So I’m reading this, about the legendary fails in the MMO universe, and smugly noting to myself that Vanguard, as much as we complain about it, isn’t on there, when I click one of the side links regarding the failure of Star Wars Galaxies – a fail to pwn all fails, for those who are blind and clueless about what happened there.
And I see these following statement in the link:
Ms. LaBeff, for instance, said that she had canceled all three of her Galaxies accounts and had joined a new guild in World of Warcraft, another game, with her old Star Wars friends.
And I think, yeah there were some pretty hardcore SW:G people back in the day, like these EVE nuts with their three acounts. [Or not, see comments below] But then I start the next paragraph, emphasis mine:
“Someone might wonder, well, it’s just a game, what’s the big deal?” said Robert Kruck, 54, an engineer for Motorola who lives in Schaumburg, Ill., who said he had canceled seven of his eight Galaxies accounts.
Holy Ever Lasting Gob Stopper. Are you kidding me? That’s $200 a month. For a game…a GAME…A game.
But wait, there’s more:
“We just feel violated,” said Carolyn R. Hocke, 46, a marketing Web technician for Ministry Medical Group and St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, Wis. Ms. Hocke said she once had as many as 10 separate Galaxies accounts but has canceled all but one in the last two weeks.
Trust me Carolyn, I feel violated and dirty to boot. Please tell me none of you are spending that much on an MMO? Right? I don’t know what else to say. Honestly. WOW.
But then having seen those numbers, I had to laugh at this:
Ms. MacIntyre said Galaxies had lost “significantly more” than the 3 to 5 percent of players who typically leave any online game every month. She said she expected the game to return to its previous subscriber levels in six months…
And we all know it didn’t. And now we know why – not because the NGE was legendary fail, but because if you piss off the wrong three subscribers, you will lose twenty one accounts. And trust me, no matter how awesome your advertising campaign is, you aren’t going to boost your numbers by 600% in six months.
If any of you out there has more than three accounts, please post a comment here so I can soundly brow beat you for your insanity. kthxbye.