Lot of money, but yea - it's a bet. Let's hope it turns out to be a good one :)
I'm still skeptic on Star Trek online. I haven't tried it yet, but Champions online didn't really do anything special for me, except for offering, possibly the best character creator ever seen in an mmo. I'm afraid I will feel the same way with STO, unfortunately, but I might be totally off here.
Haha wow, I'm not sure I could ever buy a lifetime subscription fee. Even if it removes the "guilt" of a monthly fee, I'd rather be charged once a month and be able to get out of it, rather then realize I spent $250 on a lifetime subscription for a game I don't want to play.
What's the smallprint like for the lifetime subscription? Are there any clauses that mean they could release an expansion pack six months time, and say that the expansion pack content isn't covered by the lifetime subscription, and force you to buy a new subscription for that?
Jeff, I think you're wrong when you describe this as poor impulse control. This is more of a consumer mania. It's brilliant to see, and I occasionally wonder how you can afford all this shit, but Jesus, dude. You remind me of a friend and I in college. Neo*Geo cabinets anyone? There's a reason my fraternity has an arcade with Mark of the Wolves and Twinkle Star Sprites...
Thing is, you will probably end up playing it for like 6 months, and you just threw down 300 on it. Now you might play it out of guilt past what you would play with a monthly subscription simply because of how much you dropped on it. Either way, good luck. I hope it ends up being worth it for you in the end.
Yeah, it's sneaky of them, but also kind of shitty, because like you said, they're asking you to bank that money solely on the performance of the beta. Well, and I guess your nostalgia/familiarity with the license. That's a hell of a lot of good will they're asking for.
So you now have to play, and not just log in and look around, but actually play at least one day each month for 16 months before you get your money back. Lets hope this goes well. SWG didn't make it 16 months before they completely rewrote the game and turned it to trash did it?
I would easily pay that for WOW.. im not a hardcore wow player but my subscription has been active since the day wow came out because i do enjoy playing it and i understand that feeling you have, i blow free time doing nothing in wow just for the sake of playing it because i know im paying for the month, i want to get the most out of it.
" WHAT! Just do an endurance run and you'll get that $300 back in no time... YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE "Endurance Run! Endurance Run! Endurance Run!....Come on everybody, i'm sure if we all chant loud enough, it could actually happen....Endurance Run!!!
Stupid money to pay for any game. I don't care if the game lasts 10 years. The fact is it will be a miracle if you are even still interested in it 6 months from now.
Just pay in 3 month blocks and be done with it. People are starving and you are going to drop $300 on a damn game? Give me a break.
The problem is that yes, you love the game today. Sure, you'll love the game tomorrow. But -everyone- falls out of love with a video game eventually, and MMOs are no different. People stop liking them eventually.
Imagine a kid who was crazy about Gears of War 1. He would play his Gears of War constantly. No one could best him in a shotgun duel. Well, Gears of War 2 comes out two years later. Now he wants to play that instead.
There will always be a new awesome game that comes out which will soak up all your time. And this is why no single game is ever worth 300 dollars, IMO.
" @Matte_G said:Oh shit, we've figured it out!" WHAT! Just do an endurance run and you'll get that $300 back in no time... YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE "That's it! That's what this all means. STO will be the new endurance run. End off. "
I'd pay $300 for a lifetime subscription to EVE. That will be around long after I've gotten my money's worth for the subscription. I have no certainty that Star Trek Online will be around in two or three years. More, I don't see it keeping me entertained for more than a couple weeks. At absolute most, a couple months. Just like every MMO out there. Putting the mechanics of WOW in a Starfleet skin doesn't suddenly make it more playable. In other words, yes, I'd pay $300 for a subscription to an MMO. Currently, I'd only do that for EVE. In general . . . the MMO that would be worth a life time subscription has yet to be created and I'm excited for it to be. I'm really tired of getting worked up over each new big MMO only to discover it offers nothing more than the last twenty that I've played and that I wish I hadn't had to pay $50 for the game.
Just selling a lifetime sub means the makers have little confidence in the longevity of their game.
It's extra crazy when you look objectively at the qualities and weakness of Star Trek Online. I wouldn't even pay $20 for a lifetime sub to it.
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