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TechCrunch - The Gameplay Is The Gameplay. Always. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
The fun factor is about more than making a game is amusing or full of pretty rewards. If your game is a dynamic system to be mastered and won, then you can go nuts. If you can give the player real fun then you can afford to break some of those format rules, and thatís how you get to lead rather than follow the market. If not then be prepared to pay through the nose to acquire and retain players. Your format strategy wonít matter as your game will lose users regardless of what you do. - Ten lessons that other MMO developers must learn from the death of City of Heroes.
As somebody who purchased the City of Villains Collectors Edition at full retail price back in the day, the transition to free-to-play left me less than impressed. My main character, a Mastermind class with a sweet personal army of ninja, was locked out to meÖ because I hadnít purchased the ability to have Mastermind characters. Yet my (many) alts were available to Ďunlockí simply because they were non-paid classes.

#AltDevBlogADay - What they DONíT tell you about being a game developer.
Because of this unique perspective of having a relatively successful title (despite not yet being released) on my first ever attempt, I havenít yet developed the pessimism that often comes with being an experienced indie game developer. This has led me to want to write this new thought piece, which goes into all of the things that they DONíT tell you about being a game developer. If you want the short and sweet version, feel free to skip to the end.

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