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Submitted by strugler 181d ago | news

The definition of Free to Play is under dispute

One of the biggest booms in mmo gaming, and gaming in general, over the past few years, has been in free to play games. Currently, the European Commission are debating with game developers over whether or not a free to download game, with real money purchasables can truly be classified as free. (Industry)

admiralvic  +   182d ago
Doesn't the European Commission have something better to do? Maybe it's the fact I know very little about what the EC is, but it sounds like they could be doing something better...

Anyway, there really isn't a problem with the term "free to play" as it says what it means. You can play for free, but there are catches, hence why it's not just called free. However, even then we see that people define "free" differently on a fundamental level.

People call PlayStation Plus games "free", probably because it's the simplest way to talk about them, though they're just timed rentals (more or less) that will work for the duration of your subscription or subsequent subscriptions. While some people would not consider these things free, they're still referred to as such.

Another great example is Club Nintendo. On a fundamental level you can't get coins (in any quantity that matters) for free, though many argue that you buy the games and the coins are a bonus like the manual. Many more argue that having to fill out surveys make them closer to a payout program, but in many cases people still argue that you don't need to try on the surveys and the amount of effort is unimportant. In either case, some people define the program as free, where as others look at it as somewhat paid.

Anyway, my point is that there are a lot of ways to look at these things and I don't think Free to Play is entirely misleading.
lonelyplayer  +   181d ago
Pay to win
Lord_Sloth  +   181d ago
If it doesn't require any money to play then it's free to play. I don't care about micro transactions since they're optional. I don't have to purchase them if I don't want to. If it requires money to play then it isn't. This isn't that hard to figure out.
Dasteru  +   181d ago
Fack is the human race so damn stupid these days that crap like this really needs to be argued?

Free "TO PLAY" key damn words people.

Free to play does not mean free to get everything in the game for free, it means you can log onto and PLAY the game for free, to argue the term free to play is to argue the word play. As for people not knowing they are paying real money for things when they have to put in credit card information before the purchase and ignoring the fact it says the price in big bold facking letters right below the item name, anyone who is retarded enough not to know they are paying money, deserves to be ripped off.

Some pissed off kids need to bash a game doesn't suddenly change the definition of the word play.

As for calling games pay to win, that is equally stupid in MMOs, since there is no "end game" and PVP typically isnt the only function of the game. Even in games where PVP is a big thing, i have been playing Flyff for more than 8 years and have never spent a single penny on anything, prior to v19 i had some of the most powerful characters on the entire Lykan/clockworks server, had a PVP win rate of more than 1000-1 with kills against people twice my level. Pay to nothing, it is all about knowledge and dedication, paying may speed up the character building process a bit, but it doesn't do shat to help you win.
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il-JumperMT  +   180d ago
They should make them "Pay to Win" after all its what they are

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