The Subscription June 20, 2012Posted by Ben in General Whinging, Personal, Sweating Bullet Points.
There have been a slew of WoW bloggers posting about the impending end of their time in the game. These waves seem to happen, and while some of the voices of the blogging community are missed, I can understand that the time comes for everyone to move on.
But this is not one of those posts.
I’ve been playing (and paying) for World of Warcraft since December 2004. For pretty much the entire time, I’ve been on the 3-month subscription model that means I pay roughly $12/month.
The amount of time in any given month that I play has been wildly inconsistent in the eight years I played the game.
When I first started playing, I was in college full-time and working 30+ hours a week. And I had a LAN internet connection that varied in quality based on the number of other students in the apartment complex that were using the internet at the same time. (Finals week made even checking email an arduous task.)
After graduating from college, I went full-time with the same employer, but that extra 10 hours of paid work didn’t fill up as much time as school had, and my play time significantly increased. Rare were the days when I didn’t log in for at least a couple of hours.
Then I left that job at a department store with a wildly erratic schedule and into a closer to 9-to-5 job. Funny enough, this resulted in less play time. Even though my boyfriend and I both play WoW, the majority of our playtime had been while the other was at work, and our together time was spent watching television. When our schedules now synced up, our TV watching significantly increased, moving most of our WoW time to the 8+hour sessions on the weekend.
What was the point of all of this?
I’ve been paying the same $12 a month over this entire period, and I’ve felt that I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it the entire time. Someone once challenged me that I could spend that money better on other things, and I laughed at them because $12 buys…
- less than two movie tickets
- maybe two mixed drinks at a bar
- lots of cheap beer I don’t like anyway
- two value meals at a fast food chain
And all of those things don’t add up to the number of hours of diversion, enjoyment, fun that I get from WoW each month.
So this is why even when I’m playing maybe 6 hours a week right now, I still feel comfortable that I’m getting my money’s worth. How about you?