Want to hear a rumor? According to an unnamed source from Develop, Blizzard is working on a free-to-play game of some sort. There is no other information, but it's interesting that the kings of the pay-to-play model of games could be working on the opposite kind of title. The industry is changing in some interesting ways, no?
If anyone could make an interesting free-to-play game, Blizzard would be the ones. They know everything there is to know about creating compelling online content for a mass audience, so I'll be in line to try out this hypothetical game, but something about free-to-play as a concept rubs me the wrong way. Whenever I play a game like that, I feel like it's trying to trick me into spending money somehow, where I prefer the above-the-board nature of subscriptions.
I also like the exclusivity of the subscription model. The necessity of plonking down 15 dollars a month means everyone you encounter in-game is there with a purpose, where free-to-play games can be full of yahoos running around to check things out. I'm open to having my mind changed by a free-to-play game, of course. It just hasn't happened for me yet.
What about you? What do you think of free-to-play vs subscription gaming?