Big news in TinierMe land

A new update rolled in on December the 3rd: G-Coins.  Change however, has not been for the better and many of the already existing users are upset at the newly inflated prices and loss of older selfy items that used to exist in the shop.  Many users have voiced their complaints in the chat rooms and forums.  There's even an online petition that has over 1,000 signatures that's taking notice.

Exhibit A
Exhibit B

While I agree that companies who offer a service have a right to get paid, the sudden loss and then immediate occupation of a pay-to-play service for a game that hasn't even been around for a year is quite a shock.  What's even more shocking is the price structure G Crest Entertainment has unfolded upon the users: you can purchase 10,000 G Coins for $99 dollars US — a staggering amount, considering the user base!

Comparatively, Gaia online offers premium services too, albeit at a much smaller rate (one dollar equals 100 Gaia currency, which TinierMe offers as well).  Gaia, however, caps the amount a user can spend at $25 dollars compared to TinierMe's $99 dollar cap.  Even Nexon caps the monthly spending rate at roughly $150 dollars per month, something TinierMe doesn't appear to have.

Change has taken place today, however.  In a bid to appease the beta userbase, G Crest lowered the prices of selfy items to a lower amount to help ease newcomers into the game (see the image on the right — "damaged jeans" dropped from 1,000 Chibi Coins to 300 Chibi Coins).  They made a public statement on their webpage, encouraging users to trade their items to new players instead of trashing them.  In the past, users could recycle their items for 5 Chibi coins a piece; that price has now lowered to 1 Chibi coin.

On a positive note, early adopters still get the better end of the stick, so long as they were the ones who spent all of their money on items early.  I just feel for the new users who want to join in on the fun, but are left out in the cold because of spiked prices. 

Oh, did I mention that there's a contest for a free trip to Tokyo, Japan?

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