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MMORPGs – Top RPG Adventure Free Games

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games or MMOGs, are very popular right now. There is something incredibly entertaining about immersing one’s self in a virtual world of magical dangers and high fantasy.

You might be the adventurer who would brave the most dangerous perils and scary places to slay the evil creatures and lay claim to untold wealth. Or you could be the mage who will become the most powerful mage in the whole land. Or maybe the dark lord who will rule the many continents.
With MMORPGs, you can be anyone and anything, you want to be.

There are no limits except your imagination. Click here for the top free RPG Adventure MMO Games.

The problem is that not many MMOGs come free to play. Often, you’d have to pay for the MMORPG game itself, in addition to the monthly subscription fee. Do you want to pay good money for something people can play for free?

So many devout gamers have searched far and wide for the best free to play MMORPG games that are worth their time. It used to be that most of the free to play MMORPG games sucked but this is not true anymore. Nowadays the some of the top game companies have created top-of-the-line free to play MMO games. In addition some previously membership games have switched over to free to get more new players.

Is there a catch?

You might be wondering are these MMOGs free. The reason is simple, they operate on a different different business model compared to premium games. This is is “freemium” business model where almost all the content is given to gamers for free apart from a few paid or premium content.

In other words, when a gamer starts playing, everything is given free similar to a free trial except without the time limit. Then as the gamer levels up there may be some premium items or expansion packs offered for more advanced players. These expansion packs or items are always optional and are merely offer additional content.

Quite a few of these premium items are purely for the looks that give no any special bonuses, they are there just to make your character look good.

To give a concrete example, all free players will have to use the boring-looking steel sword but there might be a awesome-looking ice sword for those who want to buy it. The generic-looking steel mace has exactly the same equipment stats as the fun-looking glowing sword – people are paying for just to have the better-looking equipment.

Does that sound good to you? Free to play MMO games are ideal for casual players who only play occasionally because they don’t want to pay for a game they will not log into everyday. It’s also great for teenaged players who can’t pay for a lot of online games.

Those are the top reasons why players are attracted to playing these RPG adventure type of free MMORPG online games.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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No One Ever Roleplays in MMORPGs

Why does no one ever roleplay in the MMORPGs that I play? It’s almost like an unspoken rule in most MMO games that I have played that role-playing is not cool. No one ever creates a character or talks in character.

RPG Gaming is Like That

RPG - It's not Evil All the Time

I think it’s because of the grind. People are always saying stuff like “guys stop playing!” when you goof off. Pretty ironic if you ask me but that’s how it is. Even in the best free online RPG games I have played people seem to find it better to always go for experience and leveling up rather than role-playing.

Well, that is except for one particular thing – online romance. For some reason the same people who would scoff at you saying “let us go to yonder tavern and chat over a pint of ale” if you were role-playing (which to them is the same as “wasting time”) think that it’s okay to talk mushy romance to people of the opposite sex that they meet online.

I mean, leaving aside the problem of finding out whether or not the other player really is of the opposite sex, why do they think it’s okay to spout ridiculous lines like:

Are you an archer? Because you put an arrow through my heart.
I have epic gear, wanna go on a date?

And they say role-playing is corny!

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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MMORPGs Are Super Annoying Sometimes

MMORPGs are so super annoying sometimes. I mean, there you are, a long-time player who has been around for quite some time and some player gets in your face about something. Really, it’s enough to make a person rage quit and start playing single player PC games instead. That just wouldn’t happen on an offline game.

Do you actually love playing multi-player or are you like some people I know who play MMOs like it’s single-player, with chat off and no social interaction?

That’s an idea I could just play but turn off all the social features! Hmph now all I need are some good free MMORPG games online that can be played solo.

And in other news, what’s up with SWTOR? If you don’t know what SWTOR is then you obviously don’t follow MMORPG news at all because Star Wars: The Old Republic is pretty much all people are talking about right now.

I myself don’t really get all this Star wars fanboy enthusiasm for SWTOR. I do like the original movie series of SW but IMO the franchise has been seriously weakened by the new movies because they suck. I still shudder whenever I think about that awful Jar Jar Binks. What on earth was Lucas thinking?? Argh, getting annoyed again…

The Worst Thing About Star Wars

The Worst Thing About Star Wars

So yeah, I would be okay with it if SWTOR turns out to be a WoW-killer (the game that finally topples WoW from the top position) but I’m not sure that will really happen.

What do you think? Is SWTOR the next big thing in MMO gaming?

I hope no one has forgotten the other Star Wars MMORPG, Star Wars Galaxies. That game is closing down this year to make way for the new one. I’m sure we all hope that all of the people behind SWTOR have learned from the mistakes that were made in SWG and will make SWTOR a better game.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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Gaming for Kids

Whenever video games are talked about, there is always a parent screaming “won’t anybody think about the children!” in the background – oh wait a minute that isn’t even real, that a scene from the Simpsons…

Anyway, the fact is that people are divided on the issue of games for kids. I personally feel that kids should make their own fun and should be given time for free play, not video games.

Alas, if you go around your local school you will probably see kids as young as 4 or 5 going around with handheld gaming consoles playing the latest popular game. Then fights will break out because no one wants so share and the weakest kid never gets a turn.

Think of the children, indeed.

On the other hand, some people do say that games are pretty harmless and I do agree that this is generally true. It would be nice if kids would go outside and play but sometimes this just isn’t possible either because of safety concerns or the weather. Nor do I believe that violent video games will make nice kids crazy and start going on a mad rampage of killing and blood.

Recently I have been blogging about free to play MMO games, these are online multi-player games with some role-playing and it’s set in a persistent world, i.e. a virtual world that is hosted on a server that doesn’t go away when you close the game on your PC.

Now, MMO games have a particular attraction for children. However since it is online this presents a problem because it is not safe for kids to spend a lot of unsupervised time online. The solution is to have children play only child-safe, kid-friendly MMORPG games that are designed for them.

I personally like Wizard 101, it’s a fun magical fantasy game like Harry Potter. The thing about this game is that like Harry Potter both kids and adults like it. Phew! Problem solved. Visit the Wizard 101 official website to see what I am talking about.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2011 in Game Blogs

 

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Freemium: Fun with Portmanteau Words

Freemium is one of those funny-sounding portmanteau words. It’s a combination of the words “free” and “premium.”

When I talk about free to play MMORPGs in this blog, I am actually referring to freemium MMO games or those MMOs that have both free and premium (paid) stuff in it. Basically, these are MMO games that are free to play forever with no time limit but there is content that you can buy for real life money. Premium content can be expansions, upgrades, items, etc.

Freemium is actually a sound business model that many internet companies use. In fact, this blog is hosted for free by WordPress.com. This is a free WP blog hosting site that operates on a freemium model. Users can create and post on blogs for free but they can also opt to pay a monthly fee to get some extras.

So both the users and the business get what they want – both free stuff and paid services. Since the basic services are totally free, people are much more likely to sign up for it compared to a paid service. Once users feel that they like the service then they  can pay more for additional features.

It’s the same for MMORPGs. Players can play it for free as much as they like then when they want to spend money then they can do so whenever they want.

I personally like that sort of thing! :)

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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