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14th Nov '17 9:37:55 PM Hanz
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Freemium Isn't Free" has Stan becoming addicted to the Terrance and Philip Freemium game, which is treated as a FantasticDrug of sorts.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Freemium Isn't Free" has Stan becoming addicted to the Terrance and Philip Freemium game, which is treated as a FantasticDrug of sorts.and deals with how mobile games exploit addiction for profit.
10th Sep '17 8:45:39 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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** And then the free, web version is taken out, replaced with the low-priced Steam app that come with the Premium account for a single purchase.
10th Sep '17 8:44:24 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' went Free-To-Play when the Uber Update was released in Summer 2011. Free (or Limited) accounts only get to store up to 50 items in their Backpack, can only receive items rather than being able to Trade or give gifts[[note]]a few items such as paints ''can'' be traded by free accounts (only when they're dropped), though, most likely a mistake[[/note]], have limited Crafting blueprints and can't get Rare (such as the Halloween Items) or Cosmetic items. Otherwise, they can get all of the regular weapons, and all game modes and maps are available to both Free and Premium accounts [[note]]Some private servers either ban free players or tag "[=F2P=]" to their names, although this is less common after changes to Quickplay rules and is really only seen on trading servers (where F2Ps have little to no business being anyway) and other private servers running custom mods not eligible for Quickplay[[/note]]. Worth mentioning is that the only requirement for "premium"/Retail is buying any item from the in-game store, which can be as cheap as $0.50[[note]]The minimum deposit for Steam Wallet Funds if $5, though, so unless you've got some change left over from buying another game you'll need to add at least $5[[/note]]; in fact, the only difference between a premium account gained from buying the game itself as opposed to something from the in-game store is [[CosmeticAward a Proof of Purchase hat]].

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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' went Free-To-Play when the Uber Update was released in Summer 2011. Free (or Limited) accounts only get to store up to 50 items in their Backpack, can only receive items rather than being able to Trade or give gifts[[note]]a few items such as paints ''can'' be traded by free accounts (only when they're dropped), though, most likely a mistake[[/note]], have limited Crafting blueprints and can't get Rare (such as the Halloween Items) or Cosmetic items. Otherwise, they can get all of the regular weapons, and all game modes and maps are available to both Free and Premium accounts [[note]]Some private servers either ban free players or tag "[=F2P=]" to their names, although this is less common after changes to Quickplay rules and is really only seen on trading servers (where F2Ps have little to no business being anyway) and other private servers running custom mods not eligible for Quickplay[[/note]]. Worth mentioning is that the only requirement for "premium"/Retail is buying any item from the in-game store, which can be as cheap as $0.50[[note]]The minimum deposit for Steam Wallet Funds if $5, though, so unless you've got some change left over from buying another game you'll need to add at least $5[[/note]]; 50; in fact, the only difference between a premium account gained from buying the game itself as opposed to something from the in-game store is [[CosmeticAward a Proof of Purchase hat]].
22nd Apr '17 3:26:32 PM TristanJeremiah
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* Website/{{Reddit}} has this kind of system in the form of gilding. If someone really likes your post or comment they can pay to give you access to certain features
22nd Apr '17 10:28:50 AM PrincessPandaTrope
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* ''VideoGame/AnimalJam'' has both free accounts and membership accounts. Price per month varies by how long the membership will last (1 month costs $6.95 per month).
27th Mar '17 2:42:55 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Tony Stark enforces this in ''[[ComicBook/IronMan Superior Iron Man]]''. He creates "Extremis 3.0" and spreads it across San Francisco, granting people heightened strength, perception, {{shapeshifitng}}, and even a powerful HealingFactor, allowing them to become be look as perfect as they want. However, when he reveals that keeping it will cost ''$100 a day'', it unleashes a massive crime wave that grabs the attention, and ire, of its recently arrived protector, ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}.

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* Tony Stark enforces this in ''[[ComicBook/IronMan Superior Iron Man]]''. He creates "Extremis 3.0" and spreads it across San Francisco, granting average everyday people heightened strength, perception, {{shapeshifitng}}, abilities, ShapeShifitng, and even a powerful HealingFactor, allowing them to become be look as perfect as they want. However, when he reveals that keeping it will cost ''$100 a day'', it unleashes a massive crime wave that grabs the attention, and ire, of its recently arrived protector, ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}.
27th Mar '17 2:42:00 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* Tony Stark enforces this in ''[[ComicBook/IronMan Superior Iron Man]]''. He creates "Extremis 3.0" and spreads it across San Francisco, granting people there physical perfection. However, when he reveals that keeping it will cost ''$100 a day'', it unleashes a massive crime wave that grabs the attention, and ire, of its recently arrived protector, ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}.

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* Tony Stark enforces this in ''[[ComicBook/IronMan Superior Iron Man]]''. He creates "Extremis 3.0" and spreads it across San Francisco, granting people there physical perfection.heightened strength, perception, {{shapeshifitng}}, and even a powerful HealingFactor, allowing them to become be look as perfect as they want. However, when he reveals that keeping it will cost ''$100 a day'', it unleashes a massive crime wave that grabs the attention, and ire, of its recently arrived protector, ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}.
5th Mar '17 6:03:03 PM nombretomado
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* {{Marvel}}'s ''VideoGame/SuperHeroSquadOnline'' has a free play mode, which gives you some starting heroes and lets you play the Mission of the Day, and requires a monthly fee for additional heroes and missions.

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* {{Marvel}}'s {{Creator/Marvel}}'s ''VideoGame/SuperHeroSquadOnline'' has a free play mode, which gives you some starting heroes and lets you play the Mission of the Day, and requires a monthly fee for additional heroes and missions.
4th Mar '17 9:54:10 PM Assassin-sensei
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* {{Website/Crunchyroll}}'s free service offers anime up to 480p with limited advertisements, along with the most recent chapter of their simulpublished manga. In Canada, free users are only able to watch series that are currently being simulcasted. Premium subscribers in all countries get ad-free series/access to the entire Crunchyroll catalog up to 1080p (when available), along with a back catalog of all their manga.
20th Feb '17 1:02:13 PM bt8257
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Unlike games that use {{Microtransactions}}, Freemium games have a binary distinction between those who pay and those who do not: you're either Free, or you're Premium. This tends to limit the BribingYourWayToVictory effect--if you can only pay a fixed amount, you can't out-pay the other people who are paying. That's not to say that the two payment methods can't be combined--there are plenty of Freemium games that also feature {{Microtransactions}}.

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Unlike games that use {{Microtransactions}}, Freemium games have a binary distinction between those who pay and those who do not: you're either Free, or you're Premium. This tends to limit the BribingYourWayToVictory effect--if you can only pay a fixed amount, you can't out-pay the other people who are paying. That's not to say that the two payment methods can't be combined--there are plenty of Freemium games that also feature {{Microtransactions}}.
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