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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 3:43PM (Unverified) said

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So the people who are opposed to F2P microtransactions might be hypocrites or rare, actually honest individuals.

Then I remember the Steam/Modern Warfare sales boycott surprise plot-twist, and know the more statistically probable answer.

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 3:51PM esarphie said

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Hold on a second... you really need to change the headline of this article.

The survey was of a hair over 2,000 users of "PlaySpan Marketplace, Facebook, and Ultimate Game Card purchasers"... In other words, it was a survey of those folks who pretty much are most likely to buy virtual game items.

If you took a survey of MMO subscribers who pay by credit card, I bet the figures would be dramatically different.

I suggest retitling as: "Study Finds that 75% of people who use virtual marketplaces by virtual items"

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:00PM MewmewGrrl said

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Yes, they specifically surveyed people who were buying Game Cards and such, which is just silly. If the survey is from people buying Game Cards, of course they are a person who is spending virtual money on games.

I can guarantee you that 75% of gamers absolutely do not buy items in micro-transaction games. The mass majority are freebies who don't spend a penny. Anybody who has played these games regularly for any amount of time knows this.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:21PM (Unverified) said

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I completely agree. This is the equivalent of surveying the patients of a drug rehab clinic than claiming that 75% of people use cocaine.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:25PM Pingles said

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To be fair, it says "2,200 players who were either part of PlaySpan Marketplace, Facebook, or purchasers of Ultimate Game Cards"

Facebook user is a pretty general term which has no ties to microtransactions.

I have a pretty large Friend list on Facebook and very few are playing Farmville or that sort of thing. I certainly am not.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 5:01PM (Unverified) said

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Since they refer to the survey respondents as "online game fans" it is most likely the case that they only chose Facebook users who play games on Facebook.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 3:52PM esarphie said

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Grrr... dropped a "u".... it was supposed to read:

"Study Finds That 75 of People Who Use Virtual Marketplaces Buy Virtual Items"

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 3:56PM MewmewGrrl said

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When "Free to Play" games (really MIcrotransaction games) first came out, you pretty much got the entire game, with certain bonuses, special heals, then a little later fashion and certain pet types, etc reserved just for people that paid.

Now tho they try to call all sorts of games Free to Play, despite how little "free" is actually there. A game that does little more than let you stand around in a little starting area or hub and barely start to scratch the surface of a few activites while you watch everybody else go by with their fancy pets and jetpacks will call itself Free to Play now.

They can give you almost nothing and will claim they are a free to play game. It's just not the same, and they shouldn't be classified as the same. It's very misleading for one "free" game to give you 99% of actual game content while most items are just bonuses, and then another "free" game gives you about 5% of the game yet tries to make out as if it's in the same class.

There are actual free to play games where you get a huge game, and there are other very limited ones that amount to a short beginning demo of the game. They both advertise the same way calling themselves free, despite being very different.

I hope that the industry comes up with different terms for these different category, terms that become well used and recognized. If not that means it's us to us as a community to try to let people know which are which.

I'm really frustrated with many of the "free" games that give you nearly nothing. I feel they were a huge waste of time and if they were only going to be a small demo of hub areas and very early starting levels, I really wish they would have told me to begin with. I'm upset that I see a commercial for a game, write it down, get excited during creation, only to find I get nothing of what the commercial showed unless I pay.

Such as the new "game" / learning game Jump Start - yeah it's for younger players a lot of it but it's also very misleading in thinking that you get much of the game and I'm sick of places doing that and making out like you're getting a game free. It's like giving someone a box that says "Free Bingo Set" - you open it up and only have a piece of a corner of the cards.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 12:33AM Ryukan said

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They just need to change the name to "free to pay".
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:04PM Harley Dude said

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I call BS on this "survey". Propaganda to soften up the Western market for more RMTs, with the justification that we actually want it.

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:20PM kasapina said

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Journalists who want to post fascinating news will always tend to use fishy methods, as with this survey's authors.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:17PM MassivelyJames said

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I took a survey once at a gast station that asked me if I purchased fuel.

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:40PM MassivelyJames said

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I suppose it depends what the author would classify as 'online gamers'. My wife doesn't consider herself an online gamer but she spent my entire $100 pre-paid credit card on itunes games :(


Also: when I used to smoke, I would go to gas stations and buy smokes and not gas....
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:47PM (Unverified) said

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@Tempes

They surveyed people from PlaySpan Marketplace, not PlayStation, which is basicly a cash shop for multiple MMOGs.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:42PM myr said

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This survey was sponsored by an RMT company...

Think about that for a minute.

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:42PM Zaetal said

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Shenanigans, I say. I'm no slouch when it comes to giving MMO companies money for subs and boxes, but I haven't even bought so much as a realm transfer like thing in the last... 12 years? Much less a sparkle pony or xp potions. I don't expect that to change going forward either.

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 4:51PM (Unverified) said

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There are crazy people out there. I got a friend on Jade Dynasty who tried to get me to play there but the game is trash how they lure you in with a whole bunch of freebies til they run out then you almost have to spend real money or spend a year to come close to competing with others. They do all these lottos that would cost you 50 cents per try and the main reward was usually a mount that is very hard to get. My friend said she would spend like $30-40 each time a new mount/pet came out. That is just crazy to think that. I'd gladly stick to my subscription game where at least I know I can earn everything in the game with effort and being good at the game.

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 5:21PM (Unverified) said

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Hey

I would like to see a more robust survey on this at some point. While this one is flawed, it does make you wonder when some one says 75% of mmo players do not like RMT. There are a lot of FTP games out there, and with LOTRO , and talk about AOC following DDO's model (to some degree) one would have to assume there is money to be made. Furthermore you are starting to see some games with a sub model and RMT.

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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 5:23PM Danieros said

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hahaha funny targets they used for their "study" which is more like propaganda, of course it's no surprise.

Pretty much like going into a shopping to ask who likes shopping.

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 5:55PM CCon99 said

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It's a bogus survey, just like the last one posted a few months ago held by a marketing company.

I'm sure if Cryptic held a survey of their remaining fanboy's currently still subscribed to STO, the results would come out that 85% of their players think it's the best game on the market and over 65% of them shop in the nickel & dime store. If such a survey existed, would there be an article on this site claiming a study found 85% of MMO gamers think STO is the greatest game on the market?

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