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Posted: Apr 22nd 2011 5:42AM (Unverified) said

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It is clear - by the lack of any reactions - this game - despite going free to play - is played by few players these days.

it shows that P2P games who go F2P are in their last cycle of existence.

The game lost 50 places on Xfire and is now even less played than half dead P2P games.

I hope it is a lesson to all of NOT going F2P;

Posted: Apr 22nd 2011 6:05AM Dril said

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Your logical fallacy there is incredible. I mean, really, you're an idiot.

What the comments could show is the following:
1) The % of players who are interested in DDO who visit Massively is noticeably lower than said % in other games.
2) The % of players who are interested in DDO and who visit Massively is not lower than other games, but these visitors are less prone to commenting on stories.
3) There isn't really much to comment about.
4) DDO players visit at different times to other games, and we'd have to wait a week before getting an accurate picture.
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Posted: Apr 22nd 2011 6:08AM Seffrid said

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It shows in my view that by going F2P a struggling P2P game may enhance its viability in the short term, but it won't transform its success over the long term. Quality is what does that, and quality needs to be present from the launch of a game if success is to be assured.

Turbine made a pig's ear of what should have been a gift of an IP to the fantasy MMORPG market, not least by making it a forced grouping game at launch. That is a surefire recipe for failure in any MMO notwithstanding those players that want to play MMOs as a form of social life. Most do not, and even those who seek to group for much of the time resent being forced to do so the whole of the time.

Posted: Apr 22nd 2011 6:10AM SlasherZet said

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On the contrary, the game is very alive, if you do not think so, go try it out and you'll see tons of players everywhere.
The fact that there aren't any responses on this site says nothing about the game population...

Posted: Apr 22nd 2011 9:53AM Rnor6084 said

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I use to play DDO exclusively. I had to stop about 3 months before it went F2P because of its community. The majority of the communities problems lies with its veterans. I went back a few months after F2P and it was worse than before. Absolutely atrocious. One of the worse top 5 in not top 3 out there.

To each his own of course. Just not for me any longer.

Posted: Apr 23rd 2011 2:53PM bugse82 said

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i don't know what kind of community you are looking for, but DDO community IMO is one of the greatest along with LOTRO's.
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Posted: Apr 22nd 2011 12:09PM (Unverified) said

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I played DDO quite bit into Update 7. When Christmas rolled around there were a bunch of other games to try out (Rift for instance) and Update 8 really didn't bring anything to draw me back. Update 9 however is a big deal, especially addressing crafting which has sucked since launch day. There will also be new content available at levels where players can typically stall out if Pugging (levels 15-18).

Looking forward to coming back when Update 9 finally gets here. Only gripe is that we still don't have Druids that were promised forever ago.

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