Assumptions about Free to Play
I had, a few years ago (when it still cost money) a brief tryst with DDO. More recently, I eloped for a few months with LotRO. Both, as we know, are owned by Turbine and have, since, become Free to Play.
In our WoW-sickness, my buddy and I were discussing what we wanted to do to potentially give WoW a break. We, of course, mentioned Rift, but it was dismissed. With Star Wars just over the horizon, we don’t want to become entangled in another MMO. Then, we dicussed going back to DDO (not LotRO, though).
We talked about the good points for a while, then he expressed his biggest concern about revisiting DDO: it was free to play. He didn’t want to play with a lot of kids and “bads.” Naturally, I couldn’t resist pointing out to him that it seems, nowadays, that there are plenty of kids and “bads” playing WoW as well. He agreed, since the evidence is clearly in my favor, but still, he felt… unsure.
He assumes, and I don’t know but admit he may be right, that Free to Play games work because they have very large volumes of players who spend a little bit of money once in a while. His assumptions run that in a game that’s heavily based on grouping (it becomes impossible to solo equivalent-level dungeons after around level 6 in DDO), we’d have to constantly be at the mercy of morons who are not filtered out by having to pay a monthly fee.
The problem I have with this is that (a) there are plenty of “morons and slackers” (to borrow Gev’s phrase) in WoW as well and (b) money is in no way a filter between “good” and “bad” players. Once again, it’s hard for him to argue because the evidence is in my favor, but once again he’s still… hesitant.
And the thing is, so am I. Even though I can rationally argue against his bias, I’m hesitant, too. I don’t consider myself to be an elitist (well…), but there’s something about free to play that makes me feel like I’m swimming with the unwashed masses. I know it makes no sense to have such a bias, but… there it is.
As much as I’ve avoided asking questions for a few months because asking questions in a letter is rather pointless, I’ll ask. Anyone have any experience with Free to Play games? Particularly in comparison to WoW?
Stubborn (who refuses to admit he’s biased, even when the evidence is clearly against him)