Really, gaming subscriptions are just different ways to ‘eat’.
1) The Frozen Dinner: This sub option is any game that you pay for the box and pay nothing afterwards. The subscription cost is the cost of the box itself. The beauty of the Frozen Dinner is that if you can’t stand to eat another one you can sell it to the guy down the street, or trade it for a different Frozen Dinner flavour. Unfortunately you have to serve yourself.
2) The Buffet: Pay once for all you can eat. You get a set number of food choice items, but you can take as much (or as little) of each that you can fit into your belly. It’s all you can eat! Bad news is, you effectively pay 8x more than the chubby fella who takes 8 plates of food to your 1. I know that hardly seems like fair value, but what are you doing ordering buffet in the first place? Doesn’t the restaurant have a normal menu as well? This menu option is optimal for those who have a lot of time to hang around the restaurant. The more time, the more digestion, the more room for more courses.
3) A la Carte: Order what you want. What really satisfies you. The prices are clearly listed on the menu, so make sure you stay on budget. Eat as little, or as much, as you like. Don’t look at what the person at the table next to you is eating – your personal satisfaction has nothing to do with what he is ordering. Make your own choices and enjoy your meal. If you want, you can just sit around and drink water and eat free pretzels and peanuts – but do that long enough and you will be longing for the steak. That is actually a good thing, because restaurants can’t survive giving away pretzels forever.
All subscriptions are RMT, even the $14.99 a month ones. Why does A la Carte get such a bad rap?