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Games that let you buy better gear or allow you to make better items then everyone else at a faster rate and then makes the game largely unbalanced even for people who have skill in the game without paying.
Dude, you've spent like 400 bucks on this game so you can beat everyone who hasn't spent any money. Pay-to-win noob!
by Icupeverynite February 07, 2011
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A tourist to sub-orbital or orbital space, through commercial space flight programs.
Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson alongside their crew became the first astrotourists, while visiting sub-orbital space in July 2021
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The sad proof that gaming is in its most dead and soul-less state so far.

Several games nowadays have the option to pay real money to enhance the experience of the player, often frustrating him unless he pays up.

Good ways to milk players of the money they thought they wouldn't spend in the game include: energy bars that reduce the time he can devote to his game, huge timers that need to be reduced for the player to be able to continue his journey, better gear to deal with players that don't want to pay, and, the most common one, the existence of a currency in the game that can't be earned without your credit card.

Pay-to-win is sadly increasing everywhere, from small games on Kongregate to medium-sized browser games such as Epic Duel, to the larger games where you need to pay to unlock certain features, such as Injustice and Mortal Kombat.
Zynga is the ultimate pay-to-win Empire. I am yet to find a game of theirs where they don't try to reach for my pocket.
by Carlão the Pimpslayer September 23, 2015
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Being a noob who cant get his/her own skills, so they pay real money that skilled players would rather not waste to get an unfair advantage that should not be there
(Most Online Games With MicroTransactions Here) is such a pay-to-win game! I spent hours grinding for the PTS Sword when he bought one for like 20 bucks instantly!
by The 8-Bit Gamer April 09, 2016
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Pay to Win is a situation in gaming (usually MMOs or Massively Multiplayer Online games) where companies allow you to buy items or advantages with real money that cannot be obtained normally by playing the game.

An exception to the rule is that if an item/advantage can be obtained in-game but the acquisition time is unreasonably long, that can also be considered Pay to Win.
You can only get the top-rated equipment in this game from the real money store... this game is Pay to Win at it's worst.
by Kaedan August 09, 2018
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Paying real life currency to beat players who are inherently better than you in any game.
I'm so glad I pay to win in Hearthstone for all my cards, or I wouldn't even have a shot at beating the actual good players!
by BetterPlayer February 25, 2014
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Random guy: OMG! DCU Online is is FREE TO PLAY!
Day one purchaser: God fucking damnit
Random skeptic: You mean pay-to-win, right?
by Flash Dude December 15, 2011
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