I live in South Africa.
For the uninformed, we have pretty crappy internet, pretty crappy exchange rates, and pretty crappy income compared to the rest of the world. We're technically still a third world country.
I've been playing Guild Wars for over a year now. I have 4 accounts. one for myself and my girlfriend. One for Storage (Thank you Anet for such limited storage) and one for friends when they visit. We also play Dungeon Runners once in a while. You may notice these are all free to play MMO's.
We have stayed away from purchasing sub based MMO's mainly due to our lack of credit cards. Game cards are not easily come by either.
I entered a competition on MMORPG and actually won! w00t. I received my Tabula Rasa yesterday. I was pretty excited about this as I was a beta tester and player on Ultima Online years ago when I still worked at Electronic Arts.
This was a unique opportunity to feel the waters of sub based MMO's. I ripped off the shrink wrapping and installed the game. My excitement was soon to end.
Ignoring the massive 600MB update that it had to download before I could even start the game, I went off to playNC website to link the game to my account to start playing. After a few attempts I realised I cannot register the game account without entering Credit Card information or Game Card.
The Game supposedly comes with 30 day free play when you purchase it, however you HAVE to buy game time before you can get the 30 days free play! This is an outrage! If I had not won this game I would be well on my way back to the shop I bought it from. How does the gaming community take this kind of rip-off ?
How does a company justify charging $40 for a box with manuals! You don't pay for the 30 days, thats for sure.
I have packed Tabula Rasa up and placed it on my shelf with the rest of my games. It's a pretty box, but I will never play that game. I don't see us playing any other subscription based MMO's in the near future either. I'd rather save my money for the next version of dungeon runner or Guild Wars.
The whole experiance has left me feeling very cheated.