It’s hard to ignore the long-term health of a game when it comes time to play an MMO. If one of the big elements of an MMO that contributes to the feel is a sense of persistence – and I would argue that it is – the thought that you may be starting to play just a month before an as-yet unannounced shutdown is going to temper any and all enjoyment you might feel in a game. Of course, that’s assuming you even start playing the game in that environment.
That having been said, I’m sure there are people out there who will start playing games that seem like they’re living on borrowed time, either to get a sense of the game before it disappears or just out of a desire to be contrary. And I imagine some people don’t really think about long-term health at all, preferring to just go where the fun is found. So do shutdown fears influence your MMO play habits? If so, how?