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I hate gambling. I remember recently going to a charity casino and even there, where there was no real money at stake, I didn't enjoy it. I can understand how you can get better at a game like blackjack and put odds in you favor, but in the back of my mind is the fact that most people are throwing away money and many of them can't afford to do it.
Now, I know, to some, it is a form of entertainment. I've had friends who go gambling, put a limit on how much they will spend and enjoy the time they have. Sometimes they even come out ahead and, when they don't, they haven't spent any more than they would going out to a movie with popcorn and drinks. It's fine for them, and I wouldn't want to eliminate their enjoyment, but it isn't for me.
The MMOs using the free to play model have learned that gambling is a way that they can make the money they need to build a game that many people want to play. I am glad those games are around and I am glad there is an affordable way for people to play them. However, just like gambling, it's not for me.
As I've mentioned before, I can afford a relatively small monthly price (less than the cost of two movie tickets these days), for a game that doesn't want to find ways to nickle and dime you. Yes, you can go buy pets and mounts from Blizzard if you want, but Blizzard knows they have your subscription money for this month and there is a good chance they can have it next month if they can keep you entertained. The motivations are different from the free to play games, or even the single pay games like Guild Wars 2 and The Secret World. Again, I am glad there are different models that fit different players, but I'm glad there are still some subscription games around and I hope they continue to exist.