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  Kiljaedenas

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12/14/12 1:05:02 PM#81
Originally posted by Enerzeal

I am rather shocked at how the market has developed in this day and age. Now developers create free to play games, they put in place gimics to get you to spend your money. Items you buy for a chance to get a nice item, increased exp rates, equipment that beats out what can be found in game, they lock away content, they seal up the game until you pay money.

People quote often that atleast 90% of people who play free to play games avoid spending any cash on them. This is to you 90% who complain about pay to win, who moan about how long it takes to achieve what someone purchasing from the shop can acheve.

You made this happen.

In a subscription game, 100% of the people pay $15 / £9 a month. Everything is open, nothing is pay to win.

In a play for free game, a better rate of income is achieved inside the 10% of people who play, than that of a subscription game. To compare, this is like 9 people playing WoW for free, and the tenth guy paying 10 times as much, plus some on the top because as we know, play for free is more profitable.

So when that tenth guy come along with his great gear, his fast leveling, and his lovely cosmetic items, do not complain that he paid to win, he paid to win because the developers offered those items, they offered those items - because they need to properly monetize their game.

I play Planetside 2, in the past month I have spent about £40 on it. Roughly on par with a purchased game box and a subscription. i won't be needing to spend this much in the future, I have what I need now and I am pleased with it. People complain that certification gains are to slow, they they can't farm up enough to buy guns with cert points. Now cert gain is fine if you buy the guns off the market with station cash and use your cert points to upgrade the guns and your selected classes.

You see what so many free to play people forget is that though the game might be free to log in, the developers never intended you to free ride your way through the game, they didn't intend for you to have your cake and eat it, to let the crazy 10% support your free loading.

heres a novel thought, spend a bit on the market every now and then and developers might not need to implement pay to win options, gear, exp increases and random chance loot bags.

 

I will do just that...once there exists a F2P game that is worth spending money on. The problem is, right now NO F2P game is worth it in my opinion. I've played a huge amount of games in my life, including quite a fair number of MMOs both free and subbed (the quantity of those alone is well into the double digits, I couldn't list them all if I tried), and have developed a minimum quality requirement for an MMO to warrant paying for it. Out of all the MMOs I have played, and the countless others I have investigated before considering trying them, only one has ever been good enough to earn my money. Only one has had the variety of content and adrenaline-rush gameplay that I would pay for, and am still paying for today:

Eve Online.

You find me a F2P game with even a third of what Eve has and I will try it out and maybe even consider paying for something in the cash shop. Good freaking luck though, you're gonna need it.

Where's the any key?

  VengeSunsoar

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12/14/12 1:08:37 PM#82
Originally posted by Wizardry

Umm OP.....

There has always been a pay to win scenario  from buying aimbots  to RMT so you can pay top dollar for the best items in game without earning them.

I might also add that even if many players are stupid enough to over pay via cash shop and i am one of them that have done that,it still does not make it right or mean it is a good system.

It doesn't make it a bad system either

Cash shops are 100% a terrible system,it does nothing to make a game better as in the end you get what you pay for.Most of the time ,especially of late f2p is an after thought because nobody wants to pay to play your game.That means less profit than forecasted ,that means content updates will be cheap content that takes a small staff to pull off.

A 100% terrible system is completely subjective and one I happen to disagree with.  Yes there can be bad ones, there are also good ones, and acceptable ones.  There are also enough f2p games providing regular content to make your 3rd sentance here false. 

Nothing like seeing an xpack pop up for sale when the game is missing tons of obvious content that SHOULD have been there from release.You can't simply add it in later as an xpack,that is like selling the players the otehr half the game but now they paid twice to get the whole game.

As long as they state up front what will and will not be at release and what will or will not be in the dlc, I have no issues with it.  They have provided enough information to make an informed decision.

 

Quit worrying about other players in a game and just play.

  nariusseldon

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12/14/12 5:45:50 PM#83
Originally posted by lizardbones

 


Originally posted by nariusseldon

Originally posted by daltanious Agree in full with OP. I really HATE F2P games and cheap people that are cause for this, they are destroyers of quality gaming. No money, no quality. Simple as that. You can not run quality restaurant and feeding for free everyone that have few minutes to spare to eat for free. GW2 is so far only exception but is also B2P. Any game that have in time maybe switched to f2p model will only play again if they have also sub model. For me is - reluctantly - acceptable to have shops with STRICTLY vanity objects.
Why don't you become a whale and pump lots of money into the genre?

 

BTW, you don't have to accept anything, reluctant or not .. you can always quit and do something else.

And hatred is really getting you no where, since you really can't force "cheap" people to pay.




Or go in the alternative direction where the games just close down. The path where everyone pays and happy, fluffy, bunny land ensues is the least likely scenario.

 

You also don't have a choice in that either. It is pretty clear that F2P is gaining ground. So i am paying PS2 last night, and probably tonight. So how are you going to "close it down"?

  nariusseldon

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12/14/12 5:47:20 PM#84
Originally posted by Kiljaedenas

Eve Online.

You find me a F2P game with even a third of what Eve has and I will try it out and maybe even consider paying for something in the cash shop. Good freaking luck though, you're gonna need it.

And i found Eve horribly easy, and boring in the PvE, and many F2P games have better combat (like STO, DCUO, PS2).

Your point? Everyone has different preferences. And the F2P is becoming more popular in the industry.

  someforumguy

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12/14/12 5:54:30 PM#85

As a potential customer, companies have to convince me to buy their products. If they fail to do that, I won't buy anything and that is their problem.

The odd thing with some MMO players is that they want to pay money upfront with the hope that it will improve the final product. Which is plain naieve imo. It doesn't work like that in commercial business.

  Kiljaedenas

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12/14/12 6:30:35 PM#86
Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by Kiljaedenas

Eve Online.

You find me a F2P game with even a third of what Eve has and I will try it out and maybe even consider paying for something in the cash shop. Good freaking luck though, you're gonna need it.

And i found Eve horribly easy, and boring in the PvE, and many F2P games have better combat (like STO, DCUO, PS2).

Your point? Everyone has different preferences. And the F2P is becoming more popular in the industry.

Then you must not have made it much past the trial period. I don't play Eve for the PvE, that's only 10% of what it has to offer. I'm talking about all that OTHER meaty juicy stuff in it.

Where's the any key?

  nariusseldon

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12/14/12 7:12:41 PM#87
Originally posted by Kiljaedenas
Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by Kiljaedenas

Eve Online.

You find me a F2P game with even a third of what Eve has and I will try it out and maybe even consider paying for something in the cash shop. Good freaking luck though, you're gonna need it.

And i found Eve horribly easy, and boring in the PvE, and many F2P games have better combat (like STO, DCUO, PS2).

Your point? Everyone has different preferences. And the F2P is becoming more popular in the industry.

Then you must not have made it much past the trial period. I don't play Eve for the PvE, that's only 10% of what it has to offer. I'm talking about all that OTHER meaty juicy stuff in it.

Nope .. too boring even for 21 days. And if the game cannot convince me that combat is fun, i move on. It is their job to convince me a game is fun, i have no obligation to dig around until some interesting things come up.

PS2 is a good example. Also pvp focus like Eve .. none of this boring shit in the beginning. I jump in and start head shooting players day 1 (admitting there are of course other play styles).

 

  bishbosh2

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12/14/12 7:36:03 PM#88

if corporation advertise their games as free-to-play why shouldnt customers play them for free?

this bend over backwards attitude towards corporations is the reason why video games suck. 

  nariusseldon

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12/14/12 8:19:02 PM#89
Originally posted by bishbosh2

if corporation advertise their games as free-to-play why shouldnt customers play them for free?

this bend over backwards attitude towards corporations is the reason why video games suck. 

Yeh .. i was laughing with all the talk about "contributing", "good for the game" .. and so on.

It is quite simple. Devs try to lure players by F2P ..either want them to add fun to paying customers, or to convert them into paying customers.

I am under zero obligation to do anything except having fun in a game.

  Cecropia

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12/14/12 8:42:41 PM#90
Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by bishbosh2

if corporation advertise their games as free-to-play why shouldnt customers play them for free?

this bend over backwards attitude towards corporations is the reason why video games suck. 

Yeh .. i was laughing with all the talk about "contributing", "good for the game" .. and so on.

It is quite simple. Devs try to lure players by F2P ..either want them to add fun to paying customers, or to convert them into paying customers.

I am under zero obligation to do anything except having fun in a game.

Going over the MMOs I`ve played over the past half decade or so, I can`t think of many that obligated me to have fun let alone provided an environment for me to actually find any fun.

As a gamer, I do not want to feel as though I am being ``lured`` like some species of fish. The game should speak for itself.

It`s a sign of the times when the community openly uses words like that to describe their relationship with the studios who should be bringing so much more in damn near 2013. It`s a shame.  

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  erictlewis

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12/14/12 8:49:41 PM#91
Originally posted by Enerzeal

heres a novel thought, spend a bit on the market every now and then and developers might not need to implement pay to win options, gear, exp increases and random chance loot bags.

 

Sorry not going to happen. If I like a game good enough I will pay the sub.  The free to play fremium stuff just milking customers. If the game was good they would have made money with a sub.  I am not going to use the store, a sub yes the store no. I find most stores have way to much programming put in them, and not enough programming put into the game to make it better. 

  Robokapp

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The only luck I had today was to have you as my opponent.

12/14/12 8:55:46 PM#92

if they advertise it as "Free to play" then i will Play for free. That's what the add said.

 

if someone else feels like paying for me by op's analogy...sweet. If not and the game shuts down...there's another f2p around the corner.

 

/shrug.

 

  Ridelynn

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12/14/12 9:03:00 PM#93

The OP would be right, except, even Sub games today have F2P elements. Not everyone who pays a sub gets everything anymore, and hasn't for several years. Let's see all the mounts and pets in WoW that are on a cash shop. Sony has blitzed their games with all sorts of F2P options, including XP pots and such, even for those who pay a subscription for the game. Look what happened with Eve when they tried to add a cash shop (I'm not sure if that even stayed live, I haven't played Eve in a long time).

You can start to argue that sub games with a cash shop has stuff that doesn't matter - but that's a matter of opinion - it doesn't change the fact that it still discredits the premise that subscription games offer everything to everyone, whereas cash shops discriminate toward only those that pay. Even if it doesn't matter, it's only offered to those that chose to pay extra.

You could even go so far as to argue that paid expansions are F2P elements - as even people who have a subscription don't get access to the new content unless they pony up more money on top of that.

There is no such thing as a pure subscription model anymore, and hasn't been for a really long time now. It's either Subscription with cash shop, or just cash shop - damned if you do and damned if you don't.

  Robokapp

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The only luck I had today was to have you as my opponent.

12/14/12 9:11:02 PM#94

Ridelynn, you made one mistake though...

 

WoW aded pets and mounts, and EVE added monocles. Yes, absolutely.

 

But neither of these MMOs was born that way. They all had an exremely long and well-defined community and playerbase already.

 

So one can not say that the playerbase reacted with indifference. In fact...look here.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ZfVRhZJYk

 

My point is this: No MMO that was BORN with such cash-shop elements has done well. The ones that did do ok with it already were very well-established. Can you name any sub + cash shop MMO that did great and was born with a cash shop and a sub? sure Rift is ... okay in this sense, but any stories of success and explosive growh ?

 

the model is real - but its not profitable.

  Ramonski7

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12/14/12 9:15:37 PM#95
Originally posted by Enerzeal

I am rather shocked at how the market has developed in this day and age. Now developers create free to play games, they put in place gimics to get you to spend your money. Items you buy for a chance to get a nice item, increased exp rates, equipment that beats out what can be found in game, they lock away content, they seal up the game until you pay money.

People quote often that atleast 90% of people who play free to play games avoid spending any cash on them. This is to you 90% who complain about pay to win, who moan about how long it takes to achieve what someone purchasing from the shop can acheve.

You made this happen.

In a subscription game, 100% of the people pay $15 / £9 a month. Everything is open, nothing is pay to win.

In a play for free game, a better rate of income is achieved inside the 10% of people who play, than that of a subscription game. To compare, this is like 9 people playing WoW for free, and the tenth guy paying 10 times as much, plus some on the top because as we know, play for free is more profitable.

So when that tenth guy come along with his great gear, his fast leveling, and his lovely cosmetic items, do not complain that he paid to win, he paid to win because the developers offered those items, they offered those items - because they need to properly monetize their game.

I play Planetside 2, in the past month I have spent about £40 on it. Roughly on par with a purchased game box and a subscription. i won't be needing to spend this much in the future, I have what I need now and I am pleased with it. People complain that certification gains are to slow, they they can't farm up enough to buy guns with cert points. Now cert gain is fine if you buy the guns off the market with station cash and use your cert points to upgrade the guns and your selected classes.

You see what so many free to play people forget is that though the game might be free to log in, the developers never intended you to free ride your way through the game, they didn't intend for you to have your cake and eat it, to let the crazy 10% support your free loading.

heres a novel thought, spend a bit on the market every now and then and developers might not need to implement pay to win options, gear, exp increases and random chance loot bags.

 

Another way to see it is that people who play F2P mmos want everyone to churn cream to get their butter. With cosmetic shops to buy from that maybe get you a cute apron or put a pretty shade of pink on your churning barrel. Where a m---af----a like me will go straight for the budda babee! Ain't nobody got time for dat! I got hungry kids to feed. And I can do a whole lot more cooking if I didn't have to churn the damn butter first. Well at least when it comes to PS2. In mmorpgs I enjoy churning for butter!


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  Razperil

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12/14/12 9:25:08 PM#96
Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by Kiljaedenas

Eve Online.

You find me a F2P game with even a third of what Eve has and I will try it out and maybe even consider paying for something in the cash shop. Good freaking luck though, you're gonna need it.

And i found Eve horribly easy, and boring in the PvE, and many F2P games have better combat (like STO, DCUO, PS2).

Your point? Everyone has different preferences. And the F2P is becoming more popular in the industry.

You found Eve easy? I take it you never ventured to 0.0 space? Sitting in dock all day MAKES the game boring, we can only wonder if that is what you did. (I will not assume since it is against forum rules)

Eve online is a pay to play game. It should not even be brought up in this topic, same as Borecraft. Try to stay on topic, carrot following dwellers. :)

To the OP, I have no idea why you care so much about your own topic. The Free to Play model allows everyone to play the game freely with no commitment to ever having to buy a thing. Of course some games limit what you can do, however, there are some that have everything unlocked and are actual "Free to Play" games. Lineage 2 and Aion are a few to name. Some items help with leveling, and of course sometimes they add that MUST have piece of gear that is only good if you plus it to 10(Lineage 2). Does buying make someone Over-powered? It depends. People with high plussed gear in Lineage 2 die just as easily as someone without it. I think you tend to forget that most kids think it's totally cool to have that super red dagger and "think" they have an advantage on anyone. It's all about glamour and hoping to be the best (which noone ever is).

If you think you're special because you spend money in a game, think again. It's great you want to spend money for things and to feel you are helping the company, It hardly makes you better than anyone else. Calling people leeches, etc, because they play without paying a thing is absurb. Your post deserves a thumbs down in all fairness. Have fun with those guns, nonetheless :)

  Ridelynn

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12/14/12 9:37:56 PM#97


Originally posted by Robokapp
Ridelynn, you made one mistake though...

 

WoW aded pets and mounts, and EVE added monocles. Yes, absolutely.

 

But neither of these MMOs was born that way. They all had an exremely long and well-defined community and playerbase already.

 

So one can not say that the playerbase reacted with indifference. In fact...look here.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ZfVRhZJYk

 

My point is this: No MMO that was BORN with such cash-shop elements has done well. The ones that did do ok with it already were very well-established. Can you name any sub + cash shop MMO that did great and was born with a cash shop and a sub? sure Rift is ... okay in this sense, but any stories of success and explosive growh ?

 

the model is real - but its not profitable.


No, you helped to emphasize my point though - which is that there are no more purely subscription games. They've pretty much all converted over in one way or another.

But to answer your question: League of Legends pretty well started with a cash shop and no sub, iirc, and I don't think it's doing poorly. You may even go so far as to say it's growth has been as explosive as any game has been. You could say technically LoL isn't an MMO, but I think if you just look at MMOs you have a very narrow view of the field, and have to open it up to a larger perspective when your looking at payment models. The number of games that have started with Subscriptions in the past 5 years has been very low, so you have a pretty small sample to pull from there...

It isn't so much the payment model that determines (or restricts) a game from being popular - the payment model should be more or less transparent when playing the game - and the game makes it or doesn't on it's own merits. When the payment model intrudes on the gameplay is when problems start to arise, and people really start to notice it. Everyone loves to applaud subscription games as being so much better, when in reality it wasn't the subscription that was so great, it was the fact that the payment model was transparent and independent of the gameplay. No one complained (loudly) about B2P games either - the model was straight forward and had no bearing on the gameplay. People only complain when the revenue model impedes on gameplay, because that's the only time they are really going to notice it (aside from when they first open their wallet up).

  Robokapp

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12/14/12 9:46:14 PM#98

LoL, next to Minecraft is a game I'll never play but always respect.

 

yet, it is not an MMO. The business models of one game won't work on another. LoL's twin brother, heroes of Newsomething proved this.I

 

fully agree with the 'impending gameplay" statement, however.

  3-4thElf

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12/14/12 9:53:14 PM#99

OP's post sort of confused me, but I find myself agreeing.

In reality I think most people understand what the free to play model is / does. It is free to access. It does pay to invest what you think the game is worth.

I enjoy LotRO f2p model rather well. I've put about 40 bucks into the game in what.. 3 years now? Or 2? It's been awhile. I've played at a slow pace. Enjoyed the content. Bought what I thought was worth having, avoided anything I felt wasn't. Really the game has sort of spoiled me.

Now DCUO.. I've not spent a dime on. But I've played it with friends and have been surprised at the amount of content I've accessed for zilch. It's not a game that I'm terribly a fan of, so that's how much I think it's worth. To my buddies who love it, who pvp, who invest they gain access to my company and gamemanship. Really it's a win for them, and they don't seem to mind my freeloader status.

For all the cons that get thrown around about f2p, the plus' are winning. That's why your favorite game is now f2p or b2p; either eventually or at launch now.

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  Cecropia

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12/14/12 9:57:35 PM#100
Originally posted by nariusseldon
Originally posted by Kiljaedenas

Eve Online.

You find me a F2P game with even a third of what Eve has and I will try it out and maybe even consider paying for something in the cash shop. Good freaking luck though, you're gonna need it.

And i found Eve horribly easy....

Seeing as though it is such a dramatically easy game, please do elaborate on your successes in EVE. What did you accomplish during your time there? I'm genuinely curious as this rare gem of an MMO (which has defied the odds and proven itself for almost a decade and is still goin' strong) is so far from your "comfort zone".

I played EVE for over 6 years. Easy is not the first word that comes to mind when I remember my time there.

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