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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.

Are You an MMOG Snob?

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

Can the F2P / Subscription Twain Meet?

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MMORPG.com Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi writes his column this week on the idea of subscription and F2P coming together with a specific look at Istaria's pricing model.Posted Feb 15, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

5, 9, F2P, a Million and More

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MMORPG.com's Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent downsizing at Red 5 Studios, Star Trek Online and more in this week's article.Posted Feb 8, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Virtual Goods Sales 2009 and ChinaJoy 2010

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MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi has had his ear to the ground in the world of F2P not just here in NA, but around the world. Today, he discusses some of the numbers that have come to light as well as the upcoming ChinaJoy game show.Posted Feb 1, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

SEGA Does Massively Multiplayer... Sort Of

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MMORPG.com Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi uses his column this week to talk about SEGA's forray into the online poker world and what they may mean to the ever-growing segment of that online gaming market.Posted Jan 25, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

DDO and F2P: Lessons Learned

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MMORPG.com Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi takes a look at this year's F2P MMO of the year, Dungeons and Dragons Online and delves more deeply into the lessons learned in the game's transition from P2P to F2P.Posted Jan 18, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Free to Play in 2010, Part Two - What's in a Name?

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Last week, Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi looked at the possibilities for the F2P sector of the MMO genre in the coming year. Today, industry players Sean Kauppinen and Jon Belliss weigh in with their thoughts.Posted Jan 11, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Free to Play in 2010

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MMORPG.com Free Zone Columist Richard Aihoshi explores the possibilities for the free to play business model in the coming year.Posted Jan 4, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Year-End Pot Luck

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MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi files his last column of 2009, taking a look at some of the various subjects that come to mind as the year comes to a close.Posted Dec 28, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

Some MMOG Core Concepts I'd Like to See More Of

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MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi writes this week's Free Zone column on different core MMO concepts that he feels could be used more frequently in F2P MMOs and beyond.Posted Dec 21, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

Stuck in Denial

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MMORPG.com's Richard Ahioshi focuses his attention this week on the denial some players feel toward the F2P side of the MMO market and any possible success it may see.Posted Dec 14, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

An Intriguing Year for Free to Play

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MMORPG.com Free Zone Columnist Richard Aihoshi writes this look back at the year 2009 from the perspective of the Free 2 Play side of the MMO business.Posted Dec 7, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

Why Aren't MMOGs More Fun?

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A simple yet important question is explored in the latest edition of Richard Aihoshi's weekly MMORPG.com column.Posted Nov 30, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

How Helpful Are MMOG Previews?

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MMORPG.com columnist Richard Aihoshi writes this article asking how useful MMORPG previews really are when it comes to specific player tastes.Posted Nov 23, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

How Useful Are Betas?

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MMORPG.com Free Zone columnist Richard Aihoshi tackles the idea of beta testing and asks whether or not the development phase is as useful as has always been implied.Posted Nov 16, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

And Now for Something Completely Different

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Variety or the lack thereof is the topic of this week's column from Richard Aihoshi.Posted Nov 9, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

A Developer's Shift to F2P

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MMORPG.com Columnist Richard Aihoshi discusses the transition for one developer in particular in moving from a career working on subscription based MMOs and into the F2P sector of the industry.Posted Nov 2, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

A Truly Annoying CS Sin

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Richard Aioshi sets his sights this week on the customer service department and talks about failures that are easy and necessary to fix.Posted Oct 26, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

What Makes Games Hardcore or Casual?

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Richard Aioshi returns with his column this week, this time tackling the subject of hardcore vs. casual in the free to play market.Posted Oct 19, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi

Mixed Revenue Models

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Richard Aihoshi returns this week with a column that looks at exploring mixed revenue models for our favorite MMOs.Posted Oct 12, 2009 by Richard Aihoshi