It looks like Blizzard is getting desperate seeing how Guild Wars 2 had over 1 million signups in the 48 hours closed beta submission last week. Guild Wars 2: No subscription, better graphics, 3 factions world vs world battles (like DAoC), better in every aspect of gaming. http://youtu.be/xBC_ig73aMs
Blizzard has been spamming me in my email the past couple of weeks to renew my subscription which my account has been idle for a couple of years, now all of a sudden all these incentives? Yeah, Blizzard is on its last breath before GW2 takes majority of its subscribers. No subscription to play a great MMO for free is Slickdeal! :]
i had an old account that i made to get a RAF mount so thats the one that i used.
You should state that in the OP since anyone counting on doing the same with a friend won't be able to since the accounts need to have the same name on them.
Subscriptions have been a stable 10 million members for awhile now. The highest peak of subscriptions was 12 million, almost 3 years ago.
I really dont think they are hurting at all, not with 10 million people paying them $15 a month. This is just an attempt to get some old members back before they launch the next xpack. Even if they keep losing members at the same rate of 2 million every 3 years, that would take 15 years to lose everyone. Well after Titan has launched and most players switch over to that. Wow will never actually "die" before Titan comes out and after that it doesnt really matter.
World of Warcraft's subscriber numbers peaked around 12 million back in late 2010 and early 2011 and have been in decline since. The game slipped to 11.4 million subscribers in May 2011, then down to 10.3 million in September of 2011. While subscriber numbers continue to fall, the rate of lost subscriptions has slowed significantly.
Wow subscription suffers due to new games coming out (such as SWTOR) and negative changes to their game. Countless 25 man guilds dissolved because Blizzard made 10man raid loot same as 25man loot, so now your middle of the road 25 man guilds become pointless and the only the very top guilds are doing 25 man for bragging rights. All game comes to an end, even if Wow fails now, they still did good for 6 years, that's a long time for any game.
Or alternatively, save your time/money and cast a Scroll of Social Interaction
Why is it that people automatically assume that there are no social interaction in game and its a game played by people who have no social life? The game introduces you to different personalities all over the country. People can meet in real life if they choose to. The in game friendship can develop into real life friendship. You can talk to people outside of the game. People can organize guild meetups every year. Its no different than the way how you would meet people at parties, work, and school.
Hopin' one day WoW becomes free to play. When it first came out (after a few patches obviously) it was by far one of the most fun MMOs I've ever played. The first time experiencing Iron Forge, Orgrimmar and Stormwind... I was amazed. Back then, the game was somewhat challenging, world PvP was pretty common (ganking FTW!), raids consisted of 40 man dungeons and were HARD, and questing was an absolute BLAST.
Now, everything is handed to the players. It's unfortunate to see WoW in this state. Time eventually will ruin a game (including community and developers).. and it looks like WoW has about expired.
If they opened a new realm, no transfers allowed, and everyone had to start over at level 1 again... I'd definitely resub. Until then, looks like I'm just stuck with the good memories of what it once was.
I'd rather wait a couple of months and play Guild Wars 2, without having to pay a monthly fee or having to grind your life away.
I played WoW for the 30 day trial and it was such a waste of time running fetch quests and killing X amount of monsters, finding X amount of drops etc. Then move to a new area rinse and repeat til you level up. I couldnt believe they wanted me to pay $15 a month when the majority of your time if spend doing mindless busy work like that.
Guild Wars takes very little time to max out your level and it relies on skill and tactics instead of finding godly items to give you an edge. Plus theres no subscription fee so you dont need to feel compelled to get your moneys worth and play all the time
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