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Posted: Jun 5th 2008 4:45PM (Unverified) said

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Why is this even a debate? The greatest profit potential is in monthly subscriptions, while weaker games have to make do with microtransactions. It will be a cold day in hell when microtransactions or ad-supported content will be able to equal or surpass the income potential of $15/month per subscriber.

Customers hate microtransactions, which why "E-Ticket ride" is an obsolete phrase today.

Posted: Jun 5th 2008 6:28PM (Unverified) said

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Isn't Maple Story one of the most profitable online games ever? And wasn't there a study done where they averaged out the monthly revenue per player and it ended up being in the same range as subscription models?

I remember them talking about this in a podcast (maybe Shut Up We're Talking [?]) but I can't remember the exact figure they were quoting.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a subscription fan, but I can understand why some companies are offering micros (and there are reasons it works for them). Are micros for me? No. But they are a sound business model in many ways.
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Posted: Jun 5th 2008 5:28PM (Unverified) said

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There are a lot of people who can't or won't spend $15/month (especially on top of $40-$50 for a box), but are still willing to spend some money. Just as there are folks who want a $20/month cellphone plan.

Posted: Jun 9th 2008 9:46AM (Unverified) said

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Look, do YOU (You as in anyone who doesn't like paying to play an MMO) know how much it is for Blizzard to upkeep the 90 something servers they have? Its a TON of money. MMO's never put a gun to your head and tell you to pay, do they? If you don't like the idea of paying, then you don't play the game. Its as simple as that, that you have a choice. I don't get why people have to complain because they themselves are too ignorant to be able to meet the requirements of something. Do I complain because I don't want to spend $5/g on gas? No, I just DON'T get gas there and I go somewhere else, or if I am fine with buying at $5 a gallon, I will buy there.

Common sense, seems like no ones got any anymore.

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