I've written a rant about P2P/Cash Shop games but I forgot to write about my distaste for Blizzard's business model for WoW, which was a major reason I was against it (WoW) in the first place. Most MMORPGs allow its players to level from 1-99 (or higher) right from the start, but not Blizzard! Oh no sir!
When World of Warcraft first came out, its max level was 60. Burning Crusade, level 70. Wrath of the Lich King, level 80. So you'd expect the newest max level to be 90 right? Nope, it's 85. Blizzard's bullshit business model is trying to milk its users for all they can, and people idiotically pay for it, happily no less. I just don't understand. I don't know about you, but I rather spend my $180/year on something else. Even if I had an excess of money, I probably would still rather spend it on other things. It's not even that great of a game. I feel that this business model is almost dishonest, and it vexes me.
And they're doing the same with StarCraft 2. SC2 is going to be a trilogy, each expansion giving out a new part of the story. In Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood Wars, all three campaigns were included. Blizzard is turning into Valve, another money hungry company. What happened to companies putting their customers/players first and profit margin second? It's a dark day for gaming indeed.
GG nore. :(