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POLL: Ad-Free Monthly Subscription Option?



  • UmbroodUmbrood Member UncommonPosts: 1,809
    As a person who generally despise advertising in all its forms this is one of the few places were all ads are relevant to my interests in some fashion I really do not mind them as much.

    I still voted yes though, it would be an option for people who wanted it, have no impact on those who do not care, and might bring in more high quality content to the site, I do not see a downside here.

    Originally posted by Jerek_

    I wonder if you honestly even believe what you type, or if you live in a made up world of facts.

  • BlecodBlecod Member UncommonPosts: 43
    Okay I should have voted yes. While I personaly would never buy something like this, I still thinks its  great idea.
  • IceAgeIceAge Member EpicPosts: 2,635
    MikeB said:
    Hey everyone,

    We just wanted to take a quick poll to get your thoughts on the idea of us offering a $2.99/month ad-free experience option here at

    Is this something you would be interested in us offering as a way to support the site?

    Please vote and share your thoughts with us below!
    Don't want to tell you how to do your job ( or whoever is in charge ) , but actually I am gonna tell you that your monetization sucks big time.

    I mean who in the right mind is monetizing his MOBILE website ( with GAMES related news ) with ....... google ads!?

    Plus , you are asking if people agree with a 2.99$ ad free sub. This is also a very bad marketing. You are losing potential revenue. Sure, you might get some stable revenue , but will never actually rise. 

    Anyway , my option will be to register to some exclusive websites which monetize mobile traffic very good. One of the best is : . They have the best CPI payment. Empire Kingdom for exemple , at some point payed between 1.5$ to 5.17$ for HQ countries traffic. And that only for a user to click the banner, download the game from the app store, and open it. That's it ! Easy money.

    Also , they have a very good random games system from the ones you want. So you pick say 7 games which you believe will do well. They will rotate with each new visit from the visitor ( or you can write a easy php banner rotator , or just google for it ) . 

    With your alexa traffic of 5k ( shit, just check it and it droped to 16k ) , you could easily generate few hundreds or even several hundreds $ daily. 

    Monetizing is everything. So .. good luck !

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  • MMOman101MMOman101 Member UncommonPosts: 1,712
    I am not subscribing to any website.  If the non-subscriber gets too annoying I just won't come here anymore.  The only problem with polls like this is, just because someone says they will subscribe does not mean it is true.  People will always be more likely to spent hypothetical money than ream money.

    You  should move forward with the best business plan for the long term health of the site and forgo the results of this poll.  If you are in the black and don't see the red coming why risk the change.  If you are in the red and need to find away out, do what you have to do. 

    I would highly advise against a change if the site is in the black.  More bad then good can come from it.  If it is struggling, you might want to advertise that before you make the change so that people will understand and not just get pissed. 

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  • Ice-QueenIce-Queen Member UncommonPosts: 2,483
    edited January 2017
    Maybe if it also had available beta keys and giveaways priority to those paying the subscription. :) Either way not a bad idea to have a subscription to support the site.


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  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Member EpicPosts: 2,380
    edited January 2017
    An option is a choice.  Why would anyone want less choices for their community experience?

    The only issue I would bring up is that if the free, advertisement version, started ramping up the adverts to a higher level, then I don't support this change.  I don't visit some sites with quality content simply because of how they present their ads and exploit my clicks.  

    For instance, if there's a top ten and I have to click next for every single entry on a top ten list, just so their site gets ten+ clicks for ad revenue, then I never visit that site again... I don't care what they have to offer, it's not worth my exploitation for the information.
  • AmatheAmathe Member LegendaryPosts: 7,630
    I have no objection to you doing it. But I would not be interested. I like your ads. Your ads are things like hot chicks with big boobies in bikinis with swords. Why would I pay money to make hot chicks disappear? 

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  • Cybersig211Cybersig211 Member UncommonPosts: 145
    edited January 2017
    adblock is free though....

    maybe a paid option for diehards here and give them some form of noteriety when posting or sure this site still gets dumped a bunch of keys and give aways...just give em to the paid members or something...

    or know...clean the site up a bit...and people might wander here for info.

    ive been harping for years to clean your game list up, so i can easily find new mmorpgs, rather than the giant dumpster of ancient and dead mmorpgs, non mmorpgs, and buried in there actual new mmorpgs with little hype...which is why i use to use this site waaay back in the day....and maybe then more people would frequent here.

    that whole ban everyone phase back in 2008-2010 was pretty much the nails in the coffin over here though...that was a bad idea that drove a lot of people away who used the game subforums often.

    As it stands i find steam a better place to discuss most games...though id kill for a website that kept track of active and new mmorpgs that would otherwise fly in under the radar...not saying ditch the dead games and non mmorpgs...just maybe make another tab for them.

    But honestly it take like 1hr to click through your game list and see all the dead games or games with no forum option...or games that have no website anymore ect...

    neglect is hurting this sites functionality, and those past ban waves drove away a lot of the community that made hanging out here worth it...
  • fivorothfivoroth Member UncommonPosts: 3,916
    edited February 2017
    I don't see how it could hurt. As long as  people have both options it's fine. If you made it so that the website requires a sub and removed the option to view/post without a sub, then that would outrage some people.

    If you just added another option, then people who don't like it can continue as it is now - free with ads.

    i hate intrusive ads but I would never use something like ad blocker. I don't understand the people who use ad blocker. If everyone used it and no one wanted to advertise anymore, how would websites make money. Advertising is great as it keeps a lot of things "free".

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  • fivorothfivoroth Member UncommonPosts: 3,916
    LynxJSA said:
    Asheram said:
    Will there also be a cash shop? And seeing that theres a subscription option will the said cash shop only sell cosmetic items or will there be p2w items as well?
    If you're trying to win at forum posting, you're losing elsewhere. 
    You lost at detecting sarcasm. It was obviously a light hearted joke  :p

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  • BeefFandangoBeefFandango Member UncommonPosts: 31
    Clearly absurd idea, your content is not worth a subscription (no offence). The question fundamentally is this... AM I prepared to pay for to continue... the answer is, no, sorry, but it has become clique and self-absorbed of late. Sorry, no. 
  • BeefFandangoBeefFandango Member UncommonPosts: 31
    filmoret said:
    Aori said:
    filmoret said:
    Yes but only if you promise not to get annoying ads that make people want to subscribe.
    To late?
    I can't tell if you are serious or just being silly.  I'm gonna vote for silly because if you are serious then well I'm sorry you look at life this way.
    wrong! If the option is subscribe or be bombarded with ads as a F2P then the whole idea will fail. Basic comprehension, mate. 
  • KabaalKabaal Member UncommonPosts: 3,042
    edited February 2017
    If this was implemented i would be very surprised if they didn't block access to the site/parts of the site for adblock users the same way a lot of other sites are now doing. That would leave you the option to either subscribe or turn off adblock. There are of course ways around that but the majority of users wouldn't be aware.

    10 years ago when sites like this were more relevant i might have considered it as back then the content was much better, new MMO's were releasing all the time, betas for new games that weren't just fluff garbage were a regular thing. That time has long since past.
  • TaiphozTaiphoz Member UncommonPosts: 346
    edited March 2017
    Your site and community is going the way of VHS, CD's and soon BlueRay, you were once the bastion of MMO news , a place where mmo's ONLY were discussed, a place where you could get close and open beta key giveaways to upcoming games, a place where you could get and find fellow gamers to mmo with.

    That's mostly in the past now, Gone are the regular mmo keys, Gone is the sense of community beyond the forums, gone is the focus on MMO's, these days its just about what random new game with multiplayer is has caught peoples eye, games a lot of your older users are not interested in because you know, THEY ARE NOT FKN MMO's.

    Dont even get me started on the 10 year old site theme, web designed has advanced a lot in the past ten years you might want to look around and see what your rivals are offering.

    And your actually considering offering a subscription method ? Are you actually joking ?

  • ArChWindArChWind Member UncommonPosts: 1,339
    Would be very welcome from me. I may actually start visiting more.
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  • Ellie9021GabrielEllie9021Gabriel Member CommonPosts: 3
    @emily26 hi
  • dswag22dswag22 Member CommonPosts: 19
    Can anyone get me an account for trying it out!
  • 13thBen13thBen Member UncommonPosts: 120
    Why not remove all annoying and unrelated ads? Can it be done?
  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel Member EpicPosts: 10,879
    I probably wouldn't do it for 2.99.  But I would like to support youse guys.  

  • ScotchUpScotchUp Member UncommonPosts: 228
    Adblock wasn't for stopping ads, it was made and used so we didn't get infected from certain ads that did spread malware. If you could declare the fee would block all ads then I would be fine with it. 

    Just a lot of ads that tend to sneak through a lot of sites protections they have setup. So AdBlock will always run on my systems. 
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  • BitterClingerBitterClinger Member UncommonPosts: 438
    Is this idea still viable? Let's get it going and sign me up. I mean, we are talking an 'option' here. Members who don't want to pay can carry on as they always have, and those of us who don't want to be afflicted by the ridiculous ads on this site can make them go away while still supporting the site.

    It's a Win-Win.

  • AtmaDarkwolfAtmaDarkwolf Member UncommonPosts: 353
    As long as its something decent (like a buck or less a month) i would be on board. Sadly there is no 'voting' option so i assume that was closed.
  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 29,611
    I already give to some patroon creators I don’t see why I wouldn’t give to the place I have been coming to since ... what? 2004?
  • MensurMensur Member RarePosts: 989
    I would pay. Since this is my first go to site everyday 

    Proud member since 2009! 

  • MagararMagarar Member CommonPosts: 8
    @MikeB it can be good
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