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Richard Aihoshi has been writing about MMOGs since the mid-1990s, always with a global perspective. He has observed the emergence and growth of the free to play business model from its early days in both hemispheres. This column runs each Monday.

Looking Ahead to G-STAR

General -  Column

In this week's Free Zone, MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi examines what we can expect from this year's G-STAR gaming event in Korea.Posted Oct 25, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Talking F2P With Mark Jacobs

General -  Column

Last week, Mark Jacobs, formerly of Mythic, announced the foundation of City State Entertainment. City State is a company that will focus on casual games, though no specific game information has been revealed. In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi talks with Jacobs about his new venture and about the F2P trend in today's games. Read on and then let us know what you think in the comments.Posted Oct 11, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Everyone is Going F2P

General -  Column

In The Free Zone today, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi spends some time chatting with a pair of industry veterans about the free to play movement that is sweeping the MMO genre. Richard talks with Matthew Denomme from Game Bridger Entertainment and Fernando Blanco from Spacetime Studios about the trend. Read on and then let us know whether or not you agree with their assessment of the industry in the comments.Posted Sep 27, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Will SWTOR Be the Last Big-Budget MMOG?

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

Recently, SOE's John Smedley opined that SWTOR would be one of the last big budget MMOs with a subscription model. In The Free Zone today, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at Smedley's opinion and offers a few thoughts about its viability. Keep reading and then let us know what you think in the comments.Posted Sep 13, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Will DotA 2 Be the Next BIG F2P?

DOTA2 -  Column

In The Free Zone, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi wonders whether or not DotA 2 will enter the ranks of the free to play. It's an intriguing question and one that Richard discusses from all angles. Check it out and then leave us your opinion in the comments.Posted Aug 30, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Gamescom - More Than Just Games, You Know

General -  Column

While the name Gamescom seems to indicate that the focus of this week's mega event in Germany, that might not be all that the annual convention is about. In The Free Zone this week, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at other reasons that Gamescom is such a hit in Europe. Check it out. Leave a comment or two when you're finished.Posted Aug 16, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Whale Watching

General -  Column

In this week's Free Zone, Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the term "Whale" as it relates to F2P gaming and just what classifies as a "Big Spender" (whale) in the online space. Put on your best Ahab or Ishmael face and dig in.Posted Aug 2, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

More from the Crystal Ball

General -  Column

MMORPG.com's resident swami, Richard Aihoshi, has once again gazed into the crystal ball conveniently located on his desk between mouse and keyboard. In it he has divined a pair of new predictions for the online gaming world that he'd like to share. Check out The Free Zone and see what Richard's prognostications. Posted Jul 26, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

The Future of MMORPG Revenue Streams

General -  Column

In this week's Free Zone, industry stalwart Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the impending shift of revenue streams in the MMORPG marketplace. Find out what Richard thinks may happen in the coming years and be sure to add in your two cents as well.Posted Jul 19, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Excerpts from the F2P Hater Handbook

General -  Editorial

In this week's The Free Zone, Richard Aihoshi shares with us a few passages from the ultra secret (and ultra fake) F2P Hater's Handbook. Take a look inside and see if you have what it takes to be a winning F2P Hater.Posted Jul 12, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Blizzard - Inching Towards F2P?

World of Warcraft -  Column

In today's Free Zone column, Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent announcement that World of Warcraft was free to play through the first twenty character levels. Richard looks at the decision from a 'gimmick' perspective and from a business perspective and offers his thoughts on what the future may hold. Read on and see if you agree!Posted Jul 5, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Two More Business Model Shifts

General -  Column

In The Free Zone this week, MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent announcements that both LEGO Universe and City of Heroes were adopting new revenue models. Both will offer portions of the games for free and will offer low-cost subscriptions and possibly institute item malls. Check out Richard's thoughts and then add a few of your own in the comments.Posted Jun 28, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Free To Play Steams Forward

General -  Column

In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent announcement that Steam would be prominently featuring free to play titles in its catalog of games. Richard has a few thoughts about this announcements and its repercussions for the industry. He's also got a few other nuggets of information to share so keep reading!Posted Jun 21, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Will Cryptic Prove a Bargain?

General -  Column

In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent purchase of Cryptic Studios by Perfect World Entertainment. Surprised by the relatively 'bargain' cost for Cryptic Studios (~$35 million USD), Richard wonders how this new partnership will go. In addition, Richard has a few other tidbits he's gleaned from around the 'Net. Check out The Free Zone.Posted Jun 13, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Conan’s Hybridian Adventure, Wizardry Going MMO?

General -  Column

This week in Free Zone, MMORPG.com's own Richard Aihoshi takes a look at two announcements that have come our way recently; The shift of Age of Conan to a hybrid, F2P model, and the announcement of Wizardry Online. Check it out and let us know what you think!Posted May 30, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Cryptic's Future Unclear

General -  Column

In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the big news out of last week, namely the placement of Cryptic Studios on the auction block by publishing giant, Atari. Richard has a few thoughts to share on the future of Cryptic Studios. Check it out!Posted May 23, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Revisiting the F2P Review System

General -  Column

Dovetailing with Jon Wood's article about "reviewing the review process", MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi takes a look at a particular niche: Reviewing F2P games. Check out Richard's thoughts about the F2P review process before leaving us a comment or two.Posted May 16, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Venerable IP Ultima-tely to Fly Again?

Ultima Online -  Column

In The Free Zone today, MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi floats a rumor that breezed across his desk recently, namely that there is a possibility that a new Ultima MMORPG is being considered. Doubtless, that got your attention so keep reading and then let us know what you think.Posted May 9, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

A Marvel-lous Announcement?

General -  Column

Last week, the name of the writer for Gazillion Entertainment's Marvel Universe Online was revealed during a live event. But much of that news has been buried under discussions of the financial model that Gazillion will employ. In The Free Zone today, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the announcement and the ensuing discussion. Check it out and then weigh in with a few thoughts of your own. Posted May 2, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Questionable Government Intervention

General -  Column

The Free Zone today deals with the Korean government and its legislation aimed at curbing the number of hours young people can spend playing video games. MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi gives our readers a synopsis of the legislation and offers a few thoughts about the issue. Check it out and then let us know what you think.Posted Apr 25, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi