Unreasonable Subscription Price?
But that is not the issue. Right now byond's population >is low due to it not being publicly released.
If all quality games charge five dollars a month, people will pay it without complaint. There will always be low quality free games on BYOND for people who don't like the rates.
I didn't have a credit card when I made my first deposit, and I haven't used the credit card for dimes since then.
Actually, if you go to any Pantry owned gas station (Lil Champ, Pantry, Sprint, Smokers Express, Handy Way and a few others) you can now buy a prepaid MasterCard for as little as $30 which requires no ID, and has no age limit.
You know, now that I think of it, the number of actual subscription games out there is pretty small...
Looking at that list I just made, the results show that there are virtually no large games that require subscriptions. No large online RPGs with worlds to explore, only 1/4th of which can be reached without paying a $1 fee or anything. All the RPGs are free. It's mostly the board games and a few action games that charge.
Granted many of the people with no Credit Card don't have $30 either, but it does change the complaint from 'I don't have a Credit Card' to 'I'm broke' which means they probably wouldn't be putting dimes into the system anyway.
Perhaps thats part of the problem, which someone charges with a subscription, everyone is so use to not seeing it that they just whine and complain. If you've got an original game with now copyright or trademark issue, I encourge you to charge something for your games.