Games Online: free and not free?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Stridder44, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

    Stridder44

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    I was thinking about this the other day when my friend was complaining about having to pay for Xbox LIVE, and I said you have to for most games. He replied that Blizzard games that use Battle.net don't. Guildwars doesn't either (yet World of Warcraft does) and it made me realize I don't know.


    So why is it that some MMOs (like WoW) will charge when others (like Guildwars) are free? Or Battle.net (free) and XBox LIVE (not free)?
     
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  3. takao macrumors 68040

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    actually outside of MMPORG nearly all games are free.. MMPORG are despite warcraft more of a niche as a genre

    Guildwars is financed through not dropping the price over time of the game and through selling half yearly add on packs which feature additional classes and dungeons etc.

    actually that's a rather new concept so we will see if we see more such games in the future

    why xbox live is costing money: somewhere microsoft is going have to make the money back

    next time better put it in the games subforum
    http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=101
     
  4. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    Why does World of Warcraft charge $15/mo, or whatever it is? Because 8 million people are willing to pay for it!
     
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I remember playing a game called runescape, which was free (there was a $5 a month premium package) it was ok, not my thing. WoW is rediculous though.
     
  6. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    Ridiculous? Then why do so many people play it?
     
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Following the crowd. :p
     
  8. Stridder44 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I guess what I'm curious about is do game companies like Blizzard charge monthly for an MMO (WoW) because they have to in order to keep all the servers running properly, or because they can and people will pay anyway?


    If so, then why not Battle.net too? Wouldn't they need the money to keep B.net servers running too (think pre-World of Warcraft)? I can understand why XBox LIVE would charge (Microsoft's gotta make $$ back somewhere due to the huge lose they make with their consoles).


    They way it looks to me is that running a server must not cost that much, if Blizzard can do it for years (people buying Starcraft/Diablo and not paying a cent monthly).
     
  9. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    It's more than just the servers, though. It's about employee people to actively manage the servers, work to release bug fixes, introduce minor content additions, and generally balance the game.

    With that said, Blizzard could surely get by charging less, but again, why would they?

    Other companies might make a business model out of setting up free servers, but I doubt you'd see as much content development as you do elsewhere.
     
  10. mattscott306 macrumors 68040

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    Then why do mac users play it? :p

    *think different*
     
  11. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    They should Think Different-ly (Taken from someone's sig lol)
     

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