Swiss Paid the Most For World of Goo, Turks the Least

Swiss Paid the Most For World of Goo, Turks the Least

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Now that the World of Goo "Pay What You Want" anniversary sale is over, the final statistics are rather interesting: The most generous country was Switzerland, while the most stingy was Turkey.

Last week, we learned that 2D Boy, creators of indie smash hit World of Goo, considered their Radiohead-esque "Pay What You Want" anniversary sale a "huge success". Now that the sale is over, the indie duo has posted the final stats on their site, and it looks like it ended up being even more successful than it had been a week ago.

Interestingly enough, the average donation increased over the duration of the sale, with a large spike coinciding with the first release of the statistics of the sale on Day 8, a fact which 2D Boy attributes to "our publicizing that the most common price point chosen was $0.01 and raising people's awareness to the fact that we don't see any money for purchases of $0.30 and under."

Linux users paid the most for the game on average, while Windows users were the cheapest (with more than a $1.50 difference between the two averages), though Windows users made up 65% of all the downloads while Mac OS and Linux split the difference.

A particularly interesting chart is the breakdown by country, which took the average price of download and normalized it by the country's per capita GDP to get a "generosity" score. Switzerland was the most generous country with its donations, followed by France, Norway, the Czech Republic and Hungary. On the other end of the spectrum was Turkey as the least generous, with South Korea, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia bringing up the rear.

Oh, and one particularly generous soul paid a whopping $150 for the game - almost eight times its current market price. Guess he must really like World of Goo.

In any case, it looks like the sale was a massive success for 2D Boy, which is pretty badass because clever indie designers making money off of their work is always a good thing.

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Sadly I missed that sale.

There's something about indie devs that make my heart flutter, they're saints among sinners.

yeah for linux users paying the most

i always like seeing experiments like this, the outcome is always interesting

Ah, yes, generous, generous Switzerland.

I am sad that I missed this sale.
That game seems cool

Wow, Poland isn't even near the amount Turkey people paid... I was afraid, you know.

The Turks, smart people.

Damn Scots bringing the UK's generosity points down

Allow me to be a little nitpicky.

South Africa has the third highest generosity rating after Brasil and Hungary. But the equation doesn't consider that South Africa is a country with a very large wealth gap: alot of poor people and only a few rather rich people (who are the ones to own Computers and buy the game). So the per capita GDP of South Africa is not representative for the people actually buying the games there. If only those people where considered, it would result in a much lower generosity rating for SA.

I guess the same thing counts for other developing nations such as Brasil, to somewhat lesser extent.

Disappointed to see Sweden so far down on the list. Personally I coughed up $12.50 for the game. (And an unemployed Windows user at that.)

Goddammit, about a month after I paid 15 for it. But it was worth every penny.

Ish.

*reflects upon the time he bought Plants vs Zombies for 5 and got a lot more hours of play out of it*

So rich people pay more,
poor people less, brits are twats, Linux users are the good guys and Sweden is so bleeding 'Lagom'..

Turns out I don't have stereotypes, I'm just right.

As a Turk, I can see why they were less generous. First off, most Turks don't even play mainstream videogames let alone Indy games. And as for the people who did purchase it, well were having a little trouble with our economy so most people will pay less. That and were pretty cheap and selfish.

The Infamous Scamola:
The Turks, smart people.

I cant tell, are you trying to be sarcastic?

It's really annoying how people view this as some sort of morality scale. "if I pay more, I must be a better person!" and then they go and ram down anyone who paid a penny.

The Bandit:
It's really annoying how people view this as some sort of morality scale. "if I pay more, I must be a better person!" and then they go and ram down anyone who paid a penny.

Well, paying a penny is pretty cheap I would say. So I think* that anyone who didn't just take the game at lowest cost are "better" than someone who paid a measly penny. But what do I know. I paid 5€ on a Steam sale.

*Bear in mind that this is my opinion and not fact.

The Swiss are generous and have great cheese. Is there nothing they can't do?

I paid 2 cents for it. Happy about it, too. It gets hard, really fast.

Heh, it's nice to see me old Hungarians being so generous.

They're just messing with your head. Don't believe them. They already picked your pocketts.

Pay what you want...for a game?

These people will be murdered in their beds if this was REALLY successful. Probably by Nintendo.

CantFaketheFunk:
Oh, and one particularly generous soul paid a whopping $150 for the game - almost eight times its current market price. Guess he must really like World of Goo.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the person who payed $150 just forgot to put in the "." between the 1 and 5.

I gave 13$(my fav number) for it, while average person in UK gave 1.38$. Wow...
Even average person in my native country (with exactly twice times smaller GDP) gave more.
Cheap bastards.

Tiamat666:
Allow me to be a little nitpicky.

South Africa has the third highest generosity rating after Brasil and Hungary. But the equation doesn't consider that South Africa is a country with a very large wealth gap: alot of poor people and only a few rather rich people (who are the ones to own Computers and buy the game). So the per capita GDP of South Africa is not representative for the people actually buying the games there. If only those people where considered, it would result in a much lower generosity rating for SA.

I guess the same thing counts for other developing nations such as Brasil, to somewhat lesser extent.

This is a very good point. The generosity score is a nice idea but it doesn't really stand up to scrutiny.

EDIT: My god that sounds incredibly serious. I'm not that upset about it.

Armored Prayer:

The Infamous Scamola:
The Turks, smart people.

I cant tell, are you trying to be sarcastic?

Totally serious. Why pay more when you can pay less?

I'm half-Turkish, and I agree. My dad said he turned off his alarm clock in the morning to save electricity bills back in Turkey.

HK_01:
Sadly I missed that sale.

Yeah, me too.

I was so fucking angry.

I bought my copy of World of Goo before this sale, but I'd make it a rule to pay AU$20 minimum for anything someone offers on a pay-what-you-want scheme, assuming I want it, simply because they have the fortitude to try something different.

I'm inclined to agree the person who paid $150 forgot to put in the decimal point, but if not he has my most sincerest apologies, and deserves a medal.

Either I see a misprint or you didn't pay much attention to that scale. Hungary appears to have the highest generosity with 4.54, the only country in the league over 4 I might add.

The countries are not in any order CantFaketheFunk, South Korea was 0.02 less than Turkey. Please redo this, it seems unfair on Hungary and the Turks.

Sevre90210:
There's something about indie devs that make my heart flutter, they're saints among sinners.

They do stuff like this for simple survival, if they make themselves out to be more progressive and less evil than, say EA for example, more people would be inclined to part with cash. I just hope that if indie developers do make it big time, that they carry over their indie philosophy.

Piracy is legal here in turkey well functinally atleast it is illegal but it is not enforced as long as stores keep them out of sight they dont mind even if their in the store regularly police buy pirated stuff. We have stores openly selling this pirated material

the reason is simple most turkish people are poor and legally turkish have to pay full price and sometimes more for legal items as they are imports seriously harry potter and the order of the phoenix here is 50pounds for ps2 at the conversion rate.

the reason turkish are stingy for world of goo is simply turkey is poor and the economic recession hashit it hard very hard textile factorys closing and moving to china if your outside the tourist hotspots living is tough

Well, you know what they say about those two countries..
Because I don't.
This, apparently.

It's nice to see developers using this sales model, though. Restores faith in humanity a little [except the Turkish aspects, ho ho!]

Zamn:

Tiamat666:
Allow me to be a little nitpicky.

South Africa has the third highest generosity rating after Brasil and Hungary. But the equation doesn't consider that South Africa is a country with a very large wealth gap: alot of poor people and only a few rather rich people (who are the ones to own Computers and buy the game). So the per capita GDP of South Africa is not representative for the people actually buying the games there. If only those people where considered, it would result in a much lower generosity rating for SA.

I guess the same thing counts for other developing nations such as Brasil, to somewhat lesser extent.

This is a very good point. The generosity score is a nice idea but it doesn't really stand up to scrutiny.

EDIT: My god that sounds incredibly serious. I'm not that upset about it.

Well, it's just a statistic. It's meant to be interesting, not to be something you can mull and write your MBA thesis about.

Also, that didn't sound so serious to me. It actually sounded less serious than it was probably meant to be. That Internet, stealing away verbal clues from out sentences!

Woooo, go Indie Devs, too bad i missed that sale.

 

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