Weekend Confirmed 124 - Army of Two, The Old Republic, Deadlight

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 03, 2012 11:30am PDT

Kick back for a midsummer's show full of gaming awesome. Arne Meyer and Jason Paul from Naughty Dog join Garnett and Jeff "two 'n's one 't'" in catching up on games and the latest happenings in the videogame world. Conversations kickoff with EA's announcement of a third Army of Two game and the state of its floundering MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. There's also time to talk about Orcs Must Die! 2 and a quick look at Deadlight. Spurred back to driving from the recent addition of the Porsche pack to Forza 4, Garnett re-opens the racing game debate between it and Gran Turismo 5. Jason brings his real world racing experience to the table and it concludes... well, you won't want to miss that part. Finishing Moves puts a bird on it all.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 124: 08/03/2012

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    Round 1 00:00:31 – 00:27:09

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:27:45 – 00:55:53

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:56:57 – 01:28:21

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:29:20 – 02:02:30

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  • TERA actually IS free to play... sort of. They have an interesting new system, which I hadn't seen before. Basically, they created an in-game item called "chronoscrolls" that, when used, gives you 30 days of playtime. You can buy chronoscrolls in-game from other players with in-game money, so it's now possible to play this game for free if you're willing to grind currency to buy it.

    The trick is that chronoscrolls are actually purchased by other players for 15 real dollars. They're creating a legitimate real-world money conversion into in-game money through this item. It's sort of solving two problems at once.

    So Richy No-Time buys this item for 15 real dollars, then puts the item on the in-game auction house. Cheapy Grinder buys the item in-game and gets to play for free, while Richy gets in-game money for real dollars.

    When you think about it, it's pretty slick, but then you realize that you now have a conversion rate for in-game to real currency. So that tier 12 chestplate that dropped can be considered to be worth "30 dollars," which is a really weird thing to think about when you're actually playing.

    Here's EnMasse's blogpost on chronoscrolls: http://tera.enmasse.com/news/posts/introducing-the-tera-chronoscroll