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IndustryGamers - Five Reasons Why World of Warcraft Going Free-to-Play is Inevitable.
The point is that Blizzard has been looking to see how fans react to micro-transactions, and despite some initial consternation on the forums to the idea, there hasn't been a mass exodus, and Blizzard has made a lot of money from these offerings. For the decision makers, it's all about dollars and cents (or sense), and giving a F2P option would open up more players and more revenue streams in addition to their substantial subscription base... and that's why I think F2P in World of Warcraft is inevitable.

Shadowlocked - Could 'Mass Effect' be the first worthwhile videogame adaptation? Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
On paper, itís a very video-gamey synopsis, but there is so much in Mass Effect that makes you see the potential for a movie adaptation. Characters and dialogue are excellently written, by turns hilarious, moving and in some cases exuding pure 'cool'. If given the budget it needs, Mass Effect has the potential to be the next Star Wars. That might be considered a bold statement, but itís an assertion that I and many others would stand by wholeheartedly.

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13. Re: Op Ed Dec 15, 2010, 15:18 Warskull
When you have 12 million people giving you $15 a month, you don't suddenly say "we don't want your money." You can take a monthly fee and still milk them for more micro-transactions.

This guy simply doesn't get it, F2P isn't for the king of the hill, it is a way for other MMOs to develop a player base. When you have 12 million subscribers, you don't need F2P to lure people in, you can simply rely on your gravity and the incompetence of your competition.

This prediction is only useful in the sense that WoW may eventually, one day in the far off future, go F2P, when it has been surpassed.
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