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11/04/13 7:46:34 PM#21
  • Age of Conan - $190 still play it and love it, totally worth it. Currently subbed.
  • Runes of Magic - $1,200  and so not worth it. I wish I had never laid eyes or a hand on that game, totally blown and wasn't fun in the end. Ended up giving the account to a friend as I just couldn't stomach the cost anymore. This game taught me alot on how to never spend money this foolishly ever again.
  • FFXIV:ARR - $50 subbed for one month after first free month and now i'm not playing till they roll in updates (pvp/housing), really good pve game and so far worth it though I still prefer AoC overall at this point, may change later.
  • FFXI - $12.99 subbed a month for nostalgia
  • Star Citizen - $45 future investment, can't wait to give it a go.
  • Asheron's Call $40 subbed four months, always worth it to go back when feel the need.
  • Tera - $80 bought a few things and just enjoy it from time to time, not my mainstay game, but worth it and fun to go back to.
  • Path of Exile - $30 Totally worth it, go to it when I want some ARPG.
  • EQ1/2/Wizardry/Vanguard/Dc Universe/Sony games - $100 Bought some stuff in each and pop in from time to time, but least played overall.
  • Rift - $40 Bought some stuff, don't like the way the gameplay is, deleted, wasted money imo.
  • Wurm Online - $20 was totally worth it, enjoyed it while I played but don't really play anymore as don't have enough time overall.
  • Firefall - $70 this was an initial investment that I think I regret, not sure yet, but it doesn't seem to be doing good. I have some cool items and stuff and have had a "little" fun. Great graphics, kinda boring though good concept.
  • SWTOR - $80 meh, don't play it anymore, too generic for my liking, just seems dead even when people are there. Wasn't really worth it.
  • SWG - $120 spent a bit before it died, spent more before then, pretty upset it closed down, still miss it. (i listed this seperate from Sony games as it deserves its own spot)
  • Star Trek Online - $80 i've bought some ships and other do-dads. I pop in from time to time as it is different and unique, not a main game for me though.
  • Darkfall - $30 bought it played it for a month, quit. Had fun when running in large groups, solo play was rough though, too rough and wasn't enjoyable enough to stay subbed (for me).
  • Eve Online - $40 played a few months had fun, quit, was gonna come back but they deleted my account so screw them, really made me mad.
  • Hellgate London $199 yes I bought a lifetime subscription also the last time I ever will, talk about a HUGE letdown, man I was bummed. Loved the game, was fun as could be, but man they closed the game 2 months after release, this left an impression on me as far as lifetime subs is concerned and why I will not touch Marvel Heroes as I am still fairly mad with Bill Roper. This is the worst mistake I have made next to Runes of Magic, though the game was actually quite better. Still...

Total: $2426.99

So yeah, lol, i've played alot all around and the majority has been worth it and I can definitely say i've experienced alot of different types, but now I just stick to a couple and lightly dabble in others (very lightly) as I have been bitten a couple of times and other than that it has been worth it.





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11/04/13 8:04:14 PM#22
Originally posted by Braindome
  • Hellgate London $199 yes I bought a lifetime subscription

i made same mistake


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11/04/13 8:35:34 PM#23

Not much that I recall. I'm into sub games so there aren't many to choose from lately. I'm not even tied into one at all right now though I'm watching Darkfall just concerned about all the forum complaints. Whenever devs need to silence people that's a red flag so seeing if they will get it together and listen to their community. I also only play one game at a time and am not a game hopper so I research much more than I purchase or even try if it's free. I don't walk in the door if I don't have an interest in staying committed to the game.

Bought GW2 box, never spent one penny in their shop, left after the ascended gear was being introduced and they banned my forum account for saying that I didn't buy the game for a gear grind and what about pvp - around 50.

Had a Ryzom sub for about 2 years, can't explain why I left other than it takes time away from other things and can be grindy once they set all our stats back to nothing - around 250 because they charged me a fee for international payments each scheduled payment

Spent some on Wurm setting up a settlement but left some of the money behind after their payment issue made me lose trust. I just walked away leaving the unused money fearing even to login when it was a security issue. That one was funny, my bank called to confirm that I was intentionally spending the money since it was a foreign transaction. First time I had that happen but made me like my bank for watching online transactions. - around 100

Was subbed to Vanguard for maybe 6 mos then they went F2P so I ran... quickly once their announcement was final and they weren't listening to reason. I recall being the only person telling them that F2P was bad news. Their community was so desperate for population they practically begged for it, I was not of that mindset. Every once in awhile I read their forums and see that it didn't skyrocket them into international fame like the people imagined. People still found reasons to not play the game free or not - around 90

Rift I played from day 1 and stayed subbed for about 4 months? It wasn't too long. Left that one I'll blame on me, joined a raiding guild and took on too much responsibility. It made me remember why I left WOW. I don't have 14 hours a day to devote to a game. - around 120

I can't even remember any other games that were within 5 years, WAR, WOW, Runescape, LOTRO, all too long ago I played to have been in that time frame.

Adding it up it's in the range of 600-650 USD. As expected, not much.

Edit: Oh, I looked up WAR, it might barely fit into the 5 year. Toss another 200 on the barb a qua'. Stayed subbed to that for awhile and got the box.


To put reference to what I've spent. I buy expensive jigsaw puzzles that cost $50 or so a box over 2k pieces. I decorate with them when complete and I've spent as much if not more on those over 5 years.


I barely drink and I have no children (by choice as a fem) and my only debt is some bits of student loans but they are so low interest there is no hurry to push them off. My money is all mine to blow on things that bring me enjoyment because I have no real debt and have never taken a credit card. I buy only what I can afford and I know how to budget and save money. I once lived on 7k for an entire year when hours got cut at my job and I still had an mmo sub so people who say they can't afford them I know to be living in excess elsewhere.


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11/04/13 8:49:42 PM#24

$60 for Guild Wars 2, about half a year prior to its release, via a pre-purchase.

It ended up going as low as $45 from multiple e-tailers about a month from release.  ArenaNet/NCSoft basically said 'tough shit' and refused to do anything short of terminate my account refund me, which I obviously rejected.

I ended up quitting within the launch week because of how horrible their server stability was; so did quite a few of my friends.  I went back later and played on and off since then, but the launch issues really ruined  the game for me.


I have not spent money on another MMO otherwise; F2P all the way ever since I quit WoW prior to TBC's release (I did go back over the years via free game time, but that's been it).  For comparison, my friend still spends $15/mo to grind and grind and grind away in WoW and no matter what i do to try and get him to quit, he just somehow refuses and tries to defend the game.  To think he even quit in the first place..  (went back after MoP's relese)

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11/04/13 8:59:02 PM#25

A lot.  lol.

Oh you mean just ON mmos?  Not IN mmos?  (Item shops, or whatever "shop" you want to call it.)

More than I want to know, but probably less than $300 for subs/game price/itemshop.

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11/04/13 9:10:12 PM#26


Probably thousands. Not even going to try to figure it out. It will only make me depressed.


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11/04/13 9:23:41 PM#27

In the past 5 years?  Aion, Rift, SWTOR, GW2, FFXIV.

In the 5 years before that?  A whole hell of a lot more despite only playing one MMO.


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11/04/13 9:24:51 PM#28
Originally posted by f0dell54


Probably thousands. Not even going to try to figure it out. It will only make me depressed.

I've also poured a ton of money into MMOs over the past 5 years, but it's only a fraction of the amount of money I've spent on gaming as a whole. Don't be depressed by it. For me, spending money on gaming is spending money on my sanity.

I want a mmorpg where people have gone through misery, have gone through school stuff and actually have had sex even. -sagil


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11/04/13 9:25:03 PM#29

Past 5 I'm not really sure.

I did nuts out and do a bunch of SoR's in WoW for the instant level 80s.  I have 5 accounts because I used to multi-box.

Post WoW mostly F2Ps.  Three or four at fifty bucks or so.


I'd guess $1,500.


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11/04/13 9:30:07 PM#30
I can't be the only one who's actually in the black overall.  In terms of net results, I've made ~$3,000 on MMO's, but that number isn't very impressive when you realize that comes out to about $0.50 per hour haha, but at least (most) of it was fun.


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11/04/13 9:54:39 PM#31

WoW - $640 - 3 years sub, 2 expansions - I was so depressed, I bought pandas...

RIFT - $250 - 10 months sub 2 expansions - Great 10 months. I should have never bought the xpac. I played less than 15 mins.

SWTOR - $124 - 3 months sub - 79 for "digital box" wtf? - Digital download plus got me. Damn those 30 sec videos were cool.

TSW - $109 - 4 months sub  - $49 "digital box" wtf? - Played 2 months of beta, 2 months after launch, and subbed to support for 2 months. By that time it was clear pvp was not a priority at all.

GW2 - $60 - "Digital box" - Great deal huh?! I played 3 weeks... Quite expensive.

Planetside 2 - $130 - 40 alpha - 80 on weapons.... - it's too easy to buy in this game, for some reason I felt good doing it...

Age of Wushu - $80 sub - 1 full year with no digital box cost! hurray!


total - 1,393 give or take 10 bucks


All in all I fell like I wasted about $160
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11/04/13 10:46:28 PM#32

Looking through this thread I realized I did not buy any of the games mentioned... except I guess Hellgate: London.  I just bought the regular version t hat cost me $60 and remember not playing it past 2 weeks in.  That game fizzled real fast for me.  Still to this day regret the purchase.  I ended up taking my box and the cd's and setting them aflame in a fire pit at my buddy's cottage.

Any of the MMO's I have played in the past 5 years have either been F2P which never lasted long with no money spent on the cash shop or they were betas or free trials/buddy keys given to me.  Other times I simply went over to a friend's place and used their account to try the new games that came out for a few hours and goof around only to come to realize that the game is not for me and  saving the money for booze instead.

This also includes no Kickstarter contributions.  I think all the games I have bought in the last 5 years have been single player or some kind of multiplayer without a subscription Borderlands 2 or something..

As it stands now, I think the trend will continue.

No required quests! And if I decide I want to be an assassin-cartographer-dancer-pastry chef who lives only to stalk and kill interior decorators, then that's who I want to be, even if it takes me four years to max all the skills and everyone else thinks I'm freaking nuts. -Madimorga-


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11/05/13 8:39:59 AM#33

I'd like to point out a few interesting trends I see emerging:

It seems, in this thread, as though people who stick to one game generally spend less over time than people who try many different games.

It also appears that people who stick to "Free to play" games really do spend less (in general) than people who play subscription games, which bucks conventional wisdom.

Am I wrong?

edit: see sacredfool's post 

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11/05/13 8:47:05 AM#34
Past 5 years, I think around $60, $35 to SOE (EQ2 mainly, but I also spent some coins on DCUO, even though I played it very little) and $25 to City of Heroes. Perhaps a bit more (I tend to forget some spendings). Ends of 2008 was really the end of my MMO subscriptions, and these days I hardly play anything at all.

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11/05/13 8:51:51 AM#35
Originally posted by Phaserlight

It also appears that people who stick to "Free to play" games really do spend less (in general) than people who play subscription games, which bucks conventional wisdom.

Am I wrong?

You are. Free to play is made for players like the 2-3 guys in this thread that spent $1000 + on it. See the RoM posts.Everyone else does generally spend less.


For me:

RuneScape: $40

EVE Online: $50

Age of Conan: $20

Path of Exile: $15

Allods: $10


That's a grand total of $135 over 5 years, $2 a month.

Originally posted by nethaniah

Seriously Farmville? Yeah I think it's great. In a World where half our population is dying of hunger the more fortunate half is spending their time harvesting food that doesn't exist.


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11/05/13 5:38:21 PM#36

Marvel Heroes - $0

STO - $0

LOTRO - $0

NWO - $0

PS2 - $0

... there are probably more .. but still a bunch of zeroes.


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