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What it's supposed to be...
What they are trying to sell you...
You pay cash for a game at purchase. This pays for the game at release and 30 days of playtime in a persistent world that is ever evolving (like adding a side or a desert to a full course meal).
Then you pay more cash over time to rent game time in the virtual world as it expands and evolves over time and your ability to enjoy these enhancements are dependant on the continued subscription. Makes perfect sense. That's why they came up with it in the first place!!
-Paying again for the added content is just ridiculous and anyone who decides to do this is holding the gun to their heads with their own hands. Everytime you make that kind of decision you are laying the foundation for the future of the MMO genre. A capitalist tainted money farm. Sounds real fun. I'm sure the bigwigs at the MMO companies really flipped their lids when they tried this scheme and it actually worked!
FTP MMO's on the other hand are perfectly acceptable. You get the game and the playtime on the server free and you pay extra for new content and add-ons through the store. Makes perfect sense. If the add-ons are to expensive people shouldn't buy them which will force companies to sell them cheaper thereby balancing out that economy. Makes perfect sense.
It also forces them to actively develope more systems and constantly come up with new ideas to keep customers in their stores.
There is only one method to get developers to create MMO games that are affordably priced and deliver the content and enjoyment that the subscription or monthly value of store purchases demand.
1) Stop double paying for something you already deserved in the first place!
2) Don't pay prices for in store items that equate for more than the standard monthly subscription cost / enjoyment factor!
If what you buy to make a game fun is costing you more than 15 bux a month then you are getting ripped off and are allowing the company to exponentially increase their profit while not providing you the "entertainment" you deserve.
"I'm not cheap I'm incredibly subconsciously financially optimized"
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