Is There Any Logical Reason to Pay to Play Games?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
October 4, 2007 1:39pm CST
I used to belong to a paid game site. The only reason I did this was because they had one particular game that I really got hooked on, and then they started charging a membership fee. Recently I was overcome with nostalgia so I revisited the site. To make a long story short, I joined up again but I'm having a problem justifying making a monthly payment based on the fact that I enjoy playing this one game. There are other sites that I play on, but they don't have this game. The important thing, though, is that I can play their games for free. I'm not cheap-just trying to be practical. Would you pay a monthly fee just to play one game?
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11 responses
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
4 Oct 07
Probably not, unless I know that I am going to play the game everyday and make use of the monthly fee. Is there any way you can buy the game and not have to pay a monthly fee?
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I don't know why I had not thought of that before, maddysmommy! Thank you for suggesting it. I believe that is what I will do.(:
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I would if its Mahjong Garden :)
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
4 Oct 07
Three words. World of Warcraft. Played that for over a year. I did it because friends kept pestering me to join. I've done a lot of stuff in it, both the PVP (Player vs Player) and the PVE (Player vs Environment). I finally got out of it because I reached a limit and felt satisfied with the game. And Worldwise, what I've learned is, there is really no logical reason to play the game. Its the most illogical thing you'll ever see. People play to prove they are better than others either in PVP (ranks, standings, or videos) or in PVE (guilds, gear/equipment). Others play for a myriad of reasons between that. Like playing a great game with friends or meeting new friends or new rivals. None of it is really logical at all, but then again, its for fun, is fun and some of the other things I described really logical? One persons fun is another persons torment. Another persons fun is someone else's boredom. And those who gripe at people for playing pay for online games should just let people enjoy what they wish. Would I pay a monthly fee just to play? Well I did, and there was some worth to it. Met a lot of people, a lot of gamers and had a lot of fun doing different things in game. Personally, PVP groups had a lot of memories as did a few "player arranged" server events. You should have seen the pile of player bodies at Blackrock Mountain, six different guilds made it a 24/7 warzone on one weekend. Then there were the Tarren Mill and Southshore fights that would just break out over anything and everyone was able to participate. So many spontaneous things happen in these games too thanks to other singular players or groups of players. As long as you research it and try it out first I think its worth giving these games and playing them a try. Just don't go overboard.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I really do get where you're coming from, progamer, and I know how therapeutic it can be to pass the time in doing something that gives you so much pleasure. After giving it much thought, I have decided to just buy the game. I might consider joining another online site that I used to visit on a daily basis. They only charge a one-time fee and you get to play as much as you want. I don't think that would make me feel so guilty.
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
4 Oct 07
I've never payed to play a game online. It wouldn't seem worth it to me. Anytime I'm playing a game that isn't paying me in some way, I feel like there is something else I should be doing anyway. So I get up and clean my house or bake cookies or something. lol There are a couple of games that I do play when I don't feel like actually working or posting on mylot, but they both pay with points that can be traded in for real prizes. So then I get to play guilt free. lol
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I see your point, carlaabt, but I am a serious gamer who puts quite a bit of time into it-just for fun. My grandkids got me started on the game systems when they were growing up, and I've just gone over to pc games most of the time now.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
4 Oct 07
Well a little bit like you here. I joined a paid game site also because of this game I loved to play and didn't find anywhere else. I don't even play much online, but this one I love to play with my friend who is in Portugal. I pay each year and the amount is low enough for me not to really complain.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I can't even claim to have made a friend to keep me there, arkaf, so I am going to purchase the game.
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@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
4 Oct 07
Nope, not just to play one game...LOL. However, I got hooked on the games at pogo.com and have been a member since 2001. I joined as a paid member as soon as they offered it because I loved the idea of no intermissions. Now I've gotten over 850 badges (talk about addicted!), a mini with more clothes than I own, friends that will be my friends for a lifetime, and there are always new games coming out. Also, I pay by the year since it's cheaper in the long run. If you're just interested in the one game, try to find out if you can download it and play it whenever you want for a one-time only fee. Pogo allows that with their games.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
5 Oct 07
You are a serious gamer, claudia! I'm serious about games myself, but I have certain games that I play on each site. When I just want to pass a bit of time, I will download a game to play on my desktop. I think that my best option would be to buy the game and I will be able to play it whenever I want to.
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@abhax123 (1696)
• India
6 Oct 07
none i can see
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I always said - no way am I paying to play a stupid game. But, here I am, paying for 2 different sites. One is pogo.com - I kept getting free trials and after a couple years finally broke down and paid the $35 or whatever it was for the year. I figure it's a minimal amount, and I do have lots of fun there. I also pay for betzip.com, although I don't play on that one nearly as much as I used to. I might cancel it, but it is fun when I do have time for it...
@buwald (271)
• Netherlands
5 Oct 07
well, lets take one of the most played ones: world of warcraft. this game has the potential to be life consuming. so, it costs 20 euros per month. i dont play it, but i buy other games, about one per month, or more. now lets look at the price of the new games: 50 euros. so if you play world of warcraft instead, you can come out at a cheaper cost.
@fab315 (1242)
• Philippines
5 Oct 07
Hello! I love playing online games. But I only choose those sites that offers free games. I personally would not pay a monthly fee just to play one game as I get bored playing only one game. I like playing different games. What game is it? What's the name of the game? may I ask. Because if you're hooked already in playing it maybe you can download it or buy a cd and install it in your pc, then at least you only have to pay once not monthly. That's what I do actually if I like some of the games online and you have to buy it, then i'll try download it or buy a cd then install in my pc. But if that game is only available in their site and you really like it, ask yourself if it's worthit paying monthly fee for it and if the price is right and you're happy then go for it. Enjoy playing. *smile* ciao! c",)
@pismeof (855)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I am curious WorldWise,I thought that if you won a game that you were rewarded financially. Isn't there a pot for everyone that plays the game and then you compete against each other for a prize? I always thought that's how those game sites worked.
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
5 Oct 07
This is a great discussion question worldwise1. For me, the answer would be No, I would not pay for a game site b/c there are so many of them out there that are free. Just like with the e-cards, many of them want us to pay for the cards and there are so many free ones, that I am not going to pay money for an ecard when I can get them for free. But....if you really enjoy this one game and you frequent the site often, say on a daily basis, it might be worth it to you to pay the fee. I think it is going to come down to a personal choice. I'm curious as to other responses on this one too. I know my son used to hooked on some online gaming sites and I think he too paid for some of them, but that was before he got married.