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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:54PM Fakeassname said

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@wondersmith

lol, it's not even a bit behind.

virtually all of the mmo market in Korea is f2p, most of Japan has switched over too, and it's pretty obvious where the western world stands on things as well.

I find it kinda funny that he speaks of the world market, yet only quotes NA market figures which are misleading thanks to only a couple of massive titans. Profitability is measured in growth, this guy needs to compare the growth of the p2p market with the growth of the f2p one and stop deluding himself.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 4:06PM Sukiyaki said

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@Fakeassname
4 out of the 5 most popular MMORPG in Korea are P2P.
Aion, Lineage, Lineage 2 and TERA.

All of the are P2P.
You should stop argueing with false information.
None of these games I named are F2P. They are payperhour to be exactly-
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Posted: May 5th 2011 3:42PM PhelimReagh said

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I think most sub revenue that he's talking about are the millions still playing WoW. Any new/reborn games will no doubt make more money with a microtransaction model than trying to go subscription.

Posted: May 5th 2011 6:36PM Lenn said

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These game companies are going to run out of potential players soon if they stick to the oddly standard $15 sub model. I dare say many MMO players already have their "home" MMO, WoW players being a good example of notoriously loyal customers. I don't believe it's unfair to say that most people won't have money nor time to pay for and play two (or more) MMOs, so the incentive to leave the home MMO won't be big.

If they want a sizable chunk of playerbase from the established names, they have no choice but to go f2p/freemium. Hook them with the f2p and reel them in with a well-stocked, but fair, shop.

Posted: May 6th 2011 12:00AM Tovrin said

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Bah. I'm not buying anything from those hacks anymore anyway. The cancelled two of my favorite games rather than even considering another payment option.

NCSoft can go to hell.

Posted: May 6th 2011 10:13AM faralorn said

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An excellent article describing the Korean game world can be found here:
http://rossignol.cream.org/?p=284. It is radically different from what is found in the Western world.

Posted: May 6th 2011 10:19AM UnSub said

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These kind of statements would mean a lot more if Carbine actually announced what it was working on.

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