There have been some good comments on my initial thoughts post the other day, some of them regarding the "Year Sub" deal Blizz is offering. Mostly, I've seen folks talking about the motivations behind the deal, what it means, why they're doing it, etc... but not whether or not the writers are going to actually take it. So I wanted to open it up... irregardless of the reasons behind the deal, are you taking the sub?
I probably will. I've not interrupted my WoW service for, what, four years now? What's one more. And I get a free game to boot. I wasn't planning to play Diablo (just have never really gotten into the series), but why not? I've paid my way through content lulls before, so that doesn't really scare me. I mean, how would it be any worse than any other summer right before an expansion? Besides, there's still plenty that my guild has left to do.
On the flip side, if I wasn't able to play with all my friends, I might have second thoughts. I suppose I could analyze it and worry that this means Blizz is going to completely ignore WoW until the xpac comes out, effectively creating the worst lull we've ever weathered. It could well mean that I'm paying for sub-par customer service.
Let's be honest, though. Hasn't Blizz always sort of set the standard. Haven't they been above average consistently? So even if they were to drop, might it be merely to "average," which is still pretty decent. I guess my overriding feeling is: How bad could it get? Seriously. Toss the ethics or theories aside for a moment. How bad would it be for you, personally, in your chosen game-play style.
I would wager there are two sorts of folks. The kind that will cancel and re-sub as they feel the content merits, and the kind that simply pay another monthly bill and don't think of it too much. I'm more of the latter. Does this really affect my type of player? Is it really enough of an enticement for the former type to give up their autonomy? I wonder how many people it will swing.
Let me know what you think... not about why they're doing this, but rather, if taken on face value, who this is for. Who will it sway? Who will it remain unmoved?