I'd love to see a poll comparing the number of people willing to pay 5-6 bucks vs. 12.
I'm pretty sure everyone would want to pay half-price. I think you meant a poll to see how many people would stay if it were only 5 bucks vs how many people would not?
I think it was abundantly clear what I was inferring there... at least I would hope so.
Already, fairly large surveys show that FFXIV has ~50% of the population planning to pay now and ~30% planning to come back after, or a little before, v2.0. If those statistics are even remotely accurate, SE would lose a significant amount of money by charging ~$5-6 a month - more than they could gain, actually, even if it caused another 45% of the population to sign up immediately.
A poll here or on the FFXIV forums does not signify the actual number of people staying or going, as there are a TON of players who do not read forums. Not to mention, there's a poll on BG that states that 70% of players there are willing to pay 5-6 bucks whereas only 30ish% will be paying full price. If SE gets 10k subs for full amount, but would have gotten 25k subs at half price... well, you get the point. It's something they should at least be looking into. I know that of the 10 or so people I play with, 8 of them said they wouldn't be paying full price come December but ALL said they'd be willing to pay half price. Small sample size I know, but it's just a thought.
I am so sick of hearing this argument from people who are choosing NOT to play those games. Play FFXIV or play Rift, whichever you believe is worth your time and money.
Speaking of time... I don't want to downplay money, but I am having a very difficult time buying the concept coming from a lot of current players that FFXIV is worth their 40+ hours of free time every week, but is somehow not worth their $13 a month.
And I'm so sick of people telling me what my time is worth. You try and say it's up to me, then the paragraph below that you don't believe it's not worth it for players who play a fair amount now... sounds a bit hypocritical to me. Yes, I'm enjoying my time now and a large reason for that is because the game is fun, but part of the reason is also because the game is FREE. I'm a full time grad student struggling to get by on a GA salary, so money is very important to me. If I'm given the choice of paying 14 bucks for a fleshed out game vs. 12 bucks for a game the designers themselves say is half finished, guess which one I'm going to pick. Regardless, even if I HAD money to burn, I'd probably still feel the same way I do because it just doesn't make a lot of sense to me specifically to pay full price for a game that's not fully complete.
Anyways... this argument is completely futile. We all know this. No one is convincing anyone of anything, so why don't we just drop it. Edited, Oct 21st 2011 12:12pm by BartelX Edited, Oct 21st 2011 12:13pm by BartelX