Elem3nt;3247087Host servers with the capacity to hold hundreds of thousands of players, now times that by about 30 servers. That there costs a large amount of money. Now hire on thousands of game masters, forum administrators, patch developers, stability testers, patch implementors, and the thousands of other staff that is required. That on its own costs millions per year. In order to do all this and at the same time make a decent profit you HAVE to charge a monthly fee. I will however say that 20 dollars a month is much too high, 10 maybe. For everyone saying that oh but guild wars is free. Guild wars is also not operating on the scale of say world of warcraft, plus they are going to be constantly releasing expansion packs with will generate millions in revenue. I don't understand why people do not understand this. In the end it's simple if you don't wanna pay to play, dont. I myself have no problems paying a measley 20 dollars a month to play a game as long as it has good replay value.
I agree with you there.
The problem is with the "If you don't want to pay, don't play." There are some people out there that may have heard about the game and really want to play it, but the server fee turns them off, or they can't afford it. I used to think server fees drove some people away from the game and they probably still do.
Maybe they don't play it because they can't pay for it or don't want to pay for it, but they really want to play it. MMO companies should sympathize with these people somehow.
Well running those mmo servers would cost alot you know.
Don't stick an add in the thread. Jerk.
Anywho, I really don't believe that it's fair for someone who has paied for a game to have to keep paying to play it. If I'm not mistaken, it was Everquest who first popularized this idea.
But in anycase, there was a time quite a few years ago (say four or five), where the idea of paying on a monthly basis was a tad foriegn. Odviosly, most games that needed online play to function got along just fine without needing to charge a monthly fee. So why would you need one now?
Odviously Guild Wars gets along just fine without needing to charge a monthly fee.
Not to mention that if you play a game like WoW, you have to use a WoW server, that is controlled by Blizzard. Blizzard dosen't have to have direct control over all of the WoW servers. There are hundreds if not thousands of clans who would like to host their own servers. But nooo Blizzard says that if you want to be offically ranked, you have to use our servers, and therefore we must charge you a monthly fee inorder to pay for the server.
Believe me, almost all of that monthly fee goes towards Blizzard profits, not expenses.
I play World of Warcraft now and then and I do not mind paying the monthly fee to keep playing, since it pays for the servers and the addition of new content. I wish my money I payed actually made the servers stable and not laggy :p
Look at it like this: When you buy a standalone game, the company that made the game is hands-off. By that, I mean once the game store buys the game for resale, the gaming company is not obligated to do anything further. They've made their money, they're done. And with any luck, they will sell enough copies to make a profit. For an online game, however, there continues to be an out-of-pocket expense. If the game runs for 5 years, then that's 5 years worth of equipment costs, paychecks, ect. Try running a server from your house and telling 100,000 people to use it. Can you afford the bandwidth cost alone? I say it's extremely justified.
if you play video games a lot then its definitely worth it...WoW can keep you occupied for a while so its worth paying 15$ a month, and when you come down to it, its only 50 cents a day. If you play a lot then its worth the money, also in p2p you get better quality, like element said in wow there are thousands of staff keeping everything in track. but in WoW they could prolly drop the price more cuz 7,000,000 (# of accounts) times 13$(lowest amount you can pay a month in wow...i think) is $91,000,000 a month, plus all the stupid other things they make money off of, transfers, selling toys, games. and all the other blizzard games. so in conclusion quit being a pussy and just pay to play
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15th September 2006
ya its justafied. someone took a lot of time to make that game and they dont even have to put it online. Its there way of saying: I don't want you to play my game but if you are willing to pay me then go ahead
Well, I think its unfair to pay and play online. I mean, ok we do agree that there is a lotof hardwork behind all these games, but still, how can you pay and then end up playing crap?:eek: id be crying over my lost money!:bawl:
I got so fed up of those old directories where you get longs lists of those paid online games-just found two new directories with lots of free online games sites and games info! And Im having FUN!:moon: :naughty:
the ones you download and pay for are probably crap...go on a site with reviews to decide if your goign to buy the game and keep paying.