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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 10:13AM Dril said

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Meh, I was looking forward to TERA until this and Frogster. Here's hoping that Rift, at least, will choose wisely.

Posted: Aug 13th 2010 3:10PM Somnicide said

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More clarification, that this game doesnt have a cash shop.

http://www.tera-online.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9200
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 10:24AM timthel0rd said

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My list of preference for MMOS
Non-critical microtransactions
Subscription
critical microtransactions
subscription + microtransaction

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 10:48AM Pingles said

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One or the other for me: Subscription OR microtransaction.

Just too many other options out there.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 11:03AM Darkstryke said

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Cash shop + Sub + Localized Korean Grinder = Yawn

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 10:55AM myr said

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Just because it says they're creating a store doesn't mean it is a microtransaction store. Maybe they're creating a store to sell, you know, the game itself?

Posted: Aug 13th 2010 12:13PM M1sterLee said

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It does specifically say "Digital River will manage in-game commerce" in the quote. That's pretty clear that there will be stuff to buy "in-game".

Which makes is very strange that they're going back on that saying there won't be microtransactions in-game. So why did they make a deal with a company to do them?!

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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 10:59AM (Unverified) said

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Well that's one big meh. I refuse to play any mmo's with micro-transactions. GW2 for life :)

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 11:06AM (Unverified) said

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The Tera devs have said they don't want microtransactions in the F2P sense. Will there be some mounts, pets and the like available? I'm sure, but that will be the extent of it.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 11:08AM (Unverified) said

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Shame, I was hoping this would be purely a P2P game.

No matter what they say, there will always be something in a cash shop that gives people an edge over others.

Posted: Aug 13th 2010 12:16AM Zenn said

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League of Legends, enough said.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 11:14AM thud said

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Noooooooooooooo! Digital River are horrible. They were in charge of the Need for Speed World Pre-Orders for Best Buy, which I ordered, but it was all a big mess. Firstly, they didn't even know what they were selling. They were supposed to be giving out access keys for the 1 week head start event, but instead they thought they were just selling the client download opening on release day (yeah, the client download for a free-to-play game, idiots). I fought for three days after the event began to get what I had purchased and got absolutely nowhere, then tried to get a refund and they refused. IN the end, my head start event was cut down to just two days, but it still cost me $20 (and I also didn't get the powerups pack). They're greedy assholes and the Customer Service department is the worst.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 11:19AM (Unverified) said

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HAHA Digital River is a customer of my company (who will remain nameless) and there is a collective *sigh* every time we have to deal with them.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 11:30AM Snichy said

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Everyone is assuming it means a microtransaction store and the fact it says "will manage in-game commerce" would seem to point that way but judging by your (thud's) experience, they might actually only be dealing with selling the boxes or digital downloads. While I dont mind the idea of an item store I wouldnt be too happy paying extra for content when already paying a subscription unless the items truly are aesthetic only (like non-combat pets) - I guess time will tell and we wil have to wait for official word from En Masse.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 11:49AM Pingles said

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"in-game commerce" implies commerce WITHIN the game.

Unless they mean in-game gold I think we're talking microtransaction stuff.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 12:43PM (Unverified) said

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Hello thud. Please send me (Jeff) a separate email as I would like to better understand your experience with DR. I am responsible for the gaming business at DR and your satisfaction is very important to me. I am sorry for your past experience. You can reach me at jhemenway@digitalriver.com

Thank you.
Jeff
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Posted: Aug 12th 2010 11:25AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Here's a radical concept: A P2P without a cash shop! Where everything is included in the purchase of both game and subscription...

...it requires the game to be really good to work though.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 12:22PM Jade Effect said

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Perhaps Digital River is handling the digital sales. I remember Digital River had an agreement with NCSoft to handle the sale of their online games, such as CoH/V and Lineage 2, a few years back.

If there's cash shop items, I hope there're actually stuff worth spending on, instead of $5 for 5 more inventory slots, or similar rubbish.

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 4:59PM Danieros said

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It's not clear for me. En Masse saying their game doesn't "require" microtransactions to play is different from saying our game does not "feature" microtransactions, even if you have to limit that phrasing to "in-game items".

Cash Shop and good bye, why can't developers choose one revenue model instead of double dipping?

Posted: Aug 12th 2010 5:08PM Pingles said

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I am afraid the updated quote makes me skeptical.

It's not "Tera will not have microtransactions."

It's "Tera is not a micro-transaction-based game."

Perhaps just poor wording but it makes me thunk they'll have Sparkle Ponies. Not necessary, but there to get your cash instead of making them drops.

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