will it be possible to buy rF2, pay for it once, and never pay again?
honestly, i never got into iRacing because of its business model and if ISI is going to emulate said business model making us pay for every little add-on, or 13$ a year or whatever it may end up being, then i must say that i am starting to feel a bit disappointed and pushed away from rF2 as well...
plus, i can't really see how rF2 can be mod-able AND have an official update/content adding cycle simultaneously. the free add-on mods would, in a way, jeopardize the revenue ISI could make with the official, paid add-ons. i guess that, if they wish to use an iRacing-like business model (or similar), then i fear that, eventually, down the line, free add-ons will be discouraged.
i may be starting to become too old, though... most folks seem to be all well and dandy with this "continuously paying for a game you've paid before and you already own" strategy, even if it's just 13$ a year... even it's just 1$ a year! i miss the days when you'd buy a game once and there! that was it! it was yours, you could do with it what you wanted and you'd never had to pay for it again... i surely miss those times. i don't like to pay over and over again just to add a car or track or a new tyre model. i'd rather buy a good game now, enjoy the most out of it and then, in 2/3 years time, buy a new one.
i always criticized iRacing (which seems to be quite a good simulator) because of its business model. i even said that "you can have the best graphics, best physics, best FFB, best on-line experience, etc... but if you'll implement the 'pay for this, pay for that, pay for everything, all the time' business model, then i'm out".
back in the heated pCARS discussion that occurred here a few weeks ago, i criticized the more-than-probable DLC-charging commercial policy that they will adopt for exactly the same reasons. i even said "i am not a cow. i don't like to be milked". it leaves me quite sad to see that the same may end up happening with rF2, the simulator that i was looking forward to the most.
i know that dev teams have to survive and have kids to feed and whatnot, but they also had to survive and they also had kids to feed in the 1990's and in the early 2000's! didn't they? and didn't they survived just swell before this milking strategies were ever devised? they wouldn't starve to death or go unemployed if they only charged for the game once. or have things changed that much?
maybe i didn't read well enough and maybe i'm making a storm in a glass of water, i don't know... but i wish ISI would allow a chance for the "pay once and enjoy the game forever" choice to happen...
or else i'll be stuck playing GTL, GTR2 and GTR-Evo forever... i only paid for those games once a piece and they still give me lots of joy and respect towards ISI/SimBin. when i'll be forced to allow milking, that respect will be dead gone and any sort of joy that i could take out of the games will be severely hindered.
i'm sorry if my opinion offends any of you. it was never my intent to offend anyone. and if i am mistaken about anything, please explain to me where and why. i'm open to being corrected...