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http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/05/03/red-5-studios-ceo-denounces-consoles-and-publishers/
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Instead, the man behind Firefall believes that the free-to-play model puts the power back in the hands of the developers who then can concentrate on making games without having to kowtow to the publishers and distributors. "Look at Riot Games and League of Legends. They have more users than World of Warcraft does. That's crazy. And they don't have a publisher," Kern said.

Figured the PC gaming crowd here might like this little blog some. It's interesting at least.
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The economics of the free to play model works well for consumer, not because it is free, but gives developers the incentive to produce a high quality game from the start in order to get people hooked and the incentive to release content that will have to be viewed as a value make people want to spend money on a free game. Of course this model usually only applies to multiplayer games where they exhibit network economies and there is no better way to increase user count than to offer it for free.
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Article actually doesn't say much. Would have been nice if he'd gone into it a bit more rather than come over as just being pretty angry.
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The free-to-play model enlarges the player base but it's a common misconception that it also lowers the caliber of the player-base. The same immature kids that people worry about would have access to funds from their parents (who spoiled them in the first place) to buy the game if they wanted it.
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I'd actually rather pay for services then get them for free. When it comes to MMOs F2P is usually about buying advantage over other players. Now the thing is i dont really like the idea of paying to unlock the rest of the game or certain features. Pay for a full game, if its mmo pay monthly subs.
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I'd actually rather pay for services then get them for free. When it comes to MMOs F2P is usually about buying advantage over other players. Now the thing is i dont really like the idea of paying to unlock the rest of the game or certain features. Pay for a full game, if its mmo pay monthly subs.

Then explain GW1 and the hype of GW2. No monthy subscription and you cannot purchase anything that will make you better than any other player with real money, yet the first game was highly successful and the second in one of the most anticipated MMOs.
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I like having payment or entry fee because it keeps the little kids out. I really really hate playing with a 15 year old, at least if you had to pay for the game then the number of 13-15 year olds playing it is much lower and thus the probablity of playing with them is lower
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Opinions aren't news. Moved.
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