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EA's Stance On Microtransactions

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EA's Stance On Microtransactions

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Cavell
08.01.2012 , 11:28 AM | #11
Quote: Originally Posted by Andryah View Post
LOL.. you guys are hilarious.

There is absolutely no support for what you are saying in the context of an MMO, but I am entertained.
So you're saying that just because EA is known to try and gouge the **** out of customers in their single-player games, they're unlikely to do so in their MMOs?

Interesting.

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DahLliA
08.01.2012 , 11:28 AM | #12
Quote: Originally Posted by Drudenfusz View Post
I hope BioWare understand that this will not work with the player base of SWTOR. That going that road would only kill this game.
Don't worry. They'll probably wait a year or so.
Quote: Originally Posted by John Riccitiello
When you are six hours into playing Battlefield and you run out of ammo in your clip, and we ask you for a dollar to reload, you're really not very price sensitive at that point in time...We're not gouging, but we're charging.

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MasterofMagina
08.01.2012 , 11:29 AM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Andryah View Post
LOL.. you guys are hilarious.

There is absolutely no support for what you are saying in the context of an MMO, but I am entertained.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-LE0ycgkBQ

For you brah

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ZionHalcyon
08.01.2012 , 11:29 AM | #14
Stop fearmongering - thats not the F2P model they are using.

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DahLliA
08.01.2012 , 11:30 AM | #15
Quote: Originally Posted by Cavell View Post
So you're saying that just because EA is known to try and gouge the **** out of customers in their single-player games, they're unlikely to do so in their MMOs?

Interesting.
But EAware has said it wont happen. So it must be true.

Just like everything they've said the last 5 years has been...
Quote: Originally Posted by John Riccitiello
When you are six hours into playing Battlefield and you run out of ammo in your clip, and we ask you for a dollar to reload, you're really not very price sensitive at that point in time...We're not gouging, but we're charging.

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Staavis_SC
08.01.2012 , 11:31 AM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by Andryah View Post
LOL.. you guys are hilarious.

There is absolutely no support for what you are saying in the context of an MMO, but I am entertained.
Oh really?

Go check out Star Trek Online. You'll quickly learn about the ugly, hideous, downright evil side of F2P MMO.

Once a game goes F2P, it's primary (if not sole) source of revenue is Cash Shop. And since they need steady sales in the Cash Shop, that means anything and everything is on the table in terms of Real Money Transactions (RMTs) even to the point of the things people need for day to day play.

Playfield access passes in AoC anyone?

You might want to do a bit more research into the world of F2P/P2W MMOs, given your statement.
Look, we got four or five of the main characters on this ship. I think we're gonna be okay.

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Saitada
08.01.2012 , 11:32 AM | #17
Quote: Originally Posted by Andryah View Post
LOL.. you guys are hilarious.

There is absolutely no support for what you are saying in the context of an MMO, but I am entertained.
LOL You are Hilarious. My experience, in the context of MMO's that have gone F2P or that started out F2P shows me that with out fail.. they become pay to win. Even games like PWI where every item in the cash shop can be purchased from other players (who bought them) using in game coins, in effect became pay to win, because if you didn't have them. you lost.

That is years of gaming experience and well over $2000 dollars spent by me to prove the point to myself that this is the actual case in these types of games. I'm not complaining about the money I spent. I can afford it. But I have found that the type of people who flock to F2P games are not the type of people I care to associate with. They are generally rude, and immature individuals who's parents obviously didn't teach them even the basics of good manners.

Having endured such behavior in PWI, AION and STO, as well as NFS:World (I enjoy driving around the city, and ignore the players) and BF3, I simply won't put up with it in SW:TOR and if/when that begins to happen I will let my sub lapse, uninstall the game and never look back.

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Senden
08.01.2012 , 11:34 AM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by ZionHalcyon View Post
Stop fearmongering - thats not the F2P model they are using.
This isn't baseless fear mongering though, many people are talking from both experience with other MMOs and just general knowledge of what EA are like. If you don't like people being worried about where this game's future lays, I suggest you stop reading the forums.

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Drudenfusz
08.01.2012 , 11:36 AM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by DahLliA View Post
Don't worry. They'll probably wait a year or so.
To kill the game then? Most MMO developers have come to the conclusion that this is a bad way to charge players, even many Facebook games changed in recent times... but yes EA has a well deserved bad reputation and BioWare has already made so many mistakes that this might be possible just another one the make (probably the last one).
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Cavell
08.01.2012 , 11:48 AM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by Drudenfusz View Post
To kill the game then? Most MMO developers have come to the conclusion that this is a bad way to charge players, even many Facebook games changed in recent times... but yes EA has a well deserved bad reputation and BioWare has already made so many mistakes that this might be possible just another one the make (probably the last one).
It wouldn't shock me if Bioware's done after this. DA2 was a roundly-criticized crapfest, ME3 sold brilliantly but alienated an awful lot of Bioware's longtime fans, and TOR goes F2P without making it a year, seeing over a million subs drop in the meantime. Their track record's been abysmal since the buyout.

Either way, Bioware's not the one calling the shots on this game. Bioware's not even a separate entity from EA.