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Posted: Jul 24th 2010 10:11AM Pingles said

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Like Beau, Zentia has captured me. I don't know the last time a ge has made me want to chase down boss mobs on a storyline.

I have made ONE microtransaction purchase and it was just to support a game I was enjoying. I don't play any more but am glad I showed my appreciation for six months of free play.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 10:23AM (Unverified) said

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The fact that this is the third article that refferences a study that most of your readers don't care about, or find to be total bull, says to me that this site has become less about reporting MMO news and more about functioning as a rumor mill, and a place to say 'Look what everyone else is doing that you should too!'

The fact that the study is biased from the get-go seems to make no-nevermind to this site, since it is based on "a survey of 2,221 users between the ages of 13 and 64 across the PlaySpan Marketplace, Facebook, and Ultimate Game Card purchasers. (http://venturebeat.com/2010/07/21/about-75-percent-of-online-users-have-bought-virtual-goods-survey-finds/ Paragraph 2)" Playspan is a dedicated MMO currency and virtual goods site, so if people are there, they are already buying. Ultimate Game Card Purchasers are another in that group.

I remember a time when this site presented news, and seek reader opinions... now they just present opinions and seek reader agreement.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 5:19PM Pingles said

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Check the comments here.

If they are any indication, that survey is correct. Most of the commenters here seem to have purchased virtual goods.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2010 11:57AM Enikuo said

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Tempus Magus talking to himself in comments again - he responded 3 times to the same post, talk about obsessive.

And, Dbooker is right. The survey is junk. Massively needs to stop referring to it as if it's legitimate.
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Posted: Jul 26th 2010 12:12PM (Unverified) said

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Calling other people idiots sometimes will make yourself look like one. I think this is one of those situations.

As a frequent reader and commenter on this site I have to politely ask you to refrain yourself from making multiple, sometimes consecutive, replies. Your opinions are mostly valid and constructive, yet your presentation is not. As a reader I do not like to scroll down the page and see somebody keep repeating their points over and over to different comments, and after a while I ignore your replies because statistically speaking, it's not worth the time to read them. I believe others do this too, hence Acelin's "talking to yourself" comment is reasonable and should you care about your own image and the respect from other readers, I would suggest you generating unneeded amount of text on this site.
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Posted: Jul 24th 2010 10:31AM (Unverified) said

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The Plex is by far my most purchased item. I have also bought a few things from NCSoft for GW.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 10:30AM hmmdar said

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Back in high school with my first credit card I managed to rack up nearly $1000 in items/coin bought online. This was about 10 years ago while I was neck deep in eq1. I nearly failed out of college because I could not control my self. While not technically microtransactions it's the same basic idea.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 10:40AM (Unverified) said

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I've bought most of the Origin booster packs for CoH, which are generally pretty well done. And it supports a company (Paragon Studios) that I like.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 10:50AM (Unverified) said

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So in the picture for the article, we have a costume that costs $7 (USD). And that does what exactly? This is where microtransactions lose me, when a game goes "F2P" shouldn't it become CHEAPER to play instead of more expensive? When you tally up the cost of the things offered in the stores, it ends up being so much more expensive to play at a high level than with a subscription. Just let me pay my $12-$15 each month and sell the drooling masses their pets and mounts. "F2P" comes off as a hollow gimmick that suckers people in with what amounts to a pseudonym of a sub-genre.

Posted: Jul 25th 2010 6:24PM (Unverified) said

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Future of MMO revenue models:

1) Lots of F2P MMOs that have bigger and more influencing cash stores, but are never as popular or profitable as number 2. Free content will be limited to enough to hook the player. Everything else will be thru the store.

2) The top of the pile MMOs will be subscription based with bigger and more influencing cash stores. I suspect subscriptions will morph into a "cover-charge" just to get in the game, with just enough content to hook you. Everything will be from the store.

3) Other business models that never gain enough subscibers to be important or influence the genre. But still end up with "cult" followings that act like the game is more "up-there" than it really is.
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Posted: Jul 24th 2010 11:01AM Arkanaloth said

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I've picked up a few things in the GW store, but there's no doubt in the 4 years playing guildwars I've spent a fraction of the money I spent in the 3 years I played WoW, so it works out just fine for me.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 11:07AM (Unverified) said

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Eh GW isn't really your typical F2P, they have their own kind of arrangement. Pay for boxes and you're good to go. I'm thinking more of the games that require cash shop items when you die and such. It's a money grab that millions fall for every month.
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Posted: Jul 24th 2010 11:13AM (Unverified) said

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I've picked up a few items from the Guild Wars store (That Shining Blade armour is a masterpiece). No other game shop has managed to make me part with my money, but I get the feeling LOTRO mite run off with some of my coin as well.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 11:15AM Dandmcd said

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I'll be playing Zentia this weekend, I've really enjoyed the small starting area so far, and hope the fun continues the further I get in.

As for microtransactions, only time I have ever paid for an item was in Free Realms, to get the best kart so I could complete the kart racing job (this was before they changed it to make it easier), and also bought my mount in the cash shop.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 11:30AM Joshua Przygocki said

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Think I bought every set of appearance armor in EQ2, then I preordered SF and pretty much only use the bonus armor set I got with that.
My warden looks pretty awesome though, spent around 7 hours working on a quest just to get this awesome red and black sword to complement my set perfectly.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 11:45AM Jimjamyaha said

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Well, I've been doing a lot of microtransactions recently thanks to MapleStory, which I am hastely getting rid of, a game I enjoyed for many years.

I totally pimped out my White Rabbit in all the items which would basically make it play the game for me (auto HP/MP pots, looting money & drops and then the auto loot improvement items....) except use my skills, if I were still playing MapleStory I guess they'd be soon adding an auto macro pet addon, botting isn't cool kids unless you're paying 20k+ NX Cash to do it!

LF new game to play, WTB suggestions.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 12:25PM Jimjamyaha said

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Well in my 6 year "MMO career", I started out as a Global MapleStory Beta tester, then moved on to Guild Wars for several year and quit a few months after Nightfall when the community realised they're pretty much leaving it like this till GW2.

Then went on to WoW after much gripe from peers, enjoyed WoW for several years, got bored with WotLK and waiting for Cataclym, a few month prior tried out Runes of Magic (pre-Wardens & Druids) and finally this past month I've returned to MapleStory which has been pretty terrible.

I'm uneasy about returning to WoW pre Cataclysm and feel edgy about GW until GW2.

I really like the WoW clunky graphics, I was recently play the Torchlight demo on Steam and fell in love with their style but also want to avoid returning to a community filled with people half my age mocking me for playing MMOs most of them don't even know what a Nintendo 64 is!! let alone a NES or SNES...

So sorry to rant.
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Posted: Jul 24th 2010 12:25PM DevilSei said

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"I'll be grinding levels for different vocations in Dragon Quest IX and wishing I could get that treasure map at Comic Con."

Know how that feels. I just wish they'd of released it online instead of making us have to rely on going somewhere. It works great in Japan, but thats because EVERYONE has the game. US though? You'd be lucky if another kid within a 2 blocks has it, much less a special map like that.

Heck, the special gamestop promotion they are doing on the 31st of July (i think) isn't even at all the gamestops. Nearest one for me is 2hrs south...

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 1:06PM Theeinferno said

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Well, I woke up with a fever of 100.1, and I've managed to get that down to 99.1. So, I'll be playing some LOTRO, and Split/Second if it manages to get here today.

Posted: Jul 24th 2010 6:21PM Graill440 said

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The stores are here to stay. Jump up and down, get mad, then get over it. The stores are beginning small and will move to larger and more important items as "store shock" wears off and they are accepted, which they are very quickly.

If lotr decides to sell infamy on my barren server i will be all over it like a fat kid on a cupcake.

And yes i would purchase a death star.....

The only way any of you can stop the madness of online stores is to close your wallets. but then....you cant, can you? (grin)

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