I don't understand your point here.. People spend more $$ on f2p games with cash shops, that are worse then XIV in ever way, over 3 months then what it will cost to p2p XIV for 1 year. SE's neck will be on the chopping block in 11 months. I just don't see the loss to pay even if only to test the patches as they roll out.
I don't understand your point here. People lay down money for things that bring them entertainment and joy. Your opinion of f2p games\cash shops is irrelevant. Whether or not they are 'worse' than XIV is subjective at best, and strictly a matter of personal opinion.
If I want to lay down a million RL dollars in some hello kitty knockoff that lets me dress up a 16 bit pixelated representation of a tabby cat in a tuxedo and send him off off to battle the reapers in deep space with a lollipop dispensing assault rifle, then that's what I enjoy and no amount of arguing that some other game is 'better' makes a difference. It's just not logical. Of course, my example isn't particularly logical either, but I made it outrageous to illustrate a point.
I'm just not sure who you are really trying to convince of the value, us or yourself.
Edited, Dec 1st 2011 3:28pm by Torrence