I've noticed a lot of rage about FFXIV's pricing model. And, being the generous person that I am, I've decided to make this handy guide to explain to you why you're an idiot and need to shut the **** up.
1. Extra characters are a luxury in FFXIV.
There are literally five people on the planet who will simultaneously play three or more characters in FFXIV. All five are completely ******** insane.
The only reason to have an extra full character is for aesthetics. Otherwise you have retainers and much more storage than in XI. You pay the extra $3 because it's unnecessary. I know one person out of the hundreds of people I played FFXI with that actually utilized more than one of their character slots for more than just extra space.
"But Khorbin," I can hear you all saying, "I just can't choose between the one that looks like a cat girl and the one that looks like a 10 year old! I have to have both!" Tough ****. Life's about decisions. Time to make one. (Besides, you're a 41 year old slightly overweight male. Should you really be pretending to be a girl?)
2. The base price is already cheaper than most MMOs.
FFXIV's base price is $12.99 per month. That's $2 less than World of Warcraft at $14.99 per month. Aion is $14.95. EQ and EQ2 are $14.99 per month. Star Wars Galaxies, $14.99 per month. That MMO you're looking at playing next year? You can bet it'll be right around $15 a month.
You know what the alternative to charging per character is? Those of us who don't even want an extra character would end up paying an extra $2 per month for no reason. I don't want to subsidize your extra characters just because you want to look pretty.
3. $3 is not that much money.
"How awful about Grandma. Sad story, really. The doctor says she needs an extra $3 for her operation, but we just can't afford it. I guess we're going to have to send her to the glue factory."
There are people out there who have real financial problems. They're losing their jobs. They're losing their houses. They can't afford to feed their kids, or to pay their bills. To those people, $3 might be significant. Those people should not be playing FFXIV. They should be looking for a job, filling out their resumes, or giving HJs on the street corner for spare change.
You will spend more than $3 per month on increased quantities of Mountain Dew and Cheetos consumed while playing FFXIV. Even if you just drink ice water out of the tap you'll probably spend more than $3 a month on your water bill. You'll spend more than $3 per month in extra electricity consumption from staying up until 3AM every night. I'm not rich, but I would set $3 on fire with a big smile on my face if it would make this point even slightly clearer.
A list of stupid things that I didn't need but spent more than $3 on:
-ShamWow! (It makes me say "wow!" every time.)
-Filling my roommate's car with styrofoam packing material just to watch him clean it up
-The sprinkles you put on ice cream cones
-A bag of assorted misprinted pens
-A plastic frog that makes an annoying noise when you put it in water.
-The book "Yanni: In Words"
-Tire Pressure Gauge
That list could go on for hundreds of pages.
In conclusion, if you want an extra character for no good reason, pay the $3. Otherwise don't. Either way, stop ******** about it.