I've never done it before, but the last promotional deal was a pretty attractive one at first blush, there was a lot in that pack for 10 Euros, and I wavered. So maybe my high falutin' ideals were really just BS, and it turns out we already have established what I've been all along, and have only been haggling over the price.
There were a number of rationales I could have used to buy in:
- It was only 10 Euros and, despite how much diapers cost, I probably could afford it.
I certainly have spent more money on worse things in the past.
- I've been playing for three and half years. I could just send them some money to say thanks.
There was also a rationale I considered and rejected:
- I could do some good with that 75 gold and those rockets, etc.
Fact is, as I've said ad nauseum, there's no real point to either the economic or military module in this game (I don't do much politically but I'd be shocked if it wasn't even worse). Also, given the way they've set up, there actually isn't much I could do, even with 75 gold. Such is the sandcastle world in which we elive.
There were a couple of rationale i considered for NOT buying the gold:
- I could preserve my moral purity as never having sold out. Give me a break, it's a game. It's not wrong to buy gold if it's worth it to you. The people who provide this game have to eat, too.
- This deal looks like a desperate attempt to cash out before the fatality event, a virtual death spasm if you will.
But I finally settled on a reason for not buying, and with that my decision was made:
- If I actually paid to play this game, I am not sure I would enjoy it. I think no matter how much I'd paid, I would no longer be able to tolerate a bunch of things which I currently am prepared to tolerate as a free player.
Put it this way, this is a free sandwich and you get what you pay for.
If I was at a restaurant and the waiter brought me this sandwich, I'd send it back.
So in a way, I made the decision not to buy gold as a way of preserving my enjoyment of this game. Because when I pay for something, I expect some value for money, and if three and half years here hasn't shown me that value, I don't think some really good deal has much chance of changing my mind.
So why am I still here? Because of the community, and because tomorrow is another day. There have been big changes made in the past - there could be more in the future. The 5th anniversary of the game is just around the corner. Who knows what they'll come up with? Evolution is not an even or linear process.
Maybe tomorrow will be the change that ushers in a new golden age of playability and excitement.
I'm not saying I'm holding my breath but:
We live in hope.
N x NE Volume 10, Number 1
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