More and more these days, developers are embracing the 'Free to play' business model and it seems that this trend is only set to grow. Now this isn't exactly breaking news but I bring it up now because I believe we are somewhat on the tip of the wave as far as the 'free' ride goes. An example of what I mean is League of Legends, they have been pumping out a steady stream of champions to keep the money flowing in but have produced very little (one extra map at the moment) in the way of extra content and they are not the only ones using microtransactions to produce an income. There is at least half a dozen MMORPG's that are in the same boat.
My concern is that with more and more free to play games every day are we about to see a flood of spam, normally reserved for the retail sector, in our beloved games? I fear that we are already past the point of no return and very soon game developers will be in a position where it's more profitable to pump out monetised upgrades in games then it will be to make a really good game in the first place. We have to look no further than Battlefield 3 to see this in action and very soon Call of Duty will have a subscription service available.
There is many 'arcade' style websites that have free flash games, with ads plastered all over them as well.
The list goes on and on. So, how long will this trend continue and where is it leading?
I believe that blizzard has already given us a glimpse of what is to come. Instead of taking the time and effort to continue pumping out add ons and then charge people for it they are simply going to let the people do all the work for them, in sense. Diablo 3 is set to have a 'real money' action house, where player can use money to purchase in game items from other players. Basically they are going to make an in game "eBay" and i'm sure there is already a number of other developers drooling over the idea right now.
So is it all doom and gloom? Probably not, but don't expect these so called 'free' games to actually be free any time soon!
I have spent some time upgrading the website. At the moment there is still a number of features missing and I'm sure there may be some issues that I haven't found yet. It was important to upgrade to keep the back end current. This upgrade will help me keep this site running more smoothly because all the built in components can now be kept up to date with the click of a button. Before this I had to manually install every update for every component.
The Community section seems to be working as expected. I haven't migrated all the old data sorry! But as far as I know nothing massively important was left behind. (I think)
The Shop is not working as it should. This is because we are using a shopping cart so new there isn't a good way to import products yet. So I'll let you all know when it's up and running again.
The old site - you can still access the old site by going to www.gamersarmory.net/v2 I will leave this running for a while just in case anyone wants any of the old information before it gets turned off.
Ok heaps of new games out and plenty of news in general firstly Minecraft 1.8 is out and that's old news but Minecraft 1.9 is going to be out any time from now on which you might not know. This will bring NPC's to the NPC villages, but apparently only to new villages spawned in new world chunks with 1.9.
In other Minecraft news, they will be going to court with Bethesda over the usage of the word 'Scrolls' in an upcoming game which Bethesda claim could confuse people with 'The Eldar Scrolls'. I can say when Oblivion came out and I was working for a PC store at the time. I can not remember a single person calling up to check if we had the latest "eldar scrolls" game in stock. Everyone asked for "Oblivion" just like everyone is now talking about "Skyrim" not "The Eldar Scrolls: Skyrim". Even Google can prove that no one cares about the branding:
Search for "Skyrim" 46 million results.
Search for "The eldar scolls skyrim" 6 millon results.
This will be nothing more than an epic waste of time and money - except if your a lawyer involved ofcourse.
The Rift 1.5 patch is out with some really nice changes inlcuding a new pvp arena and gifts for long term subscribers! I really liked this update compared to eariler updates mainly becuase I didn't feel pressured as much to do the new dailies etc. Feedback so far has been really good. Oh, can't forget that rift now support addons! yay!
The Diablo 3 Beta is in full swing and so far it seems like it should live up to expectation. I didn't get a beta invite :( but Cronos was luck enough to get hold of one and has posted some gameplay on YouTube which you can find here.
Battlefield 3 has been thrust into the public spotlight with it's open beta and I have been playing it a bit. I'm really impressed with a number of game play features. I won't go into heaps of details here, mainly becuase there is too much to cover, but they have really taken all the best parts of all FPS games and packed them into one package. With the launch just around the coner you can be your sweet supple ass that I'll be putting up some game play vids! Definitely go check out the beta.
Anyway peeps that's all for today so as always... Have fun!