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5-17-2011 @ 5:59PM
Whenever I hear about premium services that will cost extra, I tend to become indignant, too. Then, I consider that the WoW subscription rate hasn't changed since launch, and I'm spectacularly grateful for that.The one-day one-park admission to one of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort has risen by 50 percent since 2004, from $54.75 to $82.00 per person. If Blizzard had similarly raised its "admission" price by that rate, it would be more than $22.00 per month now. WDW is wildly popular, in fact it's the most popular vacation destination in the entire world. WoW is wildly popular, in fact it's the most popular MMO game in the entire world. Blizzard certainly could have raised its subscription rate, and I would still be willing to pay it just like I'm still willing to pay Disney theme park ticket prices: because they are incredibly good -- if not the best -- entertainment values for my money.Offering premium services that cost extra that I may choose to ignore without affecting my ability to play the game as an alternative to raising the subscription rate that I must pay to play is all right with me. Thank you, Blizzard Entertainment!
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