The Daily Grind: What would get you to throw money at your MMO?

    
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Forget sparkleponies and loot boxes: Sometimes what game studios try to monetize isn’t even remotely close to what we truly would like to buy. I don’t spend a lot of money on MMORPGs these days, not because I’m super-stingy and hate supporting developers, but because they rarely offer options that are worth my dollars.

For example, I’m all for purchasing gameplay content. If the Secret World series actually started pushing out more frequent story packs but charged for them, I’d be OK with that. Or if World of Warcraft wanted to sell housing? Take my kids’ college tuition, please. And if any MMO wouldn’t mind selling the ability to switch classes at high levels, then I wouldn’t even think twice before entering my credit card info.

Would would get you to throw money at your MMO? What would not only get you excited to purchase but also seem deserving of your cash?

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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I prefer subs precisely because I’m rarely motivated by cash shop offerings.

When I do plop down money, it’s usually for pets or mounts. Occasionally cosmetic armor. However, if my aethestic and the designers’ don’t match, that doesn’t happen. I always struggled to support GW2 because their cash shop cosmetics were often too over the top for me.

I’ll also put down money occasionally for convenience items (travel unlocks, more bag space, etc.), but that’s not the good kind of support, IMO, because I generally resent it. It’s the developers throwing up road blocks in order to inconvenience me out of my money.

I never mind paying for content like expansions and DLC’s.

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Dilly Dolly

I prefer FtP + expansion(s) since I don’t have that income to ‘hand over to’ a game every month.
GW2 recently released the hummingbird mount skin I think it is cute; and their fashion IMO is really out of place, or just doesn’t fit the temporary fashion like most KMMORPGs have.

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Mewmew

I’ve had a bad habit of spending too much on gaming, a habit that I’m trying to break right now. There are still things in games I will buy and want to, but I’m trying to limit my gaming budget compared to the past.

I will buy almost anything feline related in a game I am playing. I have been obsessed with kitties since I was born basically.

I have spent way too much in gacha and lockboxes but am trying to limit the amount I spend there now. I’m no longer going to lockbox my credit and money to death, even if it is kitty related. But if it’s stuff I can buy straight out (or maybe earn, like the systems that let you trade in for stuff you actually want after you draw so many of the ones you don’t want) I’ll get it.

I plan on buying numerous Elswyr related things for instance after the Elswyr launch for Elder Scrolls Online, because kitties :D

What I would have bought in the past is much different than what I’ll buy going forward. I sat down and figured out the money I spent on games in the past year and it wasn’t a number I will admit to anybody. I need to change my bad gaming spending habits.

I’m looking more towards monthly things that give us good return on our investment and such now. Most subscriptions aren’t worth it for me because despite loving games, I don’t get on a single one and play it that much. I have limited gaming time each day and skip around a lot.

Subscriptions that also come with a IAP currency stipend that build up for me over time can be worth it. I recently had to cancel my Secret World Legends sub because you *have to* log in each day for it to be worth it. You don’t get anything if you don’t log in. Where I keep my Elder Scrolls Online sub going all the time because I get IAP currency no matter if I log in or not. You’re getting currency worth the subscription price, so as long as that keeps happening I will keep my sub going to ESO even during my very long breaks when I’m not playing it, because when I get back I got all that currency to spend in the cash shop.

Maybe Funcom should look at this and change something up with their sub so it’s worth keeping for people who don’t log in every day.

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Steven Williams

I’m deep in FFXIV so any IRL merch regarding the game, really. On the waiting list for Shadowbringers’ collectors edition; finishing reading through Encyclopedia Eorzea before I get the sequel; thinking about some posters.

In-game? I’m happy enough. Will drop an extra 10 bucks so I can change my race to Hrothgar once it releases.

Few old friends of mine bought the class boosts. I don’t get it – I enjoy leveling alt classes, and it doesn’t take that long.

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Benjamin Northrup

sell me power directly, and i’ll buy it. i won’t by chances at power, but i’ll buy power. and cool costumes.

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Vaeris

My monthly subscription being due…
…oh, and a full on expansion.

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MurderHobo

Do what the cowardly “triple-A” studios refuse. Stick it to “the man”. Be disruptive. Break from the herd and risk losing everything.

The more you piss off the established industry and flip the bird at convention, the more likely I am to pour money at the project.

I don’t ever want to play a themepark again. I do not ever want to throw money at someone’s gankbox or e-sport project, and never in my life do I want to game on my @#$%ing phone.

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Vaeris

and never in my life do I want to game on my @#$%ing phone.

Whew, it’s always good to see confirmation that you (meaning me) aren’t the only one who feels passionate about a topic.

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Dilly Dolly

Support.
I never want to game mmo on phone.

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nomadmorlock9

Based on my track record at the moment it seems to be internet space ships….

I don’t mind paying to support gaming companies that make games I like. I don’t mind paying for content, I would buy cosmetic items or housing, but I would never buy anything which would be pay to win. I wouldn’t be playing those games to begin with.

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Randomessa

I throw money at Digital Extremes every time I get a 75% off platinum coupon (which is twice this year already). I’ll also be buying the digital Tennocon pass. Even at that rate it’s less than the cost of a new game box or key for something I play for at least an hour daily.

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Oleg Chebeneev

If WoW switches to semi-LoTRO model. Where you can unlock every expansion’s content and once unlocked, it is free for all your chars. For example if you unlock all vanilla, your freemium is now up to 60 level. Unlock TBC/WoTLK and you can level to 80 doing all quests and dungeons.

If price isnt big, like 10$ per expansion, I can see myself diving in for achievement hunting, 100%-ing PvE content and some world PvP.

I should probably suggest BLizzard adding this since they dont loose much with such option and will get additional money from people who prefer it, particularly twinks.

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Koshelkin

I’d be all in if we’d get something original and thoughtful again.