I don't pay $10/month to play WoW.
I do pay a WoW subscription, every six months, because it's cheaper that way. And I play basically every day at this point, and I'm in two raids right now, and I'm really enjoying that aspect as well. I'm leveling alts, slowly and without much attention, and I'm enjoying hanging out with +Jean Bees
during our weekends and farting around doing nothing in particular sometimes.
But I don't pay $10/month for the experience of playing WoW. Honestly, the technology of WoW probably isn't worth $10/month, or the $15/month that you pay if you pay month-by-month. The core engine of the game is 10 years old, so that's pretty shaky as far as investment goes. The graphic style is nice, and the latest models and environments are pretty good, but they're not on the level of GW2 or even SWTOR, for that matter.
But I don't pay $10/month to look at the art of WoW. No, I pay $10/month because the six hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays are a chance to hang out, socialize, and PLAY with friends and loved ones that I genuinely enjoy spending time with. WoW just happens to be the thing we do while we're hanging out and being awesome together. And yes, it's nice to top the DPS meter or Heal All The Things or get that Achievement or down that particular boss (fucking Garrosh), but the real reason I pay $10/month is because these are funny, fun, brilliant people to hang out with and talk with and joke with and sometimes get sideways with, because they are awesome. If I were a bowler, I'd spend $10/month to go bowling with them (probably a lot more than that, actually). If I were a softball player, I'd be on a team and play softball with them. If I were a football fan, I'd host game parties and tailgate with them.
But I'm a gamer, and that means that I spend a bunch of time and money to hang out with awesome people on WoW.
And when you say things like "save your money, play GW2", you miss the point of why I pay the money
. Unless everyone in my friendslist switches, then it means I'm just playing a game, and most of the time the game just isn't that fun without my friends. So I'll keep paying for WoW, thanks. Well, I'll keep playing
WoW. I'll keep paying
to hang with my people. Because that's why I pay $10/month for WoW.