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Review: Hearthstone: Kobolds and Catacombs

Blizzard's Hearthstone has gone through some major changes in the last year. The biggest shakeup saw the game disallowing many of its older cards in the standard gameplay modes, moving them to a separate format called "Wild." The regul...

 
 
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Pokemon: Magikarp Jump is now available

It was only a matter of time. After a quiet launch in Italy, then a larger one in Japan, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump is now available for download in the US. Pokémon: Magikarp Jump is a free-to-play game that tasks players with rai...

 
 
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Review: Pokemon Duel

One of the big challenges of getting a competitive free-to-play game just right is making sure it never feels like someone can simply pay-to-win. As a person who isn't totally against buying a microtransaction or two, I want to make sure th...

 
 
 
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Weekend deals: Tip your hat to 25% off Phantom Pain

(Update: New deals now available for MGSV, added in below). Of the two AAA titles releasing on September 1st the big one is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. PC gamers are getting discounts up to 23% off at GMG dropping the price t...

 
 
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2K does pay-to-win lite with Evolve app

Obviously, 2K loves money. I mean, they're a company, so that's what their primary function should be, right? Well, with video games it can be a little tricky. You can love money, but at the same, you still have to respect what made you wha...

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

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 shoot down wav...

 
 
 
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EA's Dungeon Keeper ads are indeed misleading, ASA rules

A complaint against Electronic Arts has been upheld by the UK's Advertising Standard Authority concerning marketing for its latest mobile free-to-play version of Dungeon Keeper. The complaint was made in regards to an email campaign that em...

 
 
 
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Someone made a LEGO robot to play their freemium game

Smart man Uli Kilian went ahead and made a robot out of LEGO that plays the free-to-play Jurassic Park Builder while he sleeps or is otherwise away from his iPad. Tapping dinosaurs every few minutes earns in-game currency (or you can spend ...

 
 
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LOTR Online selling level 50 character boosts

So yeah, you can now legitimately buy a level 50 boost for your Lord of the Rings Online characters directly from the developers via the MMO's online store until December 19. They've named it the 'Gift of the Valar' and it'll cost you ...

 
 
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Jimquisition: Fee to Pay

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 free is going t...

 
 
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Ultima Forever reduces freemium prices due to fan outcry

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 Forever, producer Ca...

 
 
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Epic: Microsoft, Sony to fully embrace F2P for next-gen

At the Game Horizon conference, Epic Games VP Mark Rein warned of the looming free-to-play console storm, reports Joystiq. "The next-gen consoles are going to be fully embracing the free-to-play and these IAP-type business models," he said...

 
 
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EA: customers want freemium games, so shut up

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 like Real Racing...

 
 
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Aliens invading Battlefield Heroes

Extraterrestrials are landing in Electronic Arts' free-to-play game Battlefield Heroes, and there's a trailer for it here which I have to admit to having found a bit charming.  But what's kind of funny about it is the motivation of th...

 
 
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Trends of this Generation: Digital distribution

Leading up the possible PlayStation 4 announcement on February 20, I've been looking into some paradigm shifts we've seen over the past generation. This is stuff that will likely be with us for a while; these are things that I think will co...

 
 
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Trends of this Generation: Gamification

Leading up the possible PlayStation 4 announcement on February 20, I've been looking into some paradigm shifts we've seen over the past generation. This is stuff that will likely be with us for a while; these are things that I think will co...

 
 
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Dead Space 3 has microtransactions because mobile gamers

Visceral Games has justified the controversial microtransaction system in Dead Space 3 by claiming mobile gamers expect them now. Well, that's a totally reasonable ... wait, what? "There’s a lot of players out there, especially player...

 
 




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