Neoseeker : News : Battlefield 3 Premium now has 800k subscribers, EA calls service superior to CoD ELITE
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GreenGoblin Jul 2, 12
its such a great game!
got it from mmoga and was amazed by its gameplay
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BlackLabel Jul 2, 12
So many sheep.. This everyone is why gaming is going to shit. Why should the likes of EA and Activision stop with the monetisation of absolutely everything when a good chunk of a games install base lap it up. Just watch in 5 years from now every game will require a subscription of some sort to get content that should have been on the disk and in the case of Capcom probably already is on the *bleep*ing disc.
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Tenklis Jul 2, 12
Lol what's your beef dawg? 50 bucks and you get all the expansions for free. And won't have to pay for the next two either. 4 expansions that sell for 15 dollars each(and are actually worth the money) so if you know how to do the math, and I'm guessing you don't... You actually save 10$ buy going premium with bf3 in the long run + you get extras. Best fps ever.
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BlackLabel Jul 2, 12
My "beef" is that this is a downward spiral.. Right now it may be a "good deal" but what is to stop the next generation of subscription deals being such a good deal. This is what they call grooming, it is the practice of getting a select market used to something so that when it happens on a large scale they support it.

Elite, BF Premium hell even Playstation Plus are all grooming services prepping players for something worse, something possibly of less value. Take Playstation Plus in it's current form it's a great deal but it's also getting the entire Playstation family used to paying a monthly fee, why you may ask? Well it's simple Playstation 4 will have an Xbox Live style subscription but people won't mind because they are already paying the equivalent a month for Playstation Plus..

These companies are grooming gamers into accepting even more ways for them to take money from you. Maybe I'm being cynical but I don't think BF Premium or Elite in the future will be such great value and the issue is will gamers notice? That is what these companies are hoping they don't do. That's why they are making these subscriptions good value right now to lure people in, to get them used to it. It won't be long until every game has one at this rate..
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Tenklis Jul 2, 12
I disagree. These are completly optional services and I believe they will continue to be. On the playstation side anyway. Playstation plus is something I will never get but I see its value, you pay a monthly sub for free games. Awesome, xbox live u pay just to be able to buy things. There will be companies that have ridiculous subscription services (xboxlive, cod elite) and then born out of those ripping people off comes bf premium, playstation plus. Who knows, maybe xbox will adopt the sony model next gen. Probably not though because 720 is where all the sheep will go. Sony has a lot to gain in keeping a free service along with there paid service next gen.
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