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Posted: Dec 6th 2011 4:34PM freebase said

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"How will his prediction play out?"

What prediction?

Posted: Dec 6th 2011 4:43PM Feydakin said

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What F2P sci-fi gamers is he talking about? I'm trying to think of a F2P sci-fi MMORPG that is even worth mentioning, never mind playing, and I'm drawing a blank...

Posted: Dec 7th 2011 10:04AM EMUJoe said

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@Feydakin


http://www.firefallthegame.com/home

Firefall is one I have been watching, there is also Fallen Earth going F2P as well as Star Trek Online
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Posted: Dec 6th 2011 4:44PM Space Cobra said

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Actually, there is not too many popular Sci-Fi F2P games out there atm. Sure, some FPS titles, maybe a title that blatantly copies here and there from various IPs, a few lesser known titles.

Really, IMO, it doesn't seem that adequate compared to constantly stumbling over a European-Fantasy/Medieval one. Really, I can be fine with those, but too much is too much!

Once we get more footholds with SWTOR and Wildstar, there are more on the way.

Now, we just have to worry about other themes.

Posted: Dec 6th 2011 4:58PM Paradigm68 said

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A Newzoo Review?

Posted: Dec 6th 2011 5:08PM (Unverified) said

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I wouldn't include SWTOR with EVE Online or the other less-than-successful space MMO's. It's realy more of a space fantasy. Wizards. Swordsmen. Monsters.

Basically, SWTOR has much more in common in terms of setting with Warcraft than it does with EVE. It has a space setting, but calling SWTOR "Sci-Fi" is like calling Warcraft "historical medieval fiction."

Posted: Dec 6th 2011 5:09PM thecipher said

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This seems kind of stupid to me, to be honest. Star Wars doesn't exactly fit into the "sci fi" bracket. Technically, it's Space Opera which has more elements in common with Fantasy than it does with Science Fiction. Also, it's already a huge franchise where people know what to expect in terms of the setting, so I'm sure that will draw a large number of people.

Posted: Dec 6th 2011 6:05PM Space Cobra said

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@thecipher @Unverified

Totally understand what you two are saying, but this is a bit of a hair-splitter in the eyes of most lay-people.

I've seen "Space Opera" apply to such things as "Starhawk" and "Adam Strange". Some even use it to describe the new BSG. It has been used as either a "Soap Opera in Space" or "And adventure on a grand/epic scale....in Space". At least, that's my own humble opinion. ;)

As for SWTOR being Sci-Fi; it's close enough. Most people see rayguns and lazer swords and that is Sci-Fi for them. Heck, Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, which if you look at, looks more like Fantasy and would fit in that world, but it is labelled "Sci-Fi". it even has Space Ships.

For a Sci-Fi buff like me, it's close enough. Not perfect and I have my problems with Mr. Lucas and his recent goals/focus of his IP, but I can easily ignore those things in my head and just enjoy the world on my terms.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2011 6:06PM Space Cobra said

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@Space Cobra

"An adventure on an epic/grand scale...in Space".

Damn typos!
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Posted: Dec 6th 2011 9:22PM thecipher said

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My personal guideline for differentiating between sci-fi and space opera/fantasy is this:

Does it have magic?

Star Wars does, it's chock full of wizards (Although they call them Jedi, it's the same deal). Don't get me wrong, I love the Star Wars universe, and I really like what Bioware did with their Old Republic approach to things, but I would rate SW as being closer to fantasy than sci-fi. Star Trek on the other hand, I would consider Sci Fi. Sure it has fantastical phenomenon, but throughout TOS and TNG they at least *tried* to explain these things in a scientific manner, and to base things in scientific theory.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2011 6:47PM Graill440 said

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Hmm, probably not the best name to pick for a company in todays society..........

Posted: Dec 7th 2011 9:05AM Dblade said

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Article is locked behind registration wall for a game journalist site. Kind of useless to post this when we can't read the original article to comment on.

Posted: Dec 7th 2011 9:19AM Celtar said

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Star Wars = Space Opera.

Star Trek =Science Fiction.

Doesn't make one better or worse, it is what it is. Sometimes I'm in the mood for one and another time the other.


Posted: Dec 7th 2011 11:45AM watchawatch said

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@Celtar The setting doesn't make it a Space Opera. The story does. The game and the setting itself is based in Science Fiction. Stories written about it, make it a Space Opera. Is Lord of the Rings no longer fantasy now?
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Posted: Dec 7th 2011 12:59PM Jetflame3 said

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@Celtar What? lol I think you need to do a little more research on what Science Fiction means.
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Posted: Dec 7th 2011 11:25AM Kalex716 said

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This just in, Sci-Fi MMO market predicted to grow substantially in 2012!

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