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Are Free to Play games killing the in game community?

Posted on 7/2/2013 by with 5 comments

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This whole article stems from an argument that was had in guild chat a few nights ago. There were a couple of us saying that free to play is killing the game community and a couple saying that wasn’t the case at all.

The way I see it is that the free to play games have opened the game up to everyone and that is a very good thing. I think that everyone should have a chance to play whatever game the want too. Some people can’t afford to pay a subscription or buy a game out right. So this give them the chance to get in and play.

While the free to play games have opened the game to a larger audience, I would have to say that you have a lot less dedication of the gamers that play now. Why you might ask. Well, you get a lot of people who just pop in to see what the game is all about and don’t dedicate themselves to learning the finer points of the game.

You also get a lot more part time players who play the game more casually. That’s fine as long as you not part of a competitive guild.

I think this is the case with most of the free to play players, they tend to be more of a casual player group. So they don’t really care as much about progress in game, but there are some exceptions to this rule.

Another thing I notice more of is less of a trade market in most Free to Play games. If look at the market or auction house, I see less player made goods available, is this a case of casuals players not wanting to craft or just less items need, or because of the introduction of bought specialty items from game shop. So that leads me to think people would rather buy and item with real money than have to work to find items to make it in game. It’s the easy way out!

Regardless how you feel about the Free to Play games they continue to be more profitable than subscription based games, so we don’t plan on seeing them disappear anytime soon. They way I see it so far I cant complain too much I have tried a bunch of games for free which has probably saved me a lot of money.

So today ask you is free to play killing the in game community?

5 responses to Are Free to Play games killing the in game community?

  1. On July 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 pm , MasterX25 said...

    No f2p is not killing the community. It’s the developers and the community.

    The developers who developed their game with f2p in mind generally have very a restrictive gameplay from the start, in order to maximise profit. But it’s also a safe move because developers only develop if they earn a profit.

    Because f2p are more accessible, the community has a wider variety of audience, and generally who ever whines the loudest/most gets heard, and balancing can become a train wreck. Also because f2p are more accessible, the community can horrible.

    FFXIV may be the first sub game I’m going to play in 3 years, because it’s history of community has always been a good one, and SquareEnix really learnt their lesson(they took a huge lose in profit for being arrogant).

  2. On July 3rd, 2013 at 9:17 am , Chris said...

    I agree with you its the “If you make it they will come!” theory. Most of the free to play experiences I have a from games are the ones that converted to the FtP from subs, so I might be looking into a little bit too much.

    Chris

  3. On July 3rd, 2013 at 9:56 am , HoolieCal said...

    F2P games are a great business idea as you mentioned on your previous comment if you make it they will come, no wonder PS4 is actually making a big fuzz about them.

    The best thing about this types of games is that you don’t really need a top notch computer with the latest graphics card installed to play them.

    Sadly there’s no such thing as a free lunch and profitability in a project is always in the minds of anyone involved in it, so my take on all of this F2P genre is that developers make it a lot less rewarding for people who want to tough it out than to those who are willing to pay to win and thats the negative impact on gamers since its making us lazier specially in games like MMO’S.

  4. On July 3rd, 2013 at 10:05 am , Chris said...

    Thanks for the great comment HoolieCal! I couldn’t agree with you more. I like the game harder but I have a few friends that would pay for everything in game, so that they don’t have to work for it. To me that’s no fun.

    Chris

  5. On July 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am , Arkymaps said...

    To be fair it depends on what sort of game it is, if its an MMO then as far as im concerned its pretty much going to ruin it, i’ve seen the steady incline of complete morons in WoW too lazy or just too plain dumb to figure out how to look for stuff on the net and find out for themselves. i dont mind helping out the odd person, but that mixed with beggars and general douchality… hmm new word now i guess, gets the attention of the people who make the game and make it easier… despite the fact its been heavily nerfed over the course of the games existance in the first place.

    Ark

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