The Daily Grind: How much of your gaming budget is spent on MMOs?

    
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There was a time in my life when my budget consisted of two basic line items – things I needed for survival and video games. Everything else was superfluous. At that point, video games made up a good chunk of my budget. My overall spending on games has gone down over the past several years, but my spending on MMOs as a percentage of the whole has gone up; I didn’t buy anything in the Steam sale this summer, but I keep up my subscriptions to games, I often buy cash shop fluff, and so forth.

Of course, we all have different amounts of money to spend on gaming every month. But for some people, $100 on MMOs is barely any part of their monthly gaming budget, and for others $5 on Star Wars: The Old Republic is pretty much it for the month. So today we ask you, dear readers – how much of your gaming budget is spent on MMOs? Do you buy a lot of games and spend comparatively little on MMOs, or do you spend most of your money on MMOs regardless of an actual dollar amount?

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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Mewmew

For PC – not a lot these days really in comparison. I spend hundreds every month on mobile titles, with generally a smaller amount going to PC stuff.

Though I still do spend on PC stuff too, it’s usually more reasonable amounts, not the $500+ I put into mobile “F2P” games each month. I’m trying to break that trend, however it’s not going too well so far.

The amount spent on these free to play games compared to the amount I get back is pretty minimum really. I get so much more out of my Humble Bundle subscription than I do from what I waste on mobile stuff. I’m sort of addicted to lock boxes and am trying to break that addiction but not trying hard enough yet.

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Anstalt

For the last 5 years, nothing. Whilst I’ve tried out a lot of MMOs, either through open betas or F2P, none of them have been worth playing so I’ve not spent a penny.

However, before then, I’d say probably 60% of my budget was MMOs.

My game time was closer to 99% MMOs – when I find one I like, that is pretty much all I play. But, I would still purchase the odd offline game, typically something I could play splitscreen with friends. I would usually buy older games, but even at £10 it was still more expensive than a month’s sub. I would probably buy one new release a year for £40, so again, that overshadows 4 months of sub or a new expansion.

Now, if you factored in cost to upgrade my PC in order to play MMOs…..

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Malcolm Swoboda

Almost nothing. When I’m more able though, I’ll certainly spend $10s a year, maybe $100s (aka $10s a month). I am certainly never going to spend $1000s a year. Subscription would only be to 1-2 games at a time.

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Little Bugbear

$30 (enough for two subs, one for me one for the BF) is my MMO limit for the month. MMO’s have to be really good for us to pay for a subscription, and when they get old we drop them. Normally we don’t even hit $10 a month in free to play or buy to play games.

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Sashaa

Most of it. When I like an mmorpg, I don’t mind spending money on it.

I play 3-5 non-mmo video games per year.
If I wasn’t playing mmorpgs, I think I would stop playing video games altogether.

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Loyheta

haha this reminds me of the Nvidia survey I took the other day.

Anyways it is usually a really small portion since subscriptions are comparatively inexpensive to new games. Most new mmos haven’t caught my attention so I haven’t been buying any. So my 12/mo ffxiv sub is not much. (a number? 10% tops)

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Cadaver

So far in 2017 I have a spent a grand total of US$65 on gaming, and 100% of that was spent on one MMO (GW2 box + $10 cash shop). It’s been an atypical year and I would usually spend more on gaming, but I have too many untouched games in my Steam library to justify any additional purchases.

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Rottenrotny

Currently subscribed to… nothing! For once.
I’m only playing SWL at the moment and I’m Grand Master there so no sub required.
The only $ I’ve spent in the past month is $20 on Aurum for SWL.

That’s all the $ I’ve spent on MMOs recently.

Other than that the last things I’ve purchased were Mario Cart for the Nintendo Switch.

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Paul

Most – I usually pay for 2 or 3 MMO subs, maybe a small amount of cash shop stuff (never more than a sub in a month). I’ll typically only buy 1 or 2 (often none) solitaire games a year.

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Roger Edwards

Despite being a lifetime account holder, I spent £300 on Star Trek Online last year. That went on new ships and lock box keys. Some of the keys got used. Others were sold in-game via the exchange to get energy credits.

I have also been subscribing to LOTRO for a while because there’s content for me to catch up on. If there’s something for me to do, then I’ll pay.

I also buy new and discounted single player games. Some titles I’ll happily wait for, like the Friday 13th game. So far this year, I’ve bought For Honor and Sniper Elite 4 as soon as they were available. I also last night, I pre-ordered the Gold Edition of Shadow of War. So that’s about £180 spent on single player games already.

So to answer the question, although I don’t have a gaming budget per se, it would seem about 50% of what I spend on gaming goes on MMOs and the rest on single player games.

I also don’t have any major regrets. Gaming compared to other hobbies isn’t as expensive. You can do it indoors, naked and full of gin without the authorities being involved.