free-to-play's many annoyances -- to me, at least -- is the fact that I have to add up various micropayments if I want to accurately track my MMO budget. With subscriptions, it's an easy $15 line item, whereas with F2P titles that don't offer an elite/legendary/accelerated/spiffy/member option, I'm forced to enter $4.99 for an armor set here, $9.99 for a gambling pack there, you get the idea.
Or I could just say screw it and buy all the incidentals without bothering to keep track, which is no doubt the dream scenario for game company accountants.
I don't do that, though, and as a result I know exactly how much money I spend on MMOs in a given period of time. What about you, Massively readers? Do you have an MMO budget, or do you just buy what you want and get on with it?
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