Why hardcore gamers hate free-to-play

Why hardcore gamers hate free-to-play

What if Borderlands 2 was exactly as it is today, but it was free? Imagine a Borderlands 2 with a content store instead of paying 50 euros once more the DLC, you get the full game and if you choose, you can buy and sell items and improvements to an auction house for real money, in the that the developer takes 10% of each transaction. Simple as that.

Actually, it sounds good. Jugaríais What? My opinion is that many would spend that auction house. Is there any way of turning into something attractive freemium games for hardcore gamers, or never get through things like vanity items, aesthetic, etc? Let’s try to find out why many players hate freemium titles, Borderlands 2 as an example.

These players say they would not want the same experience playing with for about 50 euros, which if it were free. Not only be free, but they could make money by selling items that do not use class. If not, would not be interested.

Is not it better? Even from the perspective of the player. If you are against selling virtual items, you could simply ignore the market and play all the good that has Borderlands 2, a game with a 9/10 on IGN note, free.

The truth is, sure I guess, somewhat more complex. Even though Borderlands 2 were exactly balanced, real-world features enter into the equation, change the perception of the game. And perception is everything.

Player Confidence

If Borderlands 2K was free but win money every time a player sells to another Eridium, how long would a player appear that something seemed suspicious?

This question points directly to the main problem with hardcore gamers with the evolution of the industry towards freemium games. It’s a trust issue. If you can not buy Eridium, never be suspect, because there is nothing to suspect. But as is for sale, its mere existence makes people alert.

Even though the rate of appearance of Eridium in the spoils was the same (remember we left that this free version of BL2 is equal to the current one), would not seem right. The players, at least a few, begin to think they are being manipulated. Others would be launched to test posting in forums with the Eridium cold data is being distributed in the same way to everyone. Some would use the typical rhetoric of those wonderful years when the games costing 50 euros, and that these things did not happen. No group would be really wrong.

Even if none of this worries you – if you are one wise guy, happy by putting in the hours to this Borderlands 2 – talking real money always introduces some distrust in your mind. When you find a piece of weapon in Borderlands 2 to 50 euros, you feel more happiness: equip and run.

If you find the same weapon in Borderlands 2 economy managed by the players, you have to choose to equip it, or use it to sell and see if you can get about 5 euros or other amount high enough to choose to sell. Every booty is transformed into a decision.

There is a purity in pay games lost in freemium alternatives. Video games are closely related to escapism. It is even indecent think real world money into the gaming experience. I think that is why many players prefer a pay-Borderlands 2 free one. Many of us would pay more to protect the integrity of the game experience.

And this is the reason why many players never would play a free-to-play. Even though it is well developed, even though the boots or other game equilibria have not been modified to get some more money, the idea now is to what extent a player can be sure of everything?

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11-03 Bsktbll – Mass State D3 State Finals – WCS Crusaders vs Watertown Raiders – 762
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Whitinsville Christian beats Watertown, 42- 36, for D3 boys’ title.STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS..By Jim Wilson TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF.jimwilson@telegram.com..Taylor Bajema had a game-high 14 points and sank three foul shots in the final moments as Whitinsville Christian hung on to defeat Watertown, 42-36, today to capture the Division 3 boys’ basketball state title at the DCU Center…Hans Miersma and Colin Richey each added 12 points for Whitinsville Christian…The Crusaders shook off a sluggish start that saw the Red Raiders jump out to a 9-2 lead thanks to a trio of 3-pointers from Cory Donahue..Whitinsville Christian (23-2) cut the lead to 9-7 at the end of the first quarter, then got going in the second quarter to take a 21-15 lead at the break. Richey and Bajema worked outside to go into the locker rooms with seven points each, as the Crusaders limited Watertown to just 10 of 31 shooting from the floor — and forced the Red Raiders to miss all eight of their 3-point attempts in the quarter..Watertown tied the game, 30-30, in the fourth quarter, but Whitinsville Christian responded with a layup from Richey, then a free throw from Miersma. After a Red Raiders’ bucket cut the lead back to one, Richey found Miersma with a nice pass for a layup, then Peter Koopman hit a free throw and Miersma sank two foul shots of his own to put Whitinsville Christian up, 38-32, with 1:30 left in the game..The Crusaders allowed just one more field goal down the stretch, as Bajema hit three foul shots and Grant Brown hit another to seal the win…“It feels so good right now, it’s amazing,” Miersma said. "We haven’t played a team that physical all year and they were all over us. We got used to it, especially in the second half and that’s when we started to roll.”

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Free-to-Play is Here to Stay

A couple of weeks ago, Turbine announced that it was entering the free-to-play arena with the upcoming release of its Dungeons and Dragons Online expansion, Eberron Unlimited. Although most people view this as a last-ditch effort to save the game from obscurity in a rapidly expanding MMO market, some also feel that Turbine is testing the micro-transaction waters with this move. This is hardly surprising as more and more publishers are getting on the F2P bandwagon.

A good portion of the US free-to-play MMO market still consists of Asian-developed games imported by local publishers, but that’s certainly beginning to change. Big players like Sony Online Entertainment, NCsoft, and EA are already in the picture with Free Realms, Dungeon Runners, and Battlefield Heroes, respectively, with more in the works. As far as popularity goes, the leader of the pack is still Maple Story, developed by South Korean company Wizet, with 87 million registered users, an estimated 10 to 15-percent of which are active players. But consider this: SOE’s Free Realms recently reached the 3 million mark, barely seven weeks after it launched!

D&D Online will soon be embracing the free-to-play model.Of course in a free-to-play game, the number of registered users don’t tell the whole story since not all of these are paying customers. Few companies are willing to share their revenue figures, and those who do usually report their average revenue per paying user (ARPPU) rather than the average revenue per user (ARPU), which would be a much diluted figure. Additionally, both figures are based on the number of logged in users per month, which is only a fraction of the total registered users. In any case, the numbers seem to indicate that the ARPU on free-to-play games (which includes casual game portals such as Outspark and virtual worlds like Second Life) is generally between $ 0.50-$ 1.50, with an ARPPU ranging from $ 20-$ 30 a month.

In the absence of any other hard data on free-to-play MMOs, much is left to speculation. But Daniel James of Three Rings Design recently revealed that his company’s little MMO Puzzle Pirates takes in about $ 50 each month per paying user through micro transactions alone. This seems to indicate that given the option, MMO players will actually spend more than the customary $ 15 subscription fee. So yes, there’s money to be made in free-to-play games, and that’s why the big boys want to play! It’s all a matter of making your players want your virtual goods.

A lot of publishers have also adopted a so-called freemium business model, where players are given the option to pay a subscription fee to become VIPs and obtain access to certain features not available to free-to-play users.

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Northern Constabulary – Fallen Hero Centenary – PC Thomas King of Inverness-shire Constabulary
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In December 1998, to mark the Centenary of the Murder in line of duty of Constable Thomas KIng, at Northern Constabulary Headquarters, a new memorial plaque for Constable King was unveiled by Dr John Mann, great great grandson of PC King, and Councillor Major Nigel Graham, Chairman of the Northern Joint Police Committee.

Pictured here (L-R) are Northern Constabulary Historian (then Constable) David Conner, Major Graham, and Constable Malcolm Taylor, Boat of Garten (dressed in turn-of-the-century uniform of Inverness-shire Constabulary ).

There follows a report on the event produced by me at the time:-

Abernethy Cemetery is a lonely but peaceful place, lying in beautiful Strathspey – the wide valley of the famous River Spey, one of Scotland’s most renowned salmon rivers. Abernethy is a rural parish including the village of Nethybridge, some four miles from the Victorian resort of Grantown on Spey.

On Sunday 20 December 1998 a group of serving and retired police officers, and elected members, from around the Highlands of Scotland gathered in the snow-clad churchyard to remember an event which, though long before and of very much less national consequence than Lockerbie, probably had a similar effect upon the local population in 1898.

One hundred years before, to the day, Constable Thomas King a 46-year old police officer who was the resident beat officer from the village of Nethybridge had gone to the rural Tulloch area to effect the area on a Sheriff Court warrant of one Allan MacCallum. The wanted man, residing with a mother and her daughter in a small but-and-ben two roomed cottage in the woodland of Tulloch, was wanted to appear before the court on a charge of poaching.

MacCallum, well known to the officer as a rebel, was a man who considered that any game running free on the hills and moors of the Cairngorm foothills was as much his as of the landowner. In fact MacCallum’s father had been a gamekeeper in the area for many years before his death.

MacCallum was violent and unstable, as the officer well knew. nonetheless there appeared to have been an element of mutual respect between the two. For that reason, while Constable King was doubtless apprehensive of the work to be done, he would not show his concern to the junior officer, John MacNiven of Boat of Garten, who accompanied him to make the arrest.

After many hours of search and ‘cat and mouse’ the unarmed officers closed on the cottage in which MacCallum had taken lodgings. The wanted man was within, and King went into the small building followed by MacNiven. A shot rang out and Alan MacCallum ran from the house.

PC MacNiven groped around the darkened building and found his colleague, lying dead of a gunshot would to the chest. He tired to revive his fallen comrade but to no avail. Death was instantaneous.

Constable King left a widow and a sizeable young family, who emigrated to Australia to start a new life.One of his sons, in his twilight years, made a pilgrimage back to Scotland to trace his heritage in the 1960’s. When Thomas King (junior) died, his ashes were flown back to Scotland and interred in the grave of his father in Abernethy Churchyard.

Twenty years before PC King was shot, and four miles distant in Grantown on Spey, which was then in another Police force’s area, another officer had paid the supreme sacrifice.

Constable James Fraser of the Elginshire (later Morayshire) Constabulary went to a hotel in the town to deal with a disturbance and received severe knife wounds from which he died two days later.

These two tragedies remain the only two instances where police officers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have died from violence in the line of duty.

So it was that last Sunday the little group gathered in that small churchyard to remember these sacrifices and to give thanks that it had been one hundred years since an officer had been murdered on duty.

A brief but poignant service, led by the local Church of Scotland Minister, heard details of events of that fateful day exactly one century before. The local Member of Parliament, Mr David Stewart, spoke of the sacrifice and the debt of gratitude which the community owed to the Police Service. Retired Superintendent Alan Moir spoke on behalf of the Northern Constabulary branch of the Retired Police Police Officers Association, and three descendants of Constable King were also present.

Constable David Conner, Force Historian, produced a uniform of the period, which had unfortunately shrunk in the interim(!), preventing him from wearing it. Constable Malcolm Taylor, Boat of Garten, whose beat now covers the area of Tulloch where Constable King fell, kindly deputised and wore the uniform with pride. The gravestone was rededicated, complete with added wording to the effect that the officer had been killed in the execution of his duty.

The force was represented by Deputy Chief Constable Keith Cullen, and local officers were also present. The two surviving officers – now long retired – who had been present when Thomas King Junior’s ashes were interrred – also braved the elements to attend the service.

Ex-Superintendent Jimmy MacIntyre – now a spritely 85 years young – and ex-Constable Bobby Owen reflected upon the previous service in 1977.

A booklet written by PC Conner, telling the story of Constable King’s career, death and family, was distributed at the service. Retired Inspector Sandy Mackenzie, an accomplished piper, played a lament at the graveside, including that haunting melody ‘Flowers of the Forest’, which would be held across the world the next day from memorial services for the dead of the Lockerbie Disaster.

The group then moved to Inverness, where at Northern Constabulary Headquarters, a new memorial plaque for Constable King was unveiled by Dr John Mann, great great grandson of PC King, and Councillor Major Nigel Graham, Chairman of the Northern Joint Police Committee.
Major Graham paid tribute the work of Constable Conner in his research and the quality of the commemorative booklet he had produced. He also lauded the Police Service of the Highlands and Islands for their commitment and dedication over the years, and gave thanks for the fact that it had been 100 years since an officer had been murdered on duty in the Force’s Area.