In the interest of playing devil’s advocate, I thought I’d throw out ten reasons why free-to-play (F2P) games and free online games in general might be slower to succeed in the Western world than they have been in Asia. While I don’t necessarily believe all of the following potential business problems, issues and concerns will inhibit free online games’ growth going forward in 2010 and 2011, each of them represents a significant challenge...read more
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The following 10 revenue models allow some or all of their associated games or virtual worlds to be played for free. The ordering is quite unscientific and I’m sure I’ve missed something obvious or messed up a detail. I leave it to the Internet to correct me. 1. Virtual Item Sales A familiar revenue model first established in Korea and now the dominant model in Asia. Nexon – makers of KartRider, MapleStory, Audition and more – are ...read more
After months of rumors and speculation, OnLive’s gaming service launched recently, and the era of cloud-based games has begun. There has been much debate around how cloud gaming can transform the traditional video game business, turning game players from buyers into renters and making video game consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 obsolete. Much less has been discussed on the impact on casual games. Cloud gaming has the potential to revolutionize the...read more
Video games in their current state are not at all representative of video games as they were in their nascent form. The evolution of video games to where they are now shows unprecedented growth in production values and the quantity of creative people required to build almost any game that has a chance to survive the retail marketplace. Only a percentage of games these days are made in a way similar to the days when the roles of producer, designer and programmer...read more
Last Day of Work and 3 Blokes Studios have announced the launch of Virtual Villagers on Facebook. Fans of little villagers of Isola rejoice! The game promises to bring the island world of Isola with its “island events,” explorations and discoveries to Facebook with an added democratic twist. Players will actually be able to join together and vote on important matters (“Archipelago Events”) which will have an impact on the persistent game world for...read more