Microcosms #11 - The Future is Now

Posted Tue, Mar 30, 2010 by Medawky

One of the major goals we have had here at Ten Ton Hammer with this column was to dispel some of the misconceptions that existed about free-to-play and microtransaction gaming. We have explored new and interesting titles, chronicled the success of DDO as it transitioned to its new payment model and talked shop with some of the best and brightest in the industry. But it seems in the midst of all of this we have spawned some unintentional myths of our own, a private message from a loyal reader tipped us off to the fact that they we have hyping up so many new games that the impression has become that the older games are simply not worth playing. Join Medawky this week as he takes a look at some of the pioneers of quality free-to-play gaming in Microcosms - The Future is Now.

With that in mind I need to dispel a couple of misconceptions that I may have unwittingly perpetuated here:
  • Older free-to-play MMOGs are low quality rip-offs. - This is simply not true, while I may have been later to the party than our previous “guru of the free,” Ralsu --indeed I didn’t start playing them until about halfway through my six-year affair with EQ1--I still found several games early on that were amazingly innovative and fun
  • All new free-to-play MMOGs are innovative and high quality. - While I desperately wish this axiom were true, it simply isn’t. Many developers and publishers will continue to rush out low quality games to capitalize on the hot trends and try to make a quick buck. Fortunately, we here at Ten Ton Hammer are committed to honestly evaluating these games to help you make the best decision on which ones may be the best fit for you.
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