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.