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  Yizle

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Joined: 4/24/10
Posts: 530

11/27/12 9:25:22 PM#121
Originally posted by Storman1977
Originally posted by dotdotdash
Originally posted by Isane

This is simple while writers or the industry keep perpetuating the myth of "F2P" as a concept because it is not,  and this is a mute discussion and not even worth the cheap paper it is written on.

Lets have some honesty, as the simple straightforward pay mechanisms that delivered everything without smoke and mirrors, can return and we can feel that gameplay is associated with a level playing field.

There are countless examples of games using "Free to Play" models that are actually "Free to Play": Team Fortress 2, Tribes Ascend, DOTA, SMNC, Minecraft Classic, Salem etc etc. Just because the model has not been properly applied to the MMO genre does not mean the model itself is a myth, especially when there are countless examples of games where it works well. The model could well be applied to an MMO and work marvelously, but big studious are unlikely to be the ones taking the risk (as can be seen with SWTOR).

The F2P model CAN be transparent and straightfoward, and there are lots of examples where it is. You'd be a fool to allow one iteration to dictate your opinion of the model as a whole.

Actually, it has been applied to the MMO market successfully.  The hybrid F2P/subscription model they've employed for DDO makes it completely possible to play the game 100% free.  The DDOStore is where players go to purchase content and cosmetics.  You spend Turbine Points in the DDOStore.  To get Turbine Points, you either purchase them from Turbine, or earn them by gaining favor with the various factions within the game.  While I'm not going to say it's an easy task opening up the entire game for free, it requires a whole lot of time and grinding.  it is possible.  In fact, there is a guide on the games forums to aid in doing so.

I've been told that it is even possible to do so in LoTRO, another Turbine game.  But, from my understanding, the grind to do so in LoTRO is 20x the grind to open up DDO for free.

I've have played both DDO and LOTRO and yes Turbine does a great F2P model. I played both those games as a sub and then as F2P. It does make some things harder but nowhere as bad as some of the companies are doing to us.

  ignore_me

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Joined: 7/04/11
Posts: 2034

11/27/12 9:34:23 PM#122
Originally posted by Elevenb4

I have never in my life seen so much hate towards a game. People don't just talk bad about it once or twice, but keep beating the dead horse. Why? Not only do they talk bad about the game, but flame and troll, to no end, the people that actually enjoy it. Other than the official forums, I mention SWTOR anywhere, and the thread usually fills up with flame after flame. Surpasses what I would define as online bullying.

Blows my mind. Leave the game alone and let people enjoy it ffs.

You may want to objectively consider the concept that this game actually deserves this treatment.

Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  Kalmarth

Advanced Member

Joined: 9/18/04
Posts: 457

11/27/12 9:37:15 PM#123

Its called FREE to play, not give away a free car to everyone who crys hard enough, if you really are hard done by I here you can get a free phone from Obama, perhaps that and a nice free social check and how about free health care, dont worry that its comes at a cost to others just have it all free.

 

Happy to keep playing SWToR for a lot longer, plz keep posting against it and remember to vote for free stuff, when there is no more gaming industry we will all know who to blame :)

 

 

  ignore_me

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Joined: 7/04/11
Posts: 2034

11/27/12 9:39:44 PM#124
Originally posted by Kalmarth

Its called FREE to play, not give away a free car to everyone who crys hard enough, if you really are hard done by I here you can get a free phone from Obama, perhaps that and a nice free social check and how about free health care, dont worry that its comes at a cost to others just have it all free.

 

Happy to keep playing SWToR for a lot longer, plz keep posting against it and remember to vote for free stuff, when there is no more gaming industry we will all know who to blame :)

 

 

/drives steam powered car down the street and shakes fist at the world

Survivor of the great MMORPG Famine of 2011

  orionblack

Elite Member

Joined: 7/25/09
Posts: 385

11/28/12 4:58:39 AM#125
Yeah this..i was there. I was there when the fanbois rage that this game would NEVER go f2p...I was there when it was annouced they would go f2p. All those new people playing right now that you see populating fleet?? They are going to figure it out fast...
  Timmyyy

Novice Member

Joined: 3/04/08
Posts: 4

11/29/12 3:11:13 PM#126

I guess they should have just let SOE continue with SWG.

They might not have been the best around, but they didn't bend their customers over a barrel like EA. 

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