Oct 21st 2011 6:20PM I know what he meant :-)
That may be true but given that Panderans are an obscure part of Warcraft lore and the popularity of Kung Fu Panda, how can we not think Kung Fu Panda. Heck, bounciness and eating are racial traits. They didn't exactly go out of their way to differentiate them from the KFP movies, did they? They own the Warcraft property outright. They could write whatever they want into the lore of this game. It just seem cheap to me.
Oct 21st 2011 5:35PM Yeah, they've been in the art, books, and card games and mostly absent from the games, barely more than a rumor until now in WOW. The Kung Fu Panda is one of the most successful kiddie cartoon franchises of the last who knows how long. Warcraft books, artwork, and card games: consumed by a small fraction of the Warcraft player base. Kung Fu Panda? Seen by millions of kids and their parents world wide. Panderans inspired KFP? Unlikely. If there was any truth to that we'd have heard about Blizzard getting a nice fat check from Dreamworks. The comparisons are obvious and inevitable. Bounciness as a racial trait? NOPE, doesn't sounds like the fat cartoon panda at all. I understand that Blizz needs to make a play for the mainstream again and try to reestablish themselves in China but this? Yeesh...
Oct 21st 2011 5:12PM I'm sorry, but WOW: Kung Fu Panda? This looks lame as hell.
Mar 17th 2011 9:43AM This.
This would certainly be an option prior to going FTP but I don't even think dropping subscription prices is high on their list of options. Like they said above, Cataclysm sold 5M units in the 1st month. With that kind of response they could keep cranking out expansions to sustain their subscriber base and not even have to consider any other options until those sales start to drop off...
Mar 17th 2011 9:39AM This is kind of a silly thing to speculate about because, if WOW were to ever go free to play, it wouldn't be for a VERY long time. They're making plenty of money now with little sign of that letting up any time soon and their next closest competing MMO is millions of subscribers behind them. What is the 2nd most popular MMO anyway? At any rate, they're so far ahead that FTP is WAY WAY down the list of options to stay competitive.
Jan 6th 2011 11:19AM @xenothaulus this is what I'm talking about. WOW is successful because it's fun and accessible. SWTOR doesn't have to be a completely new paradigm in gaming to be a success. This game probably is probably starting to fall victim to the unsustainable hype and unreasonable expectations that were set for it early on. Carrying the Star Wars name is a blessing and a curse.
Jan 6th 2011 11:03AM I don't think this game is a guaranteed success. People said the same about Star Wars Galaxies and look at what a disaster what was/is. Yeah, it's Star Wars but it's not set in the time period most people are familiar with so it's missing the common characters and landmarks most people associate with the franchise.
That said, I think it's funny that the game has had such positive buzz until the last couple of weeks. I think this is just the usual press backlash. EA has already said that they're not anticipating that the game will be a WOW sized hit and it can be very profitable with a much lower player population. It doesn't need to be highly innovative to be a success either. The game just needs to be stable and fun.
Oct 27th 2010 7:05AM I've never heard of Global Agenda but doesn't Guild Wars release expansions at retail? So, to do everything in that game, you must... spend some money.
Oct 26th 2010 3:53PM Be realistic. Is there a F2P MMO out there that allows you to do EVERYTHING the game is capable of without any fees?
It looks to me like the F2P features closely mirror the trial account restrictions, maybe a bit looser. Running things this way isn't a shock. Honestly, MMOs go free to play to attract players with the hope that they'll spend money on the game in little bits and pieces rather than in one lump charge per month. It's just a gimmick to attract customer dollars in a different way.
Oct 26th 2010 3:48PM Sure, except that WoW and Eve subscriptions are showing no signs on flagging at the moment. I suspect that it's more like "Wow and Eve are the last generation of purely subscription driven MMOs." I'm not sure about Eve but WoW is still collecting subscribers and Cataclysm certainly isn't going to slow that down any. WoW won't go free2play until they can't turn a profit under their current model and they've got a LONG way to go before that will happen. You'll probably be seeing server consolidations and other warning signs before the subscription model goes away.