So, I finally took the plunge and canceled my subscription to World of Warcraft. I feel great to be rid of this game once and for all!
Off an on I’ve probably played World of Warcraft for ~7 years (canceled three or four times along the way).
When I went to calculate out how much I’d spent on the game over the years I was pretty shocked. If you’re still paying for a subscription based game monthly – please read this article and consider quitting!!
Money Saving Breakdown – I Quit World of Warcraft
- Difficulty (Super Easy/Easy/Medium/Hard/Expert): Medium
- Average Savings per Year ($/year): 360
- Time Required (mins): 10
- Savings for your time ($/hr): 2,160
It Wasn’t Easy To Quit
I’ve always been a computer nerd at heart. I got World of Warcraft in the first week that it came out and I’ve been playing it off and on for the past roughly 7 years. I got my wife into it for a while during the Burning Crusade expansion and we both had level 70 characters. It was much fun – but also very expensive.
More recently, my son and I began to play using the free trial. We converted over to paying customers after we hit level 20. He loved the game, and we had fun with it. We have two accounts and would frequently play together for hours at a time. With school starting for my son and I (MBA classes) and my new energy to save money everywhere I can, it just made sense to cancel our accounts.
How Much Have I Spent on World of Warcraft?
Well, if I assume that I’ve played the game for ~7 years, the monthly subscriptions for have added up to $1,260. Now, assume that 3 of those 7 years were other folks playing with me (wife and son) and that’s another $540. Now, assume about $220 in the actual game software. The grade total comes up to be more than $2,000!
I don’t even want to try to calculate how much time I’ve spent playing this game because it would probably put me into a depressive state. I probably could have gotten at least two PhDs with the time spent, but I digress…
What Are the Alternatives?
I’m trying to be more productive with my time and encourage my kids to do the same. In the time that we do decide to relax and veg out, I’m planning for us to enjoy free to play games and abandonware. I have a ton of childhood games (especially adventure games) that I’d like to replay and introduce my son to. These include:
- Tribes Ascend – We both love to play this F2P game.
- Day of the Tentacle – One of my top-5 all time favorite games.
- Full Throttle – I enjoyed this game quite a bit when I was younger.
- Any Other Lucas Arts Adventure Game – come to think of it, I never met a LucasArts adventure game that I didn’t love. Why not replay them all?!?
- MAME arcade games – Ninja Turtles, Simpsons, Metal Slug, etc.
- Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Also in the top-5 all time favorite games.
- Quest for Glory Series – Sierra made some of the best adventure games, I’d love to replay all of these (Space Quest, Kings Quest, Police Quest, etc.)
Why Pay When There is So Much Free Content?
As you can see, there are literally hundreds of great old games to keep our family entertained. When I reflected on saving money and entertainment value / $, it really didn’t make sense to continue to pay $360 a year for World of Warcraft. When I stopped to think about it, there are enough free-to-play and abandonware games out there to keep me busy for probably the rest of my life.
What about you? Do you have an entertainment vice that you struggle to do without?