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[Column] General: How Far is Too Far?



  • FonclFoncl Posts: 258Member Uncommon

    Any form of in-game advantage for money is too far for me. I'll gladly pay a monthly fee for a MMO I enjoy playing, as long as what you achieve in the game is earned with time and effort spent playing the game.



  • jtcgsjtcgs New Port Richey, ILPosts: 1,777Member

    1. Not all F2P games are F2P, the industry has labeled everything without a subscription with F2P or B2P, most of them are freemium/paytrap.

    2. P2W is mostly a myth.

    3. Atlantica Online makes more money with their gambling aspect shop than most P2P games, that is why Nexon makes over 1 BILLION DOLLARS a year in profits mostly coming from their F2P games. AO has been doing it for over 5 years, it isnt a flash in the pan thing that is going to go away. It is not as much a part of the genre as subscriptions.

    “I hope we shall its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." ~Thomes Jefferson

  • RodentofdoomRodentofdoom NottinghamPosts: 273Member

    Atlantica Online uses (or used, it's been some time since i played) a 'roulette' purchasing system


    1 really nice item, 1 ok item and a dozen different crap 'regen/license' items .... most of the time you got the crap 'regen/licesne' item.


    It's that route that I object to

    Fine, sell the "Uber Sword of Ultimate Doom" for $

    but when one person can spend $50 and get 5 of them, and you can spend $500 and get 0, it's in my mind fraudulent.

    and yes i know, these companies have highly priced lawyers who say it's a valid business tactic

    but are these companies also paying the relavant 'gambling taxes and licenses' in the various countries they operate in ? because i seriously doubt it.


    If a game is worth playing, people will pay subs.

    people won't pay subs for a substandard contentless rehash of yesterdays flameofthemonth system

    but right now as i look at the huge list of games in development or that have released recently

    they are for the most part substandard contentless rehashes of "games of last tuesday!!"


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