Yes I am still here and I will have a number of posts these weekend but the last little while has been a busy time with the holidays and with the new EQ2 expansion which is what the next 2 Unfinished Stories are about.
I just wanted to talk about the Lifetime Membership Daybreak is currently offering
Daybreak Winter Extravaganza!
Now they are currently offering 4000 Lifetime Memberships at $299.99 US. of which 2000 are sold and I think the last 2000 will sell out in the next couple of days.
I know people are concerned about the company after all the issues with the layoffs that happened a few weeks back, plus the Columbus Nova debacle, etc, etc.
However even after all that I still went and bought the lifetime membership and Ill explain my reasons.
First of all I've been playing EQ/EQ2 since 1999 and have probably paid thousands of dollars with subscription fees, expansions, etc. So getting a lifetime subscription for $300 was a good deal.
Now if you look at the cost $300 sounds like a lot of money up front, but you need to look at it over the long term. A current 1 year subscription cost $120 which is $10 a month so If you do the math you are purchasing a Lifetime subscription for the cost of 2 1/2 years. The other thing to keep in mind is we currently get 500SC every month which amounts to $5 so in the 2 1/2 years you will have received $150 and if you continue to play after 5 years you will have earned your cash back.
Second this is an All Access Subscription so it includes membership in four games, EverQuest, EverQuest II, DCUO and Planetside 2. I have played all of them and still dabble in them from time to time. Also Daybreak has said they are working on other games and these may get added to the all access pass at some point and all 4 of these games use the same ingame currency.
The third thing is that I just enjoy the world of Norrath to much. I have played tons of MMO's and a variety of games, I have all the newest consoles, and no game world has held onto me as much as EverQuest and EverQuest 2. I have collectors editions to MMO's that have come and gone along with a stack of unused time cards. I have made friends and lost friends, seen the friends I've made go thru good times and bad times. I've met great people at the past conventions and I have so far not been able to replicate that same type of enjoyment in any other MMO so far, not matter how much I have tried. When EQ and EQ2 finally end I'll be there until they turn off the lights.
Lastly it all comes down to value. When you look at the cost for entertainment $300 is not a large amount, a pair of hockey tickets will cost you that and more for only a couple of hours, and that does not include all the extra costs you incur such as gas, parking, etc, etc. Sure the game will end someday but no one really know when that day will be, it could be a month, a year or years down the road but when it does end I'll know I have gotten the full value.