in a different game? And what is money anyway? Is it even real?
Let us know if you’ve been stung when a game you’ve invested in has gone belly-up, or if you think the freshly-redundant bakers should stop crying into their cream horns and get over it.