(Bellevue CA, 04/04/12) - World of Warcraft has truly exploded the market for massively multiplayer online role playing games. World of Warcraft remains the gold standard for how MMORPGs should work or should be branded. However, its business model is facing a grave threat recently. With the rise of the competing free to play business model, many MMORPG players are seeing less value in paying a monthly subscription fee to a game provider when they can play in a similar system somewhere else for free.
Free to play versus paid subscription
There is quite a lot of confusion regarding the two big competing business models in the MMORPG marketplace--free to play and paid subscription. Ereviewguide.com has released an MMORPG consumer guide that steps through the intricate issues and advantages and disadvantages of both these competing business models. The guide is located at http://www.ereviewguide.com/news/2012/04/02/massively-multiplayer-online-role-playing-games-consumer-guide/. "The old saying of you get what you pay for does not necessarily apply to MMORPGs. However, emphasis is on the word necessarily," said Oliver Thompson, media relations officer for ereviewguide.com, the internet's leading authority website for consumer and technology issues, guides and references.
Know the disadvantages and advantages
It is true that free to play games do offer a lot of value. However, value is relative and also value is the result of competing considerations and opportunity costs that gamers would have to navigate through in order for them to make an informed decision as to what particular game has enough value for them to invest their time or if they choose paid subscription
game, their money.
"While the free to play game model looks on its face like a good deal, it may not turn out to be what you expect," said Thompson. While there are many advantages enjoyed by free to play games mainly revolving around their price, there are also disadvantages as well. Ereviewguide.com has outlined these key disadvantages and some of them could be actual deal killers for would-be players of paid subscription games. "Paid subscription games are not off the hook completely either," said Thompson. There are certain systematic flaws in the paid subscription business model that can get in the way of fulfilling user experience.
The question is that is there a balance that could be struck somewhere? The guide steps through all the advantages and disadvantages of both business models so consumers can make an informed choice regarding which game they choose to install and play.
eReviewGuide http://www.ereviewguide.com/ is a highly respectable source of software reviews, guides, tips, resources and information online today. eReviewGuide also offers industry news and community forums apart from online reviews. This consumer guide aims to provide assistance to customers and users looking for software or online services, so they can make smart choices, whether in the matter of pre-sale or making actual purchases. Those who are planning to check out a new MMORPG to discover may take a closer look at the review guide and consumer tips on the site. Now, buyers can easily check which products are best suited for their personal or individual needs, just by checking out reviews and information published on eReviewGuide.com.