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As the original thread has been locked, i'd have to make a new post about it, though with different content.
Original thread: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/post/6133089#6133089
First, an apology - I admit i did not check recent quarterly reports from EA. I did not expect TOR was doing as well as it is. I'll not make any comments about actionbars though...
Second, a clarification: The post i made before was too obtuse. Sometimes i just can't express myself the way i want, but i found a way to put it:
The reason i think subscription will at some point become the norm again is because no matter how you spin it, devs need money to develop and run the game. $15 a month is something they need whether the game is F2P or subscription, so the image that F2P games are actually "free" is misleading at best. At some point, the heavy hitters which are keeping the games running may leave or spend their money elsewhere, as they may feel entitled to changes they may not get.
Point being, the money has to come from somewhere and subscription games may make the business model much more transparent for gamers in general who want to be sure what they're spending their money on.
I think this makes my point a lot clearer. In no way did i mean to flame, troll or incite anything else with it. I'm sorry if it seemed that way.
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