I’ve come to the decision that I’m cancelling my LOTRO account. Although I still log in now and then, I don’t play enough to justify the monthly fee. I recently bought the Guild Wars Eye of the North expansion, and could justify playing only occasionally because it was free to play.
LOTRO, although pretty and with no glaring game mechanic problems that I could see, was just not as immersive as Warcraft. Although they had villages and NPCs, it somehow felt less of a real world than WoW does. I inhabit a world in WoW, where I play a game in LOTRO.
Guild Wars isn’t immersive at all, but that doesn’t bother me since I treat it as a casual game. To be honest, all the avatars are so pretty, I sort of use it as a glorified dress-up game, trying different hairstyles and such. ;) I can play for a half hour or so on maintenance day, or when I’m sick of WoW, and that’s fine…because I’m not paying a subscription fee.
And Warcraft? Even if I stopped playing for a bit, I would continue to keep paying the fee. I love the world enough to want to know that it was always there, waiting for me.