Originally Posted by Hippalus
I actually thought there would be interest in being able to spend small amounts of RP or IP to get something cool for the holiday. Do you think that is fundamentally wrong, or does that make sense, but the problem that there is not also the option to buy it permanently for a reasonable price?
It is interesting that you bring up that question about this being fundamentally wrong/right. From an objective third-party perspective, the idea of rentals seems great. They are actually used a lot in different f2p games (with varying degrees of success).
For example, when I actually still played Maplestory there were no permanent options for cash-shop gear. That has slowly changed over time as the needs of consumers have also changed.
I never found the idea of rentals in Maplestory as distasteful as I do here for LoL because they had established that rule from the cash-shops inception. For LoL we have always had permanent content. It has created a system where we can place more value on our purchases because we know we will get "unlimited" use out of something.
When the idea of "rentals" comes up here, in an ecosystem that has only every experienced permanent purchases, I immediately feel like I'm being cheated/scammed. I immediately feel like this is being implemented in order to sap more money from me on a regular basis, and to punish me for not playing as often as humanly possible. Since, unlike with permanent items, I have a limit to how much use I can get out of something.
Despite this being how some of the double IP/EXP items work, I feel it is a different discuss when you are talking about content purchases.
As I mentioned in one of my earlier replies to the issue - I am absolutely into the idea of permanent ward skins, and other small add-ons like this, and fully intend to purchase these items should a permanent solution be available.
On a side note, rentals that only function off IP are far less heinous than ones for RP imo. I'd still be far less inclined to invest if it was a rental, but seeing as how it would only cost currency that I earn for free drastically diminishes the negative connotations associated with the ideal of a for-cash rental system.
There's nothing wrong with a rental system at face value, but integrating a rental system into an existing ecosystem where all purchases are "permanent" makes those rental items feel like a bad investment to me as a consumer.