I would like to first point out that I am just an MMO player and am not in any shape or form representing Blizzard Entertainment.
First of all I would like to direct people to the many forums which people are debating if LOTR will success or fail going F2P.
Secondly I would like to give my opinion about some of the reasons why Blizzard Entertainment would never go free to play.
1. "If it works why change it"
2. World of Warcraft has been a game where having "Large Pockets" does little to nothing for you if you do not void the User Agreement which you are required to agree to when playing world of Warcraft. This includes buying gold from third party websites.
3. World of Warcraft has is one of the only mmo's which is not filled with gold spammers. Many will agree with my views about gold spammers and free to play mmo's. Free to play opens to door to foreign gold selling companies and it ruins a game. It ruins the aspect of freely talking to someone without having to whisper to see what they said and this leads to many people turning off their chat channel which leads a mass variety of things such as it being harder to buy or sell items.
4. BOTS BOTS BOTS BOTS, World of Warcraft does a lot to prevent bots from being within their game by just using the pay to play barrier. Many people do not know this but many of the gold selling bots within World of Warcraft are compromised accounts which were not purchased by gold selling websites.
5. PvP / PvE imbalance: Games which use a cash shop cause their game to become imbalanced because plays with access to the cash shop are "Better" then you based upon my prior comment about "Large Pockets". Yet many would argue about Skill vs. Gear, skill can only go so far since having over powered armor or weapons makes the other player do more damage and take less damage.
This is my option about why Blizzard should never change to F2P.
Thanks for Reading,
Waker, - Nazgrel US - "Chain Pull"
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This post has been modified on Jul 01 , 2010 01:23:57 AM by Maogu.