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Why don't they allow for you to have independent servers so you don't have to pay 10-20 bucks a months or however much they want to rip you off for. If I want to play an MMO, i'd play with friends I know in rl with independent servers. So how come they don't give you that option? I've play games on independent servers and I didn't seem to lag at all. So lagging is a lie, its just another way for them to make more money.
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because the point of an MMO is to play with thousands of players at once and the price of those servers is extremely expensive
    
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The answer is obvious when thought about for more than 12 seconds

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Servers, bandwidth, maintenance, housing servers in data center, cooling data center, data center security, data center maintenance, etc you get the point.
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Because its their game, and they don't want to give it out to people to make a profit off of. What you are paying a monthly fee for (In terms of WoW) are content patches that are the size of expansion packs for most other games. Don't like it? Go play another game. Obviously an MMO is not for you if you don't want to play with other people.
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Most fee based MMO's also have people that run private servers which is close to what you are talking about but it just isn't the same experience.

For one there are hardly any people on any given private server, and it sucks when trying to find a group of people to play with. They are also filled with people that exploit and cheat because the server owners have no real way to police that other than if someone reports it to their site, but then if that person gets banned they can just create another account and come right back because it's free.

The whole point of MMO's is that they have massive amounts of people that play (at least the good ones do) which is why they are called MMO in the first place. Being able to log on at like 3 AM and still see tons of people online is awesome because then you have no problem finding people to play with.

These types of games aren't fun to play if you are alone, the whole point is to play them with a bunch of people.
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Servers, bandwidth, maintenance, housing servers in data center, cooling data center, data center security, data center maintenance, etc you get the point.
this plus content updates
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this plus content updates
Yeah that was for "etc"
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Global Agenda!!

(The game, not that pay to play MMO's is someone's global agenda.)
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Why don't they allow for you to have independent servers so you don't have to pay 10-20 bucks a months or however much they want to rip you off for. If I want to play an MMO, i'd play with friends I know in rl with independent servers. So how come they don't give you that option? I've play games on independent servers and I didn't seem to lag at all. So lagging is a lie, its just another way for them to make more money.


Why don't grocery stores give you free food? Why don't mechanics give you a free tune up? Why does the government tax you? Why do you need to pay for your electric bill? Why do you need to pay for your water bill?

You pay for a service. Would you rather go out and spend $12 on a movie ticket for only an hour and a half of entertainment or cram as much entertainment you can into $15 for 30 days?

As other have mentioned, you pay $15 a month which pays for servers, bandwidth, employees, maintenance, utilities, and updates.
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