Nightly Blogroll 6/09 — Freemium Edition

Dungeons & Dragons Online goes Free to Play

It started out like a normal day. Then Turbine announced that it’s Dungeons & Dragons Online MMO was going Free to Play, and Twitter ignited and MMO bloggers the world over ran to their keyboards to pound out the news. Subscribers were now VIPs! And the new “unlimited” players were (by comparison) NVIPs! Or VUIPs! (Sorry if I didn’t link to the announcement on your blog; after awhile I stopped saving the announcements).

All I can think of is how a couple of drinks makes anyone look good in a musty bar. You didn’t care much for DDO when she thought herself just as good as all the other girls, but now that she’s lowered herself, she’s good enough for a quick spin in the alley? Well, if it keeps the servers running, I guess it’s a good thing. With the shuttering of Matrix Online and the revamping of the DDO business model, many are expecting Vanguard and EQ2 to go Free to Play.

Hudson reports that D&D-compatible RPG Neverwinter Nights may be jumping to the MMO arena, on rumors that Atari bought Cryptic primarily to do the deed after they finish with Champions and Star Trek Online. I guess it makes sense to make another D&D-based MMO since D&D Online has done so well thus far. No, wait. It DOESN’T make sense. Making a second D&D MMO would be just as silly as making a second, oh, STAR WARS MMO!

Speaking of Star Wars: Galaxies, looks like there’s an opening for a new Community Manager. I bet everyone working at SOE lifted their heads from their computers when they heard the *SNAP*, nodded once or twice and went back to their work.

But hey, he was pushed, and pushed HARD. But you know, people on the Internet, they don’t care what they say. Everyone can be who they want to be, say whatever they feel like saying. Ixobelle tries to explain to a white supremacist in WoW chat that a lot of his in-game friends might actually be a different shade, with predictable results. Warning: That link is DEFINITELY “NSFW”.

Speaking of WoW, it’s gotta be hard to be the #1 game worldwide, because everyone wants to be there when you fall. Wolshead looks at the Alexa rankings of the World of Warcraft official site and sees a steady decline in interest, and others see similar signs in the increasingly vague Blizzard press releases. Ryan Shwayder declares he’s finally found the fabled WoW-killer — WoW itself.

Maybe. But maybe the whole thing is like “peak oil” — different groups look at the same set of numbers, but draw opposite conclusions. One thing is certain, though — they aren’t about to dig up another 11.627 million players (a new world record!) for their game. They have to be focusing purely on keeping the ones they have until the new MMO is ready to go.

Ya think ya know someone, and it turns out that they’re really a red-eyed screaming ghoul (and if you don’t know where that line comes from by now… look it up!). Yup, Beau Turkey has landed in Darkfall and likes what he sees, becoming only the second blogger Syncaine respects.

All around the world, the sheep look up.

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6 thoughts on “Nightly Blogroll 6/09 — Freemium Edition”

  1. Looks like Turbine are using DDO to pilot the new business model that will possibly be the backbone for the upcoming console Lord of the Rings game.

  2. I think Turbine made a brilliant move. I’ve followed the changes to DDO since it launched but since I hated it at launch I have been reluctant to try it again. Now I definitely will. And even if I don’t subscribe again, who knows, maybe I’ll play enough that I’d make an occasional purchase on their Turbine Store. There wasn’t any chance of them making money off of me in DDO before, but now there is.

  3. Grind? Going in a dungeon over and over a grind? HERESY…lol

    You know, I think we had the first Tweeter-ment or Argue-Twit or Argue-Tweet…

    Anyways, now THIS game can be a grind. (betcha there are others who think it is not)

    But, for free, with a fun little combat system unlike the slow mo LOTRO, I would buy that for a …uh…NVM

  4. Lars: I’ve used the same argument when I was wishing for an hourly-rate WoW instead of the subscription. No problem, I’d pay something like EUR 0.50/hour, but they’ll get 0/hour from me if they keep charging EUR 13/month, which translates to something like EUR 4/hour with the amount of time I could manage to play.

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