Call of Duty possibly getting "Pay to Play" membership

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  1. Joe Moore

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    YouTube - Evidence that Activision planned to charge subscription fees for Call of Duty?

    Evidence that Activision planned to charge subscription fees for Call of Duty?
     
  2. Recall

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    I remember reading early talks about this. Its a shitty move by Activision but people will pay regardless and it is a sound way to generate even more cashflow.
     
  3. Dinobot Nuva

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    Ugh, not surprised in the slightest. Activision is definitely going to be this decade's EA.
     
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    You hear that sound Activision? That's the sound of your profits free-falling.
     
  7. Joe Moore

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    The problem is, this pure profit grab will not result in any advantages for the end users. The game is still going to go for full retail price, you will still need to pay for Xbox Live (if that is your platform of choice) and they're still going to charge for all the map packs.
     
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    That's what I mean.
    They start slapping on a extra charge to play online will probably result in people not buying their games.
     
  9. Gigatron_2005

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    :lol  I can actually see this going over pretty well for Activision. Remember, gamers are the same type of people who ate up virtual horse armor for real money. Thanks Xbox Live/Blizzard/DLC abusers! You've ruined gaming for years to come!




    On a side note, why cant more game companies be like Valve? :( 
     
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    Mental note: start recommending everyone to not buy any further Activision products.

    He says after preordering Starcraft II.
     
  11. Haloid1177

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    If this turns out to be true, and it looks like it will, I won't be playing many Activision games.
     
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    Are they not making enough money off of us? So sorry. It's not worth it to me.
     
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    If this is true I will boycott anything that has Activision on it including War for Cybertron.
     
  14. Lord Megatron

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    Been doing that as much as possible since the death of Infinity Ward.
     
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    Well guess that means i ain't playin COD anymore. Anything more than 10 dollars per year, forget about it. Halo: Reach will now be my game of choice.
     
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    if so this plan starts people should start a boycott on any cod games until the plan stops.
     
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    I wonder if this is going to either be something like UFC or Maddden having a code with the game for a 1 time "play online pass" and anyone who buys used / rents has to pay...probably one that's good for a year so they can charge people who decide to keep playing the same game rather than upgrading to the next COD...
     
  18. grimlock1972

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    Ugh i hate this kind of crap Activation will not be seeing any of my money and i hope this epically fails so the rest of the industry does not follow.
     
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    I really hope this blows up in their face. COD is a great game but paying to play online is something I can't do. Lets face it, why do people put down 60 bucks on competitive games in the first place? It sure isn't for that 5 hour single player campaign or season mode.
     
  20. mineraljane

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    Analysts are generally clueless. I hold generalized, and admittedly superficial, opinion of them in the same manner that Bill Hicks did of marketers (won't link the video).

    That's exactly right. Consumers may not be the perfectly rational beasts that traditional economics paints them as, but they certainly calculate the hours of multiplayer they will consume when deciding on whether to purchase a game or not. That $59.99 price tag sells so well because of the expected online play and not for the short single player experience. Adding more to that cost will just shift consumers over to other interchangeable games which lack that extra cost.

    Exactly. In chrisr291's link above, the CEO of Activision bemoaned Xbox's closed system and the lack of control for Activision over the online component. He even throws out added "value" that users are missing because of the unilateral control from Microsoft. I'm curious as to what "value" consumers are missing, though, when this is Microsoft's system (or Sony's) and they have every right to set the control. Are consumers not experiencing enough "value" from $15 map packs?
     

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