On this week’s show we debate the need for MMOs to be innovative, chat about a weird marketplace disaster in Trion Worlds’ Defiance, and then…well…what the hell is going on with Red5, Mark Kern, and Firefall or its successor? All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

01:58 Do MMOs have to be innovative?
23:33 Defiance’s Market Gets Nixed
32:59 Red5, Mark Kern, and Firefall
42:51 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
51:06 Questions and Answers of the Week

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Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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  1. Community Trash on July 30, 2016

    (The Online Community)
    Community is nasty most of the time on the forumand in-game as well.The behavoir have became worst than ever on online.I see people saying thing on the Computer
    making smart Comment everyday as they have no Respect to themself and other people around them on the forum.I mean if you go on a youtube Channel
    Seeing ugly Comment from random people on the site that tell you it is garbage.
    I do hear most people say the community is (toxic) which that last word should not be use
    on online as it is the wrong word to use on the Computer.I really don’t think the Community is nice at all as it just a bunch of lie coming from random people on the internet.it is not Smart to be apart of any online Community. The whole world will be against you if you put the truth on the forum website or some where else on the internet. The MMO Community is garbage as well.

  2. kek on July 28, 2016

    A game like Arche Age with no cash shop and a monthly sub is a good start. AA had a really good ‘formula’ going, a lot of big mmorpg streamers loved it during CBT, where no p2w was involved. Then the cash shop hit on release and surprised everyone with a low punch and sinked thereafter.

    I truly believe an MMO with this format can easily surpass the current WoW, even the great Kripparian believes so too. Most players only play WoW because that’s the only thing they know, too scared to try something different or simply don’t want to leave a game they been playing since Vanilla and all go to waste.

    • KaiLuvsChu on July 31, 2016

      I loved everything about archeage, the only bad thing was no action combat and the cash shop. I totally agree.

  3. ElusiveXTreasure on July 28, 2016

    I may be wrong here, but I feel like the Elder Scrolls series is a good example of innovation. I think we don’t see it as much in MMOs because they piecemeal off the good bits into other games such as wardrobe systems and dynamic events. After a while it’s hard to say who started it. Honestly for me, it’s more about fun and dynamic gameplay and interesting classes than innovation.

  4. Serea on July 28, 2016

    Sadly I can’t watch it in Germany.
    Unfortunately, this video is not available in your country because it could contain music from UMG, for which we could not agree on conditions of use with GEMA.

    • Nark on July 28, 2016

      Hi Serea
      You should use SMTube, combined with VLC , you’ll have no more region locked videos.