How much cost for a romanian to play a F2P game like 9dragons ? I will skip the part about bugs, unbalance, slow updates, lies & so on and I will go to where people are hurt the most : ” their pockets”.
Although it seems harmless, MMOs have a harmful dose. At one time, you start to spend increasingly more time in front of your PC. At first everything is great and beautiful, but the more you play, the less you socialize. First it’s hard to lose a night playing it. After the first night, follows a second night , and… a twelfth night… in front of your PC. You can say : ” It is cheap fun”. From state-bottomed from the chair you begin to grow in volume. After few time it is becoming increasingly difficult to have a rigorous program. It begins to be difficult to reach in time at school, work, meetings and so on. In the end, irascibility overtake you.
MMOs steal from players a “thing” very important, which can not be recovered once spent… TIME.You can safely become a victim to this phenomenon. When the game “catch” your virtual YOU, you start spend MONEY…
Romania is among the countries which do not spend a lot of money on MMOs and this happens due a low standard of living.Minimum wage guaranteed by the government for Romania is around 150 euros/month and many people live from this. A child who goes to school till 18 years old, have a state allocation worth 7 euros/month. Also the unemployment benefit is around 100 euros/month. Average salary is around 350 euro/month from which you have to live on, I mean to pay your rent, food,clothes, going out in town with girlfriend, boyfriends & others. From 350 euro, how much Acclaim thinks that will remain for a romanian to play a game like 9dragons ? 5-10 euros?
Let’s not forget to say that one vacation of 10 days to Greece from Romania is around 200 euros, which costs a server copy character in Acclaim mall. Who would choose a server copy character vs a trip to Greece?
In one of my study I tried to identify subjects who play 9dragons from Romania, crossing over some lies. In fact, you know very easy the level of subjects and the age, after their language, vocabulary, answers to some questions. From Romania we have lots of kids who plays 9dragons, kids with no VISA or MASTERCARD only with state allocation and parents who works in hard conditions and have few money to support them. Another large “blanket” is form by students who get tired in their tiny “dorm room” and plays something to don’t get bored. Many of us knows how student life is in Romania “no money”… Only very few players from Romania – Romanian IP ( around 0.3 %) who plays 9dragons and works can afford to spend over 50 euros/month on this game. Lots of people who works and are romanians usually buys from mall a 90 days premium and a deco and that it is all.
After I sow Fugen post “Item Mall Changes As of Midnight Tonight 5/1/10 (PST)” I started to laugh.
4) Price increases on: KGs, XP Cards, Scales and Tears
a) Dried Ginseng from 350 coins to 400 coins
You spend KG for PvP ? For unbalanced PvP? For griding you have HP ornaments… better go to a movie twice or 3 times…
b) Experience Bonus Card (5) from 650 coins to 800 coins ,c) Experience Bonus Card (10) from 1200 coins to 1400 coins ,d) Expereince Bonus Card (50) from 5000 coins to 5500 coins
Over 50 euro for 2x events ? Better stay 2 weekends on a mountain…
e) Dragon Scale (1) 1300 to 1400 coins ,f) Dragon Tear (1) 1300 to 1400 coins.
Revolting… 1 + … month state allocation to fail at +5
So Acclaim how you think a romanian thinks before spending some money on 9dragons ? Give money to live or to a computer game to witch you can not induce emotions and can’t cover for basic necessities? Schemes induced virtual life can not possibly be exciting to spend your living expenses on them. Life is a more superior game than a MMO. So think about it…