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Ninib
Posted - 2006.06.29 06:36:00 - [1]
 

I am new to EVE and like the game but something struck me. When I logged onto my trial account I noticed that one day of the trial period had already passed eventhough I had only played for a few hours during the first day. So now I'm wondering if the game time is calculated in calendar days or game hours? In other words is one game day 24 hours of game play or just a calendar day? If it's calculated by calendar day then I won't pay to play EVE because I can't play everyday due to work and other commitments because I will be paying to play but eventhough I will pay for a month of game time I will only be bale to play a fraction of that time, thus making it a waste of my money.

Could someone please explain to me how this works?

Prant
Posted - 2006.06.29 06:47:00 - [2]
 

Its calendar days. Your subscription is by the month.

Si Hoang
Lightspeed Enterprises
Burning Horizons
Posted - 2006.06.29 06:52:00 - [3]
 

I wasn't aware that there were subscription games that charged by the hour. Eve suits my style of play since I'm very busy in real life and have a business to run. The skill system is sheer brilliance allowing me to keep up with everyone and not worry that I'm not online grinding.

Ninib
Posted - 2006.06.29 07:02:00 - [4]
 

I thought WoW was game time, maybe I'm wrong. I live in China so I'm not really up to date with things because in China it's pay by the hour but if outside of china it's pay by calendar then I'll accept, not much choice really. I'm not Chinese by the way, I'm Dutch but have been out of the loop for a very long time, if you know what I mean.

Eliphas
Gallente
SiNistar Inc.
THE HAINE FOUNDATION
Posted - 2006.06.29 07:08:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Eliphas on 29/06/2006 07:08:55
WoW is not game time either. Actually I'm not aware of any MMO today that charge by the hour. All games have monthly subscriptions that keep ticking if playing or not playing. I consider it to be a cheap investment even if I don't play every day. Actually a subscription for a month in Eve cost as much as 3 beers out at the pub here in Sweden.

F'nog
Amarr
Viziam
Posted - 2006.06.29 07:09:00 - [6]
 

Games in Asia charge by time in some places, most notably China, from what I've heard. Most people there play in internet cafes, so they have limited access and only pay for the time they have available, afaik.

Ninib
Posted - 2006.06.29 07:11:00 - [7]
 

Sweden, haha, let's not go there. Seems I was wrong, I was going by the way it works in China, because in China Eve and WoW are payed for by the hour: 30 for 66 hours. So I thought it might be the same in EU/US but I was wrong. Thank you guys for explaining it to me.

Alexander Dallas
Posted - 2006.06.29 08:31:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Ninib
I am new to EVE and like the game but something struck me. When I logged onto my trial account I noticed that one day of the trial period had already passed eventhough I had only played for a few hours during the first day. So now I'm wondering if the game time is calculated in calendar days or game hours? In other words is one game day 24 hours of game play or just a calendar day? If it's calculated by calendar day then I won't pay to play EVE because I can't play everyday due to work and other commitments because I will be paying to play but eventhough I will pay for a month of game time I will only be bale to play a fraction of that time, thus making it a waste of my money.

Could someone please explain to me how this works?


I'm new to EVE myself and can't think of any westergames baring several from the late 80's that use to charge per hour (sorry guys can't remember the games name). Anyway every MMORPG that I've ever played (including several Korean ones) were all pay monthly.
If you weight up the pros and cons EVE does come out alot better than most online games, just looking at WoW for example once you log out you cant/dont do anything this is the same in 99% of other online games I've played EVE has the exception of still allowing you to advance in the game while at work/sleeping by training skills which continues while offline. If you're looking for a casual online game thats not made for power levelers then I think you've found your game as you can still do so much without having to actually be ingame and putting heavy gaming sessions in.
To top it off I'm 20 and get paid just over minimum wage which is approx 8 euroes an hour, I'm pretty sure anyone whos working can spare 14 euroes a month for a source of entertainment that will last so much longer. Just to show what I mean around 90% of console games can easily be completed with casual gameplay (2-3 hours a day) within a month, 1 game for the x-Box 360 costs a massive 65 euroes with a trade in value of lets say 20 euroes so even then you're shelling out more a month for a console game than for an online game.


 

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