Could you save money by subscribing to an addictive game?
During the Christmas break my husband and I went to dinner with some of his friends from high school. One couple we spoke with told us that they are trying to save money for a down payment on a home and one thing they did was that they canceled their subscription to a massively multiplayer online role playing game called World of Warcraft. My husband then responded that he actually saved money when he was playing World of Warcraft, and here are the reasons why.
1. He did not buy other games - Since World of Warcraft was so addictive, that was the only game he played. Each month he spent less than $15 on gaming and that was the end of it. Considering that each new game costs $50 to $60 and he could finish a game in a week or two, World of Warcraft was a lot cheaper.
2. He did not need any other forms of entertainment - This means no DVDs, books, or anything else. He was focused on one game only.
3. He did not go outside often - World of Warcraft and other games like it has a good amount of social play within the game where groups of people get together to fight monsters and other players. So for some people their entire social circle is in the game. This means there is no need to spend money on social gatherings.
4. The subscription fee made him play more - Since he was paying a monthly fee whether he played or not, he felt compelled to put in more hours to get more value out of his money. This simply created a feedback loop of addiction that made him play the game more and do less of other things.
It is no wonder that in some circles World of Warcraft is known as Warcrack. Anyway, my husband quit the game shortly before we started dating so I do not know how he was like in the height of his addiction. He says that he quit because he wanted to play all the other games out there, and I am thankful for that. I definitely do not recommend acquiring an addiction or obsession to save money, but I am wondering if anyone else have had a similar experience. Could a subscription based entertainment service be so attractive and sticky that you save money on everything else?