Like many of you, when I first heard that there would be a pay service added to Quake Live I though 'What? How dare they make money?'. That was until I decided to run the simple math.
Last night I went to watch Inception, it cost me $10US for 2 hours worth of entertainment. This works out to $5 an hour, which I though was worth it given the movie.
Now lets look at Quake Live. I play usually at least one hour a night, sometimes more sometimes less, but on average an hour. The Premium service costs $2 a month, so lets add it up. 1 Hour x 365 days is 365 hours. $2 x 12 months is $24. $24 / 365 = 6.5c.
Lets compare this with a newer game like MW2. I paid $50 for this and have played around 40 hours, probably wont play much more. I thought it was a valid investment, I mean **** I got $1.25 for each hour of gameplay, that much better then I paid to go see a movie.
So lets compare them:
$1.25/hour modern game.
$0.065/hour Quake Live.
Its not expensive, you are not getting ripped off, stop being cheap and support your game or watch it die.