pay to win

“Pay-to-win” aka P2W is a term used by online gamers for any game system or mechanic that allows a player to acquire advantages over other players using real-world money.

AD2460 is going free-to-play next week

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Will a shift in business model help the indie space strategy title AD2460 leap ahead in popularity and play? That question might be answered...

MapleStory pulls pay-to-win sack from Reboot world cash shop

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Excitement over MapleStory's tougher Reboot world was marred by accusations of pay-to-win by the community. The chief complaint centered on the sale of meso...

EVE Evolved: Does skillpoint trading make EVE pay-to-win?

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EVE Online's realtime skill training system has been a major point of contention throughout the game's lifetime, being a boon for those with little...

EVE Online plans to let players buy and sell skillpoints

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EVE Online has always been pretty unique in the MMO genre, not least of all due to its time-based skill training system. Instead of...

Massively Overthinking: Graceful MMO free-to-play transitions

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In honor of WildStar's free-to-play transition this week, Massively Overthinking is about to overthink the very best F2P transitions ever. Even if you don't...

Is WildStar’s cash shop pay-to-win?

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Is WildStar going to be pay-to-win when the free-to-play patch hits on September 29th? That's the topic du jour of a video that looks...

ArcheAge’s China launch moved to August 6

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If you think you waited a long while for ArcheAge as a western fan, imagine how the title's Chinese followers must feel. Tencent Games has delayed...

E3 2015: Blade & Soul’s ‘full-access F2P’ model and hands-on

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Long before NCsoft officially announced that Blade & Soul was heading west, fans were eager for the chance to get their hands on the game...

Camelot Unchained is adding lots of cosmetics without a cash shop

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Camelot Unchained's next stretch goal is going to take the Realm Honors concept to the next level, according to the game's website. In a...

The Soapbox: Can MMOs eradicate pay-to-win?

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You know what sucks about getting old? Apart from the adult diapers and the dying? Yeah, it's the seeing things you love retconned into...

ArcheAge subreddit clarifies P2W censorship; Trion bans exploiters

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Another day, another Reddit drama, although the one swirling around ArcheAge appears to be coming to a middle. In a message titled Transparency is...

ArcheAge spawns fresh Reddit drama over pay-to-win

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Third time's a charm with Reddit! Remember back in March when a Skyforge moderator threatened to ban anyone using the term pay-to-win and was...

Ask Mo: The trouble with roleplaying in MMORPGs

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Long ago on Massively-that-was, a reader named Avaera sent in a long list of fabulous questions worth addressing. I'm tackling another in today's edition...

The Daily Grind: Would you pay for MMO mods?

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The entire internet (only a slight exaggeration there) exploded this week over Valve's decision to work with selected game studios to allow modders to charge for...
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Skyforge developers explain monetization and power

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You can argue all you want over the definition of pay-to-win, but no one really likes the idea of a free-to-play game in which...

Skyforge ‘won’t tolerate the word P2W’ [Updated]

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Skyforge apparently doesn't take too kindly to accusations of pay-to-win. In response to a North American Skyforge player's admittedly originally badly worded question about the differences...

Global Chat: Business model first, game construction second

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Welcome back to Global Chat, the column where we reach out and give props to interesting and well-written articles from the MMO blogosphere. Today...

TERA dungeon triggers player controversy

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A new TERA dungeon named Ghillieglade has raised the ire of European players who discovered that the "extremely easy" instance delivers incredible rewards with...

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