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General: 2010 Awards: Biggest News Story

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,622MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

In today's round of voting in the 2010 Reader's Choice awards here at MMORPG.com, we invite you to check out this year's biggest new stories and select the one that you believe created the most stir in 2010.

This year, our categories are: Game of the Year, New Game of the Year, Most Innovative, Most Improved, Best F2P, Favorite Company, Biggest News Story, Most Anticipated, and the newest, and most dubious, addition to our prizes, Biggest Disappointment.

Read more and vote for the 2010 Awards: Biggest News Story.


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  • CastillleCastillle KhobarPosts: 2,703Member Uncommon

    I voted the Entropia Universe one.  I mean geez...Thats a LOT of money

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  • ElidienElidien Atlanta, GAPosts: 1,058Member

    Without getting into specfics, I was thinking that the poor performance and sales of some big name games/IP's might be the top story this year.

  • DevilXaphanDevilXaphan n/a, LAPosts: 1,144Member

    Voted for APB as not many games ever get a second chance at redemption.

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  • nezbelnezbel Daly City, CAPosts: 47Member

    Rise of Freemium is interesting but not entirely unthinkable with the advent of more casual games and the failing MMO market looking for new business models.

    APB getting closed so quickly is more surprising than someone picking it up, I mean its a completed game with a very advanced customization system despite its other flaws.

    God's & Heroe's coming back is more surprising, I mean how many half finished games get another chance after being iced for so long?

    I'd say Viturual Property is the winner though. I mean is someone told you before that they were gonna make $335,000 selling something they constructed themselves on a C-list MMO, what would you say?

  • aithieelaithieel WroclawPosts: 232Member

    My vote goes to Rise of Freemium.

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  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,460Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by aithieel

    My vote goes to Rise of Freemium.

    Mine as well.

    Reason being is that the "second chances" of APB and Gods and Heroes is notable but will soon be forgotten. The large amount for a virtual property is compelling but it's not like we haven't seen other peoople/organizations buy virtual property before.

    I think the Rise of Freemium is notable because it's a big change in how these games earn revenue and will not only affect content but how these games are developed.

    It's a paradigm shift that seems to resonate for me.

  • dragonbranddragonbrand Long Beach, CAPosts: 412Member Uncommon

    Had to be selling pixels for 1/3 of a million dollars! Just WOW! How can anything in the wirtual world and as transitory as items in an online game be worth that kind of money; $335,000 and $635,00 in total is just plain crazy

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  • theinvadertheinvader MachynllethPosts: 240Member

    The single news item there that's spawned the most articles and columns and has been endlessly and passionately debated is, by a wide and clear margine, the rise of freemium. It gets my vote.

    Always read the small print.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,460Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by dragonbrand

    Had to be selling pixels for 1/3 of a million dollars! Just WOW! How can anything in the wirtual world and as transitory as items in an online game be worth that kind of money; $335,000 and $635,00 in total is just plain crazy

    Because you are looking at it in the wrong light.

    How can a photograph cost a certain amount of money? Or how can a concert cost so much money. I mean, it's just sound waves.

    What is being charge/paid for is the perceived value of the experience that "item" will bring.

    It is a real item. We can see it therefore it is tangible to one of our senses. If people are willing to pay for access to that piece of virtual property (for whatever that person uses it for) then that is actual revenue.

    Just because it is made of light from a computer monitor doesn't make it any less real.

    If you go to a lecture you are taking away an experience. If you read a paper you are taking away info even though it's just ink on a page.

    If a person can make money on a virtual property then it is a sound investment. Especially as there are some investements that are even less tangible to my limited understanding such as "futures". I mean wow.

  • FdzzaiglFdzzaigl Somewhere in nowherePosts: 2,325Member Uncommon

    I don't really see how WAR went F2P as claimed in the article, but the other ones going into that direction was certainly big news.

    The crown still goes to the extreme quick closure and subsequent adoption of APB though imo.

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  • Mr_WolfxMr_Wolfx Columbus, TXPosts: 176Member

    I gotta put my vote in for Gods&Heroes, I've waiting for that game since the day I saw the preview in Game Informer

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  • Master10KMaster10K LondonPosts: 3,065Member

    I have to go with APB "The Death and Resurrection", since it now gives me an opprtunity to try the game, at no risk of disappointment (since it'll be F2P).

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  • OzzallosOzzallos Runes of Magic Correspondent Phoenix, AZPosts: 34Member

    Alpha Counter:

    Six Years Worth of Game Time Destroyed in EVE Pirate Raid.

    Which is why I voted it for most innovative as well :)

  • TorginTorgin Cincinnati, OHPosts: 82Member

    That whole "None of the Above" option still isn't available. Seriously. Put it in and see what happens. :)

  • Einherjar_LCEinherjar_LC MelfiPosts: 1,055Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Elidien

    Without getting into specfics, I was thinking that the poor performance and sales of some big name games/IP's might be the top story this year.

    I'll second this, STO anyone?

     

     

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  • reanorreanor BananaPosts: 434Member

    APB resurrection. That's was a second chance to a game that never thought to be heard of again.

  • shadyjamesshadyjames Coronation, ABPosts: 34Member

    just a thought but isn't the resurrection of apb also due to the freeium craze. I'm jsut saying :)

  • UnlightUnlight Ottawa, ONPosts: 2,540Member

    APB: Death and Resurrection.

    Although I think this would be more accurate as simply APB's Sudden Death

    Yes, it was shite.  Pretty much anyone who's played it or read about it could tell you that.  But it's such a rare thing for a game to suffer from such staggeringly poor management as to not be able to limp along for even a year before folding up like a cheap lawn chair.  I was suprised and I played it (so I know first-hand how bad it was).  Nothing else on that list suprised me.

  • WraithoneWraithone Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 3,593Member Uncommon

    Actually, the BIGGEST story of 2010 is that after 15 LONG years Duke Nuke'em Forever may no longer be vaporware. ^^  It was actually demo'ed in playable form at PAX 2010.

  • bisurgebisurge Anchorage, AKPosts: 168Member

    Games dying and coming back is nothing new. P2P games becoming F2P isn't that new either, and it's more of an indefinite trial than the actual game.

    Therefore, the $335,000 virtual property gets my vote. Whoever bought that thing must've been a millionaire with too much time to spare.

  • mackdawg19mackdawg19 Shiloh, ILPosts: 864Member

    I voted for Gods and Heroes for one simple reason. It was voted best game at show at a certain event a couple years back and got cancelled soon after. Then out of nowhere some unnamed company who made a Iphone/Andriod app picks it up and re-develops it. Unusual to say the least but nevertheless surprising.

  • AIMonsterAIMonster Apopka, FLPosts: 2,059Member

    I think the Rise of Freemium is the biggest news story just because it's the only one to really have an impact on MMO gaming as whole.  It's probably going to have some long term effects on all of us if the trend keeps up.

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  • MumboJumboMumboJumbo LondonPosts: 3,221Member

    Rise of Freemium seems like a sort of sea change for the market, developers and players and might allow more mmos to compete in different ways and different game designs.

  • maplestonemaplestone Ottawa, ONPosts: 3,099Member

    The saga of RealID in WoW would have been my choice.

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