I've been a member of Amazon Prime since 2010. My subscription was set to renew today at $99.
I do enjoy the benefits, but I've found it's not always as great as it seems. For instance, some used books are Prime eligible so it's free shipping, but the prices tend to be higher. You can pay $.99 + $3.99 for shipping, or $4.99 with Prime and free shipping. I've seen this enough times to feel my Prime membership was useless when it came to books.
Instant Video is cool, but I can't stream over data on my iPhone. And I couldn't use it at all when I had an Android phone. This makes the service useless to me most of the time.
Amazon's music service was getting cozy until I started uploading music not purchased through them. 250 song limit? I have over 400 songs by Bob Dylan alone. Google's free limit is 20,000... think I'll start using that.
All things considered, it's no longer worth it. I understand that it's hard to keep adding features and services at no additional cost, but as the consumer, I have to worry about my bank account.
No hard feelings, Amazon. I'll still use you here and there, as you often have the best deals. However, it's time for me to be free, and no longer feel obligated to use you for everything. Hell, I may even check out a real store.
I know a lot of financial decisions have to be made when estimating server load at a game's launch, but is there really no other way? Nearly every big name MMO, or always-online game, is an absolute mess on release. How many potential players/subscribers are they losing by not having the game be accessible while it's at its most momentous?
It seems like it would make more sense to take the financial hit in the beginning and load up on servers. At least then you can adjust down if the population decreases rather than trying to catch up, and rendering the game unplayable.
How crazy is it going to be if the same thing happens with Elder Scrolls Online? We'll get that inevitable and familiar statement, "We are thrilled with the response to Elder Scrolls Online. As a result, however, server load is above our expectations blah blah blah." while thousands of people are soured on the experience.
Here's hoping FFXIV is the last time this happens. You gotta' know what to expect by now, big name MMO makers.
P.S. I am completely ignorant on the topic, and have no idea what I'm talking about.
I visit Reddit more or less every day. I like that they promote free speech, and the community has done great things for people. But then sometimes a large amount of users get behind something that sucks. This is from today:
It's just lame, and shows that a lot of people's sense of humor is disconnected from their conscience.