Kind of feels a bit like speed dating.
As good a time as it is to be a gamer these days with all the free-to-play options I am actually a bit sullen. Unlike my wife, I just can’t commit to any games. I could argue it is because of the game themselves but I am starting to think it is more because of the payment model.
I have downloaded a lot of FTP games lately.
Star Trek Online: I have updated it 3x, logged in only once, and haven’t been past character select
Star Wars The Old Republic: Perfect to play as a single player game to check out the storylines now that it is FTP, but I have only managed 8 levels and 3 play sessions over the past 30 days.
EQ(1): Nostalgia. Log in and run around with the old toons. Cannot be bothered to figure out how to play it again =)
GW2: I update it and log in but I never got the feel or enjoyment from this game. I call this FTP because there is no sub!
LoL: I play a match daily still, and it’s getting my best playtime.
Of them all League of Legends is the clear cut winner as I am navigating through a SoloQ ranking system. So there is an investment there, a goal, something to measure my playtime against. I so very badly want to give the others a fair shot but my time is at a premium and I just don’t feel invested – or have enough carrot/stick to GET invested.
When I jumped back into WoW I had a goal to reach max level, and gear up enough to get into Looking For Raid. And since I was paying a sub to play there was an automatic investment.
Maybe that is it – the sub fee helps commit you to the game. Do you find the same thing?