Neoseeker : News : Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda believes free-to-play is the future for "HD games", not disc
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THM Sep 9, 13
What the hell? Free-to-play? There's no such thing as "free-to-play" in Capitalism, it only appears to be "free-to-play", some folks teach that Japanese guy a socialist lesson!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Duncan Idaho Sep 9, 13
quote THM
What the hell? Free-to-play? There's no such thing as "free-to-play" in Capitalism, it only appears to be "free-to-play", some folks teach that Japanese guy a socialist lesson!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I certainly did not expect your reaction THM, there is free to play, however there is P2W (Pay to Win), on how this is applied the company could earn lots of money, not forcing all players to pay to win, but those who can afford it will buy expensive items, not only that but a F2P is probably less expensive to create than a retail game.
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Huntereb Sep 9, 13
"Free To Play" means:

Play a little bit free, but in order to actually have fun you have to pay.

I hope to god the future of gaming is NEVER just "Free To Play" (An EA future).
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Largerock Sep 9, 13
Oh god.....

Somebody replace the idiot that replaced the last idiot.
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Zombie_Barioth Sep 9, 13
Free to play is the future for some games, but that doesn't mean you should shoe-horn it into exsisting games. Games need to be made with F2P in mind from the beginning, you can't simply take your exsisiting franchises and morph them into F2P games.
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harbin Sep 9, 13
Free to pay doesn't exist. Not in the idea that everything remains free. Nothing is really free these days

I wonder if by 'free to play' he actually means freemium. Not that I should have to pay real money in game anyway, especially when it exceeds what the actual game would cost. I'd rather just buy a game and get its content with it.

Then companies such as EA like to combine the two and get you to buy a game and bring out day one DLC.

Freemium in online games is even worse than subscription fees.
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Duncan Idaho Sep 9, 13
quote harbin
Free to pay doesn't exist. Not in the idea that everything remains free. Nothing is really free these days
I disagree there are F2P games out there, TERA recently went F2P i am aware a number of Korean MMRORPG's follow this trend, as long as the pay aspect does not interferes too strongly it is F2P.

And for an western F2P check Battle of Wesnoth, one of my favorite strategy games and 100% free
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sonicfan7895 Sep 9, 13
quote Zombie_Barioth
Free to play is the future for some games, but that doesn't mean you should shoe-horn it into exsisting games. Games need to be made with F2P in mind from the beginning, you can't simply take your exsisiting franchises and morph them into F2P games.
I agree with you entirely. I couldn't (and can't) put it into simpler words.
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J4ckyAlieen Sep 9, 13
Warframe's free to play system. nuff said.
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DedValve Sep 9, 13
Square Enix keeping it real I see. I hope this means FFXV gets ported to iOS and Apple TV.
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Duncan Idaho Sep 9, 13
quote DedValve
Square Enix keeping it real I see. I hope this means FFXV gets ported to iOS and Apple TV.
If i were you i would buy some actions of SE if you can, wait until they launch FF XV and sell them on the same day the game launches.
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DedValve Sep 9, 13
quote Duncan Idaho
quote DedValve
Square Enix keeping it real I see. I hope this means FFXV gets ported to iOS and Apple TV.
If i were you i would buy some actions of SE if you can, wait until they launch FF XV and sell them on the same day the game launches.
I could do that but I don't have the patience to wait until PS5 releases for FFXV.
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Darkking Sep 9, 13
quote Huntereb
"Free To Play" means:

Play a little bit free, but in order to actually have fun you have to pay.

I hope to god the future of gaming is NEVER just "Free To Play" (An EA future).
Pretty sure league of legends is doing the idea of "Free to Play".
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Zombie_Barioth Sep 9, 13
quote Darkking
quote Huntereb
"Free To Play" means:

Play a little bit free, but in order to actually have fun you have to pay.

I hope to god the future of gaming is NEVER just "Free To Play" (An EA future).
Pretty sure league of legends is doing the idea of "Free to Play".
Then of course theres Team Fortress 2, that and League of Legends are probably some of the best examples of F2P done right.

A good F2P game needs to be enjoyable to those playing free while still being profitable, the premium content needs to be supplemental to that experience without making the player feel punished for not paying. The thing is this industry has a habit of bringing the worst out of these things.

Exsisting franchises like Final Fantasy won't work that way without destroying the core of the series and ruining the experience for the fans. You'd have to alter the way the game works to work priemium items into it, and things like loot drops are integral to RPGs.
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