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Submitted by Sayburr 167d ago | opinion piece

Free-to-play model compromises integrity of video games

There is something rotten in the state of video games, and if you’ve ever mindlessly tapped away at your touchscreen game only to be confronted with a blurb asking for your money, then you know all about the exploitative business model that is currently compromising the integrity of the gaming medium: Free-to-play games.

...Note that elements of F2P mobile gaming have already begun to seep into mass-market console games such as Battlefield 3 and FIFA 13, with both games offering modes of gameplay that reward the player who spends the most money.... (Battlefield 3, FIFA 13, Industry, PS4, Xbox One)

mochachino  +   167d ago
I hate the free to play model
GameSpawn  +   167d ago
I don't have a problem with the model. I have a problem with the terminology. "Free-to-play" is so misleading, "freemium" (Free + Premium) is a MUCH better term because then you at least know what you're in for from the start.
randomass171  +   167d ago
Better than "pay to pay more" like Dead Space 3. :/
Massacred  +   166d ago
Me to. You know why? Seeing real world money inside games takes away from the illusion of the game. It breaks the spell of you feeling completely engrossed.
SubspaceReviews  +   167d ago
Completely ruins Trials Frontier. I would have happily paid £5+ for the game, but oh well.
mochachino  +   167d ago
Yeah, everytime I'm just like I would gladly have just paid for the game an not have to deal with this P2P crap.
randomass171  +   167d ago
Loadout is actually a really good F2P game. All the DLC is cosmetic and you only have to make the choice to purchase it if you want to financially support the developer.
Twinblade  +   167d ago
I love the F2P model, we don't have to worry about paying for a sh!tty game.
randomass171  +   167d ago
As long as the developer isn't trying to rip you off, the F2P model is not bad. You can at least try games for free. No real harm there.
ion666  +   167d ago
Sadly thats why i'm not that confident in Capcom's Deep Down.
randomass171  +   167d ago
That game is F2P? Dang. Game still looks beautiful though. :)
SirBillyBones  +   166d ago
Warframe bucks the trend. If more games were like Warframe (and developer like Digital Extreme) then the gaming world would be a much better place. DE are head and shoulders above a lot of AAA devs in terms of community interaction and passion for their game.

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