I've been playing MMORPGs for a while now, with the first one being Ragnarok Online. Nostalgia game that one, still brings back lovely memories, I quit because I couldn't afford the monthly subscription fees as a secondary school student and the bots have overtaken the live population of the Taiwan server. The first batch of Asian MMORPG are are pay-to-play and maybe because of that, involves too much grinding to burn playtime. Then some years ago, maybe starting with MapleStory (?), MMORPG start to become "free-to-play".
Now although the games are said to be free-to-play, it is baiting players to pay to enjoy more game content. I don't believe in free entertainment and free art, that these game companies are obliged to make a game for freeloading, just like you shouldn't walk into a salon and expect the hairdresser to do your hair for free. Since I have an income now, I pay within my means for better enjoyment and give a token of appreciation to the game company. However, free-to-play games are creating an environment of pay-to-win to milk players' cash, and sometimes I just feel it reaches ridiculous levels on how people would spend any amount to get what they want. I mean really, $1000~2000 for a piece of pixel equipment? Why would you do that =.= Being a pvp player in MMO I bailed out of that free-to-play game soon enough and went for a monthly subscription game instead, way better environment for fair play I say.
There are more free-to-play MMO than monthly subscription games because of the huge profits that can be reaped from the handful or more of players who would stop at nothing to become more geared which may or may not become invincible to other players depending on game mechanics. Just create an environment of competition and make random slot game with equipment enhancement of some sort which is essentially gambling. Looking at some of the China MMO I'm just baffled, bewildered at how much people are willing to spend on pixels. $10000 will only get you so far in certain games and people invest tens of thousands in their characters =.= Good god people actually take pride in saying the $ they spent in the game can buy themselves a house? I mean, what =.= Just what. That's some free-to-play MMO.