Updated Wed, Dec 28, 2011 by B. de la Durantaye
say that MMOs have changed in the past few years would be akin to saying that Megan Fox is a little attractive. It would be a gross understatement and we just don't tolerate that kind of brazen falsity here at Ten Ton Hammer.
MMOs are different than they were a decade ago and one of the most pronounced trends we've been seeing these past few years are games that have been making a transition from paid subscription models to free-to-play models supported by other means, usually a cash shop of some sort for in-game items.
Not every game tackles that transition well. Many of these games were designed from the ground up with a subscription model in mind. This can often lead to a conversion to free-to-play in awkward ways that only a pubescent teen stumbling across a showering Megan Fox could illustrate. Other games, however, have been able to make such a smooth transformation that one would barely be able to tell that they were ever designed as anything but what they are today. For those games we've created an all-new award this year: The Best Transition Award.