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The Geeky Girl Gamer

Rants and ravings of the pro's and con's from the female and geeky gamer p.o.v.

Author: junitalia

F2P can be NBD

Posted by junitalia Sunday August 23 2009 at 2:12PM
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For those of you who don't speak gamer or are new to the gaming community that's Free to Play can be No Big Deal. I'm impressed by some F2P games. Perfect World and Runes of Magic, being the few. The only problem I have with some of these games is something that sme of you might know about and also find as equally annoying. Graphic glitching.

 

What this means is after awhile of your computer being on or playing the game, the graphics start to act up. Your screen starts to act as if it's lagging or speeding up. I'm not entirely sure as to what causes this. Maybe it's the video card or maybe it's an overaccumulation of cache. Whatever the reason, it's enough to drive you mad.

With that aside I think F2P is an absolutely awesome market. Allowing people to play an awesome game without paying but also giving them the chance to gain awesome items and rewards through buying currencies is a great concept that I wish many games would adapt to. It might give them a chance to survive in this gaming world gone mad. I think games like EQ would definately be good for this. I realize that Sony has it's Free Realms game and it's a big hit. Why not revive an old classic in a similar way? And to be even more bold on the subject, I think Blizzard might benefit from it as well, even if they do manage millions in World of Warcraft. Give those without a means to afford it a chance to play with all the others instead of constantly having to get ahold of passes and friend's game cards. Or, create another, totally different game with the same mechanics only free.

 

So now I pass the pen to the rest of you. Any thoughts, ideas?

DopSillypant writes:

Perfect World and Runes of Magic impresses me as well, not enough for me to stay with them, but regardless enough for me to appreciate the developers' efforts :)

I don't want to get too geeked up in here, so I'll be brief about the glitching: most likely due to memory leaks, some memory don't get cleaned up properly after every zone and after a while you get yourself a huge pile of garbage.  It could be due to looser coding standards and quality of the F2P titles.

I think F2P is fine as well, it's a great idea for people that don't like to pay subscription fees.  The only real headache comes when companies try to merge subscription and F2P unsuccessfully, creating confused, or even disgruntled players.

Sun Aug 23 2009 6:42PM Report
Trucidation writes:

 Having played dozens of F2P games (I live in asia), Perfect World offers nothing new to the grindfest genre other than another different look on the same old crap. However, during the couple weeks I wasted on it I didn't notice any glitching. If your pc hardware is up to spec try messing around with the settings or updating your gfx drivers.

I've got a beast of a laptop on which I usually play stuff and the only glitching I've experienced in most games are those which are directly attributable to game bugs. Or lag, ugh, but generally you can tell this one.

Sun Aug 23 2009 7:03PM Report

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