Playing Alone Together and Pay-to-Win

Possibly the best defense of pay-to-win games I’ve come across, if you can even call it that, is simply that the player in question “doesn’t care”. No elaborate sophistry about the existential nature of a win state in an MMO, no invention of obfuscating terminology like “pay-for-convenience”, just the simple statement that they don’t care.…

MMO Monetization Gone Wild

Not this again! I know, I know – there’s nothing the MMO blogosphere likes to talk about more than MMO monetization, and while a lot has been said on the topic, I think there’s still value in adding to the cacophony of public opinion. MMO Monetization used to be so simple. At first we had subscription…

The Continuing Adventures of Pay-to-Win Apologists: Black Desert Edition

A few months ago I briefly touched on the troubling and frustrating trend of gaming consumers becoming increasingly accepting of pay-to-win systems in MMORPGs following my reading of a terrific op-ed on the subject at MassivelyOP. The most ubiquitous pay-to-win defenses trotted out by its apologists center on whittling away at the scope of its definition with the introduction of…