This week we welcome a new host. Well, an old host making a return! We move from catching up to chatting about Snail Games’ effort to crack into the console/smartphone market, start up the F2P Hall of Fame, and cap it off with Producer’s Letters breakdown for DDO and LOTRO. All that and much more on this week’s episode of the Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

02:10 Snail Games Consoles
12:03 F2P Hall of Fame
20:15 DDO/LOTRO Producer’s Letters
29:18 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
34:20 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. Lagwin1980 on January 21, 2015

    Might be a little late but it’s about the only news going atm.

    ESO going buy to play and loosing the sub according to gamespot.

    Also, Classic Brim, damn near choked on my coffee.

    Sorry there are no bombs for this week

    Question of the week, android gaming…never really interested, if i want to game on the big screen i’ll get a bigger cable for the PC to connect it to the TV

  2. Greaterdivinity on January 16, 2015

    For the question of the week…no. Never been interested in one. There a whopping 2-3 Android games I play with any frequency (Ridiculous Fishing, Giant Boulder of Death, and the third varies depending on my mood), and even then I only really play them in the bathroom/on the train.

    When I’m at home I have a million better games to play on my PC or PS3 (or roommates PS4, now). I have zero interest in sitting on a couch to play my Android games or spending any money on a dedicated system to play them, they’re already on my bloody phone and a bigger screen isn’t going to make them any more enjoyable (given the quality of visuals and mechanics of the games).

    I never once got the hype behind the Ouya or Android consoles in general (seriously, how the Ouya got so much hype/funding truly baffles me as a “core” gamer), and after its extremely lackluster performance and how quickly all the hype for the follow-up Android consoles died I’m surprised to see anyone else deciding that it’s a market that they want to enter in.

    Then again it’s Snail Games and I haven’t quite put a bead on what’s going on with them as of yet.

  3. tolshortte on January 16, 2015

    A-Bomb to SOE for their air drop mechanic. whether or not its p2w it is paying for a dynamic event. wanting to give them a chance to prove they have moved on from their SWG days, they remind me who im dealing with. they may or may not change how this is done but they continue to attempt to do ridiculous things and then try and convince us its ok or good for players. will they ever learn?

    Question of the week:

    for me it depends on the cost of the console. I buy hardware to gain access to things I don’t have access to. to buy an additional item to play something I can already play the price becomes the deciding factor for me. being able to play something on a larger screen has some value to me, but that value is pretty limited.

    • tolshortte on January 16, 2015

      Da Bomb to Steam and to SOE for offering refunds to those unhappy with the changes. something has to be said for respecting your customers wishes and refunding their money when unhappy with a product.

  4. Curty on January 15, 2015

    I still don’t get why you guys say that Runescape is a good example of F2P. Started playing this game in 2006 and played for about 3 years on a free account. This game was aways telling me I couldn’t do this or do that, go there or equip that weapon, just because I wasn’t paying. This game is not known for it’s free to play part, so might you explain to me why is it a good F2P game?

    • Magicman on January 15, 2015

      Did anyone say it was a “good” F2P game? I don’t remember that. We were acknowledging it for the “Hall of Fame” as being one of the first examples of wide scale F2P in the West.
      -Magicman

  5. Grims Bane on January 15, 2015

    Runescape has like no bots now as there current bot detection will ban you instant with no remorse.

  6. Bratwurst on January 15, 2015

    Knowing Snailgames, is the W and OBox going to have outrageous micro-transactions as well?

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