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Posted: Mar 19th 2012 10:35AM kjhasdfjkhk said

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Really?! I thought this was one of those crappy "MMOs" that no one actually played whose servers could shut down at any second. Wow...oh well, still not interested.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 11:31AM Braiks said

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@kjhasdfjkhk It;s very popular actually, don't think anyone doubted that.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2012 5:53PM corpusc said

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@Braiks

" @kjhasdfjkhk It;s very popular actually, don't think anyone doubted that. "

person you were just replying to was doubting. does that mean you're calling them a nobody?
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Posted: Mar 19th 2012 10:59AM (Unverified) said

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I played through Beta and early on when it went live, and it was a lot of fun. There is something very satisfying about rumbling along in a tank, and blowing up your enemies. I'll have to go to back and play it again.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 11:09AM Macabre 13 said

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"Of course if you want to win a tournament, if you're competitive, if you play clan wars, if you want to be at the top, we think it's appropriate to expect a little bit of money from you because you already spent hundreds of hours in our game and that's much more than the value of any $50 box."

"Of course" my ass... Ask Riot Games how they feel about that. Many top competitors have never spent a penny in League of Legends, and they're also ridiculously successful (more so than Wargaming.net, I'd wager). You don't need to be Pay-to-Win to make crazy money.

I'm always disappointed when I hear about P2W games doing well. I mean, I'm glad they're doing well as a company, but I'm disappointed because it becomes another case-in-point for the suits/investors to support more P2W games/models.

League of Legends is the *only* F2P done right in my opinion. I wish more companies would take note of their overwhelming success and follow suit. They have proven that you don't need a "scheme" to get people to spend money. They'll do so happily if they enjoy your product.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 11:37AM DarkWalker said

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@Macabre 13

Well, for my part, this statement means I'm not going to try World of Tanks in the foreseeable future. Or any other games from the same company.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2012 11:33AM Mr Blunt said

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Lol @ their comparison to Eve. Wargaming WISHES they had even a fraction of the loyal fanbase that eve does. This so called MMO might be making money now but lets see where it stands a year from now.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 11:59AM Saker said

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I so very much want a good real MMO tank game, from a good company, someone please make one!

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 12:02PM Amy said

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Yes, but eve has them all on a single server.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 12:21PM Vegetta said

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I have a real aversion to games that nickle and dime you as much as WOT does.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 12:25PM (Unverified) said

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I am honestly surprise. Good for them though.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 12:35PM Macabre 13 said

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Oh, one more thing...

"For casual gameplay, which most players do most of the time, people don't usually use gold or expendables. "

This is a bold-faced lie. You don't make double-digit million profits monthly relying mostly on your competitive scene to spend money, which, like most online games, make up less than 5% of your user-base. It's simply not even remotely possible to achieve even a quarter of those profits from the competitive scene.

Tons of casuals spend money on this game, and every single battle has wallet-warriors. The game is "free-to-demo", after all. Any kind of meaningful progress *requires* payment, unless you thoroughly enjoy grinding for miniscule gains, since most of your non-premium "gains" go into repairs and restocking ammo.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 12:41PM (Unverified) said

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"We probably have one of the highest payment ratios in the industry, it's around 25 to 30 percent" cant be surprised on those numbers. A key component on World of Tanks is the use of gold purchased Tanks and Premium Accounts (subs). Gold consumables and Tanks are massively overpriced, 50$ for a tank? lol and since you need to have a good Tier 8 Tank Lowe or T-59 to farm credits you have to cought up the $ or be prepared to grind for Credits for 4 months + Still a good freemium game, just $$$

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 12:49PM ImperialPanda said

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What?! Free-to-play pay-to-win making buttloads of money? Outrageous.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 1:11PM Tezcatli said

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Been paying for a premium. Instead of reactivating my WoW or SWTOR accounts. Premium ammo is impractical. My brother buys some rounds for when he does Clan wars. And even then, he only uses that on occasion.

The problem for this game is that it can't go the cosmetic route. They did put in camo, but that only goes so far. It's not like LoL with cute or cool skins. Even so, I manage to have fun with just a premium account, sometimes without.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 4:33PM Koming said

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So, he agrees it´s free-to-play, or pay-to-win.
But a 50$ box game is pay-to-play.

Not every single f2p game is like that, tho.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 5:12PM Vandal said

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Unless I hear they improve their matchmaking system (or get rid of artillery completely), I doubt I'll every load up this game again.

Still, I am interesting in their World of Warships (not Planes though). So who knows, I might end up giving them some bucks in the future.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 5:15PM beavisrocks said

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I don't understand all the hate for this game, especially by people who have never played it.
it's a fun game and if you are good you'll do well. The only scenario where you have to pay to be competitive is Clan Wars, but that's for hardcore clans only and unless you are in one, you won't be participating in that mode anyway.

Posted: Mar 19th 2012 5:57PM smg77 said

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@beavisrocks

I don't hate this game in particular but I hate the idea of pay-to-win infesting other games that I do care about.

It's interesting that the article talks about Eve Online because pay-to-win would absolutely break that game but CCP is desperate to jump on the microtransaction bandwagon.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2012 10:57PM Graill440 said

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This isnt an MMO first off so why keep running pieces on it here at Massively? It is a single player game with muylti-player mechanic and a pricy microtransaction store.

If you continue to show world of tanks then show bc2, bc2, cod, etc.

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