Poll Results – Role-playing Games & What Price We’ll Pay for ESO

Why Do People Like Role-playing Games So Much?

What’s your favorite gaming genre from listed genres?

  • RPG (60%, 1,347 Votes)
  • MMORPG (30%, 678 Votes)
  • Strategy (5%, 114 Votes)
  • Shooter (3%, 74 Votes)
  • Simulation (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Sports (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Puzzle (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Fighter (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Platformer (0%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,263

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What do you look for in a game? Do you look for structure? For freedom? For good gameplay and mechanics? When it boils down to it, I’d argue everyone is looking for one thing. Fun- and fun has a different meaning for different gamers. For me, fun is that moment when my character picks up his first bow, and I get to decide how and if I’m going to use it.  Fun, is the moment when my avatar is standing in front of his assassination target, and I get to decide how and if my target dies. Fun, is the moment when my character is faced with a decision that could change the course of my gameplay experience, and I get to decide how and if I act. Do you see the pattern yet?

The how’s and if’s of Role-playing games is what makes the open-ended experience loved by so many gamers. The games that pull you in are the games that offer more than just a mere playground, but a home away from home.  We’re so taken with the RPG experience because we get the excitement of living a second life in a universe unlike our own.  After a long day at work or school there is a quite calm you can find staring over a virtual vista, and letting your imagination run free.  Not to mention the stress release one gets from bashing in a bandit head or two!

Are RPGs better than MMOs?  Are MMOs better than strategy games? That’s like comparing apples and oranges. I for one love the flavor that comes with a diverse game library. That being said, everyone has there favorite flavor, and those are the games you’ll go back to time and time again.

What You’re Willing to Pay for ESO

Elder Scrolls Thieves Guild

If ESO has a monthly subscription, how much would you be willing to pay?

  • $11 to $15 (34%, 773 Votes)
  • $6 to $10 (32%, 722 Votes)
  • $1 to $5 (21%, 479 Votes)
  • $16 to $20 (7%, 147 Votes)
  • $21+ (They be crazy!) (6%, 134 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,255

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 I must say I was pretty surprised to see you guys opt-in for a high monthly subscription fee.  Let’s hope Zenimax isn’t reading these results, eh?  Obviously,  the “value” of ESO will be determined by the consumer in the end. Some of you who say you’d be willing to pay upwards of $11 dollars a month for the game might be singing a different tune post-launch.

I honestly cannot say where I fall on this. For the sake of giving you a number I’ll say $5/month, but don’t take that number too seriously. I’d be willing to pay $15/month for an Elder Scrolls MMO that delivers on it’s promises, and receives updates on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. In conclusion, if Zenimax Online does opt-in for a subscription method (and I don’t believe they should), then we as gamers will be there to hold them accountable for releasing new content very regularly. The higher the subscription cost, the more regular the content.  That’s only fair, right? $15.00 a month for a bi-monthly patch is NOT okay.



  1. Pedro May 8, 2013 3:15 pm 

    I wope it will be Pay-to-play cause it’s easier and you don’t get to pay every month for playing that game. Imagine that you’re waiting for a new update but you are a little bored in the game, for that I prefer to pay it once and then for the DLC’s than paying every month just for an update that comes very rarely and doesn’s changes almost anything right?

  2. Nagash Immortal May 8, 2013 7:49 pm 

    Todays gaming industry is pouring out great free 2 play mmorpgs and are still making money. Even games that were once pay to play have restructured their games to fit a free2play model. Monthly subs are a thing of the past and mainly because people are starting to smarten up on the subject and say hey wait a minute, im a gamer and a $15 monthly sub is costing me 3 games a year to play one game. Great games are available in the form of pay your way and not pay2win non sense. I think if its a sub based game the game will of coarse have high numbers for the first few months but then players will leave. Its the same story with every single sub mmo that hits the market. (even a sub mmo has some form of free2play whether its up to a level cap or restrictions from a sub player). This game can be very successful without the need to dip into our pockets every month.

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