I’m thankful for Black Desert Online’s cash shop for one reason – it exemplifies the notion that paying to win cannot be analyzed in a vacuum. This is a game where if the cash shop was transferred to another popular MMORPG or if a different core system replaced BDO, I’d change my opinion. As is, Black Desert Online definitely falls into the pay to win camp. Their monetization model is particularly frustrating given the existence of several free MMOs that aren’t pay to win. BDO cash shop – spend time here or “lose” The cash shop in Black Desert ostensibly sells convenience. There are very few “max power” enhancements, mostly limited to the ghillie suit that hides player name in PvP. Compared to something like ArcheAge where every dollar spent is an immediate power upgrade, BDO may not seem so bad. While the system certainly isn’t as egregious as ArcheAge, paying for convenience is a big deal when grinding is all that … [Read more...] about Black Desert Online: When Pay for Convenience is Pay to Win
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Allods Team doesn’t like the term free-to-play, so much so that community manager Maeron has warned that discussion on the matter could result in your game access being revoked. In his response, Maeron points to a trend in players pasting the p2w label on pretty much everything that costs money, a label that he believes causes undue damage to a game. The discussion occurred in a thread inquiring about whether the US/EU cash shops would be the same as the Russian shop. Those familiar with Allods Team’s previous game, Allods Online, likely feel that their concerns over pay to win are more than justified. Allods Online, despite all the praise it received for quality and polish, was heavily criticized for its cash shop, from a 1,000% increase in price over the Russian version to the widely unpopular Fear of Death debuff (and its cash-shop cure) that was replaced with an equally unpopular mechanic that would curse items on death and invert their stats, also curable with a cash … [Read more...] about [Update] Skyforge Dev Threatens Game Bans Over Pay To Win Talk
Does Ragnarok Online 2 have a pay to win system? I’ve asked around about this and the best answer I’ve been able to come up with is “in a sense, yes, but nothing drastic.” I ask this because Ragnarok features a VIP system, similar to that found in games like Age of Wushu, where players can pay in for some perks. Unlike those games, however, Ragnarok cuts straight to the point by offering straight stat perks: +5 to stats, +10% health, +10% sp, and +20% movement speed. I ask because the opinion seems pretty split between people who are calling it pay to win, although virtually none of them are speaking from any actual experience playing the game, and people who are playing and stating that the bonuses are insignificant to the point where they don’t do much more than keep your character alive another millisecond before they die. So the conclusion I’m seeing on discussion boards is that the system is pay to win, in theory, but in practice isn’t … [Read more...] about [Community] Is Ragnarok Online 2 Pay To Win?
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Home » Social Media » Google Plus Vs Facebook: Who Will Win This Social Media War? With Google Plus, Google is trying to enter into Social Media war with Facebook and other popular social media websites like Twitter and LinkedIn. Initially Google Plus was invite only and now it’s publically available to all individuals and businesses. So far my experience with Google Plus has been very cool. But still it’s in the early stage and it will be difficult to tell who will win the ongoing Social Media War which is going mainly between Google Plus VS Facebook. So we will need to wait and watch to know who will be the winner of Google Plus Vs Facebook War, operated by two biggest web portals on Internet. Google Plus Vs Facebook War As of now Facebook is claiming 1310 million users to its network and Google is claiming 540 million plus users on Google Plus. So Facebook is way far ahead of Google when we think of Google Plus Vs Facebook on the basis of their users. … [Read more...] about Who Will Win This Social Media War?