Namco-Bandai EU VP: "Free-to-play games can't be high quality&

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  1. prowler
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    Speaking at Cloud Gaming Europe, Namco Bandai's senior vice president for Europe Olivier Comte, lambasted the free-to-play sector, and suggested that recent changes to the gaming market were potentially very damaging to the industry in the long run.

    "Free-to-play games can't be high quality," Comte said when discussing different ways of charging for games. While he said he was willing to consider all funding models for Namco's games, the free-to-play route did not lend itself to high-quality game development.

    He also said that very low price iPhone games and free social games had changed consumer expectations significantly. Getting hold of games for such a low price, he said, meant that the perceived value of all games was currently much lower than it had been in the past. Publishers need to address this over the next few years to avoid their revenue collapsing.

    "We have 2,000 or 3,000 developers," Comte said. And according to him, it's just not possible to switch to a business model that relies on giving their work away for nothing. "We need to put certain value on certain work," he said. "When you're a big company… you can't take risks too quickly, you can't make a change just because there's a fashion for a couple of years; you want to be there in 20 or 30 years."

    http://www.gamespot.com/news/namco-bandai-free-to-play-cant-be-high-quality-6348762

    lol
     
  2. nando

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    maybe you shouldn't grow your company TOO big.
     
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    Check the flag dumby
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Welp.
     
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    That only became F2P once Valve gained like 1000% profit off it so yeah, it wasn't F2P at first.
     
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    ZaeZae64 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Check the flag dumby
    Hey, it's still F2P and still making a ton of money (Dem hats bro).
     
  6. Hop2089

    Hop2089 Cute>Hot

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    You should see all the negative rep on the site, a mod isn't liking the negative opinions on this topic.

    Japanese companies won't like F2P due to it's heavy risk.
     
  7. prowler
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    Namco-Bandai Europe.
     
  8. Coto

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    Free demo games in fact help by diminishing piracy a bit, give a bit of incentive to public to get their games anytime, and leaves open the possibility to have that customer buy the game later.

    Being the same way cheap games have gained or stolen that much of customers, because they offered a videogame on a multi-platform multimedia device aimed to curious customers.

    What else was this guy expecting to see if the increased development in techonology, cheaper devices, easier way to acquire software in at least, 25 years keeps growing/being cheaper...? You can't sell anymore a piece of game at $300 per unit (like retro arcade machines did) when you just get a $200 device with multimedia features enabled , get a game by any means (be it legally or not) and running the same?
     
  9. Skelletonike

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    Personally I prefer F2P mmo's, mainly cuz I get bored with games easily so I won't pay monthly fees for a game that I will only play for 3 months max, F2P isn't all that bad for companies, otherwise, NCSOFT, Funcom, etc, wouldn't have put most of their games going F2P now: Age of Conan, Aion (in Europe), Lineage II, Star Trek Online, All Points Bulletin, Hellgate London and others, wouldn't be turning to F2P, not to mention that the latest game Funcom is developing is intended to be F2P since launch (The Secret World) and that isn't a game cheap to make, anyone that has seen the trailers and screen shots can tell that game has pretty amazing graphs and stuff.

    In a good F2P market, games will have cash shops with unique costumes, items, clothes, etc...Not items that will give an unfair advantage to players that purchase these (which unfortunaly some games do), but will rather allow to make the characters more unique and to the taste of the player, and a lot of people, like me, actually buy several of those items. =O
     
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    inb4 Valve responds.

    On a more serious note it's kinda' sad to see how out of touch the higher-ups are.
     
  11. LightyKD

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    The higher ups are ALWAYS out of touch. They're old. It is the nature of the beast.
     
  12. Centrix

    Centrix Stop Poking the Moogle!

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    Please Namco there are plenty of Free to Play games that have heavy graphics and run and heck some of them are even on par with games like Aion and WOW I know its not saying much but lets think back when games like EVER Quest came out the game looked amazing for its time and looks like shit now. Free MMO's seems to be getting better and better with there graphics and Gameplay C9 any one or Lime Oddessy both look amazing.
     
  13. Rydian

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    Well I'd say the passage of time has something to do with the graphical quality increase as well.