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I don't understand why gamers have put up with all other pay shcemes and never push harder for this kind.
I mean the math is pretty simple.
Let's just say the norm is 15$ per month for a sub.
What that tells me is that I could have my game running 24/7 for about 30 days and it would only cost me 15$
(theory of course)
Now breaking it down into units that the publisher has agreed upon, this would make your cost about 0.02$ per hour.
A friend of mine many years ago (b4 U8) said he would never play an online game until it was pay as you play, for just a couple basic reasons.
1. What about when i'm at work.....i'm paying about 0.02$ an hour.....for what?
wage goes from 21.55$ per hour 21.53$ per hour.
doesn't seem like much but your paying for something that you CAN'T use.
2. What about when I do have time for game play and I log into a servers are down screen.
the 0.20$ downtime does not show up as a credit on my next months sub.
3. The enviroments are tied up with time sink quest that need 2b completed b4 you can move 4ward.
I don't like developers digging around my pockets for loose change.
4. Since I would only play for about 40 hours per month my usage cost should be less than a 1.00$
why should I pay the same price as somebody who play 400 hours per month.
Not being a penny pincher like my friend I often would sub into games, for years even, but there was always this little hint of ....see above, 1,2, 3 & 4 in the background reminding me that time is money. And during my game sloath years I was subbing two sometimes three different mmo's per month.
In the finacial climate of 2011, unless you have money to burn, multiple MMO's are just not an option, not for me anyway.
Furthermore; with all the options in the mmo market..... Buy to Play / Free to Play / Cash Shop / Social Media etc....
it makes you wonder why there is not more Pay-as-you-play....I know that connection time to server is easily captured and recorded.....and you already pay for your interenet connection.......so what's the deal?
Would you accept a Pay-as-you-play transactions for your newest MMO?