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What does P2W mean? I've heard it used in reference to various free to play games.

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Seriously? You can't take a moment to search for P2W? –  Clara Onager Sep 29 '12 at 19:11
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@ClaraOnager We as a community don't enforce the "general reference" policy. If a question is too basic or doesn't show research effort, you can simply downvote it. (Downvotes on questions are free!) By the way, the question is more than a year old; I honestly have no idea how googleable the answer to this question was back then given that the F2P phenomenon was still kind of b(l)ooming back then. –  badp Sep 29 '12 at 20:51
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@ClaraOnager have you ever Googled something and were sent to a forum where everyone said "duh, everyone knows that, look it up yourself"? Instead of getting the answer you want, you get berated third-hand. We do not ascribe to that philosophy. –  Nick T Oct 1 '12 at 16:29
    
@badp - not enforcing the general refeence policy means you end up with a lot of poor quality questions. –  Clara Onager Oct 3 '12 at 7:37
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@ClaraOnager My personal opinion is the internet isn't a better place to be when we litter it with pages with a question and a "learn2google nub" banner below it. We aren't drowning in low quality questions just yet; we'll react when that'll happen. –  badp Oct 3 '12 at 9:01

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It means "pay to win".

Generally, it's used to describe games that have a cash store where game items can be bought with real money, and those items are perceived as too big of an advantage.

In essence, if you don't spend additional money, others who have done so will have the upper hand.

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