The Daily Grind: Are you prompt about unsubscribing from MMOs?

    
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Having a lifetime subscription is another valid approach.

I am going to make a confession: I am terrible about remembering to unsubscribe from games I am no longer playing. Guild Wars 2 and The Secret World are nice for not asking me to subscribe in the first place, but odds are good that it’ll be at least a month or two between the date when I know I’m not going back to the game and when I actually remember to cancel my subscription. I vote with my wallet, but not always in a timely fashion.

Of course, I imagine that most of you are a bit better about remembering to go and cancel your account and not spend money on a game you no longer wish to play. But I suspect I’m not the only one who gets distracted and sort of forgets. So are you prompt about unsubscribing from games you’re done playing? Or do you tend to let your subscriptions linger a bit too long?

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KristoferNathan
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KristoferNathan

I’ve gotten to the point where I now automatically unsub immediately after subbing even if I intend on continuing m subscription.  Too many times I have subscribed or resubscribed to an mmo after an absence and the excitement wears off after a week or two and I forget about it until noticing a charge on my bank statement.  Better safe than sorry these days.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

Nanulak Good point. It’s like folding a hand in poker after you’ve already put a lot into the pot.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

Estranged That’s a great idea. If you want to resub again for another month, it takes seconds to do so. But canceling at the end of the 30 days, it’s easy to forget.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

I used to let them linger a bit too long, until I wisened up and starting giving myself calendar reminders a few days before each subscription auto-renewal. Also, being reminded that they are stealth taking money out of your accounts is a good reminder of the “am I getting what I’m paying for” value. Not being reminded of your payments are one of the many tricks you use. Auto-charge the credit card, and then auto-debit the card from your bank account, with auto-deposit of your paychecks… It’s easy to forget what you’re paying for.

Alodarn
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Alodarn

Last game I was subbed to was City of Heroes, and I kept the sub going until the bitter end, wish I had played it more.

ChristopherDavis4
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ChristopherDavis4

I tend to unsub from a game and change to another during first week of a month while doing my budget.  I’m very prompt when handling my money so I am likely to already be unsub before balancing the checkbook and credit card statements.

Sinaptic
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Sinaptic

Once my decision is made I end it and move on.

Caerulei
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Caerulei

EO_Lonegun If more MMOs did this, gave an MTX currency stipend, you can bet on I would subscribe more often/longer.  Additionally, evening getting “free” stuff from the microstore is more likely to get me to buy from it in the future.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Absolutely. Though I haven’t been subbed to a MMO in over a year, I think.

d41k4t4n4
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d41k4t4n4

Now that you mention it :) … I never unsubscribe. Still have my DDO and SWTOR accounts active, somewhere in cyberspace, and it has been more than 2 years since I played those games.