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1-16-2009 @ 10:42AM
The inability for people to understand this concept, combined with the vitriol of their response, astounds me. Lets run it through a little.1) The player pays Blizzard for what amounts to a full month of 24 hours a day playtime. Any time that the player is not playing is a loss in potentia... if you're not playing, you're possibly losing money, since you've already paid for the ability to play during that time.2) The player has therefore paid money for something he considers to be of equal value, ie the ability to gain entertainment whenever he wishes.3) Sometimes the player cannot play due to circumstances out of his control, EG high queues or server outage.4) This company has offered to 'insure' against those points of return-on-revenue loss, with a premium of $6. 5) From the player's persective it's a gamble... will his character be unavailable for six dollar's worth of time that he would want to be playing, and would he therefore 'not pay' for the downtime.6) It's a gamble for the company as well. Will enough people pay the $6 so that any particular server won't be down for more than the not-down money making time.It is exactly the same as insurance... you are insuring against the revenue-loss of your asset (playtime) not being available when needed. As such, it's not a scam, it's merely the founders banking on a) Blizzard's server uptime track record and b) the level of annoyance of a player feeling 'scammed' at not being able to play.Personally I see the biggest potential of this offering being a wakeup call to Blizzard to offer a pay-for-play payment model, the way some asian-market MMO's do.
1-16-2009 @ 10:51AM
Why? If you can't afford $15 a month then how do you a afford the monthly charge for the internet or the electricity powering everything.It's dumb. If you can't afford the monthly fee then quit playing all together.Paying EXTRA money on top of money you already deem "too much" is the wrong way to solve your problems.As well insuring your time that you are using to play a game that is a "time waster" isn't a good argument either. That assumes you look at the GAME as a job an in that case you are mentally handicapped.
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