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Massively Exclusive: World of Warplanes producer talks mechanics {Massively}

Dec 21st 2011 6:49PM Gold ammo is definitely better than he lets on. He also doesnt mention that once your rank 7+ (out of 10) you have to be a premium account or you will "LOSE" credits for playing matches (your repair and reload fees).

InB4 someone claims they are a free account and so good they make money on top end matches.... *lol*

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs would you marry, kiss or kill? {Massively}

Dec 21st 2011 10:17AM Marry - Rift. So much value with your cheap subscription and NOTHING to buy with real money in a store. You get exactly what you pay for and no one can spend $$$ to be better than you.

Kiss - None

Kill - WoW for their flippant attitude (I quit immediately after Ghostcrawler's "Wow, dungeons are hard" post where he told all the customers to L2P)

and most importantly...

Kill - All F2P games. The concept could have worked in an ethical world ran by ethical people. Instead F2P *always* translates into Pay2Win. Even games that claim you can "technically" earn items in-game have extremely unrealistic timesinks so your faced with a "choice" of countless hours grinding or pay, pay, PAY. I believe the poor and middle class should be able to enjoy online gaming too, not just those "richie riches" that can afford F2P games.

[Updated] On the third day of giveaways, Wargaming.net gave to me... {Massively}

Dec 15th 2011 12:06PM What I like most about World of Tanks is the light tank battles. Tier 1, 2 and 3 are by far the most fun.

[Updated] On the second day of giveaways, BioWare gave to me... {Massively}

Dec 14th 2011 2:58PM I would make a Sith Inquisitor.

The Daily Grind: What's the most you'd spend on a virtual item? {Massively}

Nov 24th 2011 2:37PM Up to $15 a month to play competitively. Once someone can spend more than $15 a month to gain an advantage over me I'm out. I support video gaming staying a hobby everyone can afford, and not one for only the wealthy (as Pay-2-Win is taking us)

Bigpoint sells 2000 virtual space drones for €1000 each {Massively}

Nov 23rd 2011 11:39AM Welcome to the F2P Revolution! You thought $15 a month was "too much"?

Dark Orbit was fun until I saw how much it would cost me. Another otherwise good game DOA due to F2P gouging!

The Soapbox: The best complaint is an empty seat {Massively}

Nov 22nd 2011 6:47PM @dndhatcher

This is one of the reasons F2P is damaging to the long term video game industry. You *cant* cancel your F2P game. All you can do is not spend any more money. When the guy in the suit at the top wonders why your not spending any more money, he isnt going to read a post on what sucks about his otherwise good game, he is going to call up his marketing guy and ask what sort of special he can run to bring in more money.

Once a game goes F2P the management can assume their game is perfect, and your lack of spending money is a marketing issue that can be addressed with better advertising, better promotions or new products. Core gameplay issues can be ignored because its always easier to find a new customer then satisfy an existing one.

This is why F2P is damaging as a whole. Products dont need to improve to make money, just market them better. I bet there are a LOT of F2P titles you havent downloaded and tried out yet. Rather than make a customer happy, its easier to convince someone to try out the game free and hit them up for large sums of money while their still on the "honeymoon" phase of the game.

(For the record, I also have a LOTRO lifetime and although its not the biggest F2P scam going, its getting progressively worse)

The Soapbox: The best complaint is an empty seat {Massively}

Nov 22nd 2011 4:41PM "If you dont like it, just quit" --

The final argument of the defeated debater. When MMOs make changes sometimes they are bad changes. I'll use STO as an example (source: http://forums.startrekonline.com/showthread.php?t=237322 ).

What if you love the game on Holodeck, but hate what its about to become? Saying : "If you dont like it, just quit" is like also saying:

The developers are infallible. What they do is always perfect, there is no room for improvement. Therefore if you dont like a change, there is something wrong with YOU.

I hear it all the time, people express valid concerns about upcoming changes, payment models, etc.... But instead of having a reasonable discussion on it (which occasionally means someone gets exposed for doing something crooked) people just rally behind the game's management assuming they are infallible. If you like 75% of a game, but the other 25% is seriously flawed, your not allowed to point out the 25% and request it be fixed, instead you are told by thugs and "fanbois" to accept the full 100% or GTFO.

Its tiresome really.

Free for All: Explaining the free-to-play hold-outs {Massively}

Nov 10th 2011 8:01PM @Beau Hindman I've played several Perfect World Titles. (All the same, VICIOUS cash shops, open-ended PVP in late game zones, $1000 "Investors" owning everyone). I've played D&D Online (not bad), LOTRO (Started out not bad, now becoming more Pay2Win), World of Tanks (deceptively "cheap" until mid to late game, then the BS Pay2Win kicks in)...EQ2X (LOL-BAD...a $15 sub to EQ2 is so much cheaper than trying to play competitively in EQ2X). League of Legends ($10 every 2 weeks OR spend 50hrs every 2 weeks grinding - OUCH!) Several F2P Shooters I wont even bother naming, once I see $20+ Dollar guns and crap you RENT I'm out.

Then there is Champions Online. CO is fair at the moment, but I bet It WONT stay that way for long, Perfect World's evil gaze is currently upon STO, but the Eye of Saro.....er....Perfect World will soon gaze upon CO and I'm sure it'll get ugly quick.

I see this F2P trend defiling MMOs, and its ruining games. Games are art and expession and they used to be an affordable hobby for everyone. Now all the effort put into great games like EQ2, STO, LOTRO, LoL and so many more are being locked away behind an unreasonable fee. If I like a product I will pay $15 a month for a FAIR game. I may not end up as uber as the next guy but at least I had a FAIR chance in a subscription game. I expect equality of opportunity from my games, and telling me I have the "opportunity" to stick in my credit card and pay MORE than $15 a month is no opportunity at all....Instead its locking away all the hard work of the programmers behind a crooked business model.