Editorials

Vote Now In The MMOBomb 2014 Fans’ Choice Awards!

It's time to make your voice heard and celebrate the best in free-to-play gaming from the past year, with the 2014 MMOBomb Fans' Choice...

The Most Anticipated F2P Games Of 2015

(EDITOR'S NOTE: There's lots of comments asking about Black Desert. Yes, we're eagerly anticipating it, but Pearl Abyss clarified comments earlier this week and...

Awful Idea: Monthly Spending Limit For F2P Games

I'd chalk this up less under “awful idea for a game” and more under “awful idea for a game developer,” because it will affect...

Toxicity Isn’t Just An Issue For MOBAs

Maybe we've been too hard on MOBAs. Sure, they're full of toxic players who insist you play the game perfectly or else they'll unleash a...

Preview: Messing Around in TERA’s Fate of Arun

TERA’s Fate of Arun expansion is now just days away. Launching on December 16th, Fate of Arun adds new zones, a new level cap...

Introspective: “Why Do You Write About That?”

Monday's article about a seemingly out-of-date “warning” that free-to-play games can cost money brought up comments I see a lot of – not just...

ArcheAge’s Descent Into Madness Continues, and I’m Leaving the Trion Worlds Train

It's sometimes difficult deciding what to write up for the site. With Jason and myself being the primary writers for our daily content, we...

Thoughts And Musings On Civilization Online’s Information Reveal

Civilization Online is a tasty carrot, tantalizingly dangled in front of fans of Sid Meier's classic series like a defenseless city on your nation's...

Darth Times Ahead: Our SWTOR: Shadow of Revan Preview

Shadow of Revan is shaping up to be quite the nostalgia trip. For players of the original Knights of the Old Republic single-player game,...

Did Apple Take The First Step In The Erosion Of The Free-To-Play Name?

There are no more “free” games on the App Store any more. Now, “free,” “free-to-play,” “freemium,” or whatever-you-want-to-call-them games are still there, but they're not...

The Whole F2P vs. P2P Argument Summed Up In Two Comments

I read a piece today about a mobile developer trying to make his game less about F2P consumable purchases -- like energy -- and...

Class Is In Session: 6 Not-Quite-Legit Free-To-Play Course Offerings

It's cool that a college in China is offering classes in Dota, and it would be neat to see the same sort of thing...
Dawngate Defunct: Do MOBAs Have To Be Huge To Succeed? 1

Dawngate Defunct: Do MOBAs Have To Be Huge To Succeed?

So Dawngate is going away. Judging by most of the comments I've seen, it wasn't exceptionally bad or exceptionally great. Some people liked it,...

Awful Idea: Get Rid Of The Open World

You know how it goes in a typical MMO: You level through a variety of zones, usually at breakneck speed, just so you can...

The Inquisition: Do You Mind The Leveling Grind?

We touched upon it in the last Free-To-Play Cast, and later Magicman and I discussed grinding in TERA. After I obliquely accused him of...

Awful Ideas: The Limited-Time MMO

What I'm about to suggest is a terrible idea and no MMO developer should implement it... probably. Suppose there was an MMO that limited your...

ArcheAge’s Labor Points Are A Good Idea, With So-So Implementation

ArcheAge has had its share of problems, but while many of them are technical in nature – queues, hackers, botters, DDoSes, etc. – some...
Does F2P “Kill” Games? Or Is That Just Another Old-Timer Myth? 3

Does F2P “Kill” Games? Or Is That Just Another Old-Timer Myth?

“I've been playing since beta, but I'm going to quit now because the devs killed the game!” We hear that, or something like it, when...