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Nexon warns consoles could "go the way of the dinosaurs"

Nexon warns consoles could "go the way of the dinosaurs"

Mon 20 Aug 2012 1:48pm GMT / 9:48am EDT / 6:48am PDT
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Daniel Kim explains why developers need to follow Indiana Jones

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Nexon America CEO Daniel Kim has told console developers they need to take an Indiana Jones style leap of faith into the free-to-play market, or risk extinction.

"Console developers are starting to realise that as well, that unless they make accommodations or think about changing their own business model they're going to quickly go the way of the dinosaurs," Kim told GamesIndustry International.

"Free-to-play is kind of like the Indiana Jones, taking that leap of faith - unless you do it there's no other way to continue to grow"

He explained that Nexon's development studios in Korea gave it an insight into future trends, like the way advanced internet connectivity and speeds were changing people's behaviour, away from the traditional console model.

"Console has never been a strong contender in Korea in particular because of piracy, and just in terms of the business model it really makes sense. It's really hard to beat free-to-play as an offering," he said.

"The console guys are starting to realise that, but they also have a challenge in that they have a vested interest in an existing business model of packages. I know it's tough for them to just cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to say 'OK, we're going to go free-to-play and make our bed here' because that's going to piss off a lot of people who they already have an existing business relationship with."

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"I understand the challenge but unless they're being aggressively proactive about making that leap - it's kind of like the Indiana Jones, taking that leap of faith - unless you do it there's no other way to continue to grow."

Not that it was going to be that easy. Kim added that Nexon had spent years building on orginality and quality, as well as managing the community on both the monetisation and updates side. He likened each game to its own country with its own economy and ecosystem, and inhabitants who are free to leave at any time. That wasn't something you could just pick up overnight, he warned.

"From the business standpoint [free-to-play] is a much better business for us as well because in some ways the responsibility on the developer's side is much greater to not fail, not have a bad experience. You have to earn their business. So you can market a bad Hollywood blockbuster and have a good opening weekend, but you can't have a bad sitcom that runs for years and years."

43 Comments

Hendrik Ruhe
Project Manager

6 3 0.5
Seriously: Free-to-play companies are just so much into themselves. All you listen to is that "free-to-play is the very best and everything will die and become old" and stuff like that.
I spent the last weeks reading and writing about that topic but I'm starting to get sick and tired of it.
Free-to-play is sure to become more and more important, also on the new consoles. But honestly:
I have been waiting for this new console generation long enough. I want a new Playstation or a new X-box and since I
understand that Free-to-play is ... at least lucrative (even though I dislike the development of the games industry of the past years from consumer point of view) I'm fine that this generation will be more open for that concept.
But I'm damn sure that there will be my AAA 60 titles with which I get high quality from start to end. And as long as free-to-play has the image of play-to-win or the-game-sucks-as-long-as-you-dont-pay there will be games which are far more associated with high quality because of their 60 and just play concept

Posted:A year ago

#1

Pier Castonguay
Programmer

194 105 0.5
Hendrik Ruhe is right. Free to play look good in numbers from the company point of view, but it won't work for most consumers.

Posted:A year ago

#2

James Prendergast
Research Chemist

730 410 0.6
Wait... the same Indiana Jones that became stale, limp and too afraid to be brave? Okay, yeah, he had some good years before that but you got to look down the road a little.

;)

Posted:A year ago

#3

John Donnelly
Quality Assurance

314 38 0.1
I personally find the term 'free to play' very missleading.
I had an iPhone game that was 'free to play' but i quickly got to the point where it was 'pay or dont play' which mean I just deleted the thing and found somthing else to do with my time.

This type of game puts me off 'free' games and I would rather pay a fee to be able to enjoy the game from start to finish.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Hugo Dubs

164 24 0.1
There are so much games to play on the market, so it is customer driven consumption. If f2p are working, it is because people play such games. Over 100 people, only 15 are core gamers who like high end technological games with long game sessions etc. However, there are something like 50 who love to play for 10 to 30 minutes.

15 of us are ready to invest 70 dollars to get a story, a technology, and a 10 hours experience. The others doesn't want to pay so much at once so they could feel less ashamed of playing. we're not a majority and this is the sad reality. This said, saying the consoles will die is a casual game company's speech, and it only say that because the only thing he knows was provided by a paper sheet giving numbers and stats about the overall market.

Posted:A year ago

#5
One mans rubbish is another mans gold, but surely just because something works for Nexon, doesnt mean its applied to 99% of the world?

Posted:A year ago

#6

Bryan Wiegele
Owner/CEO

6 1 0.2
The basis for "free to play" is that the game will appeal to a lot less paying customers than a pay game but the people it does appeal to will spend a LOT more. It also lets people avoid the title of "gamer" because it's just some little thing they play on their phone. While I agree with Mr. Kim that free to play isn't going anywhere anytime soon, I'm not so quick to say this is the end of "traditional" gaming. I mean, back with the release of Playstation the "end of 2D" was announced and we still have plenty of 2D today because there's an audience...

Posted:A year ago

#7

James Barnard
Founder / Developer

13 17 1.3
I think that free to play get's you big user numbers, but as more and more games go free to play the additional competition means you well get less and less players...you make money out of a small percentage of players, but use the huge installed user base to help your game gain momentum in the market. The argument of have 1000 people buy your game for a dollar or have 100,000 play it for nothing with 1 percent spending real money will eventually cease to work. My question is what will we be left with as an industry? will launching a new product become even riskier than it is now? As bigger games become more established and there aren't enough users to make the rest of the games profitable it will be like going up against WOW in the MMO space.

Posted:A year ago

#8

John Donnelly
Quality Assurance

314 38 0.1
There can be markets for 'pay on demand' gaming like they do in places like Korea but to say it will be the end of consoles is a mistake.

Microsoft is trialing a new subscription based model for the 360 and sony has bought in to the cloud so there is scope for multple revenu streams to still exist and please multiple consumers.

I happen to like the concept of epesodic gaming. It also would allow for highly polished content being delivered on time online to consumers though its not a model that everyone might find appealing.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Brian Lewis
Operations Manager

97 38 0.4
Free to Play (F2P) is the solution to a problem... but it is not the solution to every problem. Game Studios that do not embrace F2P as one of their business models, and learn how to make it work effectively will suffer. F2P is (part of) the future, and any gaming company that does not seek to change with the times will go the way of the dinosaurs.

You have to remember, companies (and their CEO's) make public statements to promote their products, not to be helpful to others. Nexon is just taking credit for what they have caught flak for over the years.

Posted:A year ago

#10

Mark Venturelli
Game Designer

14 19 1.4
Ah, games industry. Always foolishly chasing the latest "easy" path to profit and success.

Posted:A year ago

#11
Mass Effect 3. Skyrim. Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The Darkness 3. Portal 2. These the games I enjoyed most in the last year, as did many others. They also could not have worked as Free To Play games. Not without significant alterations that would have changed what type of game they were and reduced their appeal for people like me. Free To Play may well be great but it doesn't scratch the same itch. Like many I don't really play multi-player except for occasional couch-play co-op with my wife or the odd game evening when friends come over. The rest of the time I play games by myself, for their story and the solo-experience. There is a demand for that sort of game and Free To Play titles simply do not cater to it. Its almost a separate market. It surely will take a bite out of the AAA market but so long as it doesn't provide mature, complex and engrossing solo-experiences, I and thousands of other gamers like me have no interest in it. In short, if the best story a Free To Play game can offer is "the pigs stole the eggs", count me out.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by James Hastings on 20th August 2012 7:58pm

Posted:A year ago

#12

Michael Gunter
Monster Hunter

16 5 0.3
Strictly my own opinion here just to be clear

It SOUNDS like a good portion of the comments come from people that haven't actually played Nexon games, or very many free to play games. I am no self proclaimed expert on the matter, however I have been playing F2P games since about 2008, and doing so on a rather regular basis. I know what I like, and I see what does well (based on how long some of the games last). Not to be biased, but I have found myself enjoying Nexon games to an almost extreme amount. This is largely due to a lack of "pay to win" and "sucks til you pay" methodology. That isn't to say ALL of their games are like that (Combat Arms gives too clear an advantage to paying players IMO) but of the few key titles of theirs I enjoy, the pay wall is non-existent in terms of enjoyability. That said, I do have a hard time with accepting pay-to-win games (so I don't play Combat Arms, opting instead for Alliance of Valiant Arms when I want an FPS) and Nexon is notoriously bad at customer support and screwing with in-game markets at inconvenient times.

As much as I enjoy Rachel's articles as a whole, I can see how the commenters may/have misinterpreted Mr. Kim's quote here. His words I think are more a condemnation of those who claim they are Free-to-play without actually taking the full leap. SWTOR being a perfect example of Indiana Jones making the leap, but before making the jump, he ties himself to the wall with a monthly premium and end game content and instead of actually leaping he squats at the edge and sticks a level 50 cap leg out to test for solid footing. The point here that Mr. Kim was making is that this (Freemiums) isn't actually embracing a true free-to-play experience. With the kind of numbers in player base that SWTOR has experienced, the potential profit could be HUGE. The game already has recognition and public awareness, much more than many of Nexon's games in America have, but it is unlikely it will attract very many players, let alone paying players, with the "Indiana Jones Leap of Extremely Cautious Faith."

As for his message to console games, I believe it is more of a cautious word to future developers about making sure their content is truly value packed, and maybe making them ask themselves if it is really all that necessary to go through the trouble of starting a new project when they could just patch up and add content to the current one. Case and point, some people are probably foaming at the mouth for GTA 5, but when that finally comes around, will there really be a need for a GTA 6? If the game runs beautifully on current gen systems, do we really NEED a next gen to get further content? Digital distribution is already huge and socially normal, and not to mention much more lucrative per copy to the developers and publishers. Consumers know this, so why, with a constant trend towards more digital distribution, would they expect people to be willing to pay the same amount for a digital copy as a hard copy? The more titles they (publishers in general) ask for full price on a digital sale to console, the harder it will be to compete with games that are not only growing in number, but also fun and have regular content updates and replayability.

Posted:A year ago

#13

Robert Mac-Donald
Game Designer

57 44 0.8
"Free To Pay" is the correct term, as you can spend more than you normally would.

I don't mind free to play with cosmetics on the side. But I agree Free to Play is a completely misleading title, specially on iphone/android stores since they are displayed under the Free category, which is not true at all.

Posted:A year ago

#14

James Verity

132 25 0.2
Free to Play is a completely misleading title, specially on iphone/android stores since they are displayed under the Free category, which is not true at all.
Even more so when you add up the price these so called free games actually cost... one title I spotted would require the punter to part with in access of 65 to get all the so called free game had to offer an that was a mobile iOS title... I avoid these titles for that very reason and (like my friends) prefer to buy the title outright as a download or a disk...

Posted:A year ago

#15

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,993 902 0.5
Meh. I own over 2000 games for over 20 platforms and don't plan on tossing any of them away because of some f2p game that's only going to tickle my big toe in the grand scheme of things. Huge successes aside, what works in the Asian market isn't what's necessarily a perfect model for a worldwide audience, many of which still want console games (and consoles, for that matter).

That said, you CAN do f2p or social gaming on consoles AND have AAA games and arcade-like time-wasters and so forth and so on. Hell, just look at previous console cycles where every type of game from casual to core was supported with (almost) no false blurring of lines at all. You bought certain games because you wanted to and you avoided games and genres you didn't like with no pressure from someone trying to over-manipulate the marketplace with all this splitting of hairs that's all too common these days.

Posted:A year ago

#16

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

223 170 0.8
Console gaming have existed for years without the necessity to go online. The Free-to-Play business model is a contributing factor that's killing it right now. It's conditioning gamers into thinking games are either cheap or free. These type of games usually are imbalanced and makes people focus on looking good instead of playing better.

Posted:A year ago

#17

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

1,716 598 0.3
The fantastic thing about FTP is that you make your emotional investment in a game before you make your financial investment. So you never buy a pup.
The FTP model comes in many forms. Anyone who hasn't yet should read the Tapjoy Monetization Whitepaper to get themselves up to some semblance of speed. The model can be adapted to any genre and any size of game, including AAA blockbusters.
FTP puts the customer at the centre of the whole gaming experience, by their very nature FTP games have to be better than paid for games. Constant metric based revisions to the game adapt it better to what the customer wants.
The real proof out there is that the customers love it. It has brought many millions of people into gaming who never played before. And the FTP market is expanding at an enormous rate. Meanwhile the console market has been collapsing since 2008 and recently has fallen off a cliff. I am glad I am not relying on it for my pay packet.
Every day articles are published on this website and elsewhere on the interwebs chronicling events, and yet still so many people are in denial. Many very senior people in the game industry have seen the light and their words have been reported only to be ignored by those stuck in the past.

btw This article bears a very strong resemblance to one that Kwalee's David Darling wrote at the beginning of July about Jurassic consoles that was widely reported.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Bruce Everiss on 21st August 2012 7:49am

Posted:A year ago

#18

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

953 804 0.8
we should split the term free to play, because it is applied to games which differ too much to be called the same.

There are "free to enjoy" games, such as League of Legends, or Team Fortress 2. Games in which every gameplay mechanic is indeed free and in which the progression of the player does not include a paid factor.

Then there are free to play games including an element of frustration that has to be overcome with either large amounts of time or small amounts of money.

Done right, the free to enjoy games still make a ton of money and will dominate the future. Because free to enjoy will always work, while free2play hinges on the stupidity to constantly pay more money to keep playing. Sure, this never stopped people from gambling, but considering that the target audience are are often minors, it is only a matter of time before f2p draws unwanted attention from parents.

Posted:A year ago

#19
"The fantastic thing about FTP is that you make your emotional investment in a game before you make your financial investment."

I disagree. The FTP games I've tried recently are so obviously focused on getting money from you that it becomes infuriating. If you want to charge people to play your game, just freaking charge them. Don't pop your head up every fives minutes and scream "gimme more money!".

Posted:A year ago

#20

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

717 500 0.7
"Console has never been a strong contender in Korea in particular because of piracy"

Because PC is in NO WAY easier to pirate and in NO WAY suffers from far more piracy...

This is speculation and we know it. This gentleman is saying his point of view while different persons from another companies (Epic Games, for example) are crying for new consoles. We know there will be new consoles but there is no way to know 100% if they will do OK or not; this is how business works, (let the Dreamcast be the best example for this).

The only thin certain about this article is that I would find a comment from Mr. Bruce Everiss and his zealot wish for the consoles to disappear... If it happens it happens, but I don't know how a person (I'm talking about you, Mr. Everies) can wish for something like that considering how may companies would disappear and how many people would loose their jobs.

The truth is that, after 8 years in the market, still around 200k 360's (only 360) are sold worldwide (66 million in total) Hell! PS3 sold 13.9 million machines in 2011, again after 8 YEARS IN THE MARKET.

Those are amazing numbers and that is irrefutable (you can check them out, in fact, you should).

As a worker in the industry you should stick to reality, not to what you would like to happen... Consoles collapsing since 2008?, you mean the year we had the crisis in the States and (nonetheless) everyone was buying Wii's like possessed and replacements for RROD'd 360's? seriously??

I gave you numbers Mr. but you can believe what you want...

Have a nice day.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Alfonso Sexto on 21st August 2012 9:14am

Posted:A year ago

#21

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

1,716 598 0.3
@ Frank Mulhern

You make my point for me. They got it wrong by being too avaricious so you didn't invest. When a console game gets it wrong you have already invested.

Posted:A year ago

#22

Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

517 731 1.4
@Fran - Exactly. Although I have played some that don't pester you, but as a result, there doesn't seem any point paying anything (Temple Run, for instance). But yes, whether it's begging for money or begging you to go rate them on the Play store, it's like having the developer stood over your shoulder going "Whaddaya think? It's good isn't it? Go on, give me money. Give me your free advertising". The more they ask, the less I want to give them anything. I want to be left alone when I play games.

Posted:A year ago

#23

Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

517 731 1.4
@Bruce - Wrong. Plenty of console games come with demos. You don't have to pay anything to play a demo.

Posted:A year ago

#24

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,993 902 0.5
@Klaus:
Done right, the free to enjoy games still make a ton of money and will dominate the future. Because free to enjoy will always work, while free2play hinges on the stupidity to constantly pay more money to keep playing. Sure, this never stopped people from gambling, but considering that the target audience are are often minors, it is only a matter of time before f2p draws unwanted attention from parents.
EXACTLY. That whole parent catching on thing is happening here with some so-called "free" mobile and device games that turned out to not be so "free" after a few clicks, swipes or keyboard strokes.

Of course, I keep reading that actual gambling is the next big casual games thing, so you can set your watch for about a year or so from now and practically bet (pun intended) that this new monetizing scheme will be met with a bit of push-back from parents who think their kids will be the targets (even if they're not).

Posted:A year ago

#25

Luis Morales
Public relations

52 1 0.0
"Free-To_Play", "The End Of The Consoles".....It is foolish, and at the same time companies like Nexon, and many more are pushing the market this way. I think the topic is seriously getting burned, and Im getting tired of reading the same head lines. Consoles will not disappear (maybe the existing concept may change and instead go to the cloud) but I know that I, and many, many people still enjoy playing video games in the comfort of their couch and in front of a large flat TV. There are companies out there who have invested millions, and they are pushing this mobile, and free to play thing........I have seen this games and to be honest, they lack creativity,quality, and the survey that we conducted indicates that people are expecting more, and expect better games. At the end it could be more of a long term trend and yes, consoles will evolve but they are not going away. The media has created this foolish hype and at the end, is the consumer who will decide.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Luis Morales on 21st August 2012 1:00pm

Posted:A year ago

#26
@ Bruce. You keep calling me Frank. Is that a genuine mistake on your part, or are you just being an arse?

And I haven't at all made your point for you. Free to play should be just that - free to play. Maybe we should start calling games like this Drips n Drabs. Because that's exactly what they are.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Fran Mulhern on 21st August 2012 1:14pm

Posted:A year ago

#27
@ Dave Herod. I don't mind the "please take a moment to rate us" bit, if I'm enjoying it. If it's free, and I like it, I think it's the least I can do. some of the sporting apps are good examples of that, though I end up buying the pro version most times anyway. I hear you though.

Posted:A year ago

#28

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

953 804 0.8
It is not an end of console problem. Compared to the really popular f2p games, console graphics still have the edge, or achieve at least parity. People do not look at f2p games wishing they could have the same graphics on their console. Especially in the case of MOBA games, players are hooked by the games, the community surrounding it and the tournament circus which has sprawled.

It seems console manufacturers were so in love with their motion controls and 3D gimmicks that they missed the PC growing an entirely new culture of gaming. One that not only revolves around f2p games, but also on a totally different way of interacting with the product; especially live streams.

Posted:A year ago

#29

Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

517 731 1.4
@Fran - I guess that's true, but something about it just irritates me, like it takes the goodwill out if you've been asked to do it. Almost like someone asking for progress updates on whether you've bought them a birthday present yet. It's why I'm so against FTP as a consumer. I want to give them some money, take their product and they leave me the hell alone to enjoy it. It's like having a beggar following you around everywhere you go that's never satisfied however much you give him.

Posted:A year ago

#30
Mobile games are expanding the market but most FTP games are not - their users are in the main a separate set of grandparents, housewives and children who will not migrate into full-price, AAA, MMO or any other sphere of the games industry, console, PC or not. In fact the companies that make FTP games rely on this permanent wall of separation with video games - their users' fear of technical barriers stops them discovering better gaming alternatives.

FTP games do things well of course - simplifying concepts, they often have a strong social aspect, pleasing graphics etc. but ultimately they feed on the impatience of their audience to make money and that's all - there's no commitment whatsoever to giving people a 'quality emotional experience' or any such claptrap. They have done little to move the industry forward, their stacks of cash comes from mixing digital gaming ticks with one-arm banditry. So learn from the gambling sector: why not be happy with your money and stop preaching to the rest of us who are very obviously aiming for different targets.

Posted:A year ago

#31

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,205 817 0.7
So free to play is the way to go... when each game becomes free to play and every new game becomes a service I stop playing games... GOT THAT? I have enough monthly bill such as my morgage, utilities, internet, phone and insurence.... what now im gonna add a bill for video games?

Onlive just went bust when people claimed it was the future. The technology as an idea, may seem to work but honestly me and alot of people prefer consoles. with every company trying to stick everything people do like going to a movie theater and read books to a mobile phone i dont think dedicated game consoles will dissapear.

Just because people can download and watch movies at home, doesnt mean they stop going to a movie theater. i think consoles will evolve in there own way. Internet, online and free to play will remain an optional method to game alongside consoles.

Posted:A year ago

#32

Matthew Eakins
Technical Lead

47 7 0.1
Self aggrandizing BS. Console developers are indeed considering free-to-pay models, if they make sense for the product then I'm sure the model will be used. As for going the way of the dinosaurs? Pfffffffftttttttt!

Anyone else notice how those who predict the end of the console industry tend not to work in the console industry?

Posted:A year ago

#33

Scott Davis
Product Analyst

16 8 0.5
Those that are already paying to play (P2P) are more willing to purchase in-game than those that are F2P - the barrier is a lot stronger for those that are playing the game for free, some are just not willing to spend at all.

Those suggesting F2P monetisation is the future and the key to success, they should take a look at what the P2P players are spending in-game!

Look at DLC levels for example in AAA console games - an up-sell of around 10 on the original purchase of 40. I can imagine the sales of Call of Duty elite and extra map packs dwarves that of a popular F2P game

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Scott Davis on 21st August 2012 5:16pm

Posted:A year ago

#34
F2P is a viable biz model but invariably, its not for every game and the moment, each area becomes a spam to upgrade, it just goes straight back to the $60 model. I prefer to pay all my moneis up front. no hidden charges

Posted:A year ago

#35

Michael Gunter
Monster Hunter

16 5 0.3
Can never be too careful making sure people know I'm only speaking my own personal opinion... so here is more of my opinion...
Console developers are starting to realise that as well, that unless they make accommodations or think about changing their own business model they're going to quickly go the way of the dinosaurs
Just a note about context. This is the first quote given in the article from Mr. Kim, and we don't know what that is referring to. For all the haters of F2P and all the fans (I'll say it, I love REAL Free to Play) the real issue is the value of the games being offered versus the price, not whether or not the model is good. Too many people seem hung up on a bad experience "It begs for money" or "it sucks until you pay" obviously have just had a bad experience with a F2P title here or there, and sometimes even cross the barrier of core game into casual and blame mobile games for their woes...

Speaking from experience, I would say Mr. Kim probably has a right to speak boldly on the topic. Try Nexon's Dungeon Fighter Online or Vindictus and you will find NONE of the issues most people gripe about. You will be begged for money NEVER, you will NEVER have to pay real money to enjoy ALL that the game has to offer. The only time you may inadvertantly profit them is through an ad view on their main page when you launch the game, which can actually be avoided if you play the game through Steam, and one pop-up ad after you close the game, nowhere in between. You can through clever investing and getting lucky with drops earn all the in-game gold to purchase ALMOST EVERYTHING that is available through cash means. The only exception being cash consumables (slightly more powerful potions and auto-revive methods) are not tradeable, but ultimately those are more a leg up for people who are inexperienced/bad at the game, and even then, they have events galore where they hand out cash consumables like candy, usually giving out several for each new character, and there are always regular potions distributed at all stages of the game. As for deep emotional experiences, both games have a rich story and if we are to continue getting the same content that is being played in Korea right now (which they have yet to stray from doing), we can expect it to only get even better. For my take on the implications of Mr. Kim's comments, see my previous post. Peace!

Posted:A year ago

#36

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,120 889 0.8
I don't think free to play threatens consoles as much as their lack of openness. OUYA is a baby step but I'd cry if Sony produced Android powered consoles and gaming hand-helds. It would also be a major boost for their platforms as a whole looking at the demands of a modern consumer...

Posted:A year ago

#37

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,210 2,051 0.9
"Console has never been a strong contender in Korea in particular because of piracy"

Funny, I always thought console wasn't strong in Korea because PC gaming (full of piracy) is dominant. It should also be expected that a nation that doesn't have a strong console market would look to alternative business models like F2P.

They might soon become dinosaurs in Korea, Mr. Kim, but they'll be around for a while in most other territories.

Posted:A year ago

#38

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

1,716 598 0.3
PC gaming is strong because they had a very strong internet cafe culture.
Then they installed the fastest home internet in the world.

Posted:A year ago

#39

Sergio Rosa
"Somewhat-Creative Director"

59 20 0.3
The model can be adapted to any genre and any size of game, including AAA blockbusters
Maybe I am not smart enough to get the concept but I just don't see F2P adaptable to any genre and size of games, unless I forget about monetization in some cases and simply give the game away for free, in which case the game will be purely free to play because the player will be able to enjoy the full thing without paying a dime.

For example, I can't see how Myst or Dear Esther can work as F2P games (based on the fact you will monetize the games in some way). The games are pretty much released, with no new content added because you don't need it (and pretty much there's no point in adding such content) so the part about updating the game based on customer input is out of the question.
Now if we assume the emotional link to such game they downloaded for free will be so great players will go back to the dev's website and donate money so the dev can make more games, that's donation ware and is something indies have been doing long before everyone began to say how F2P is the future.

Posted:A year ago

#40

Fyzard Brown
Sales Associate

40 6 0.2
And how many 'Console' games have they put out?

Posted:A year ago

#41

Michael Gunter
Monster Hunter

16 5 0.3
The model can fit the genre and the size. He isn't saying take current games and make them all free-to-play, he is saying a game from inception to full production could have free-to-play implemented, but it would obviously have to be taken into account from the beginning of the design phase.

Posted:A year ago

#42

Michael Gunter
Monster Hunter

16 5 0.3
@Fyzard Dungeon Fighter Online was recently ported to the XBox as a standalone game played on a console only, however, due to hesitancies from one party or another, the original plan to port the full game and access to the live servers and same content as the PC version was scrapped and they made what was more like a demo of the PC version, but one you also had to pay for. It could be Mr Kim's remarks stemmed from bitterness with Microsoft for not going all in on a complete port, but this is purely speculation.

Posted:A year ago

#43

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