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We’re announcing our free-to-play model at the following link.

A year or more ago I was perfectly happy to scoff at the future of free.  No doubt a handful of games would butter their bread with paid skin packs or xp boosts, and there’s a chance I’d have admitted the inevitability of a new payment model somewhere down the line, but I had never thought the idea would storm through so many hearts and minds and in such a short stretch of time.  I was so concerned with what I personally thought best or most likely that I couldn’t see the wall, much less the writing on it.  And I’m not convinced this development is absolutely here to stay, any more than the subscription and retail models it’s displacing.  There’s so much in our future we haven’t even considered yet, and it’s not as though what we want or what we know to be best has ever had any real bearing on what we’re given.


We were a lot happier about the state of things in this episode.  The Steam sale had come and nearly gone, and it had its usual positive effect on our previously shitty moods.  It’s more big fun for small money and a chance to compare loot with our friends.  And a great distraction, too, because as soon as it’s gone it seems like optimism is on the rise.  It’s not that long, really, until the next wave of new releases, and shortly after there’ll be more games than time or money.  And we’ll be sure to get in a shitty mood and whine about it when we run out of either one.


So here’s a recording from some time ago.  We were in the worst part of the year for a man-child; no games releasing to satisfy our interests, and no interest in the things that were available.  It was the slowest part of the summer, the Steam sale was who-knows-where, and why won’t the Planetside beta start already?  This seemed to make for a pretty rotten list of discussion topics, and this episode seemed like a sharp reminder of how lousy we are at talking up video games at this time of the year.  Looking back now, it’s not so bad as it seemed, and I suppose off-topic chat does us a world of good when we let it.