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  Netspook

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8/02/12 3:58:42 PM#161

I've rarely read any article that I've disagreed with more than this one.

SW:ToR's failure is not because of the subscribtion model - I have no proof, but I'm quite sure of this. I've read hundreds of posts about why players didn't like the game, and VERY FEW even mentioned the sub. It's all about the lack of contents, in addition to that many calls it a co-op game, and not an MMO.

And why does the writer seem to believe that F2P = the ultimate success? I do not know of a single F2P that I would call good. Well, LotRO and EQ2 are not bad games, but they're only worth playing as a subscriber, not as a F2P player. All imo, of course.

Is ST:ToR going to survive the transition? I believe that depends entirely on their cash shop model. If you have to pay for contents, the game is dead already. Just like LotRO: there are currently so few players on my server (imladris) that grouping is simply not an option most of the times. I know many quit LotRO the moment they realised it's really only "free" to lvl 20, since further contents must be bought.

  iceman00

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Kevin Tierney

8/02/12 6:38:39 PM#162
Originally posted by Einherjar_LC

 

I've been around here for awhile and I'd have to say I haven't seen an article that has made me question MMORPG's reputation until now.  This article screams we're getting a ton of revenue from EA/BW/LA to push this game...true or not, it's the impression it gives, at least to me.

 

Mikey B., I'm afraid I have to respectfully disagree with you on this one.

 

 

I remember when I contributed a few things here as a writer.  One can even go into the debates area back in 06 (or was it 2005?).  During one of the debates (a very fun exchange over gold-selling and my concern that game companies would get smart to it and start getting a cut of the action with cash shops, gee that came outta nowhere!), one of MMORPG.com's bigger advertisers of gold-farming demanded my work be yanked.

The editor at the time publicly denied his request citing the need to be independent and willing to air all viewpoints.

I think the current editorial board of MMORPG.com needs to consider that and wonder if they would do the same, and if they really do air all viewpoints in their work on particular games.

  william0532

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8/02/12 7:00:16 PM#163
Originally posted by CazNeerg
Originally posted by KyngBills
 

It's a ridiculous statement...The Game does not stand up as is...And it won't either...The vote in my Guild was 15 against, and 2 for, and there is not a single person who had a problem paying $15 a month...The Game is lacking severely in many areas...And it's not like I wanted that...I was looking forward to this Game and talking about it since before the actual announcement on the old BioWare Forums...So...Sorry...Disagree...

Different games are designed to serve different niches.  TOR was clearly, and this was obvious from before it launched, designed for people who wanted more RPG in their MMO.  And judged as an RPG, it is at *least* as good a game as most of BioWare's other offerings, and BioWare is one of the best RPG creators in the business (even if the ending of ME3 does suck.)  The areas in which the game could be perceived as "lacking" are exactly the areas which a game needs to focus on in order to justify a subscription, which is why the game never should have launched without a free option.  

The core of the game is an excellent single-player experience, eight of them in fact, but charging a subscription for single player content is just bad business, and most of the type of people who want to spend the majority of their time in a MMORPG doing single player content aren't going to get enough value out of the multiplayer portion of the game to justify 15/month, even if that content was up to the same quality standard as the single player story content.

"Different games are designed to serve different niches"

When you spend 100's of millions on a game, its niche better be a massive portion of the genre's fan base. TOR did not.  TOR doesn't appeal to far to many demographics of gamers to be a success(success being profit > than cost to operate/while paying off cost to develope) TOR does not,  and when you see a minimum of 25% of your sub base disappear every quarter, you can pretty much tell you've "done it wrong"

 

Free to play, will not get me to go back to my 3 level 50's in TOR, it does not make me want to get the last two pieces of warhero gear I hadn't aquired when I quit. The only thing that will do that is something fun too do.

 

 

  iceman00

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Kevin Tierney

8/02/12 7:02:18 PM#164
Originally posted by GrumpyMel2

 

Incorrect. In investment you have to consider Opportunity Cost. Something is NOT a success simply because you EVENTUALY may get your money (or more) back. Something is a success only if you can get a higher return at less risk then most of the OTHER things you could have done with that money.

If I have a million dollars sunk in something for 10 years...that's 10 years I can't use that money for anything else...it better give me a good return compared with the things I could turn around and get my money back on within a year.....and it sure as heck better beat inflation.

Alot of investors are ALREADY looking at TOR as a financial failure...which is PART (obviously not all) of the reason EA's stocks (and executives) have taken a drubbing. It's still got some time yet to see if it can turn things around, as less then a year honestly isn't that long for this type of product to be out....but trends are looking for a REALLY disappointing ROI for this product...which is why EA is scrambling like it is.

If a few years from now investors look at TOR and see they would have been better off buying tax free, government insured municipal bonds....then yeah, TOR will have been an abject failure from a financial standpoint even if it eventualy reaps a proffit.

If people took a simple economics class most of the spin companies put out would fail, and the amount of absurd statements would drop.

  kryzbyn

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Joined: 4/18/12
Posts: 6

8/02/12 7:04:48 PM#165

Dunno which is more ridiculous.  The schadenfreude about the game, or decrying legitimate feelings toward a disappointing game with mock indignation as an attempt to justify a really high rating score for a mediocre MMO.

  Elikal

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8/04/12 8:07:16 AM#166

Eh? Sometimes I wonder if I live on the same planet as some people. So THE most expensive game EVER BY FAR, goes F2P after only 8 months and that is NOT a failure? What must happen that we see SWTOR as the big fraud it is? When GOD himself opens the earth under the Bioware studio?

 

And didn't some Bioware or EA dude set the margin himself? I know there was that interview where one of them said, if a MMO would go F2P so early, it would be a failure? Or Forbes writing that F2P means fail?

I am sure they made their money, but in EVERY artistic and gaming aspect when THE most expensive MMO and game ever made goes F2P after 8 months it has written MENETEKEL at the wall. It can still be fun, if you didn't play it yet, since the class stories and fun and interesting. But this game simply has no future, since beyond the single player aspect of play your stories, this game has NOTHING that creates any lasting value.

Over 2 million people bought SWTOR, due to Bioware they now have "over 500k". So if we assume ~2.5 million sold copies, including digital, and now ~600k players thats a loss of TWO million players in half a year. If a MMO is worth playing, it is worth paying. I am not more inclined to play just because it is free.

 

The Schadenfreude-Song from Avenue Q, watch it :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XmZIcmRKkc

A forum is a place where people can discuss about different opinions. So what I don't get is, how people react offended when they come to a forum and then find... well different opinions. If a different opinion offends you, what are you even doing here?

  gravesworn

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Joined: 6/15/12
Posts: 325

8/04/12 8:19:37 AM#167
Originally posted by iceman00
Originally posted by GrumpyMel2

 

Incorrect. In investment you have to consider Opportunity Cost. Something is NOT a success simply because you EVENTUALY may get your money (or more) back. Something is a success only if you can get a higher return at less risk then most of the OTHER things you could have done with that money.

If I have a million dollars sunk in something for 10 years...that's 10 years I can't use that money for anything else...it better give me a good return compared with the things I could turn around and get my money back on within a year.....and it sure as heck better beat inflation.

Alot of investors are ALREADY looking at TOR as a financial failure...which is PART (obviously not all) of the reason EA's stocks (and executives) have taken a drubbing. It's still got some time yet to see if it can turn things around, as less then a year honestly isn't that long for this type of product to be out....but trends are looking for a REALLY disappointing ROI for this product...which is why EA is scrambling like it is.

If a few years from now investors look at TOR and see they would have been better off buying tax free, government insured municipal bonds....then yeah, TOR will have been an abject failure from a financial standpoint even if it eventualy reaps a proffit.

If people took a simple economics class most of the spin companies put out would fail, and the amount of absurd statements would drop.

 

That would require people to be educated. That would take time away from them gaming. Lol. True story though.
  Creslin321

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Joined: 2/27/09
Posts: 5424

8/06/12 10:44:13 AM#168
Originally posted by Elikal

Eh? Sometimes I wonder if I live on the same planet as some people. So THE most expensive game EVER BY FAR, goes F2P after only 8 months and that is NOT a failure? What must happen that we see SWTOR as the big fraud it is? When GOD himself opens the earth under the Bioware studio?

 

And didn't some Bioware or EA dude set the margin himself? I know there was that interview where one of them said, if a MMO would go F2P so early, it would be a failure? Or Forbes writing that F2P means fail?

I am sure they made their money, but in EVERY artistic and gaming aspect when THE most expensive MMO and game ever made goes F2P after 8 months it has written MENETEKEL at the wall. It can still be fun, if you didn't play it yet, since the class stories and fun and interesting. But this game simply has no future, since beyond the single player aspect of play your stories, this game has NOTHING that creates any lasting value.

Over 2 million people bought SWTOR, due to Bioware they now have "over 500k". So if we assume ~2.5 million sold copies, including digital, and now ~600k players thats a loss of TWO million players in half a year. If a MMO is worth playing, it is worth paying. I am not more inclined to play just because it is free.

 

The Schadenfreude-Song from Avenue Q, watch it :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XmZIcmRKkc

 LOL yeah I'm with you.

I remember when SWTOR came out, a bunch of folks on the board predicted that it would go F2P within a year.  They were generally shunned as trolls, and told that there is no way that would ever happen.  In fact, it seemed that even the most dedicated SWTOR fan at that time accepted that going F2P within a year would be a failure...but they just believed it to be impossible.

But now that the game has gone F2P within a year, a bunch of people are acting like it's a good thing, and nothing is really all that wrong.  And you know what?  Maybe F2P is the best thing for the game at this point.

But what you have to realize is that F2P is the best thing for the game because it utterly failed in its intended business model.  It's kind of like patting yourself on the back for going to the soup kitchen after failing in every professional endeavor you try.  Maybe going to the soup kitchen is the best option for you at this point...but it doesn't change the fact that the reason it's the best option is because you are a failure.

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  Zaltark

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8/06/12 10:46:20 AM#169

SWTOR is a MASSIVELY Single-player game. I mean why else would you have to move through 2 instanced zones just to go to another planet. Why can I land my ships straight on a planet???? Seriously. Skip all the dumb flying cutscenes and land me straight to the planet.


With all the instancing done in this game, its not fair to call it an MMO. People still have a hard time labeling GuildWars(Trilogy) as an MMO. Theyre both more like CO-RPGs with multiplayer chat.

  Presbytier

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8/07/12 10:01:39 AM#170
Originally posted by Fadedbomb

It's about companies abusing terms in order to generate more profit. Simply because you call a car a boat doesn't mean it won't sink any faster because it's a CAR.

 

Similarly, simply because Bioware said SWTOR was an MMO didn't mean it'd generate the retentionrate & subscriber base than an MMO is capable of doing. They abused the StarWars IP for an "easy sell", and failed miserably to do so. I'm not saying it HAD to be a sandbox to be an MMO (as i played DAOC for YEARS), but an MMO is hardly what I could try to glue to SWTOR.

 

The announcement that SWTOR is going F2P is a sure sign that it has failed miserably. Everyone and their brother knows that a HEALTHY MMO can easily be far more profitable with a subscription plan than F2P. F2P is where MMOs go to die due to old age or being failures.

 

I wholeheartedly, DISAGREE with everything you said.

I am sorry but this is an entirely baseless opinion. What part of Massively Multyplayer Online Role Playing Game does SW:ToR not fit? Secondly name a succesfull Subscription based MMO that has come out in the last 3 years? Thirdly almost every major game that has switched to a f2p option has seen an increase in their revenue.

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