This killed any chance that I had of buying a console outside of Wii U. Not that I would buy a console, since I've gamed on a PC my whole life... but paying to use their servers with your own internet connection doesn't sit right with me. I'm sure the service will be great and that for most people the premium will be well worth it, but I feel that if you purchase a physical thing you should be allowed to use the full capability of this thing without having to pay again.
Imagine this scenario: you purchase a car from a car manufacturer knowing that they have given it a speed limiter that doesn't allow it to reach highway speeds. Some people purchased this product solely for use on a highway, others solely for use on typical roads. Would it be fair for the highway driver to pay a premium to use their own gas and their own car (which is perfectly capable of reaching highway speeds, but is purposely gimped), but the people driving only on typical roads don't have to? It's not fair, correct? But if a large company that many people love does this, does it make it just?
This is greed and taking advantage of the fact that your competition is also making people pay this premium. The companies are following each others moves in order to make more profit than previously possible with honest service toward their customers. It would be the equivalent of AMD and NVIDIA purposely holding back graphics card technology in order to milk what they currently have released (not that this happens, I'm just trying to present similar scenarios of greed in the corporate world).
I just don't like the idea that you have to pay to unlock potential already available to you. Sure they have to pay for their servers and it makes sense to make people pay a premium for them, but I think they should tag it onto the price of the console instead of charging a subscription that more than pays for their servers and provides most of their raw profit. They saw how much Microsoft was making off of Live and wanted a piece of that. To me, this is wrong. Just because your direct competition treats their customers wrong, doesn't mean you should do the same to make a buck.
I'm not trying to force my opinion on anybody. I'm just trying to get my point across before I get eaten alive by people trying to prove me wrong (this is the internet, after all). I'm sorry if I start an argument, I'm trying to be civil... I just was having trouble explaining the evidence for my claim.
Edited by Diablosbud - 6/11/13 at 2:46pm