Views from the East: Free-to-play and Microtransactions

May 27, 2018 1 min read

Fifteen years ago I fell in love with a frog. And no, it's not a tale of myself being an Asian prince, and a warts-covered green amphibian turning into a princess. It was, literally, a frog -- a J. Frog if you will.

This frog was from a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game known as Gunbound, a Worms clone for the most part if Worms had entertained me at all and if every selected character was unique. It was a turn-based game where players' avatars rode on mobile vehicles and attempted to shoot each other down with an assortment of attacks. The J. Frog that was my go-to mobile -- a green frog which spat out globules of green or pink goo which rolled a certain direction while damaging your opponent. It was neither the strongest nor the best, but to me, it was the quirkiest and the most fun to use.

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