Originally Posted by Allen86
WoW is one of few paid sub games left really. I just even got an email saying Vangaurd went free to play. Hell, Aion went free to play in europe and is going to do the same in the US...I thought NCsoft would rather see Aion flat out die than make it free to play, but that's just what the business model is all going to.One thing I can say is, Blizzard needs to do something about the whole having to buy all the expansions to play the game. My buddy tried getting me to play it for the longest and I wouldn't do it because I didn't want to spend 150+ dollars just to play WoW
(with him being he was on cata expansion) so he actually ended up buying them for me just so I would play with him. Sure, they have a deal for like 2 days a year where they give a decent deal on expansions, but unless you're in the loop, you'll never really hear about it.
It's not like Blizzard doesn't have the money, they're just greedy. They could easily just sell the last expansion for 60 bucks and give full access to all other expansions because they've already made their money on those....lots of it. You'd think they'd just want to get more people in the game but there's this 200 dollar barrier because you can't even experience end game content...and with moderate to heavy playing, that could be as little as 1-2 weeks, especially with dungeon finder. My buddy didn't buy them all at once we just figured we'd spread it out as I lvl'd but at the end of like 2 weeks, I was already level 85.
I get it, they're a company that's here to make money. But at the same time, I believe they're losing money in the long run because people who would've otherwise played the game, haven't because they see they need to buy not one game...but 4 (5 with MoP), when they could sell just the latest expansion + bring in monthly sub and have even more numbers.
WoW's an okay game, but just because it has high numbers doesn't mean "It's the best", it just means they've spent alot
on advertising it. As long as they keep that up, they'll always have lots of random people who can't play their toons filling up their servers going "TAKE MY MONEY". *Rides off into the sunset on cash shop mount*