Free Realms Hits Three Million Users

Free Realms Hits Three Million Users

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Kid-friendly free MMOG Free Realms continues to scoop up users by the millions, having recently passed the three million mark less than two months after launch.

Oh wait, now I get it. It's Free Realms not just because the realms are free in the abstract sense, but because the game is literally free to install and play. In any case, free certainly is a popular word these days (as it's always been), because Sony's family-friendly MMOG just announced that it's gotten even more popular in recent times by hitting the three million player mark, a scant seven weeks after its launch.

Sony Online Entertainment's John Smedley estimated that about 500,000 people join up every week. So, among the dozens of free MMOG offerings out there, why does Free Realms have such appeal? "SOE worked diligently over the past four years to ensure that Free Realms would take the online space by storm," Smedley said.

Maybe it's because Sony keeps offering free (there's that word again) stuff every time the game hits another million. This time around, Sony's giving out the "3M Pet Party Pack," which will let you outfit your in-game pet in ridiculous things like an argyle sweater.

Or it could be that Free Realms is actually good. When we last reported on the game hitting the one million player mark less than a month ago, Earnest Cavalli wrote that Free Realms "surprisingly offers enough quality content to please both discerning parents and wide-eyed youngsters."

Release a pack with a keyboard to go with that sweater and you'll have another user to add to your millions, SOE.

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It's not hard to garner members when your mmo is free. (Read: Runescape)

But what has it done for us lately?

Vern:
But what has it done for us lately?

Vern, my new best friend. You officially have won the internet. Good day.

I still havn't gotten around to joining up Free Realms, but it does look interesting and I am in need of some MMO lovin', preferably free MMO lovin'.

A free mmo! I never heard of such a thing being so popular with the kids *cough* Runescape *hack*. Other than that I blame the commercials on cartoon network?(I think so not entirely sure)

Is it a genuine MMO or is it a chatroom for children? The way Keane describes it the game could be either...

D_987:
Is it a genuine MMO or is it a chatroom for children? The way Keane describes it the game could be either...

I haven't played it, but Earnest said it's actually pretty substantial for this kind of thing.

Ok, call me crazy, but I just checked out the Free Realms webpage... and it actually looks half decent. And... I think I'm going to try it out this weekend (don't hit me!)

Maybe I'm just a sucker for shiney sparkles and winged avatars.

I fully expect to run into a bunch of idiotic 8 year olds who's inane banter and incompetent play ruins my fun, but I will restrain my compulsion to immolate children until that actually happens.

YES. KEYBOARD CAT!

Oh...and...the accomplishment is good, too, I guess.

Its called "free realms"? Brilliant! WoW should change to World Of Free! Yea i know thats not going to happen. back on topic, more proof that free things are always popular.

i soooooooooo want it to beat wow

When I read this title for the first time I thought it said.
"Free Realms hits three Muslim users"

Isn't the true test of popularity whether even a small handful of those 3 million users stick around for more than a week and a half? Otherwise you can just chalk it up to a kid-focused advertising blitz that lost its steam after a couple of months.

But it is free and doesn't look like it has anything to do with one of those gawd-awful live-action Disney properties or the music they barf out. So no harm, no foul.

(I of course will try it out. Cats in sweaters? XD)

That's all bullshit. The media will think that the game has a total number of 3 Million players when in fact it's nowhere near that many. It's presumable that the game ads around 500.000 accounts a week. Notice that accounts do not equal to players.

World of WarCraft has 11.6 Million active accounts and have sold around 30 Million accounts but that doesn't mean they had 30 million players.

Keane Ng:

D_987:
Is it a genuine MMO or is it a chatroom for children? The way Keane describes it the game could be either...

I haven't played it, but Earnest said it's actually pretty substantial for this kind of thing.

I'll be the judge of that!

EDIT : Curses - my laptop does not meet the minimum requirements...

=(

What the hell?!?

My computer doesn't even have the right specs for Free Realms?

Fuck this, I hate my damn PC!

*goes to cry in a corner, knowing fully well that he will never play even the basics of PC gaming...*

Forgot this completely awesome FREE mmorpg... I want more keyboard cat!

xmetatr0nx:
Its called "free realms"? Brilliant! WoW should change to World Of Free! Yea i know thats not going to happen. back on topic, more proof that free things are always popular.

Like syphilis.

Jumplion:
I still havn't gotten around to joining up Free Realms, but it does look interesting and I am in need of some MMO lovin', preferably free MMO lovin'.

Yeah does look interesting.
Anything thats free should be taken. (Except flyers from strangers on the street)>

So... this a kids and parents only thing? That seems to be how they are marketing it. No young adults?

If there are lots of kids online in Free Realm, who knows how many paedophiles are gonna be there?

Jumplion:
What the hell?!?

My computer doesn't even have the right specs for Free Realms?

Fuck this, I hate my damn PC!

*goes to cry in a corner, knowing fully well that he will never play even the basics of PC gaming...*

You're not alone.

From the commercials I've seen Free Realms is everything I despise in popular culture; clothing for pets, shopping....lots and lots of shopping; and generally just looking like a preppy prick. Sorry, but no amount of free could get me to respect this game, or ever have a desire to play it.

Huh...target audience advertising that actually works. It keeps douche bags like me away from the kidies so I don't scar them for life, while sucking every penny away from the innocent lil'children and their parents. BRILLIANT! *hands SOE a cookie*

Now get back to work on DC universe online so I can fight Batman before the world ends in 2012.

It's actually a pretty fun game. The game feels more like a giant amusement park, essentially everything, even combat is considered a mini-game, except without the long lines. Basically combat is divided into little encounters or small to medium sized dungeons. One encounter might have you go off against 15 or so enemies, others might have you go up against 3 powerful enemies and a mini-boss'ish mob. Each encounter has a difficulty rating based on your level to see if you may or may not need an ally to go with you. I haven't tried any of the kart racing or demolition derby stuff yet but it looks fun.

A lot of the content is free yet there is a premium monthly service that gives you access to more quests, items, dungeons and classes(mostly combat classes). You can change classes at any time except during a mini-game/encounter. If you don't have a combat class selected when you go into one it'll ask you to pick one and then let you enter. The initial download is pretty light but the game streams new areas as you explore and new content is added on the fly so your install will get significantly bigger over time, it does a pretty good job of streaming stuff in so you generally don't have to wait for an area to load unless it's the first time you enter a long dungeon. The handiest thing are the teleport stones all over the world map that instantly let you get to places for free so no down time. Plus there's a feature to allow you to warp to friend's position from anywhere.

My only true gripe is that the interface has a lot on it and takes a bit to get used to and they throw a lot at you at the beginning, mostly I guess to see which aspects of the game you like.

its a fun lil game but sony need to add the option of using a controller for teh stuff like cart racers as the keyboard controls can be abit inprecise on corners sometimes...oh and you need to launch it outside the us sometime aswell since 3 million players isnt worth a damn if they're all in the us and cant take advantage of the premium stuff or buy your cards sony!

Well I decided to try it and I must say it's incredibly well crafted. That must have been the easiest way to download and start playing a game... and this is an mmo!

Calling it freerealms though? That's like calling a market free. In the 2 hours that I played I've been bombarded by situations where an NPC invites me to a challenge... only it's something only for premium members.
Then I am offered to buy something. With station cash. Which is bought by the regular kind.

It's free to walk down a market too, but the shouts of salesmen trying to sell you stuff doesn't really make it 'free'.

Well I heard this is actually kind of good.

Jumplion:
What the hell?!?

My computer doesn't even have the right specs for Free Realms?

Fuck this, I hate my damn PC!

*goes to cry in a corner, knowing fully well that he will never play even the basics of PC gaming...*

I know yoor pain.

*Sympathy Hugs for Jumplion*

I'll play it when Sony releases the PS3 version

Onmi:
I'll play it when Sony releases the PS3 version

Aha, good idea, good idea! It may not be too late for me after all! Hopefully it'll still be free to play, does anyone know any specifics on the PS3 version of the game?

first off, I was scrolling through the page really quickly and read it as "facepalm hits 3 million users." Maybe that should be saying something to me...

I've heard it is actually kinda good so I'll try it when it hits the PS3 despite it's kidish looks. Unless the PS3 version sucks of course.

Jumplion:
What the hell?!?

My computer doesn't even have the right specs for Free Realms?

Fuck this, I hate my damn PC!

*goes to cry in a corner, knowing fully well that he will never play even the basics of PC gaming...*

Shhhh... Don't feel bad.

Only the good ones gets a proper gaming PC and...well I guess you should feel bad!

MUAHHAHAHAHAHA!

Your tears feed my PC elitism!

*Turns into a bat and flies away!*

Looks to kiddy for me. I crave for BLOOD! And skulls.

And please, don't tell Khorne that I'm totally walkin' over his domain and mooning him when he ain't looking.

Oh hell no.
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