If you are telling me you actually prefer a game mechanic where you enter your credit card info for every new quest section (LOTR)
Are... are you serious about that? I thought SWTOR bounded across the line when they started auctioning off UI elements... but this might actually be worse.
people who were still playing Rift were willfully blind
It isn't a little possible that they enjoyed the game and wanted to continue playing it?
...until LV20. That's a free trial, not FtP
No.. actual free-to-play starting in June.
Overall I'm not bothered by Rift moving to f2p, although it was definitely one of the last true subscription MMOs, it's probably time.
The f2p model they proposed is quite good. You aren't gated on content, you aren't stunted on exp or gold or favor or anything. The remaining subscription perks are pretty minor as far as that sort of thing goes.
I played Rift for about six months when it launched and I really enjoyed it. I stopped playing it for two main reasons..
1: It felt "heavy." I'm not sure how to describe that, but my character always felt like he was stuck in sand.
2: It really was a wow clone, no bones about it either. And it did a good job. The class system was nice, the pvp was fun (at least while leveling it was), the content release schedule was insane. Unfortunately it was still a little too WoW for me. I don't have a problem with WoW. But if I want WoW, nothing does WoW better than WoW.