File under “silly.”
As part of the revamp of the SOE website, they have now added a savings calculator to illustrate the advantages of Station Access.
They are apparently worried that the current target audience for Station Access has problems multiplying $14.99 by the first seven positive integers.
I supposed it is good to know that I would save nearly $75 a month over normal fees if I played all seven of SOE’s subscription based games.
Just for the record, those seven games are, currently, EverQuest, EverQuest II, EverQuest Online Adventures, Vanguard, Star Wars Galaxies, The Matrix Online, and Planetside.
The calculator is a little less helpful about my savings if I only play one or two games.
Sure, there would be zero savings… and an additional cost of $15.00 or $0.01 for one or two games.
If you choose one game, you are encouraged to play more games.
While at the two game level, you are told that you can have access to more games for just pennies.
Technically, that should be “a penny more a month.” 2 times $14.99 is $29.98, or one penny less than the monthly cost of Station Access.
Maybe they were right to worry about people having problems with multiplication.
I have no doubt this was approved by the same person who thought banner ads all over the site (though not on the Station Access pages) were also a good idea. More cow dung!