The $200 Question

If your current game offered a lifetime subscription for $200, would you take it? I have friends who are looking back at their years in Asheron’s call and thinking, “Wow, I could have saved $500 by now with that deal…”

: Zubon

8 thoughts on “The $200 Question”

  1. $200/$15 a month = 13 1/3 months. Assuming that there is another major expansion next year for WoW, then it’s almost a reasonable purchase. I expect to play WoW this year until LotR comes out, but I expect to eventually return and level various alt characters. (aka Rogues are fun!)

    Or, you can look at the price as a per-hour basis. I judge a game’s price by how much time it will be worth playing. I just paid $60 for Crackdown, and I consider each hour of play worth $2.50. After 24 hours of play, it will have paid back its investment. At $200, you’d have to play 80 hours to make your “money back”… it’s not the same at all but something to consider. I’d probably take a lifetime plan with WoW at this point, but not necessarily with a new MMO. I’ll gladly take a discounted monthly rate instead.

  2. Perhaps if they allowed you to do it outside of pre-ordering. Paying for more than a year upfront possibly without having played the game is too much. You can also never tell when you will sour on a game (like I have with WoW). Then I compare it to Guild Wars and I think, so $200 or $20…. hhhmmmm… Kinda makes you wonder why one is so much cheaper than the other.

    I really think gaming companies need to come up with some more flexible plans. At the moment I can’t really stomach the idea of playing WoW, but I wouldn’t mind it so much if I could play with my friends. However I’m unwilling to pay a monthly fee for the occasional hour or two of play so Blizzard get nothing out of me.

  3. Not only would I do it, but I think I’m going to with LOTRO. It would not only lock me down to play it and have fun, but it would keep me from feeling obligated to play a game just because I’m subscribed to it. The model is fantastic in my opinion.

  4. The one thing I haven’t seen stated anywhere is… if you choose the $200 lifetime membership, are you charged immediately or at the end of the “free month” that comes with the game?

    If its immediate, that’s annoying… if they wait until the end of the 30 days, it means you can play for 29 days and then cancel if you wind up not enjoying it.

  5. It’s too easy to look in retrospect and say ‘Oh, I would have saved money if I’d gotten the liftime TiVo subscription 8 years ago’ (and I would have). Or ‘I would have saved a ton if I’d gotten a lifetime WoW subscription’ (and I would have). It’s a selection bias, because you only think about the ones you’re using now.

    If I’d gotten a lifetime subscription to AC, DAoC, Shadowbane, EQ2, Lineage2, Planetside, AC2, ATitD, CoH, Eve, or a half dozen other games I’m not playing I’d be pissed. Because I’m not playing them and I’d be out a lot of money.

    I don’t even buy multi-month plans for games I’m pretty sure I’ll be playing in 6 months. I’m buying flexibility, and it’s usually a good bargain.

  6. Jason,

    “This Founder Pricing Option is only available if the Pre-order Product Key and Launch Product Key are activated for an account on or prior to the Expiration Date (i.e. 30 days after Launch).”

    From that I would guess you don’t have to commit to a pricing option until just before the first billing cycle would occur. Maybe Meghan can confirm it for us?

  7. I would consider $200 for a lifetime subscription, on three conditions:

    1) I can purchase it at anytime, regardless of how long I had played
    2) The box price was creditted towards the $200 price
    3) Every month I had payed a normal monthy fee was creditted towards the $200, with any extra applied towards expansions.

    I dont see that happening anytime soon.

  8. In order to get the $200 lifetime subscription you have to pre-order but you don’t actually have to commit the $200 until after the game has gone live. You must activate your key from your pre-ordered copy within 30 days of the game going live and at that time you’ll have to decide if you want to take the $9.99/month or the $200 deal. At least that’s how the info on the pre-order page reads.

    So basically, you have to be willing to make a $50 commitment (the price of the game) up front in order to reserve the option to get this deal. Since doing so also guarantee’s you a shot at playing the game a few weeks early and you’ll have up to 30 days after live to decide I think it’s a good deal all around.

    And yeah, I’d bite on a $200 lifetime price for a game I was interested in.

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