When play time is pay time...
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar hasn't launched yet, and won't until next year, but one thing's certain--it will have a monthly fee. Shayalyn suggests that online games are good entertainment for the money...as long as they're entertaining. And what makes a game entertaining over the long haul?
And that’s really what it all boils down to: fun. I’ve played many an MMO, and as long as the game entertains me, I’m more than willing to pay a monthly fee. If the game stops being fun, I log into my account manager and cancel my subscription. I may play a bit longer until my subscription runs out, but when it goes dark I’ll leave without regrets, and I usually won’t look back. The game box and disks for Final Fantasy XI, for instance, now serve as a bookend. (EverQuest 2 is at the other end. And The Sims Online, despite my shame in having ever paid to play it, is somewhere in the middle.)
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