The Daily Grind: Are lifetime subs ever worth it?


Seeing Champions Online’s lifetime subscription go on sale last week — for the “low” price of $200 — made me think once again what an active minefield lifetime subs are.

I mean, if you really knew you were going to be in that MMO for a couple of years at minimum and had the cash to burn, then it could end up being a good deal. I’ve only had one lifetime sub (Lord of the Rings Online), and that actually paid off quite handsomely.

Then again, it’s so easy to get burned by lifetime subs. The game could go under (Hellgate London) or you could lose interest. And that’s not even considering how studios could end up losing money in the long run from its most devoted players who aren’t paying a dime.

What do you think? Are lifetime subs ever worth it?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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