Road to Redemption? EA Eliminates Unpopular Online Pass Program

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wylder

"None of our new EA titles will include that feature." Hear that? It was a feature folks. None of us dumb consumers could see how this "feature" was supposed to "enhance" our "experience".

There must be a marketing school pumping these folks out by the truckload. The next time my wife is doing laundry I'm going to tell her it's just another "feature".

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John Pombrio

Heh, I have not seen TANSAAFL since I last read a Robert Heinlein novel...

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Jaeger_CDN

TANSTAAFL

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a classic, then again pretty much anything from Heinlein is

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Scatter

Online passes aren't really necessary anymore when practically all of their games have to be tied to an Origin account

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LatiosXT

EA announced a version of Frostbite 3 for mobile devices. And yet they claim Frostbite 2 can't run on the WiiU.

EA has a long... long ways to go before they get any of my respect back.

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Sty

Why would anyone want to make games for the Wii U?

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PCWolf

Used Game Price at Game Stop (normally like $10 under retail for new copy) + Buying Code card from EA ($10)= Just buy a new Copy Instead.

Considering how much GameStop charges for used games, You are better off buying them from a friend, or just getting a new copy. Unless the Game is no longer being made & there is no Digital Download Version.

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sundropdrinker3

I agree with you on the Game Stop stuff, as they just suck. Haven't even been in one of their stores in years, and there are around 5 of them in a 5 mile radius of me.

Who this really helps are people that rent and buy from other places that sell used games, places like GameFly. When I was a member of them, their used games sold for way less than Game Stop's did.

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Jaeger_CDN

And instead they'll micro-transaction and DLC you to death for your full price game purchase.

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fourfinger

SWTOR is almost unplayable without spending for micro transactions

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PCWolf

Proving beyond any doubt that the "Free to Play" model is not so free after all.

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wumpus

Is this sarcasm? Free to play means either quiting much earlier than you would if you paid, or suffering the [slowly increasing] slings and arrows designed to punish you for not paying. That said, you can stop playing when the free parts are not fun, you can stop playing when the paid parts are not fun or you can stop playing when the servers are shut down. Looking at it from that perspective shows that some games have quite a bit of free content to try (but don't blame me if you get sucked it).

SWTOR didn't work as a subscription game, why do you think it will work as f2p? Back in the day, iD created Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, and Doom, giving 1/3 of the game away each time. That worked pretty well (who could resist more Doom?). DDO gives roughly 1/3 of the game away and figures you will cough up for the rest. LOTRO seems to give away a bit less, but you could probably get to Moria before coughing up anything.

TANSAAFL isn't going to be repealed in this world, but that doesn't mean that everything needs a subscription, nor does it mean you can't be the guy who thought the game was good, but not quite the cost they were asking. I tried out Neverwinter and came to the conclusion that:
1. Obviously I'd have to spend money.
2. I could never tell when PWE was going to shake me down for yet another fee (in DDO you buy these quests, that class, maybe an expansion and you are set for now. LOTRO is similar).
So Neverwinter is getting uninstalled after I finish a (probably never read) review I'm doing for it. I'm also terribly disappointed in the expanding view of in-game stores from "buy some content" to "pay to win" to "ingame casino". But corporate culture means killing the golden goose if there is a smidge of profit to be had.

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