It seems the general media has gotten a whiff of the freemium cocktails that developers have been cooking up, as USA Today reports
on some of the new freemium MMO games
to hit the streets. The article also offers some insight into how these games support themselves -- namely through the use of item shops and microtransactions
While their reporting offers nothing huge and shocking to well-read gamers, the whole fact that this article has appeared in the lifestyle section of USA Today
shows that our genre is beginning to reach out past the average gamer and draw in the new initiates to gaming. As much as we like to think its our masterpieces
that truly shape our genre, it's games like this that get the majority of our population interested in the things we do.