I did subscribe from launch day all those years ago, but rather fortunately I have found greener pastures elsewhere and subsequently had cancelled the sub a month ago. I have to say, what a ride!
I took about a 3 month break at the end of Classic then came back in and have been solid since. I just don't see a point of unsubscribing simply because other people dislike the game (or feel the need to tell people they should dislike it).
Also, $1980.00 (or whatever the actual number is) is not any significant amount of money. I have friends that toss 50$ on cigarettes weekly (small potatos to some smokers) and don't get me started on how expensive alcohol can be.
WoW is a hobby, thats all there is to it. You can't mock or begrudge people for putting money into something they enjoy. Nor does their enjoyment warrant your 'sympathy'.
Played since the start of vanilla and have been on-off WoW almost every summer, when its warm outside I don't feel like sitting inside and rather ride my bike with friends or my girlfriend. Most time I play in winter and the only raids instances I've missed are Hyjal, Black Temple and the last 4 bosses of Ulduar. I recently started to play again after 2 months of SW:TOR and the same day I started playing WoW again I killed DW in LFR. I really miss the ICC days, best instance ever.
Sure I have probably spent 1000$ in subscription costs since the game launched. Including the purchase price of all the game / xpacks an additional 240$. Server transfers, race changes and blizzard store purchases easily another 200$. So where does that leave me, lets say a cool 1500$ for 6 years of game time. My played time in game has to be close to 7000 hours total between all my toons. So wow costs me what... 0.20$ an hour to play. By far cheaper than any other entertainment i could think of. I play the occasional bit of call of duty and what not but for the most part I dont buy other games. Seems worth it to me imo.
I'm not in the continuous subscription boat, yet, I guess.
The only reason I let my sub. lapse is because this game is too tempting to play over doing schoolwork (I have very little will power). However, I graduate in a few months and then I'm done schooling for the foreseeable future. At that point I can myself having a recurring sub. indefinitely.
WoW is incredibly cheap compared to other forms of entertainment. I worked out I've spent a whole $479 on WoW since Jan 2007; given that is on-and-off but, still. That's about $0.13 for every hour I've /played WoW - I beg someone to find another form of payed entertainment that costs as little as that.
I've played since launch. Not continuous. Longest break was almost ½ a year around the time when Sunwell came as I was in army. Didn't see much point of spending 12e a month to a game I might play a hour or two every second weekend. Other than that I've had odd breaks warying from few weeks to two months. None of them were decided with mentality "Now I need to quit this game". Ran out of time and jsut didn't bother buying more due school or some other game I was focused on. Think I have used around 800e total to subs + expansions. Sounds high but need to consider it's on the timespan of 7 years.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYFioGqC2qQ - The true nature of finnish people
I have been subscribed continuously since launch.
There have been times that I don't particularly feel like playing, or just don't have the time to play, but really $13 (6 months payment at a time) a month is not a lot of money, and there has always been a day or two here and there in the busiest months that I still feel like logging and and doing something. So no regrets, and I am not tired of the game.
"I have a hard on for Alexstrasza and I don't want her to die before I can make her my personal mount in both of her forms"* Jet Zeppelin
"give Paragon o kick in their face with your fist "
In total I've not played WoW from maybe a year in total. Various reasons of course over the past 7ish years.
I'm currently subbed to WoW, haven't played it for three months, don't intend to play it anytime soon. I'm also subbed to ToR which I've stopped playing but may go back to in a couple months, and am playing Rift again which I was subbed to for 5 months without playing it. I just don't care enough about the fee to un-sub.
One cannot simply quit wow his way into Mordor.