In Singapore, gamers who play MMORPG come in 2 groups. Those who are willing to pay online subscription fees, and those who are only willing to play free online games.
I belong to the first group. However one of the stranger things about this group is that almost everyone who belong to this group in Singapore has a World of Warcraft (WoW) account. I have to be one of the maybe 5% in this group who do not have a WoW account.
The reason is simple; WoW is just too expensive to start. In Singapore, the WoW Battlechest cost around $65, and a 2 month subscription cost around $45. That’s $110 and then you need another $60 for Wrath of the Lich King. A total cost of $170 at least for 3 months of play.
That average out to $60+ per month, expensive to anyone’s taste. And this is before we even count in the cost for upcoming expansion WoW: Cataclysm.
So of course I’m not a WoW player; it’s just too expensive to even begin.