Loading... Free-To-Play Or Stay Away?

By John Hoskin -

Loading... Free-to-play since forever.

First, the Ten Ton Pulse, your finger on the beating heart of the MMOG industry.

Age of Conan remains the game that is generating the most interest in the industry, while World of Warcraft holds down second spot without moving up or down one iota. Warhammer Online plummets 117 BPM in a single day, yet still holds down third place on the strength of the recent Josh Drescher and Lance Robertson interview. EverQuest 2 leaps 12 BPM to push out Lineage II for fifth spot while Guild Wars regains their spot in the Top 10 thanks to falling Pirates of the Burning Sea numbers. (What is Pulse?)

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  1. Age of Conan - 200 BPM
  2. World of Warcraft - 156 BPM
  3. Warhammer Online - 60 BPM
  4. Lord of the Rings Online - 55 BPM
  5. Lineage 2 - 35 BPM
  6. EverQuest 2 - 35 BPM
  7. EVE Online - 28 BPM
  8. Vanguard - 22 BPM
  9. Guild Wars - 21 BPM
  10. Tabula Rasa - 21 BPM


GDC Day 2 is behind us with visits to Nexon to see Mabinogi, Funcom (Age of Conan), NetDevil (Jumpgate Evolution), Acclaim, Cartoon Network (Fusion Fall) and 38 Studios.

Free-to-play was the phrase of the day. That term used to hurt my ears, much like a hot-body, ugly-face contest between Tori Spelling and Fergie would hurt my eyes. I'm not usually (and by 'usually'

I mean ever) a big proponent of microtransaction games in the MMOG space, but Nexon and David Perry are changing my mind. We didn't get to see what is in the works at Acclaim, but the process they are using to build their stable of titles (and 2Moons) is extraordinary. Acclaim is listening to their players, taking into account what their public and transparent advisory board of community members has to say about their game. Madness! If you give the players what they want, they will only ask for more and more and more and eventually you'll have a game that they enjoy so much that they will pay you for it.

More David Perry, press in a feeding frenzy, ToonTown arrives at Ten Ton, Comeau gives you the news and more, today in Loading...

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