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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 9:21AM (Unverified) said

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No. With Second Life it's exactly the opposite. I use it every day but I absolutely refuse to be a Premium subscriber until Linden Lab does something to improve the dreadful customer service. Or at least curtails their more abusive practices.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 9:31AM Yukon Sam said

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I've done this on multiple occasions. The economic term for what I was buying is 'option value' -- I was paying to retain access to my characters and property, in case I wanted to drop in out of nostalgia, to check out a new system , or to chew the fat with other old-timers.

But at an average of $180 a year, it's a bit expensive for option value or as a world preservation contribution.

These days, if I have a particular interest in a game, I tend to buy the lifetime subscription up front. That takes care of the option value. And I'll be happy to contribute to the legacy game funds -- when the legacy games reincorporate as non-profits under the direction of a player board. That gets me the warm fuzzy plus a tax write-off.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 9:38AM real65rcncom said

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No.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 9:42AM DeadlyAccurate said

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Of course not. I'd no more do that than I'd keep paying Ford for my car once it's paid off. I don't walk out of the theater and toss the box office clerk an extra $10 to "support" the movie I just watched.

MMOs are a business. I'm a customer. As long as they're providing me a service I can enjoy, I'll pay them. When that ceases to be the case, I move on.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 9:47AM Rhodanum said

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Usually yes -- mostly since I tend to buy game time in six month or one yar allotments, just to not have to worry about monthly installments and inputting my debit card details each and every single time (there's something wonky going on in regards to my card and most online transaction systems, save for PayPal).

Of course, this comes with the risk that I might not be playing that game in one year's time, but usually I'm not too bothered by it. If I like a game enough to buy that much game-time, then I'm not bothered about continuing to support the product until that particular period is over, even if my own time in the game has been reduced drastically, for whatever IRL reason.

Then, of course, there's the RIFT subscription I'm keeping open for a family member, with the added perk of being able to pop into the game world now and then.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 10:06AM DarkWalker said

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In my case, it really depends:

- If the dev/publisher seems too greedy to me - for example, if they charge for too many things I think should be free - I'm not going to give them money unless I absolutely need to, even if I do like their games. Currently, this is how I feel regarding EA, Blizzard, and SOE.

- If I don't think I will be able to play at all, I will unsubscribe anyway.

Otherwise, as long as I have some money to spare, I might keep a couple subscriptions to games whose developers I want to help, even if I only play them once or twice a month.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 10:09AM Lucidus said

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NO.

I get my money's worth of fun, or the sub goes bye bye.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 10:13AM FrostPaw said

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lol No.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 10:13AM mmogaddict said

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Yes.

I even brought a lifetime account to Gods and Heroes cause I felt sorry for the Devs there (Once I was the only player on the server... at 'peaktime'

My current list of subs is :

WoW - cancelled this month after SWTOR beta

AoC - still subbed (But take long breaks) - 50/50 on cancelling, the game is still crap in places but feel like staying subbed as it's a little unique in it's attitude and as much as I don't like Failcom I do want ot see more games take a risk.

WoT - F2P so doesn't matter

LotRO - Lifetime (go back to it every few months)

DCUO - Lifetime (but rarely play)

EvE - Been subbed for 6 years, probably played around 8 months (139mill spa btw)

PoTBS - No longer subbed as SOE stuffed up my sub when they went F2P and I've never bothered to resub - but it's also F2P now so it doesn't really matter.

EQ2 - just cancelled this month but have several months left - cancelled due to SWTOR beta.

Perpetuum - not renewing - expires end of December - cancelled due to SWTOR beta. Probably played 1 month out of 12. Again it was KINDA different (even if it was a copy of EvE)

G&H - Lifetime - Decided to help the devs - felt sorry for them.

DDO - F2P but have purchased most of the packs outright so it's almost like a semi-lifetime account now (play infrequently but again it's a unique game and I like Turbine from the early AC days - even if AC2 was a disarster).

I normally go Lifetime when I can because in the scheme of things my online hobby is a rather cheap. Also that way I can freely move from game to game as my desire takes me rather than being locked into only 1 or 2 games for an extended period of time.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 11:20AM Ocho said

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@mmogaddict Although I find the amount of $ you spend on NOT playing games unimaginable, I agree with the Lifetime sentiment. A lifetime account, especially on a game that you enjoy, is a great thing. You can come and go as you please, not having to worry about getting the most out of it that month. I'm really regretting never getting one for LotRO, and now I feel like I've spent too much on the game over the years subbing on and off to make it a worthwhile purchase now.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2011 10:22AM ledgerhs said

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Depends on what kind of direction the developers are taking that game to. Sometimes I just burn out grinding some MMO and go play other games. If i like what the developers are doing to it patch by patch, I'll keep myself subscribed nevertheless.

If not, then no. :)

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 10:29AM (Unverified) said

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yes. for another 11 months 24 days, i will be helping blizzard sell the idea of Pokemon to their 109 million users. er, 11 million customers, er, 4 million US/AU/EU players.

i have already helped Star Trek Online with a lifetime Sub so they can make new and disturbingly cliche and derivative Tribbles instead of game content,

so it's only a natural evolution to turn the $78 i pay every 6 months to WoW. into coffees for the game animators creating Pokemon in an MMO RPG

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 10:54AM Barrikade said

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Only until I realize I'm still paying. If they really want my money, they have to make something worth paying for. If I stopped playing, clearly they didn't do that.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 10:58AM Saker said

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Would that there was one out that I actually felt was worthy of spending money on like that (for not playing? Isn't that obviously self-contradicting? That I like it so much to support, yet don't actually play it?).

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 11:10AM nimzy said

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Paying for something you're not using because of some misplaced consumer guilt is laughable.

Most of the time it's people paying for those three-to-six month subscriptions that aren't using them--and only because companies don't prorate refunds as they should. I wonder if anyone's actually filed a complaint over it?

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 11:11AM Ocho said

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I have, accidentally... and only once. I could have really used that $45, so no, that will not happen again. If I leave a game, my money comes with me. In the end, I saw exactly how much I paid for the game in total over the long run, what exactly I was getting out of it, what I can't get out of it now, and was not happy. Will I sub again? Sure, but most likely just to unlock stuff only available to subs that will remain with the character afterwards. It will be a LONG time before I pay a sub longer than one month again.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 11:22AM (Unverified) said

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God no.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 11:48AM Topbear said

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No , I did forget about my warhammer account for a year though , which kinda sucked

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 11:52AM kahnbloodbane said

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yes I do, I'm doing it with ultima online in hope that someone will look it back at what it offered and make a new generation MMO with such of depth in customization housing, worlds, and so on, I also keep on paying rifts (I play it from time to time I just can't find the time to recently!) and will keep on for alot, because I love how developers are taking effort in it, I did buy a lifetime subscription when opened LOTRO and when came out STO to promote them and hope that more MMO makers will come out (whych been the case..) I also pre-paid several years of fallen earth and played it alot I really liked the crafting system and the pvp of it. the only thing I'm not paying anymore is EVE the devs idea of the game doesn't match mine, griefing and scamming isn't pvp, pvp is another thing.

Posted: Oct 28th 2011 11:55AM Jeromai said

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Yes, if I agree with the long term direction of the game, I'll remain subbed.

Partly this has to do with convenience and options to oneself, I game hop quite a bit and like a change of pace every couple of days - if I had to jump through resub hoops and re-enter credit card numbers just to check an MMO out, there's less chance I'll be inclined to log in. I've observed I'm less likely to check RIFT out casually because of the two factors of password and authentication I paranoidly signed up for.

Partly I want to support the devs of a game I like, and retain a small (but not neglible) "vote" of declared interest in a game. If the game churns out content I enjoy, well, the sub pays for that, the content will be around for me to enjoy when I pop back into the game whenever.

If the game takes a turn that I no longer wish to pay for, then that's a good time to stop subscribing and stop the support. If enough people think like me, it can have a discernable effect on profit numbers and future direction. If not, then I probably won't have a reason to ever want to return, and logically it's also time to stop spending that money.

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