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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 6:15PM VioletArrows said

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What are they counting though? I know the 'optional' cash shop garbage is in there, but do they also count game episodes, downloads from services like Steam, and things like extra games/music/maps off the big console shops?

Never have and never will buy anything off a cash shop, got burned the one and only time I bought a game 'episode' and thus will never touch one of those again, but once or twice a year I'll buy a classic game (aka I want the whole damn game, screw your nickle and dime maps and songs) or two off the Wii Shop.

Posted: Sep 17th 2010 8:47PM Xpheyel said

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Yeah, I purchased an expansion pack for an MMO in the last 12 months. That seems like "purchasing virtual content" to me.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 8:27PM (Unverified) said

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Just on the "F2P" model v. sub model.... to me it's simple, the sub model is straight forward, up front, you know what you're getting, the price doesn't change, the game itself doesn't change all that much, basically it's honest. F2P on the other hand... it's a fine idea in theory, but so is a casino, does anybody really think a casino is designed "just for fun" does anybody really think "F2P" is the "champion of all those poor gamers that can't pay those awful subs".... like 4 seriously? hah

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 9:04PM (Unverified) said

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this just in! according to survey 100% of gamers who buy virtual goods online say they buy virtual goods online!

Posted: Jul 21st 2010 10:18PM (Unverified) said

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Eventually I think the MMO genre will almost universelly embrace having 1 of 2 income concepts.

1) F2P and microtransactions.

2) subscriptions and microtransactions.

Point 1 will tend to be the simple MMOs and point 2 will allow for better high end MMOs.

Microtransaction will continue to grow in presence and value as they have been proven successes in games like WoW and EQ.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 6:40PM cdave said

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Option 1 is like a carnival. Walk in for free, pay to ride the tilt-a-whirl, pay for greasy food, pay to play the games, pay for some viewing attractions.

Option 2 is like Six Flags. Pay $60 to walk in, ride the roller coasters for free, pay for greasy food, and see almost every attraction for free.
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Posted: Jul 21st 2010 11:50PM Graill440 said

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a no name online store company releases numbers, no white papers, no years of study to back anything stated up, i certainly do not remember any forms to fill asking me about my game buyiing habits or anything connected with it. And now we see a published article by massively. True quality as always.


They must mean the 75% of the 1% of gamers they may have spoken too that purchased items on their site, which makes more sense.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 12:40AM UnSub said

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It looks like that 75% is a net total of all game types, which is a bit misleading.

However, the suggestion that 45% of F2P gamers have bought at least 1 thing in the last 12 months is interesting, as is the idea that 35% of MMO players have done the same. It may be a bit overstated given the source, but it does point to why F2P and RMT is increasing in importance: the market demand is there.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 5:12AM Pan1 said

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What a load of fecal matter.

Anyone with a minimum of education knows that statistics are bunk.


And its very obvious that it is just a piece of propaganda.
All I am seeing here is a way to justify introducing the f2p model as a standard.

Because "they" know there is more money to be made with it, more for less.
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I'm sorry if this rubs some people the wrong way but its more then obvious that there is a need being created regardless of consumer desire. And you are being played.

Its a sad thing to say but with the way things are going now, I just might have to retire from MMO's.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 3:29PM (Unverified) said

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Option 2 is basically what top MMOs like WoW and EQ2 are becoming and they are what draw the biggest audience.

Even DCUO is starting out as option 2.

Granted the microtransaction are still "limited" in those games but they are indeed growing fast.

Posted: Jul 26th 2010 11:52AM (Unverified) said

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Please correct the sensationalist and misleading title of your article.

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