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Comment: Re:WoW Subscriptions (Score 1) 218

by Nighttime (#34478230) Attached to: Blizzard Launches Third <em>WoW</em> Expansion, <em>Cataclysm</em>

How much would you be willing to pay per game hour?

Good question. According to this blog, "30 yuan will buy you 4000 minutes of gametime and 15 yuan will buy you 2000 minutes of gametime. That's $0.06 per hour played."

That works out at US$4 for 4000 minutes, which would be about £3. Obviously, Chinese pricing reflects the local economy. 4000 minutes is 66h 40m, so say that's 2 hours a night for a month. Lowest UK monthly subscription is £7.69, so if I could get 4000 minutes for £7-£8 that expired after 90 days, I'd probably go for it.

Comment: WoW Subscriptions (Score 1) 218

by Nighttime (#34475344) Attached to: Blizzard Launches Third <em>WoW</em> Expansion, <em>Cataclysm</em>

What prevents me from getting into playing WoW are the payment options available to European (and US) players. It's either a monthly subscription or a 60-day timecard. With either option I'd feel obliged to play nearly every day to ensure I was getting my money's worth. I don't always have the time to do so every evening. In China, they buy game hours, which is a model that would suit me better.

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