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1-16-2009 @ 10:19AM
Oh noes, someone is trying to make money off the subscription-based MMO I'm paying Blizzard to play!For the love of God...a) If you call this a scam, then your health insurance is a scam too. You pay to cover for any damage, costs that you get in the case of accidents, or in this case server outages. If you break a limb, the insurance company will pay (a part) of the medical bills. In this case, if the server "dies", youplayweplay.com compensates for your subscription (since that has gone to waste if the server dies).Of course, if nothing happens for the rest of your life, virtual or not, you will never see the money back. If something does happen though, you won't have to suffer the full brunt of the costs. Either way, the insurance company makes money.b) If you've ever tried to get an insurance in the 18-30 aged male bracket, you will have noticed that you pay a premium, since males of 18 to 30 years of age have a higher chance of getting involved in accidents. They've got a higher chance to get compensated, but they pay a higher rate than other people.Working backwards from that argument, higher level characters have more to lose in a server. Missed dailies, raids, etc. The "damage" caused by a server outage is higher than for, let's say, a level 30 character. That damage is, or at least should be, compensated, but, conversely, you pay more. You've got more to lose during server downtime, you'll get more, but you'll pay more.With MMOs turning into SRS BIZNSS the last decade, someone was bound to come up with this (Wish it was me though!). With Blizzard's servers being "quite" stable right now, and their own form of compensation though, I don't see any reason why I should sign up for it. Of course, being in Europe helps.Would've been fun if they had chosen AoC, or Tabula Rasa, though...
1-16-2009 @ 10:27AM
Wow, I can't believe you don't get it.health insurance and car insurance all insure things of great value. Why would you insure $13 a month by paying $5 a month.You explain that to me and you can have your cookie.
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