I went ahead and signed on for the Annual Plan this weekend. It was pretty simple. Reminded me a lot of signing that stupid two-year agreement with my cell phone carrier. You still pay however you want (per 6 months for me), you're just "obligated" to continue paying until the end of the contract period.
The concept has never really bit me in the arena of cellular devices, and I don't really expect it to in WoW. Even with SW:TOR, Skyrim, and AC: Revelations (to name the three games I'm most interested in this holiday season), I will still likely being logging into WoW a couple times a week for raiding and PvP stuffs. I'll also probably run the occasional holiday boss.
Really, if you figure I play WoW 2-3 hours a week at worst (which isn't very much), it's about equivalent to going on a cinematic adventure (see a movie). Those cost what, $10-$12 now? That's about what WoW runs me per month, so I'd still say it's an entertainment deal. Incidentally, books run me about the same as WoW. I'll consume the latest George R.R. Martin novel in about a month. Game of Dragons (I call them all Game of x, because I find it humorous to do so) cost me $15 in ebook form.
My value judgement is always going to be firmly based in "hours of entertainment per dollar." Gaming has generally been a great investment. Books as well. Movies... well, we usually wait for HBO to pick them up and the sub there is worth it too. I would only contemplate leaving WoW of the hE/$ falls below my persoanl threshold. And I'm still well above it, even during my most casual periods. Throw in a content patch, expansion, or fun even... that time goes up.
Speaking of Martin's Game of Games Series (Song of Fire and Ice), you fans out there may be interested to hear about our Halloween costumes. Fuu and I went as the Lannister twins. She even got a blond wig (my hair was Jaime-like enough as-is... though I did grow it out for the month). Pretty hilarious if you ask me.
We'll probably scare the parents more than the kids...
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