One of my favorite things to do
One of my favorite things to do is make one powerful, effective character instead of fu
cking around with a bunch of half-baked disappointments.
You sound like you're afraid of success. You probably shouldn't play an MMO.
One of my favorite things is to create an alt, go in with weak *** gear, and show people like you how to play.
Fact: Not everyone that dabbles in alts are terrible.
As far as the whole 3 bucks a month thing, it's gouging, pure and simple. Square-Enix fanbois are simply using the "We have a job system, the other MMOs don't" to justify the price jacking. There's absolutely zero reason at all to charge for another character beyond a pre-determined limit with the exception of you just want money. Server space? Get @#%^ing real, son.
And as far as the inventory (starting) is concerned, that's already too small. Even in FFXI, where mobs were stingy as **** with drops, you accumulated a ton of crap just going out and doing things -- much less if you actually set out to farm. 80 slots is nice, but ultimately still very tiny. Plus, going back to the whole archaic "list" format is cringe worthy. As much as I didn't like the game, EQ2 had inventory management down pat as far as I'm concerned and other MMOs *should* have copied that format (or at least done a variation).
The whole cash shop debate has been presented for the most part. I guess i'm indifferent to it. As long as you can't buy anything that puts you at an advantage, i'm ok with it. If someone wants to pay real money for eye candy, then so be it.
Every MMO that goes this model says that. And it always ends up where gear and/or in-game items that DO make a difference are sold in the game. Blizzard hasn't yet, but with people paying millions within half an hour for a vanity item, you can guarrantee that eventually something big will be offered in the Blizzard store. In the end, it's the money that matters, not really people's reactions to it.
I know LoTRO is going with the F2P model soon, as DDO did. And I also know that Turbine stated the exact same sentiments, yet now in DDO there's apparently huge buffs to the guild bonuses you can receive that can *only* be gotten from the store.
"Oh, you guys need more inventory space? Well, you guys almost all have authenticator tokens, so how about you buy this nice plastic model of XYZ endboss and we'll let you double your carrying inventory -- only 35 USD!"
You can laugh, and scoff, but people are stupid enough to pay for it. Edited, Jul 6th 2010 3:19am by StrijderVechter