I have never denied that the best time to play has been on the weekends. That is when AO is “alive”. Once again it still falls in line on what time you log in. Login in the evening US time, it will be a ghost town, no matter the day. Early morning-early afternoon is ideal. But to pay for a game to where you only play on the weekends because of low population during the week, cant be justified when you look at it. If people want to spend money go for it. If people find the game fun, cool. But to legitimately say that AO’s population is thriving or really active consistently is extremely misleading especially when someone asks how the population is. These factors should be considered, AKA the good and the bad.
There is no denying that there is some activity during the week, maybe you can solo some stuff, maybe you might get lucky and find a team. But long gone are the days when you can logon at any point in time and do something with a group. To also add, depending on where you are in the world, there very well may be a surge in players because everyone is staying at home because of this virus, but I seriously doubt that the kind of numbers brought on will remain after this incident.