Neoseeker : News : EU to challenge "misleading" free-to-play label for games
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DedValve Feb 28, 14
EA ain't even trying to hide it anymore. Watchugonnado EU?

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RabidChinaGirl Feb 28, 14
DedValve That thing's chin looks like a pair of bollocks.
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Huntereb Feb 28, 14
Get mad scammers, I'm welcoming this motion with open arms.
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liquidharem Feb 28, 14
Could you imagine a game that everyone has even ground throughout the entire game?

Sheesh, thats outrageous...
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Shave ya Head Feb 28, 14
Those kind of games always irritated me but the fact is that if this is the case, free to play games will become non-existent because a businesses primary objective is to make money. Just some companies are less greedy than others, and some hide it better.
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Fragment of Chaos Feb 28, 14
We already have a label for these games! Pay-to-win.
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Heartlesswithaheart Feb 28, 14
Good. It's a nice start.
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THM Feb 28, 14
Now it's time to put those companies that use 'free to play' in disguise into Blacklist and sanction them.
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BlackScythe Feb 28, 14
quote Shave ya Head
Those kind of games always irritated me but the fact is that if this is the case, free to play games will become non-existent because a businesses primary objective is to make money. Just some companies are less greedy than others, and some hide it better.
I think the focus isn't on microtransactions as it is on "in game purchases" like you're doing something and it pops up on a window in "You can do this over 7 days or buy it now!" and a kid clicks on "buy it now" and the parents get billed without properly consenting.

Basically it sounds like they are trying to get some form of separation between payment and gameplay. LoL is a good example of free to play gone right, you have to explicitly go into the store to spend money on it. It isn't something that pops up in the game in a "misleading" or "confusing" way.
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liquidharem Feb 28, 14
quote BlackScythe
quote Shave ya Head
Those kind of games always irritated me but the fact is that if this is the case, free to play games will become non-existent because a businesses primary objective is to make money. Just some companies are less greedy than others, and some hide it better.
I think the focus isn't on microtransactions as it is on "in game purchases" like you're doing something and it pops up on a window in "You can do this over 7 days or buy it now!" and a kid clicks on "buy it now" and the parents get billed without properly consenting.

Basically it sounds like they are trying to get some form of separation between payment and gameplay. LoL is a good example of free to play gone right, you have to explicitly go into the store to spend money on it. It isn't something that pops up in the game in a "misleading" or "confusing" way.
That is honestly it right there. There might be a little bit of a 'If you say it is FREE, then it shouldn't cost anything", but that is tougher to enforce. That kind of "IT IS FREE (with 3 year contract costing you $$)" is so rampant in sales today. Personally, I now feel like whenever I see "FREE" I completely ignore it, thinking it is either something that is going to require me to provide my personal information or send some money to that Middle Eastern prince that seems to keep getting caught by rebels and wants to send his fortune out of the country with your help.

Depending on the game style, micro-transactions aren't too bad. It is just when the game developers make an 'gambling-style' game with micro-transactions. For example, online trading card games like Marvel War of Heroes, which you can either grind through events and try trade like heck to get decent cards for the game, or you can try buying card packs ($3 per card/card pack) in the CHANCE of getting a decent card. It is fairly easy to see this is more closely related to real life scratch tickets than it is to buy that .99$ booster for one round of Candy Crush (please don't sue me for using the word Candy pl0x)
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Night Surgeon Feb 28, 14
quote RabidChinaGirl
DedValve That thing's chin looks like a pair of bollocks.
This statement along with your avatar is perfect. XD
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S-I-E Mar 1, 14
best use of the minors excuse in the game industry so far.
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RabidChinaGirl Mar 2, 14
quote Night Surgeon
quote RabidChinaGirl
DedValve That thing's chin looks like a pair of bollocks.
This statement along with your avatar is perfect. XD
My avatar makes any comment uncomfortable and perfect.
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Foquinha Mar 2, 14
personally I don't see anything wrong with the term 'free-to-play', it's not misleading in the slightest. I don't think there is a single ftp game that you cannot play without monetary investment. the ability to 'play' a game and the ability to 'progress' or 'complete' a game are two different things, and shouldn't be confused.
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