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Whale Watching

Posted Aug 02, 2011 by William Murphy

Whale Watching

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.

It seems worth stating up front that I've never spent a cent of my own money in a free to play MMOG.  There have been occasions when, for the purpose of previewing or reviewing, companies issued me credits to use in the item shops and/or pre-made characters equipped with merchandise from them.  However, I have never used any of them for my own play.  And when given currency, the most I've ever spent in a single game is less than the equivalent of $15 real cash; i.e. the amount I'd pay per month in many subscription titles.  

Read all of Richard Aihoshi's The Free Zone: Whale Watching.

William Murphy / Bill is the Managing Editor of MMORPG.com, RTSGuru.com, and lover of all things gaming. He's been playing and writing about MMOs and geekery since 2002, and you can harass him and his views on Twitter @thebillmurphy.

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