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Upgrade Complete

Upgrade Complete 3mium pokes fun at awful free-to-play games


And ends up being oddly enjoyable
Jan 19
Did you like DLC Quest, conceptually? You might also dig Upgrade Complete 3mium, a short browser-based game that parodies the worst aspects of free-to-play gaming. You're forced to play the crappy lite version of the game and... read
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These pop icons should have their own games
Celebrities are making games now, this is a thing we're going to have to live with. Kim Kardashian's done it, RuPaul's done it (and apparently her game is surprisingly fun, as our Jonathan Holmes discovered), and of course, 5... read feature

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EA studio closure

EA closing freemium game-producing North Carolina studio


We're all just dust in the wind
Oct 01
EA North Carolina, developer of "cutting edge freemium games for mobile and tablet platforms," has been closed, according to an anonymous source speaking to The Escapist. EA has not made any formal announcements about the st... read
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Freemium

Ubisoft alters Mighty Quest so it isn't pay to win


All due to negative feedback
Jul 30
One of the biggest concerns about large publishers entering the free-to-play scene is that they'll shamelessly exploit the monetization aspects of their games to the extent that the entire experience becomes pay to win. Only ... read
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Jimquisition: Fee to Pay


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Jul 29
It's time to talk about why "optional" microtransactions in games aren't really optional, and why they're especially gruesome in games we already paid for at retail. The rise of "free to play" elements in games that are not ... read
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Ultima Forever

Ultima Forever reduces freemium prices due to fan outcry


Now the game doesn't gouge you quite as much
Jun 14
As we all know, freemium models tend to do more harm than good if they're not well designed. There's a very fine line between "wanting to monetize your game" and driving players away, and in the Canadian beta for Ultima Forev... read
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Freemium

EA: customers want freemium games, so shut up


Flog that horse until it's only bones!
Apr 03
Electronic Arts has justified its blind charge into the free-to-play market by suggesting that, though the ever-classic "vocal minority" dislikes such games, everybody else loves them. Upset about the restructuring of games l... read
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Bankrupt on selling
Cart Life's willingness to be mundane in an attempt to understand the mundane, without typical preconceptions, is its greatest strength as an empathetic work and its greatest failing as a game. As people, we find tighter bond... read feature

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Dead Space 3 crafting system includes microtransactions


Watch as $60 games push the not-free-to-play model
Jan 22
Dead Space 3 is going to see a fair few changes, boasting a faster pace, cover-based shooting, and a weapon crafting system. While I'm not a big fan of some of the alterations, the one thing I did find praiseworthy was that l... read
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Team Meat hates free-to-play games


May 07
Super Meat Boy is coming to iOS, but creator Ed McMillen isn't throwing it up there without a jab at the current crop of mobile games. Slamming the free-to-play model employed by many titles, McMillen has attacked the kind of... read
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Holy Frak! Battlestar Galactica Online nearing 10 million


Apr 30
Bigpoint Games is celebrating the one-year anniversary of it's Battlestar Galactica Online, and it wants to cap off the week long festivities by reaching 10 million registered users. "BSGO is a breakthrough title that has emp... read
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NPD: 40 percent of freemium players buy in-game items


Apr 23
The NPD Group's latest report, Insights into the Freemium Games Market, says that 40 percent of gamers that play freemium games have spent money in-game. When you consider that around 38 percent of the U.S. population plays s... read
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I was a pretty big fan of MechWarrior back in the day. I kind of have a thing for mechs, and I thought it was really awesome. What little kid wouldn't want to blow up giant robots with lasers and missiles fired from other gia... read feature

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Bejeweled 2 removed from iTunes in order to go freemium


Dec 07
Those wondering what Electronic Arts' acquisition of Popcap means for the studio's stable of popular games have had their questions answered today. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz will be swiped from iTunes and its two modes split into t... read






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