MMO Week in Review: Buy-to-play

The Secret World
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Not long ago, a listener wrote in to the Massively Speaking podcast and asked why no MMOs besides Guild Wars 2 and its elder sibling had adopted the clearly superior buy-to-play model. Little did that listener know that Funcom was already plotting an end-of-the-world scenario complete with a conversion of The Secret World into a -- you guessed it -- subscription-free, buy-to-play MMO. Massively's long been a fan of the year's sleeper hit, but after the conversion (and Amazon's insane $15 sale), you have no excuse not to check it out for yourself.

The rest of this week's top MMO stories are off beyond yon break.

Guild Wars 2's Wintersday content primer
Unwrapping the mystery of GW2's Wintersday boxes
Guild Wars 2 trailer spotted in The Hobbit previews
Guild Wars 2 and the war on bots
Guild Wars 2's Wintersday event schedule announced
Flameseeker Chronicles: Have a holly, jolly Wintersday

Did SWTOR make things worse by going F2P?
Choose My Adventure's Star Wars: The Old Republic edition
Opinion: Maybe SWTOR's treadmill ain't so bad
SWTOR's Ancient Hypergate update is live

Other top MMO stories
Turbine brings back Asheron's Call 2
Darkfall Unholy Wars delays release
The Elder Scrolls Online dispels myths
Trion Worlds goes through 'workforce reduction'
EVE Online breaks the 450k subscriber mark
Nexon partners with Kodansha for Ghost in the Shell online title
Smedley on EverQuest Next and defining the next generation of MMOs
NCsoft to sell all shares of NC Interactive, establish new American subsidiary
We interview Pathfinder Online's Ryan Scott Dancey
The Game Archaeologist checks out resurrected Asheron's Call 2
Learn all about the MMO market with this nifty infographic
Neverwinter gets a new trailer
Get a sneak peek at FFXIV's crafting
A Mild-Mannered Reporter gets a new start in Champions Online
Wurm Online 1.0 is officially official today
My Little Pony Online put out to pasture
Roberts shows off Star Citizen's Freelancer ship
Square Enix reveals Star Galaxy browser MMO
The Elder Scrolls Online on Elf cannibalism and the lineage of cat people

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