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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:02PM alzeer said

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finally

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 5:00PM Fabius Bile said

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@alzeer
more like, 3 years too late
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 5:16PM Vunak said

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@alzeer

I know... the only word that comes to mind is.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 12:33AM Cyroselle said

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@alzeer About time!

I've been wanting to check out this game for so friggin' long, but I'm a one-sub kinda MMO player.

However besides my single sub game, I will usually play at least 4 F2P games, even buy $hop options if I like the game enough.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:03PM Ghostspeaker said

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About freaking time!! Can't wait!!!

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:04PM Gaugamela said

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Finally! This is one of the games that deserved this transition the most.
It seems SOE is changing their entire MMO portfolio to free-to-play.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 5:07PM mrantimatter said

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@Gaugamela
Makes sense, they made a ton of money off stuff like Free Realms, and DCU picked up quite a bit once it went F2P as well. I'll die if they announce EQ Next as Free to play from day one, or buy ti play like guildwars.

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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 5:49PM Jetflame3 said

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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 5:52PM Jetflame3 said

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@mrantimatter Wait sorry, I get what your saying now XD. My bad I read your comment wrong! lol
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 7:42PM ShivanSwordsman said

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@mrantimatter

I hope this "Buy to Play"/"Free to Play" thing catches fire soon. I'd rather have EVER game be buy to play with expansion packs. Y'know, the way games used to be before idiots started buying into monthly fees...
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 9:31PM (Unverified) said

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@mrantimatter

Good news! They already have said it will be F2P day 1.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 2:51AM (Unverified) said

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@ShivanSwordsman LOLWUT? MMO's have always been pay to play until recently. Hell, if you go back far enough to something like gemstone 3 they used to charge you insane amounts of money PER HOUR of play. The only idiot I see here is you.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 2:42AM ShivanSwordsman said

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When did I say I was talking strictly MMOs? Before you morons started paying $15 a month, we used to buy our games... and own them... and not have to pay to keep playing. I grew up in the days of the NES, so when I pulled out my cartridges and wanted to play, I didn't have to put in quarters that would magically reappear in the company's office, or in their magic money bin where they swim in kid's change (you know Capcom has one of these...)

Yes, we had online games we didn't pay for, too. That was later, when PCs became a huge thing. Doom and the like started out rocky, then we had master servers (like with Starsiege Tribes, which also had the Tribes RPG mod, a PERSISTANT RPG WORLD created by modders...)... the list goes on. As it stands, you pay for the game, you don't even own it, and you literally rent the right to play the game. And for what?

Customer service? All I hear are horror stories from even the richest. Servers? Lag lag lag is all they scream, it takes people LEAVING to get the servers to actually work right. Patches? Every 2 or 3 months at best, and usually they aren't massive, mindblowing changes that you'd pay $30 for. You know, expansion packs. Oh wait, you have to pay for those too... yeah. I'd say you're the idiot in this case. I can NEVER justify "renting" the privilege to play a game that I paid for.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:06PM Feydakin said

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It's about time! Maybe now this awesome game will get the attention that it deserves, not only from SOE but from MMORPG gamers!

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:10PM HokieKC said

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Never tried Vanguard due to the lack of support. Going F2P sounds like it will receive a lot more support and actual updates. I'll definitely try it when it goes F2P.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:11PM Space Cobra said

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Yaaay!

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:12PM edgecrusherO0 said

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FUCK YEAH!!! This just made my day! I've been really wanting to get back into this for a while, but each time I tried the free trial I could never justify another subscription given the amount of time I know I would have to devote to it.

Hopefully this brings the game some more recognition, because it has some spectacular features in it.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:14PM Softserve said

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Great news. I really liked what I played of this, but it wasn't enough to subscribe... mostly because it seemed like SOE didn't care what happened with it. I felt like I'd be paying to be burned eventually.

With all of its good ideas (particularly it's really solid integration into its own social network that put's Turbine's with LOTRO to shame), I was scared it would just disappear forever eventually.

Glad they're making this move.

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:17PM Zantom said

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WOW! This is the best MMO news I have heard in a long time! I had to check to make sure it wasn't April Fools day first :)

This will be a GREAT boon for the MMO player. I am so glad to hear this!

Posted: Mar 21st 2012 4:19PM Grumms said

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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOGMG

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