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April Fools: Path of Exile is now pay-to-win

Many free-to-play games try to carefully balance their economies. But Grinding Gear Games is taking a brand new approach. They went to Game Developers Conference and learned that the best way to make money is, in fact, to charge money. The game is now "pay-to-win," the developer has announced.

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Many free-to-play games try to carefully balance their economies. But Grinding Gear Games is taking a brand new approach. They went to Game Developers Conference and learned that the best way to make money is, in fact, to charge money. The game is now "pay-to-win," the developer has announced.

Paid wins will now unlock fireworks and, of course, they're consumable. They cost 15 cents each--because you're supposed to "nickel and dime" players. Get it? That's 10+5, just in case you couldn't figure it out.

The fireworks are only purchasable today. To understand why this is going on, check out this video:

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    April 1, 2014 2:00 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, April Fools: Path of Exile is now pay-to-win.

    Many free-to-play games try to carefully balance their economies. But Grinding Gear Games is taking a brand new approach. They went to Game Developers Conference and learned that the best way to make money is, in fact, to charge money. The game is now "pay-to-win," the developer has announced.

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      April 1, 2014 2:02 PM

      Is this just a mean April Fools prank? I thought Alice was gone!

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      April 1, 2014 2:23 PM

      They forgot the "click - 'em up" to make this a real Alice post.

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      April 2, 2014 5:50 AM

      Welcome back Alice?

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