Pay-to-win has become one of those phrases that has been used and overused so often that everyone’s exhausted of the concept. Where once it started out as something that seemed very simple – if you can pay cash for something obscenely powerful like a ghillie suit in a PvP game, it’s pay-to-win – now people seem to be calling literally everything pay-to-win, including something as basic as subscriptions. And you know who the beneficiary of these ever-moving goalposts and outrage fatigue is? Well, I’ll give you one guess, and it’s definitely not MMORPG players.
So let’s try to tackle this from another angle: Are there any MMOs out there that are unequivocally not pay-to-win? That can’t possibly be attacked? Something we can hold up as a proper baseline?