On this week’s show we run through some weird news involving in-game protests, taxes on V bucks, and more, then we slide over and find out how successful BDO is and some decisions CCP is making about Project NOVA, and wrap it up with talk about our PlanetSide 2 interview…and will there be a PlanetSide 3? All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

01:51 Rapid Fire News
23:11 NCSoft and NEXON Financials
34:50 PSO2 Closed Beta Review
49:50 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
54:04 Questions and Answers of the Week

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  1. One bit of off topic advice from someone who has lived through multiple hurricanes, go out and buy multiple weeks worth of groceries NOW if you haven’t already. Even if the cronovirus doesn’t hit your area there is a high likely hood that people will panic and rush out to buy all the stock at grocery stores in the coming weeks. You don’t want to be the person who waited until the last minute and has to scramble to get what is left. If nothing happens then grats, you can skip the store for a few weeks later in the year.

  2. QOTW:
    I have been part of an in game protest in Gw2 called SAB OR RIOT!!! Basically Super Adventure Box was supposed to be a returning event but the 2nd SAB release had some backlash. World 2 was a big difficulty jump compared to world 1 and that combined with another competing release overlapping with it lead to a low amount of players completing world 2. The devs didn’t bring SAB back for a couple years after that release so some players in the subreddit started a campaign to bring it back. It lead to a ‘protest’ in Rata Sum (it was really a giant party) to show support for bringing SAB back. Given that SAB is now Gw2’s April festival I think the protest was a success!

    Da-bomb to Jason for telling my fellow Gw2 players to learn to like new things. I talked about a Cantha expansion in last week’s comment because I’ve seen tons of players ask for years on the subreddits (far more than I ever saw for Elonia) so I do believe it is the one piece of content guarantied to bring player back to Gw2. That being said there is SO much more lore Anet could pull from and Gw2 is at it’s best when it doing new stuff like PoF mounts, HoT meta events, SAB, etc. or working with new lore like the Sylvari, the Zephyrite, etc.

  3. Hey all, alive and well here. Just been playing that fast paced hardcore MMO called “Life”. The gameplay gets repetitive, but the graphics are amazing! No really just had a lot going on here, good to be thought of, though.

    For the question of the week: I’ve never protested per se, but I did sign a petition back when City of Heroes was shutting down, knowing full well it would likely have no effect. Now, I just protest with my wallet and simply don’t pay for or play games I’m not satisfied with.


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