Should I Cancel My EVE Online Subscription?
I’m having a bit of a dilemma at the moment because my EVE Online monthly subscription just renewed a few days ago and yet I haven’t logged in for a week or so. I’m still very fond of EVE but I’ve been incredibly busy with moving apartment recently and checking out other MMORPGs so it’s kinda fallen to the wayside.
Currently I’m subscribed to three MMOs – World of Warcraft, Aion and, of course, EVE Online. Is that too many? My personal limit usually sits around two as, quite frankly, I just don’t have the time to play any more than that (even one is a stretch sometimes). This of course is the perfect example of one of the major flaws with subscription based games. There tends to be a threshold for the acceptable numbers of hours playtime per month to justify the fee. Of course that threshold varies per person but ultimately we need to feel like we’re getting value for money.
My big problem is that I keep thinking “I still like the game, I will probably log in and play it a lot sometime soon”. This thought is what kept me paying a subscription to SOE for EQ2 for about three months, long after I really stopped playing it. Maybe I just have more money than sense.
I know there’s a big movement now towards micro-transactions and pay-to-play although I doubt we’ll ever really see the latter take off in the West. What I’d definitely like to see though is some sort of restricted subscription. Maybe something like you can pay reduced fee but only get to play the game for X number of hours a week or in-between certain times of the day. A lot of other services like mobile phones, broadband connections, TV packages and gym memberships offer this already so maybe it’s not too much of a stretch for MMORPG companies to swallow.