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25th Jul '16 1:11:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Wizard 101}}'', a monthly subscription free gives you blanket access to the features that free players would otherwise have to purchase through {{Micropayments}}.

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* In ''{{Wizard ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}'', a monthly subscription free gives you blanket access to the features that free players would otherwise have to purchase through {{Micropayments}}.



* Among other things, Free players of ''ShatteredGalaxy'' level up at a severely handicapped rate.

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* Among other things, Free players of ''ShatteredGalaxy'' ''VideoGame/ShatteredGalaxy'' level up at a severely handicapped rate.



* Many ''Creator/{{Sony}} Online Entertainment'' games have been switched to a 'Free to Play, Your Way!' model. This model offers 3 tiers of play: Free, Premium and Legendary. '''Free''' players can play almost all content up to level {{Cap}} barring DownloadableContent but they have less item and bank slots and a lower money limit, as well as only 2 character slots. Excess money once the player has hit the cap is placed into an "escrow" account, which the player must buy a coupon for (using real cash) to retrieve. More slots can be bought and a purchase of at least $5.00 upgrades a player to '''Premium''' status with access to more item slots and a higher money cap than Free players but less than Legendary players. Both tiers must additionally purchase any [=DLC=] they wish to play. '''Legendary''' requires a (albeit small) monthly subscription fee, opening up all the game's original (Pay to Play) features. Missing a payment downgrades a player to Premium until the next payment. ''{{Everquest}}'', ''Everquest 2'', ''DCUniverseOnline'' and ''Vanguard: Saga Of Heroes'' use this model.

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* Many ''Creator/{{Sony}} Online Entertainment'' games have been switched to a 'Free to Play, Your Way!' model. This model offers 3 tiers of play: Free, Premium and Legendary. '''Free''' players can play almost all content up to level {{Cap}} barring DownloadableContent but they have less item and bank slots and a lower money limit, as well as only 2 character slots. Excess money once the player has hit the cap is placed into an "escrow" account, which the player must buy a coupon for (using real cash) to retrieve. More slots can be bought and a purchase of at least $5.00 upgrades a player to '''Premium''' status with access to more item slots and a higher money cap than Free players but less than Legendary players. Both tiers must additionally purchase any [=DLC=] they wish to play. '''Legendary''' requires a (albeit small) monthly subscription fee, opening up all the game's original (Pay to Play) features. Missing a payment downgrades a player to Premium until the next payment. ''{{Everquest}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'', ''Everquest 2'', ''DCUniverseOnline'' ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' and ''Vanguard: Saga Of Heroes'' use this model.
1st Jul '16 12:42:36 AM Adept
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* ''{{Furcadia}}'' is possibly the UrExample; since 1997, you could get wings for your characters, and entirely new species for a certain price. In their kickstarter campaign, they mentioned they've been using a Freemium model before it was a word.
* ''WorldOfTanks'' gives 50% bonus on all earned experience and game money to users with paid "premium" accounts. While it is entirely possible to get any of the top tanks for free, a few of them are too expensive to repair and require either a premium account, [[NintendoHard lighning-fast reflexes and strategy]] or another tank to earn money for two. T-50-2 is one such example -- as a Tier 5 [[OneHitPointWonder light scout]], that frequently has to face top-tier opponents, it gets killed very often. The game also uses microtransactions, allowing to purchase: more room in the hangar (useful, if you want more than 5 tanks), better shells (sometimes deadly, but usually not very useful) and rare tank models (which are no better than regular, but allow to avoid LevelGrinding).

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* ''{{Furcadia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Furcadia}}'' is possibly the UrExample; since 1997, you could get wings for your characters, and entirely new species for a certain price. In their kickstarter campaign, they mentioned they've been using a Freemium model before it was a word.
* ''WorldOfTanks'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' gives 50% bonus on all earned experience and game money to users with paid "premium" accounts. While it is entirely possible to get any of the top tanks for free, a few of them are too expensive to repair and require either a premium account, [[NintendoHard lighning-fast reflexes and strategy]] or another tank to earn money for two. T-50-2 is one such example -- as a Tier 5 [[OneHitPointWonder light scout]], that frequently has to face top-tier opponents, it gets killed very often. The game also uses microtransactions, allowing to purchase: more room in the hangar (useful, if you want more than 5 tanks), better shells (sometimes deadly, but usually not very useful) and rare tank models (which are no better than regular, but allow to avoid LevelGrinding).


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* ''VideoGame/{{Cytus}}'' can be downloaded and played for free, but the game have a 30 second "cooldown time" to play each song, and this could only be removed if the player buys the "full version". There's also 5 or so locked chapters that requires additional purchases to play.
7th Apr '16 5:21:44 AM crazyrabbits
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* The MMORPG Flash game ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons'' has no hidden costs, and players can level, gain powerful items, generals and troops and generally hit raids just as well without ever dropping a cent (primarily because they can earn Planet Coins, the game's currency, through loyalty bonuses, leveling or in a couple of specific server events). There are also microtransactions which allow the player to buy powerful equipment right off the bat, potions that allow the player to auto-level their character after a certain point, or buy their way past ranks in the PVP modes.
8th Mar '16 8:50:30 PM MsChibi
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* Some [[MatchMakerDotCom dating sites and apps]] use this model. People can sign up for free, but in order to (variously) send more messages, have their profiles "featured" or promoted, or not see ads on the site, they'll have to upgrade to a paid/premium account.
8th Mar '16 8:47:57 PM MsChibi
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* Then there's Skype. You can call and chat with other Skype users for free, but to call a landline or cellphone, you need to buy skype credits.

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* Then there's Skype. You can call and chat with other Skype users for free, but to call a landline or cellphone, you need to buy skype credits.Skype credits.
* Smartphone users can use and download the call-blocking app "Call Control" for free, but in order to block more than 20 or so phone numbers and have access to its community blacklist and block unwanted text messages, you'll have to upgrade to the "Premium" account. They offer a free week.
13th Jan '16 7:07:47 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has a Free server and a Premium server. The Premium server gives more exp, higher drop rate, and items which can not be obtained on the free server. In some regions, the Free servers actually have ''more'' items... except they are all PurposefullyOverpowered items ''intended'' to break the game's balance. Of course, these items [[BribingYourWayToVictory are only available for renting with real cash for a short time]] - that's right, you can't buy them, so if you want to stay on the competitive game ''you're paying a fee either way''.

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* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has a Free server and a Premium server. The Premium server gives more exp, higher drop rate, and items which can not be obtained on the free server. In some regions, the Free servers actually have ''more'' items... except they are all PurposefullyOverpowered PurposelyOverpowered items ''intended'' to break the game's balance. Of course, these items [[BribingYourWayToVictory are only available for renting with real cash for a short time]] - that's right, you can't buy them, so if you want to stay on the competitive game ''you're paying a fee either way''.
2nd Jan '16 10:25:07 PM nombretomado
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* Many ''{{Sony}} Online Entertainment'' games have been switched to a 'Free to Play, Your Way!' model. This model offers 3 tiers of play: Free, Premium and Legendary. '''Free''' players can play almost all content up to level {{Cap}} barring DownloadableContent but they have less item and bank slots and a lower money limit, as well as only 2 character slots. Excess money once the player has hit the cap is placed into an "escrow" account, which the player must buy a coupon for (using real cash) to retrieve. More slots can be bought and a purchase of at least $5.00 upgrades a player to '''Premium''' status with access to more item slots and a higher money cap than Free players but less than Legendary players. Both tiers must additionally purchase any [=DLC=] they wish to play. '''Legendary''' requires a (albeit small) monthly subscription fee, opening up all the game's original (Pay to Play) features. Missing a payment downgrades a player to Premium until the next payment. ''{{Everquest}}'', ''Everquest 2'', ''DCUniverseOnline'' and ''Vanguard: Saga Of Heroes'' use this model.

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* Many ''{{Sony}} ''Creator/{{Sony}} Online Entertainment'' games have been switched to a 'Free to Play, Your Way!' model. This model offers 3 tiers of play: Free, Premium and Legendary. '''Free''' players can play almost all content up to level {{Cap}} barring DownloadableContent but they have less item and bank slots and a lower money limit, as well as only 2 character slots. Excess money once the player has hit the cap is placed into an "escrow" account, which the player must buy a coupon for (using real cash) to retrieve. More slots can be bought and a purchase of at least $5.00 upgrades a player to '''Premium''' status with access to more item slots and a higher money cap than Free players but less than Legendary players. Both tiers must additionally purchase any [=DLC=] they wish to play. '''Legendary''' requires a (albeit small) monthly subscription fee, opening up all the game's original (Pay to Play) features. Missing a payment downgrades a player to Premium until the next payment. ''{{Everquest}}'', ''Everquest 2'', ''DCUniverseOnline'' and ''Vanguard: Saga Of Heroes'' use this model.
18th Nov '15 9:03:28 PM lorgskyegon
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1st Nov '15 4:55:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''RagnarokOnline'' has a Free server and a Premium server. The Premium server gives more exp, higher drop rate, and items which can not be obtained on the free server. In some regions, the Free servers actually have ''more'' items... except they are all PurposefullyOverpowered items ''intended'' to break the game's balance. Of course, these items [[BribingYourWayToVictory are only available for renting with real cash for a short time]] - that's right, you can't buy them, so if you want to stay on the competitive game ''you're paying a fee either way''.

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* ''RagnarokOnline'' ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has a Free server and a Premium server. The Premium server gives more exp, higher drop rate, and items which can not be obtained on the free server. In some regions, the Free servers actually have ''more'' items... except they are all PurposefullyOverpowered items ''intended'' to break the game's balance. Of course, these items [[BribingYourWayToVictory are only available for renting with real cash for a short time]] - that's right, you can't buy them, so if you want to stay on the competitive game ''you're paying a fee either way''.
17th Oct '15 9:34:48 PM Raimar
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* ''VideoGame/{{Tibia}}'' has a Free Account and the Premium Account, the difference being access to different spells, outfits and areas that free users can't go, also a entire world to premium players. Costing a monthly fee, after some point you need a premium to grind levels faster as free areas are crowded, slow spawn and with weak and cheap monters only.
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