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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.

More MMOG Melange

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Intrepid columnist Richard Aihoshi once again has scoured the internet for relevant news about all things MMOG. His latest Free Zone column gives readers a few tidbits of information about EA financials, Riot Games being bought out, FEZ shutting down and more. Check it out and then leave a comment or two below.Posted Feb 7, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Two F2P Shortcomings

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In the Free Zone this week, MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi springboards off of Garrett Fuller's recent article about Why MMOs Fail. Richard centers his discussion on the free to play aspect of the MMO universe and outlines two specific shortcomings endemic to the genre. Check out Richard's thoughts and then add your own to the mix in the comments below.Posted Jan 31, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Recent Items of Interest

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In the Free Zone this week, MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi continues to glean the most interesting tidbits coming out in the F2P MMOG universe. Included this week are items such as the Wakfu North American beta, the recent hacking of Frogster's player database and more. Check out what Richard has dug up for you today. Leave us a comment or two below when you're through.Posted Jan 24, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Grist for the Rumor Mill

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In his latest Free Zone column, Richard Aihoshi passes along a tidbit of information that he's picked up in the last week or so. Without giving away -all- of the juicy details, Richard has heard that EA is giving free-to-play a hard look as it ponders its future in the gaming business. Check out what Richard has heard and thinks about this rumor and then add a few thoughts of your own in the comments below.Posted Jan 17, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Looking Ahead at 2011

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In his latest Free Zone column, Richard Aihoshi looks ahead to 2011 and a pair of issues that he sees as potentially important in the coming year. Find out what those two issues are and what Richard foresees for 2011. Let us know what you think in the comments below.Posted Jan 10, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

Looking Back At 2010

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In The Free Zone this week, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look back at the games and industry trends in 2010. Check out Richard's thoughts about 2010 and see if you agree or not. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.Posted Jan 3, 2011 by Richard Aihoshi

A Leftover Seasonal Gift Wish

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Just like Christmas dinner leftovers are still hanging about, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi has a leftover wish to share with our readers in his final Free Zone column for 2010. See what Richard wishes for 2011 and then leave us a comment or two below.Posted Dec 27, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

A Few Seasonal Gift Wishes

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi lets loos with a few of his dearest Christmas wishes with specific regard to MMOs. Check out Richard's list to Santa and then add a few of your own.Posted Dec 20, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Flying Under Most Radars

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi takes a look at a few games currently in development that seem to be flying under the radar of most Western outlets. See if any of them look intriguing to you...or not...and let us know your thoughts below.Posted Dec 13, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Mostly Unconfirmed Odds & Ends

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at some interesting, if unconfirmed, rumors swirling around the MMO universe. Richard has noticed items as far-ranging as Blizzard possibly looking into Asian opportunities to the issue of curfews for young Korean gamers. Check it out and then leave a comment or two below.Posted Dec 6, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Buzz from G-Star 2010

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The Free Zone this week centers around last week's G-Star 2010 convention in South Korea. MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi has been digging through reports about the convention and has compiled some of the more intriguing information in his latest column. Check it out and let us know what grabbed your attention by leaving us a comment below.Posted Nov 29, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Interesting Market Research

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi examines the recent statistics revealed in a study of Western MMOG habits as conducted by research group Newzoo. Richard takes a look at the revealed data and interprets what it could possibly mean for MMOs in the future. Check it out, then leave us a comment below.Posted Nov 22, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Bring 'Em Back Live

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com columnist, Richard Aihoshi, takes a look at the rumored resurrection of All Points Bulletin by K2 Networks. Richard wonders if APB will finally live up to its potential when it's re-released as a F2P title later this year. Check out Richard's thoughts and then add yours to the mix on the forums.Posted Nov 15, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Schwarzenegger vs. EMA II

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the Schwarzenegger vs. EMA (Entertainment Merchants Association) case now awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States. Richard offers his perspective about the case and what it means to gamers in California...and everywhere. Check it out and then exercise your Freedom of Speech on our forums.Posted Nov 8, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Champions Online, F2P & The Governator

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at two larger than life news items that came across his virtual desk last week: CHampions Online going 'F2P' and The Governator taking on the EMA (Entertainment Merchants' Association). See what Richard thinks of Atari's announcement about Champions Online and whether or not the EMA can successfully challenge California Governor Schwarzenegger. Let us know your thoughts on the forums!Posted Nov 1, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

GDCO Thoughts

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi talks about this year's Austin Game Developer's Conference. While he did not have the opportunity to attend, Richard did pick up some tidbits of information and intriguing rumors about his favorite topic, free-to-play games. Check out Richard's thoughts and impressions of Austin and then let us know what you think!Posted Oct 25, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Not In My Back Yard

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In the latest edition of Richard Aihoshi's Free Zone, Richard takes a look at China Joy and the imminent showing of Nival Network's Prime World. Some will remember that Nival was the development house behind the recently released Allods Online. Why do these two things pique Richard's imagination so much? Read Free Zone to find out.Posted Oct 18, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Portnoy's Current Complaint

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi discusses the quality of writing in MMOs. Comparing MMO lore and the NPCs to their literary counterparts, Richard wonders whether or not we'll ever see pre-eminent living game writers of the caliber of some of today's finest authors. See what Richard thinks and then add your thoughts on our forums.Posted Oct 11, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Reading Comprehension & F2P

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Using MMMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood's recent column about reading comprehension and the soundbite generation, Richard Aihoshi takes it to the F2P space. Richard wants players to uses critical reading skills when it comes to the changing dynamics of online gaming and the free-to-play opportunities presenting themselves to players around the world. See if you agree and then let us know what you think on our forums!Posted Oct 4, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Tips for Aspiring MMOG Writers

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In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi has a few terrific tips for those of you who may want to try your hand at writing about the MMOG industry. While reviews, previews and interviews are the bread and butter for sites and publications about MMOs. Richard, however, has some thoughts about other ways to score writing about MMOGs. See what you think and then tell us your ideas.Posted Sep 27, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi