Freemium in the mainstream; Warframe’s claim to fame

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Covering three major gaming platforms and revolving around a gaming method of space ninjas fighting mechanized clones and zombified fossils (now that’s a sentence I never thought I’d say), Digital Extreme’s Warframe is a piece of art in the gaming world. It’s also a dream idea for capitalists, and shows just how much time people will put into a game as long as it’s developed thoroughly or continuously, but that’s for later.

Warframe falls under that peculiar genre of freemium games, where the idea is to provide some form of playable content to a mass audience, but ever-so-subtly hint that purchasing items, weapons, and other upgrades or accessories with real-world money can make your gameplay all the better… and faster.

steamworkshop_webupload_previewfile_144074153_preview Behold! The subtle hint of a marketplace

Now, I am not one to usually fall for the trick of freemium (I pride myself in my lack of smartphone gaming, as…

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