In a couple of decades, I imagine that telling people that playing an online game used to cost money will be met with some strange looks. These days everything
is going free-to-play
, with only a few games holding on to the traditional subscription model. As a result, though, I can't help but find more people complaining about how much a game gives you for free and what things should never exist in a free-to-play game, despite the fact that as little as three years ago the business model in its entirety was considered an also-ran.
On the one hand, this is totally reasonable -- companies have found a lot
of ways to monetize games of late, and some of those have become both ubiquitous and incredibly annoying
. On the other hand, it's increasingly difficult to establish a baseline of what anyone "should" get for free in a game when the concept of "games are free to start playing" is fairly new. So what do you think? Do players expect more to be free in a free-to-play game than is realistic?
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