On Monday we told you Cryptic had announced
a lifetime membership for Champions Online
. For $199 you get access to the Star Trek Online
closed beta, special costumes not available to anyone else and other juicy perks. Cool huh? Now while lifetime memberships are not new (LotRO springs to mind
), it's a lot of money to try a must-play game but, in a way, it also binds you to said MMO. You're buying before you try, in effect, and promising to invest a large amount of time in a particular game based on screen shots, lore or the IP.
The problem is, it's hard to tell whether a game will be hit and miss and if it ultimately goes the way of Tabula Rasa
and The Matrix Online
. At the same time, the really popular MMOs like WoW
never seem to offer lifetime subs, as if they know they will be so popular that subscriptions will keep the game going well into the next decade. I'm wondering, constant readers, do you buy lifetime memberships and did you do it because it would work out cheaper or because you genuinely love that MMO?