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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}}.
27th Dec '16 12:09:34 PM froge
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* Froge from Blog/{{Froghand}} compares Creator/ValveSoftware's [[https://froghand.neocities.org/valveshitware.html business practices]] unfavourably to that of blatantly manipulative mobile games companies:
--> It's the ideal freemium game scam - you get a free download, say the Steam client, pump the client full of advertisements pressuring you to buy virtual goods, and milk the 1% of gamers who will spend tons of money on your application for all they're worth, without regard for their mental health or how much time they're spending on your client instead of doing literally anything else, because it doesn't matter if you only get a few dollars from 99% of gamers if you take advantage of the 1% who will spend thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars on virtual goods. There is no difference between what Valve does and what other manipulative mobile games companies do - it's the same system, just formatted in a different way.
9th Oct '16 8:41:49 AM Mullon
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* A running gag on [[ImageBoards 4chan]] / Website/{{Facebook}} / Website/{{Ponychan}} is to post an image that says "Image requires a 4chan/Facebook/Ponychan GOLD account". [[BlatantLies People will then post]] [[Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes what an awesome picture it was]], prompting someone to eventually ask "How do I get GOLD acct.?!" and thus outing themselves as a noob.

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* A running gag on [[ImageBoards 4chan]] Website/FourChan / Website/{{Facebook}} / Website/{{Ponychan}} is to post an image that says "Image requires a 4chan/Facebook/Ponychan GOLD account". [[BlatantLies People will then post]] [[Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes what an awesome picture it was]], prompting someone to eventually ask "How do I get GOLD acct.?!" and thus outing themselves as a noob.
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.
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