Survey: poor controls are dead annoying in smartphone games

Survey: poor controls are dead annoying in smartphone gamesIn the world of smartphone gaming, some genres work (endless runners, for example), while others (First Person Shooters, notoriously) cry out for a full controller. And hey, some games – regardless of genre – just have terrible controls, period.

A survey from Ebuyer reveals that poor controls are in fact the biggest bugbear with smartphone gamers.

It’s not entirely clear how many people participated in the Ebuyer survey, but 23% of respondents cited poor controls as “the most irritating aspect of a problematic title”.

Unsurprisingly, micro-transactions weren’t far behind, with 20% of the votes. Micro-transactions I can handle; it’s blatant panhandling (almost demanding money to progress) that I can’t stand.

Other revelations from the survey include the suggestion that 40% of gamers “hate in-game advertising”, while 41% are willing to pay up to £2 for a game.

David Wood, Ebuyer’s marketing director, screams: "It's really interesting to see what app developers can improve on, whether it's awkward controls, advertising or problems - responding to these criticisms will undoubtedly shape the future of gaming.

“Our findings also imply that people prefer to pay quite highly for premium versions of titles rather than downloading free alternatives; this may be more obvious in future, as developers begin to drop cost-free options on their prized creations."

Meh, I’m not convinced by that last part. Like it or not, the highest grossing apps are often free to download. And heck, an EA bigwig recently purred: “There will be a few one-time download games in the future, but they are such the exception, and the norm will be freemium games.”

via: T3

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Pondlife  Jan. 24, 2013 at 18:26

Odd that 60% of gamers don't hate in game ads?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 24, 2013 at 19:01

On iOS it's Game Centre that ruins most games :p
But poor controls suck indeed. Driving is still impossible in GTA III and VC ...

Pondlife  Jan. 24, 2013 at 19:05

Do that many games use it then?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 24, 2013 at 20:53

Yes. And many won't work in offline mode because of GC

Pondlife  Jan. 24, 2013 at 22:04

Only bumped heads with one such game tbh.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 07:18

Yeah, it's weird - for a while I hardly noticed Game Centre. But most games I tried on that iPhone 5 wouldn't work in airplane mode (while some of those are okay on the iPad without data)

Stelph  Jan. 25, 2013 at 07:40

why dont you just hide/switch off game centre? thats what i did

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 08:46

why dont you just hide/switch off game centre? thats what i did
Ahem... how? ***blush*** I tried and searched. Am I blind?

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:14

Odd that 60% of gamers don't hate in game ads?

When game sux removing ads won't make it better. 90% of games are plain crap.

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:16

"A survey from Ebuyer reveals that poor controls are in fact the biggest bugbear with smartphone gamers"
Same claim can be made for console games. I still fail to understand how one can play a shooter with XBOX controller.
Wii is in a league of it's own - you need a specially tailor game that is incompatible with any other platform.

Tried "Dark Souls" on PC - it's atrocious. It needs game pad to play. Good thing I didn't buy it.

Stelph  Jan. 25, 2013 at 12:47

why dont you just hide/switch off game centre? thats what i did
Ahem... how? ***blush*** I tried and searched. Am I blind?


Theres a guide here:
http://appletoolbox.com/2012/11/how-to-completely-disable-game-center-remove-your-account/

Personally I found that after Game centre had popped up three/four times it asked if I wanted to hide gamecenter and I said yes and it has never bothered me again. Nice for people who like that sort of thing but its not for me

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 13:39

Thanks.

Pondlife  Jan. 25, 2013 at 19:35

"A survey from Ebuyer reveals that poor controls are in fact the biggest bugbear with smartphone gamers"
Same claim can be made for console games. I still fail to understand how one can play a shooter with XBOX controller.
Wii is in a league of it's own - you need a specially tailor game that is incompatible with any other platform.

Tried "Dark Souls" on PC - it's atrocious. It needs game pad to play. Good thing I didn't buy it.


Why not use a game pad then?

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