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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.

Three Reasons Free To Play Isn't Dying Either

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To complement last week's column, Richard Aihoshi turns his attention to the current status of the F2P revenue model, which seems to be in good shape.Posted Jul 5, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Three Reasons Subscription Isn't Dying

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In this week's column, Richard Aihoshi looks at the state of the other major MMOG business model, then provides an unusual tale from the development side.Posted Jun 28, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Post-E3 Thoughts

General -  Column's Richard Aihoshi talks about the art of covering E3 and the show that he would most like to attend given the opportunity.Posted Jun 21, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

It Is What It Is

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Free to play columnist Richard Aihoshi wonders at some people's unwillingness to accept LOTRO's announced change of business models Posted Jun 16, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Any More

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A long-time observer of the F2P sector, columnist Richard Aihoshi comments on the news that LOTRO will change its business model. Posted Jun 7, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Picking the Mind of Adam Bohn

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In this edition of Richard Aihoshi's Free Zone, the columnist talks to Atrix Entertainment CEO Adam Bohn about the web based MMO model and how it fits into the current scheme of things.Posted Jun 1, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Is the Global MMOG Market a Myth?

General -  Column's Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi clears the air on the supposed global MMOG market in this week's column.Posted May 24, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Global News Galore

General -  Column's Ricahrd Aihoshi goes beyond the local Western Market to bring us up to speed with some of the news happening globally in the MMO realm.Posted May 17, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Nexon Making More Major Moves

General -  Column Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi focuses this week's column on one of the biggest players in the F2P market, Nexon and its recent acquisition of NDoors.Posted May 10, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

I Get Questions

General -  Column's Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi writes his column this week in answer to a number of questions that he gets on a regular basis, covering everything from the basis of his columns to providing a new trivia question.Posted May 3, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

More Consumer Choice, Please

General -  Column Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi uses his column this week to respond to a number of his criticisms and discuss the lack of consumer choice in subscription-based MMOGs.Posted Apr 26, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

A Little MMOG Trivia Quiz

General -  Column's Richard Aihoshi takes a bit of a different spin on his column this week, offering us six questions to test our MMO history knowledge.Posted Apr 19, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

The Old Curiosity Shop

General -  Column columnist Richard Aihoshi devotes his column inches this week to talking about a few things that arouse his curiosity within MMO culture.Posted Apr 12, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Big or Small

General -  Column Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi writes this week's article on budgets in the Free to Play marketplace.Posted Apr 5, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Stocking the Item Shop

General -  Column Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi speaks this week with Mytheon's Chris Rubyor about the different kinds of items put into the game's item shop, and why.Posted Mar 29, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Conventional Thinking

General -  Column's Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi writes this look at MMO concepts that people often take for granted.Posted Mar 22, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Who'da Thunk It?

General -  Column's Richard Aihoshi returns to his Free Zone column this week to talk about three concepts or perceptions about the F2P side of the industry that may not be as true as we think they are.Posted Mar 15, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

A Tale of Two Allods

General -  Column's Free Zone writer Richard Aihoshi examines the history of Allods Online's development, as well as the recent brouhaha surrounding the release of the game's item shop in this latest article.Posted Mar 8, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

It's About Having Fun

General -  Column's Richard Aihoshi dedicates this week's column to recognizing that, in the end, video games are supposed to be about fun first.Posted Mar 1, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Are You an MMOG Snob?

General -  Column's Free Zone writer Richard Aihoshi takes a look this week at MMO snobs.Posted Feb 22, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi