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Word Play: Marvel Heroes Morphs Into A Game For All

“It’s not uncommon to say we didn’t have a super-stellar launch” was one of the first things Gazillion Community Manager Ryan Collins told me during our Marvel Heroes play session on Thorsday. (No, that’s not a typo.) Since its June launch, the team’s been working nonstop to improve the game experience and make it more [...]

Added 58 days ago - 2014-02-21 - 17 comments
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What Really Constitutes Pay-To-Win?

Every free-to-play game is pay-to-win. That’s a sentiment I see all the time. No matter what game is being talked about in an article, someone in the comments will talk about how it’s pay-to-win. Everyone has their own definition, and what’s totally reasonable to someone is exploitative and expensive to another. The undeniable truth is [...]

Added 61 days ago - 2014-02-18 - 34 comments
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Is Hotbar Overload A Thing Of The Past?

It’s not hard to spot the trend in new MMOs to have minimal hotbars, or in some cases, small and unobtrusive UIs as a whole. More and more, developers are abandoning the “six-rows deep” array of buttons and powers in favor of smaller, more focused ability sets, and a few – such as The Lord [...]

Added 65 days ago - 2014-02-14 - 22 comments
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UK Regulates Free-to-Play, And It’s a Little Scary

In the wake of stories like this one, the United Kingdom has cracked down on the free-to-play industry. New guidelines introduced last month by the Office of Fair Trading seek to regulate F2P devs in the UK, aimed at doing away with misleading or overly burdensome pressure to spend, especially when directed at children. While [...]

Added 68 days ago - 2014-02-11 - 37 comments
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World of Speed Preview: A Free-to-Play Racer Poised to Gain Traction

Racing titles within the Free-to-Play space have never quite had the widespread fame their console counterparts have enjoyed over the years. The keyboard, is no doubt partly to blame, as it does the job for most genres, but often falls flat when it comes to steering anything with realistic physics. Sure, there have been a [...]

Added 69 days ago - 2014-02-10 - 12 comments
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F2P Games On The Rise In 2013, Bringing In $2.9 Billion

The year­-end numbers from market research firm SuperData are in, and they paint a positive picture for online games that adhere primarily to the free-to-play model. SuperData reports that online gaming revenue overall in the U.S. grew 11% in 2013, to $11.766 billion, with F2P games accounting for $2.9 billion of that, as opposed to [...]

Added 81 days ago - 2014-01-29 - 23 comments
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Interview: Deadbreed Development Team Shares a Vision

The indie group of Swedish game developers that are building their MOBA Deadbreed, have been hard at work preparing a game that they believe is their own collective vision. Amidst all of the excitement and effort that being a project leader in a development team gone rouge must entail, we got a chance to ask [...]

Added 81 days ago - 2014-01-29 - 15 comments
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Hearthstone, You Made Me Love You

I didn’t mean to play Hearthstone. Really I didn’t. I never even signed up for a closed beta key. I only started playing a couple of days ago, once open beta hit, and I can’t… stop… thinking about it. That isn’t the same as saying I can’t stop playing. I do still play other games [...]

Added 86 days ago - 2014-01-24 - 26 comments
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Word Play: Nosgoth Alpha First Impressions

I’ll say this for Square-Enix, they definitely go the atmosphere right in Nosgoth. As a human, you feel trapped and distinctly hunted, waiting for the jaws of death to swoop down upon you. As a vampire, you’re a supreme predator, skulking your way through the shadows and across rooftops, stalking your charge. The action is [...]

Added 89 days ago - 2014-01-21 - 24 comments
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Word Play: Going To War With Tribal Wars 2

InnoGames’ social strategy game Tribal Wars has seen over 50 million players embark on an epic path to conquest and glory since its launch a decade ago. Started by a pair of German brothers and their friend in 2003, the browser-based game starts players off in charge of a small village that, over time, builds [...]

Added 93 days ago - 2014-01-17 - 9 comments
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Mordor or Bust! LOTRO Extended to 2017

When I was first getting heavily into The Lord of the Rings Online back in 2007, a common joke among players, commenting on how slowly content was coming to match the pace of the books, was “Mordor in 2016 or bust!” Even given some recent news, I still think that’s optimistic. Earlier this week, Turbine [...]

Added 95 days ago - 2014-01-15 - 12 comments
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Subscriptions vs. F2P: A Matter of Mind Over Money?

In a recent guest column on MMORPG.com, Goblinworks CEO Ryan Dancey responds to a Forbes article that casts doubt on The Elder Scrolls Online’s ability to succeed as a subscription-only MMORPG. Both articles, as well as Forbes writer Paul Tassi’s response to Dancey, are long and informative, and good reads, but I’d like to focus [...]

Added 100 days ago - 2014-01-10 - 42 comments
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SOE Makes Changes, And Then More Changes, To Its Subscriptions

SOE dropped a sizable bombshell last Thursday, announcing that the benefits of PlanetSide 2 Premium Memberships would change from 500 Station Cash a month to a selection of items with a value of up to 2000 SC. In a follow-up post to Reddit on Monday, John Smedley went into great detail regarding the changes, why [...]

Added 103 days ago - 2014-01-07 - 15 comments
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Epic Dogfight: Our World of Warplanes Vs. War Thunder Comparison Review

There’s a battle going on in the virtual skies, and it ain’t pretty. One one side, you have the juggernaut known as Wargaming and its B-52 of a title, World of Warplanes. It’s opponent is the smaller, nimbler Gaijin Entertainment and War Thunder. One will rule the skies while the other goes down in flames! [...]

Added 107 days ago - 2014-01-03 - 25 comments
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2013 in Free-to-Play Games: By the Numbers

There’s not much that’s newsworthy around the end of the year, so how about some unadulterated fluff? Here’s a look at the last year in free-to-play gaming from a numerical – and totally impartial and unbiased, because numbers, yo – perspective: 0.66 and 1.49: Jason‘s and Spunkify‘s K/D ratio on their NC-Connery characters in PlanetSide [...]

Added 110 days ago - 2014-01-01 - 4 comments
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Is Free-to-Play Where Good Game Franchises Go To Die?

In a recent interview with Edge Online, Dark Souls II Producer Takeshi Miyazoe made light of free-to-play games and their, shall we say, inconsistent quality: Again, the notion [of going F2P] draws laughter from Miyazoe. “Yeah, right!” he snorts. “Not yet, and not for a while I think. It’s one of our bigger IPs right [...]

Added 117 days ago - 2013-12-24 - 39 comments

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