As my subscription ended again I was thinking of how I mostly stop playing WoW due to it being a monthly subscription game and just not having the desire anymore to deal with that, but that's my own problems, but it got me thinking.
Let's say in a few years the game isn't as active as now, it's hard enough these days to keep people playing, not to mention paying and I know tons that regret it after a week or so. I've seen other MMO's going with the "Game-time" model where you pay for certain hours and you get to play them whenever and however you want and I found it as a great idea, but these days outside of the MMO world there's been a DLC trend amongst games.
Now before you bash me with the whole DLC'S ARE GOD'S EVIL CREATIONS THAT WERE SENT UPON GAMING TO DOOM IT AND EVERY LITTLE PART OF IT LEFT. Think about how people complain about the Call of Duty series having shit DLC and charging for content, that's at the same price as WoW's MONTHLY subscription.
So my idea is, probably discussed millions of times before but I couldn't find it anywhere: Let's say WoW goes on a non-subcription model, you still need to buy the games, but not pay monthly in order to play. This next part is entirely in favor of the players so yes its a bad business plan for Blizzard but I'm looking at a cheaper perspective for players here. :
What if Blizzard charges us for content patches, instead of monthly subscription? If you didn't play during a certain patch, you can skip paying it and pay for the latest one, instead of slowly grinding to the last patch with payment even when content will be irrelevant.
I certainly hope I don't end up getting bashed to death here, I just want to see people's opinion on this, I know the whole "12$ ain't much and it keeps the kids away" story but sometimes it keeps players who really just want to check the game back out and don't want to pay for an entire month to do so, I repeat, this is in financial favor for the players, not Blizzard's business. 12$ Ain't much but, not having to think about it is better than that.