View Full Version : to buy or not to buy

01-17-2002, 04:07 PM
should i get the game or not ?
iv allways wanted to do this
but the monthly bill is gunna be annoying :(

Com Raven
01-17-2002, 04:22 PM
Well, at the moment everything looks as if the fee would be well worth it ...

just start saving now..:)

And you can of course try it in the beta first and for free ...

Wraith 8
01-17-2002, 05:50 PM
*agrees with Raven on this*
just start saving already... well one thing is for sure.. im gonna buy it... :D :D

01-17-2002, 07:18 PM
Ya thats my advise too. Start saving your money . Either get a job or look in the couch for spare change ( Jk).

(JK= Just Kidding)

01-18-2002, 04:52 AM
this is taken from www.swgalaxies.net. Best explanation for why we pay to play games like this that I've heard. I work in the telecom industry, and believe me, it's all true:

Why do we have to pay to play games like EverQuest, Asheronís Call, Dark Age of Camelot and Star Wars: Galaxies?

This is a question we get almost daily in our unofficial FAQ here at SWOnline.org, and itís one I decided I needed to explore in more depth.

Nobody can deny that computer games are targeted at teenagers and young adults, usually aged fourteen to twenty-one. These are, of course, the years where money is usually very difficult to come about. Earlier in the era, because one doesnít have a job or source of income, and later, because one doesnít have the money to spare, while trying to get started in the world or stumbling through university or college. But still, companies like Verant, Turbine, and Mythic strip you of $120 a year to play their games. Why is that, you ask?

The basic reason is quite simple: It costs money to run a game of this magnitude.

Some people will argue with this reasoning, saying that theyíre already paying $60 for the game, and in the case of Star Wars: Galaxies, $40 for the space expansion**. But these figures donít even scratch the surface of the costs of running a massive game such as Star Wars: Galaxies.

After youíve paid the developerís salaries (which are on-going, in a ever-evolving game such as EverQuest of Asheronís Call), and after youíve bought all the extremely expensive server hardware required to run the programs that tell the client on your computer what to do, there is still one major cost left to pay. After you understand it, youíll finally realize why many MMORPGs donít turn a profit until years after their release:


To connect to this page, and other webpages across the Internet, you must pay an Internet Service Provider a certain fee for the connection, or ďbandwidthĒ. In most places, this fee is usually from $15-20 a month for dial-up ISPs and $30-$40 for Cable or ADSL, usually for unlimited service.

Now think about it: For each server, Verant needs to buy enough bandwidth to keep 2500-3500 players running without lag. According to the EQVault, there are currently 42 EverQuest servers. 42 servers * 2000 players on each is 84000. Thatís 84000 players that Verant needs to buy bandwidth for. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Massively Multiplayer servers do not run off of 600MHz computers with a cable Internet connection, like some dedicated servers for games such as Half-life and Unreal Tournament. Bandwidth for 84000 players is not cheap.

So take the millions of dollars spent developing a huge game such as Star Wars: Galaxies, add on the costs of keeping 100000+ players happy and lag-free 24/7, and finally, chalk in the salaries of the developers constantly working to eliminate bugs and add content. Hopefully youíll understand why $10 a month is honestly required to keep Massively Multiplayer games running smoothly.

I hope Iíve helped you comprehend why youíre paying to play, and I hope this will put to rest the droves of people who refuse to get into an Online game because of that measly $10 a month. In the big bad world of Massively Multiplayer, itís really only a grain of sand on the beach.

Com Raven
01-18-2002, 07:59 AM
I agree with him !

Might suck for us, but the money is given back you to trough new upgrades, patches , servers and the like ...

Wraith 8
01-18-2002, 09:07 AM
so for me it is gonna be 40 dollars??? because i have ADSL.....

Com Raven
01-18-2002, 09:59 AM
It's your isp + cost of game + monthly fee + presents you have to get for gf to compensate for being online all the time ....

01-18-2002, 05:36 PM
yeah ok i understand now but still thats gunna be one he*l of a pain :'(