Subscription MMO Stress
One thing driving me crazy about playing World of Warcraft is that I have to pay a monthly fee for it. In the past all MMOs were set up with this subscription model, but with the rise of free to play I noticed that a monthly subscription is really bugging me.
The subscription fee makes me feel like I have to play WoW with all of my gaming time. If I don't, I feel like I'm not getting my money's worth, like I'm throwing my money away, which stresses me out.
There have been a few times in the past week when I was playing WoW but actually felt like playing a different game. I ended up staying online because I really wanted to make my subscription count for something. In hindsight I know I would have had more fun playing something else.
Does this reflect badly on my mental state or is it the exact way that subscription MMOs are intended to function? Does anyone else feel the same pull while they're subscribed?
This feeling is only increasing my appreciation for the free to play model that so many MMOs have started to adopt. Then I also see things like Guild Wars 2 on the horizon with no fee at all (except the box) and it makes me wonder how long the subscription model can survive.