In Defense of the New EQII Subscription Plan April 21, 2010Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EverQuest II.
Tags: EQII Passport, MMO Subscriptions
Total rip off. 1/3 the price for 1/10 of the access? That’s horrendous.
-Dave, in a comment on my post about the new EQII subscription plan
Not that I am picking on Dave, but he does succinctly state what people seem to be objecting to when it comes to SOE’s new subscription plan for EverQuest II, the EQII Passport.
Sethial, in another comment on that post, calculated out that the cost per day of a normal subscription is 50 cents while with this new plan it is $1.66. Again, a seeming blow against this offering.
Certainly, looking at in a raw numbers way as above, this subscription plan does not seem like a good deal.
So I want to approach this via analogy.
Okay, stop groaning! This will be a pretty apt analogy, not some sparkle pony bizzaro world dream analogy.
I used to have a cell phone for which I paid $35 a month.
For that $35 a month, which included all taxes, fees, and whatnot, I got 1000 minutes of air time. So the cost per minute of air time was 3.5 cents. This was also in the days before minutes rolled over, so when the billing cycle was up, any unused minutes went away.
I gave up that cell phone and its plan for a pre-paid cell phone that charges me 25 cents a minute for calls. That is a little over seven times the cost per minute of my old plan.
The problem for me was, in looking over my phone bills for a six month period of time, I was using about seven minutes of air time a month. Seven minutes.
So my calls on the old phone were actually costing me five dollars per minute.
The pre-paid phone was clearly a better deal for somebody like me who is almost always seated within reasonable proximity of a land line telephone.
And so, while I am sure there are people out there who log on to EverQuest II every single day and who, thus, are really paying 50 cents a day for their play time, I am equally as sure that there are people out there who only log on a few days a month and who are probably effectively paying, per day, something very close to this new plan.
The price per day measure is interesting, but only works out if you’re using every single day, the way that first cell phone plan would have only worked out for me if I was using a lot more minutes than I was.
An all-you-can-eat plan isn’t a good deal if you’re not hungry or on a diet. One size, and I speak as somebody who is 6’3″ tall when he stands up straight, rarely ever fits all.
That said, I still find the “three consecutive days” clause to be a deal-killer for me. Perhaps if I was in a group that could coordinate and have a monthly EQII weekend it might tempt me. But for general use, the consecutive days just axes the appeal. I’d like to see somebody from SOE explain why they chose that particular restriction.
Still, as I said, I am glad that SOE is offering something new, and I am sure that somebody out there who will read about this new plan and think it is right for them.