Due to a quirk of timing, my three current, active, recurring online gaming subscriptions will all lapse in the next ten days.
Those subscriptions are:
- EVE Online
- SOE All Access
- World of Warcraft
I have a habit of subscribing in 3 month increments and then quitting a game just after the billing date passes, leading to a long lag time between cancellation and the actual end date for access. I always start a game with an optimistic point of view.
Certainly, subscribing to EVE for 3 months based on Incarna was an act of the purist optimism. I could have saved my money and gotten about 95% of the entertainment just watching the fireworks that ensued. But I felt I had to be there.
SOE was the combination of getting back into EverQuest II and running around in EverQuest on the Fippy Darkpaw server. EQII lead to quick burn-out with our guild leveling effort. The EQ adventures were fun, and I keep thinking I want to go back, but somehow it always ends up being the 4th item on a list where I can only manage the first three. Even now I am tempted to keep the subscription on the off chance I *might* find some time to play EQ. But the rational part of my brain knows that there is really little chance of that happening.
And then there is World of Warcraft, which I could of sworn I cancelled back in April, but which billed me again in June and, well, there you are. Here I was telling people I was part of the 600,000 departing players and I wasn’t. Well I will be soon. I saved that cancellation confirmation email just in case.
And so all of my recurring subscriptions will be gone. Even my daughter became bored with WoW, Animal Jam, and her brief fling with Free Realms on the Mac. Instead she now seems intent on devouring every bit of Warriors literature. So her subscriptions as well have all lapsed.
If I had achieved that state say, five years ago, it pretty much would have meant NOT playing any MMOs.
Well, Lord of the Rings Online is an oddity, in that I have a lifetime subscription, so technically that has not lapsed, what with the game still being up and me still being alive. (Lifetime meaning their lifetime or mine.)
But the free to play options are pretty broad at this point. Even if I did not have a lifetime subscription to LOTRO, I could still be playing it. Likewise, because we focused on the EQII Extended server for our Norrath experience, I can still go back and play there as well.
And the options available now that do not required a credit card are wide and varied. I have spent a good chunk of time with World of Tanks and Need for Speed World, neither of which require anything beyond account creation and a client download.
I think back to the early days of EverQuest, when there was some anxiety about thing like whether your characters would be saved if you unsubscribed from the game. There were, if I recall right, a couple of subscription MMOs that did just that. But now you would have to be insane to consider deleting characters, given how many players return to a game at various intervals.
In a way, EverQuest and EVE Online are hold-outs from a different time, each being available only as part of a recurring subscription plan. Even World of Warcraft has an unlimited trial these days. I wonder when Rift will go that route?
The world has changed, as it has a habit of doing.
Where once if I had said my subscriptions had all lapsed, I would be playing no MMOs, now it just narrows the field of choice a bit.