Originally Posted by s-x
I know this is a bit off topic, but I for one will never buy a subscription based game. Even if I played it everyday I would have still have an issue with it.. Especially when there are tons of free to play ones that are good.
Good for you.
Originally Posted by The Fryer
why when you can buy an game for 40-70.00 and play it online with friends as long as you want for free.
Most of those games are also cross platform. There's copies on the PC, Xbox360, PS3, sometimes Wii. Sales will more than likely never slow down.
PC games, well most anyway, have dedicated servers ran by other companies. There are also thousands of those servers. When you find a server you like playing on, don't you see "Please donate to keep our server alive" messages? Yes you do.
Whoever pays for the server pays that company to host it to pay their employees, utilities, maintenance, and ability to apply updates when needed (yes even servers need to apply updates to accommodated for clients to play on them after lets say Bad Company 2 releases an update).
If nobody donated or paid for the server, you won't have anywhere to play for free. Same goes for the private WoW servers. Someone somewhere is paying for it. If nobody paid, no server. Paying a monthly fee tends to keep the odds of the game shutting down next to slim.
Look at Vanguard: Saga of Heroes for example. SOE is likely making just enough to keep it going. Once SOE is starting to spend their own money to keep the game going, they'll pull the plug. There hasn't been an update in over a year for that game, and the last one was a server merge. They cannot pay devs to update it, but they can keep it hosting with a skeleton crew.
MMOs are mainly PC, so once the huge sale runs out or slows down they rely on the subscriptions to stay alive.Edited by Kvjavs - 2/16/11 at 3:54pm