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OP 9/27/12 12:58:02 PM#1
Look, I don't make great money, but I still work. Because of this, I can afford to buy a new game when it comes out every once a while (GW2, TSW were my latest purchases), and even on occasion I'll re-sub to an older MMO that i'd wandered away from like EQ2 or WoW.
But it feels like most people who post on MMORPG.com have absolutely 0 money. Why else would there be so many people complaining about a game being "truly free", or people blasting games for charging for the client, or even people just passively trolling a game by saying "i'll play it when it goes F2P".
Could it be, perhaps, that the reason for all this division in the MMORPG community is because you guys are just being cheap bastards? An MMO sub costs 15$ a month. If you make an average of even 1400$ a month and you've paid your bills there's probably still 15$ lying around somewhere before your next pay cycle.
Let's look at GW2 (since it's the new kid on the block so why not?): people are openly complaining that Anet is charging 60$ for a box product with no sub fee. Sure, we have loads of MMOs out there that are f2p now with a free client download, but they're working on a different business model. They will gouge your wallet with weekly deals, progression requirements, endgame raiding gear, etc. GW2, by comparison, does none of that.
Or, let's look at the f2p conversion of something like EQ2. This is a game with a lot of history, and a seemingly unending amount of content. SOE, with a healthy sub base, decided to make the game f2p with an admittedly stunted model. Nonetheless, you can experience everything in the game up until the previous expansion's max level. No quest restrictions, some spell restrictions in terms of training, and some gear restrictions, but are you really hoping that someone is going to offer you a full game for free and just hope that you'll spend money in the cash shop?
I know that a lot of the venom spewed regarding games and publishers is usually misplaced hormonal anger or something equating to that, but lately it's just started to seem like this community is just a bunch fo cheap asses who believe that everything needs to be catered to them for free.
Also, if you're not paying for something and you don't even play the game in question, WHY ARE YOU BITCHING ABOUT IT?