So I’ve been reading the new featured story, Love Life. I’m not going to dwell on that fact that it’s another badly paced farce packed with first-world problems and bad characters who don’t deserve to be romance options. That’s something we can debate about another time.
The problem I have is the sheer VOLUME and PRICE of gem choices in this story. I decided to choose a gem choice on all of the choices as a little experiment. I started with over 150 and ended up not being able to use a gem choice at the end. That means the story is costing me over £5 for 3 chapters!
I have nothing wrong with a good, well-placed gem choice in each episode. I’d never add them I to my story, as I think they’re exploitative, but I understand why Episode would want to use them on FEATURED stories. What I have a problem with is the idea of 4+ choices in one chapter! You can’t do anything interesting in this story without paying for it and it’s absolutely disgusting. Where is Episode’s integrity?!
It cost me as much to use gem choices in this story as it would to buy a book… or two ebooks on Amazon! I could have bought a whole meal at McDonald’s. Two coffees. For 3 chapters. If this doesn’t change soon, I think a boycott might be in order. And I know many people who feel the same way.
So this is me saying, Episode: change the price of gem choices, change the number of gem choices needed in your featured story, or risk losing a lot of your dedicated readers, writers and reputation.
Please tell me how much 150 gems costs in your country and what you could buy with that! I’d be very interested to hear!