Facebook: The Bane of Mobile Gaming

Note: Because I am playing mobile games on my iPhone, I shall be writing in reference (but not reverence) of Apple. The games I’m playing are also available for Android.

There are brilliant games on the iOS AppStore at the moment, which is surprising, because usually it is full of Flappy Bird clones or the latest movie-app-tie-in that in inevitably a waste of five minues of everyone’s day before it is deleted. Games like Honorbound and Brave Frontier have spakred m interest over the past week or so, by being interesting RPGs without having to hand over any of your hard earned money.

It's like a rainbow fell onto a bunch of 15 year old karate students and I love it.
It’s like a rainbow fell onto a bunch of 15 year old karate students and I love it.

(That said, of course there are microtransactions in the games, as is the nature of the diseased and limping beast. But they’re not in your face and, for the most part, unessential.)

However, there is a new virus in mobile gaming: Facebook Intergration.

After sinking about 18 hours into playing Brave Frontier, I realised that I’d made some pretty bad strategic mistakes, and would have a lot more fun with a good, old fashioned “New Game”, equipped with the knowledge I’d gained by my first playthrough. I searched the settings for the option.

It wasn’t there.

I checked the site’s FAQs and online forums, and this is what I found:

TQ.7) I want to reset my Brave Frontier account and try again from the start.

TA.7) Brave Frontier currently does not have a feature that will allow users to reset their account on the same device. Users can start a new account on a new device. There is currently no recommended way to restart your progress in Brave Frontier.”

Because of Facebook intergration, and because I only have on Facebook account, I could now not restart my game without making a new account. It seems Facebook has now really bcome synonymous with life – you only get one shot if you want to have some fun.

I hope this is not a theme that continues. Facebook intergration is actually a feature that I support, because it saves me signing up via email to a thousand games that will invariably be marked as “Spam” when they send their conformation emails. But the option to start a new game is one that should always be available to the player.

In life, I can apologise for my failings as a son, brother, student, or friend. I can try and move on.

But my mistakes in Honorbound will stick with me forever.

The dude in red represents me, running away from my problems. Unfortunately, only half of my problems can be solved with a sword.
The dude in red represents me, running away from my problems. Unfortunately, only half of my problems can be solved with a sword.
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