Have you tried LotRO? The PvP there is very limited, and Turbine are making it F2P + microtransactions later this year. I tried it once, but my computer at the time was barely able to run it at lowest settings. The constant frame stutter gave me a headache.
That was on an ancient system though.
Since it's done through Turbine (the same people who do DDO), I plan to give it a try when it goes F2P.
I know this might come off as a shocker to some of you but there are people in this world that have families to support. And can not drop $1,500+ at a drop of a hat for 1 game. And then there are the poor people who don't make as much as everyone else. As much as I would like it to happen not everyone makes over 100k a year. My wife and I make a decent income and I am not willing to spend $1,500 on a new PC even though I can afford it.
I am not too sure if SE's logic of you need a super computer to run the game or a PS3 is going to work. Sure there are 40 million PS3 sold. But how many of them are online? Also how many of them like RPG's? And how many of them are willing to pay a monthly fee? By the time you narrow it down it doesn't leave you with a large user base. I would say there are more people on PC willing to try a new MMORPG then on PS3 and SE is saying to 90% of the PC user base buy a new PC or don't play the game. Its not a very good way to drive up the sales if you ask me!
Many people have a hobby. Some people rebuild cars, some people play TCGs, some people collect stamps, hunting, fishing, boating, the list goes on.
Comparatively speaking, boating and car repair are significantly more expensive than PC gaming. Ever year the old saying that "BOAT" just means "Bust out another thousand"?
What I'm getting at is, different hobbies have varying costs. Some are cheap and some aren't.
Now, I won't claim to be an expert on boating (I know very little about it) but if I decided I wanted to take up boating as a hobby, I'm pretty sure that a budget of $500-700 and an extra $15 a month would almost certainly not cover anything reasonable. I might be able to get a canoe.
You can make the argument that "Some people can't afford $1000 for a new computer", and you may be right; some can't. If you can't afford it, then it is not for you. If you are not making enough money that you have to pick between a hobby or the cost of living, then I would hope you would pick the latter. And that's fine.
But there are plenty of people out there who -can- afford to put their money into the hobby of choice, whether that be fixing up old cars or bowling or gaming. And for those who like gaming, they will be willing to invest in their hobby.
You wouldn't walk into an MTG (or other competitive TCG of your choice) tournament (especially Type 1) and start whining that you can't afford the cards to build a competitive deck, so everyone needs to cater to the fact that "I have a family" and give you cards or tone their decks down to give you a chance at winning. Or at least, I hope you wouldn't; you'd just get laughed at.
If a hobby is too expensive for you because your income is too low, find a hobby you can afford on your income that is more realistic. A decent rig will run most games, but every so often one will come along that requires people to fork out extra bucks or not play it. Crysis comes to mind.
I'm not trying to get all abrasive with you, because initially you made a reasonable side note (that not everyone can afford to upgrade their computer to run FFXIV) in one thread.
However, you've been repeating the same tangential point in every PC related thread here. You can't afford $1500. Fine. So play on a PS3 or don't play, either is fine. But mentioning that you can't afford a high end computer in every computer related thread is not going to change the fact that the game will require at least a moderately specced one to run.
And again, excluding OS/monitor/case, my system ran me under $750. It's not impossible to pick up a GPU, motherboard, processor, PSU, and RAM at FAR less than $1500. If you absolutely don't want to play on PS3 (which is reasonable; I wouldn't want to), I'll lay it out for you.
Here is my rig: Processor RAM Power Supply Video Card Motherboard
In total, that'll run you about $600 bucks. Throw that in your case with whatever HD and DVD drive you have, install whatever version of windows you have on it, and it will give you ~4000 on low and ~2500 on high.
If you want higher scores, you're going to want better parts than these; they aren't top-end, but they're good enough that they'll run the game fine. And it's not $1500. Even if you had nothing at all, HD and optical will run ~90 and another 50-70 for a decent case brings your grand total to 750ish.
$1000-$2500 will buy you better than that, sure; but average performance can be achieved at that pricepoint.