My Little Pwnies
Ah yes, another blog post about the recent announcement from SOE to release $25 mounts unto Norrath. There are a lot of those posts out there today, so you’ll just have to hear me out.
First of all. Did you know that over the last 5 years, the cost of pretty much everything has gone up? We’re not just talking video games here but homes, groceries, gas, every day things. Movies, books. You name it, and over the past five years it’s probably gone up in price. Even stamps have been steadily rising for the past few years (at least here in Canada). I do have a point.
One thing that has not really gone up over the time that I’ve been playing, is my subscription fees to the games I play. I think they may have risen once actually but the $15 cut off has been pretty steady for a good number of years.
Do I mind when a company comes up with another method of earning some money? No, of course not. It’s not the company being greedy, it’s the company doing what they’re supposed to be doing. They’re a business, and their job (I’m talking the ‘suits’ here, not the developers, not the community relations people) is to – you guessed it – make money.
Over the years games that lose players (it doesn’t matter what the numbers are, just that over time players move on, it’s a fact of the gaming industry) are forced down a number of paths. ONE of those paths is to entice new players to play and thus increase their revenue. Another, is to offer little ‘special offers’ to those who are already paying for the game, to entice them to spend more money.
No one is ‘forcing’ anyone to pay for a mount. In fact, SOE gives away so many dang mounts I’m surprised they went this route. If you bought the boxed version of The Shadow Odyssey, you got a cub mount that leveled up with you. If you bought Sentinel’s Fate Collectors Edition there was another mount waiting for you there. Every month paying customers receive 5 “free” booster packs to Legends of Norrath – where guess what, you can also happen upon another mount. Guilds can purchase mounts, there are mount vendors everywhere.You can buy mounts with shards, and if you can afford to support the game even further then you already do by giving your $15 away to SOE every month – and want to look a little more unique, then by all means, please help keep the game I love afloat and support it through RMT.
Am I personally going to purchase one of these mounts? No, I can’t justify the cost on my budget. If I had the spare cash then by all means I’d have no issues supporting a game that gives me hours of entertainment for $15/m.
Remember, everyone votes with their wallets.