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OP  1/31/13 4:57:49 PM#1

I've said over and over that I prefer a subscription game to ones with micro-transactions. I would simply like to know if the distribution of consumers like me exist to the degree I imagine, somewhere around 40% from what I see people type or if their numbers are closer to what the games are delivering. My intention is to find out if they are forcing these non-sub games on us or we are simply a smaller group of people than I thought.

The number I'm using is from this site. It is the largest list here of payment models all consolidated for me.

582 games are listed here (didn't count by hand, put them in a text editor and took a line count

Of those games, 36 are labeled subscription without micro-transactions.

The percentage then maps out like this: 36/582=0.0618556701030928 meaning around 6% are subscription based games.

A poll won't be scientific but why not, I'll compare answered results to delivered product and see if the demand exceeds what is being offered. The list of games isn't scientific either. I didn't spend 20 hours searching for every game on the planet - just the ones that were in quick view.

Do you prefer subscription games to micro-transaction games?

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1/31/13 5:01:26 PM#2
Stop beating a dead horse...

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1/31/13 5:04:33 PM#3
Yes, but I will consider as subscription any f2p game that offers a 'full subscription' variant that includes 'free' cash shop monies/currency such that you never need to buy more so long as you're subscribed to enjoy the full game.  DDO is pretty close to a perfect example of this.

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1/31/13 5:05:17 PM#4
Originally posted by Paladrink
Stop beating a dead horse...



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1/31/13 5:08:49 PM#5

The majority of people who play F2P games without paying are people who don't have the money to pay for a game in the first place.  This usually consists of minors, college students, and otherwise low-income gamers.  As a result of the lower income per player, the F2P game market is forced to make games for as little cost on their part as possible.  This has evolved into a money-grab in most games, because they think paying money equates to allowing a player to win.


The quality of subscription games is higher and the quality of the community is usually better.  A few F2P hybrid games have done well and cater to both types of gamers without compromising on quality.  Hybrid might not be the best payment model for every game, but it has the only future I can see in which both payment models co-exist.


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1/31/13 5:13:00 PM#6
Originally posted by syntax42

The majority of people who play F2P games without paying are people who don't have the money to pay for a game in the first place.  This usually consists of minors, college students, and otherwise low-income gamers.

 And then, much like the comments being labeled by politicians, reality slaps them in the face.

OP, its clear that MMOs are not meeting player demands by how many MMO companies are abandoning the subscription model on all current and future MMOs they are making, not to mention the large jumps in revenue being gained from those new models.

Let the subbers cling to their dead horse and pretend you are doing it...fear always prevents people from excepting change, just leave them be.

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OP  1/31/13 5:18:14 PM#7

Oh joy of joys, another topic where someone gets mad because they don't share the same opinion.

How else can I not please you today - just vote, that's all I want from you - to click.


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1/31/13 5:33:40 PM#8

Well it's interesting, a lot of MMOs are going either F2P or B2P as of late.


I prefer TSW/GW2 payment model, I don't know if TSW lets you earn in game money to them put it into the cash shop some how, but yea so pretty much I prefer B2P.


Maybe 15 dollars a month is in question as well  I personally think 5 dollars a month(Even though that's not even needed) would be a whole better IMO.

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1/31/13 5:41:43 PM#9

Yes I would gladly pay 15 a month to know that whatever content that is delivered in the future no matter how little will be available to me with no strings attached.  its also knowing that the game im playing isnt being developed with the intention of driving me to the cash shop for things I want.


edit: And I voted yes because I understand the reason why Vegas is such a popular destination.  Math isnt hard and the house always wins if your trying to have fun.


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1/31/13 5:55:45 PM#10

Thread question was "Are subcription games meeting player demands?" Then a poll on what is better. confused. Majority of player demands are for vanilla content they can breeze through mindlessly, preferablly solo where their charachter can tank, DPS, and heal. 

Yes, sub games are delivering what players demand, WoW gives them easy content, instanced mini games and the carrot on a stick, and many have followed that path. Now the 5-10% of players want more out of there game...but wheres the pofit in catering to the minority? Instead, games will continue to add PvP as the sole challenge for players and when it gets boring, they move on to the next game so they can dial n ion mechanics, blow through content and puff out their chest at their PvP stats/gear/rating...then move on again.

If a difficult progression game, not gear driven, where PvP was a sense of community and not some instance or zerg crazy zone set aside where their really is no purpose besides capture and release, I doubt the ADD nature of most gamers would play...most want instant gratification of seeing levels/skills fly up so they can sit around and complaion about the lack of endgame.

So once again, yes, wether it is F2P, B2P, or sub...most games roll out to appease the vanilla, pointless PvP, and  overall lack of interest in a challenge that most MMO players crave...the pay maoel has little to do with it.


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1/31/13 6:10:40 PM#11

I don't understand the relationship between the title, post and poll.  So let me take a stab at some answers.


I think suscription games are not meeting demand  (there aren't many left).

I think the entire MMORPG genre is not meeting demand.  (too many sub-genres being ignored)


I prefer subscription if the game is worth putting time into (I haven't found one in the last 2 years).

I prefer F2P if the game is just something I play when I'm bored or a temporary diversion from work.

I strongly prefer F2P if the game isn't to my liking because I can uninstall without remorse.


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1/31/13 6:18:31 PM#12
Originally posted by madazz
Originally posted by Paladrink
Stop beating a dead horse...




"A poll won't be scientific but why not, I'll compare answered results to delivered product and see if the demand exceeds what is being offered."

It's fun playing with numbers, greenreen, but you can only draw anything meaningful from them if you understand them. Do you really not know that the crowd here is predominantly anti-F2P?

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1/31/13 6:31:33 PM#13

I prefer subscription MMOs. $15 a month is the cheaperst entertainment available. Unfortunately it seems that fans of subscription MMos are a dying lot, swallowed by a horde of "I want everything for free" players. Also, because market is oversaturated with MMOs, it is hard for any MMO (except WoW of course) to retain steady subscription level for extended amount of time. There are just too many of them and we bore easily and demand change.

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1/31/13 6:32:31 PM#14
All personal opinions aside, there's no better poll than where people are choosing to spend their money.

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OP  1/31/13 6:43:48 PM#15
Originally posted by XAPGames

I don't understand the relationship between the title, post and poll.  So let me take a stab at some answers.


I think suscription games are not meeting demand  (there aren't many left).

I think the entire MMORPG genre is not meeting demand.  (too many sub-genres being ignored)



Your first thought is the right one I was trying to find an answer to. It's not possible for me to say just because I like something that everyone around me thinks the same. I thought I would ask and see what the spread was like.

I'm just trying to see if #1 which I think too is true stays true in basis with people outside my circle. I'm over 30 now and I don't hang out with people without money so everyone I know that games considers a sub normal. A sub fee is nothing to them. These are working adults in IT, we have plenty of extra cash. The only place I've met people talking about gaming has been at work.

Just the numbers was all I wanted to see, how many people want to play a sub game over another type and if they are being offered that or not.

I never factored in that people can play more than one type, just wanted a preference. You could think of it like this. Only 2 MMORPGS are left on the earth and they both have the exact same things inside. One is a sub game and one has micro-transactions - which one do you want to play.


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1/31/13 7:03:44 PM#16

 Paying two subscriptions as we speak! And enjoying them! SWTOR and AC2 (AC1 sub to play) Played SWTOR till April then quit, went back in the beginning of december. Will probably stay till the "update" that I will have to give more money for! If I feel that what I purchase should have been added without additional money then that  will determine if I stay subbed!


 Enjoyed AC2 back in the day, and have enjoyed running around again! How long will I? Who knows, it's only money and I'm enjoying myself so I will keep paying!


 I will add that there are two free games that I also play that have cash shops. One is LoL and it's purely a buy champion or skin shop so I have no problem supporting a system like that. And I've had my hand in some Firefall as of here in the last week and am enjoying that as well! Have not purchased anything yet, but I'm caving in the direction of buying a founders pack. We will see!


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1/31/13 7:08:52 PM#17
I'd pay $30+/mo in order to play a good game that has no cash shop, provides a platform for meaningful player interaction and the dwarf women have beards.

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1/31/13 7:12:25 PM#18
Originally posted by maplestone
All personal opinions aside, there's no better poll than where people are choosing to spend their money.


So that would be subscription then?

Because, as is known, over 50% of the market is still sub based in terms of overall numbers, and over 80% in terms of *paying* numbers (ie those that pay in to the hobby and don't turn up to just freeload).

So no, subs are not meeting 'player demand' IMO. The whole 'F2P' thing is a unholy mix of industry buzz thinking and vocal freeloading forum posters. I am not saying ofc that a game cannot do ok off cash shop only in the Western market, but it certainly dosne't appear to be the gold rush bonanza that the industry thought it was a year ago.



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1/31/13 7:20:16 PM#19
and why would the OP think that people on this forum represent the broader MMO market?

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1/31/13 7:25:44 PM#20
Originally posted by maplestone
All personal opinions aside, there's no better poll than where people are choosing to spend their money.

Good point. And data shows that F2P has grabbed revenue share from P2P games from like 39% to 50% in last 2-3 years. There is your answer.

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