I suppose if you're a fan of SBY you will like the weapon, but otherwise, there isn't much appeal.
Does it make pew-pew sounds when you shoot it?
@DishSoap As I stated, it was to cover more than the rights to connect, and you wouldn't have responded with that being your only reason as to why you feel as you do, had you taken the time to read my post, instead of skim reading past everything once you saw I was disagreeing with you. The service is more than cost of connection. Take connection out of the equation, and you still have other expenditures I outlined. It's more than the cost of servers, as they pay employees to handle multiple tasks outside of maintenance and upkeep.
Had they not had made some incentive for the reasoning behind paying for a service, such as connection to online games, minus free to play titles, as there were none when Xbox Live first came out, Xbox live, and their console platform as a whole would not be where it is now, because there would be zero profit. In fact they'd be lucky if they broke even on the cost of such a service. Like their Twitch competitor Mixer, the service would be seen as too costly, and a waste of time, and thusly service would be dropped. It's the same reason they got greedy and tried to force everyone to switch to game pass, which is where the company went wrong.
They saw a profit, weren't happy with what they had, and wanted more. Beyond access to online gaming, most don't care about the bonus rented games, and other bells and whistles. Game pass just doesn't appeal to most players who want to own what their money is used on. There's a clear difference however, between an honest profit, and greed, and anyone that's had to work in their life, and deals with payroll, understands that If you aren't making profits, the business model begins to net negative returns, and the money to make up the loss either comes out of someone's paycheck, results in mass lay offs, or the company cuts it's losses and moves on entirely to something more profitable.
I've read your post in it's entirety and my answer is still the same. Yes it's something done purely out of greed and one most people let them get away with. If anything you didn't read my post. That being said we've clearly gone off topic and I'll stop before a mod has to get involved.
@DishSoap The Microsoft subscription was originally to cover the cost of server maintenance, security, code of conduct/ToS enforcement after player violation, tech support, and a bunch of other stuff they tacked on. It later expanded to cover monthly free games chosen by Microsoft,and there were quite a few triple A titles that were handed out for free. The problem is that free to play games aren't free to play when someone has to pay for the subscription. That and they recently tried to force people to switch to game pass by jacking up the Gold subscription price. They went from being honest about why the money was necessary, and have long since moved on to greedy reasons they want more money. Subscriptions such as Gold aren't inherently evil, wrong or corrupt practices as you claim, it's when companies move on from reasonable price, to cover expenditures, (as all companies seek to make a profit) and move onto dishonesty, and over pricing a service. That's where the problem lies.
I'm going to have to disagree with you on that one. "Right to connect" is and always will be a scam. Nothing you get from it is worth it's price. You added a bunch of thing that it's supposed to cover yet platforms like Steam and Epic Games don't hold such subscriptions and Microsoft is much bigger than both of them. While it does cost money to keep up game servers not all games that you can connect to have Microsoft run servers.
You're already paying for the console, you're already paying for the game, and you're already paying for the internet. There shouldn't be any reason to have to pay an additional fee to simply connect.
Is it a bad idea for it to be a subscription? If so why? What is the pro’s and Con’s?
Any subscription to play "games online" is a scam. You're paying for the games, your paying for the internet, and you're often times acting as the server or connecting to non-subscription based servers.
All you're paying for is the right to connect to a game's online functions, that's it. This is why I'll never pay for a Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo online subscriptions. Not to mention you're paying a premium for a "right to connect".
Seems like they're celebrating PSO 20th Anniversary with an event on JP that gives Ragol Memories, Partner Cards for some characters, and a Towards The Future style quest.
Do you think we'll get this at all? It would be honestly kind of sad if we didn't.
A boss fight from FFXIV? Or a guess now, just a monster you encounter. And you can't even do the EVA one anymore, so that's not really content that's counted.
People know that, that's why they didn't list it, also the EVA angel fight was trash.
As for the SAO, we might get it, we aren't at that point in Updates JP had Just passed that, so it's hard to say, but also hard to see us skip out on it given the hype that the series got outside Japan.
That's really grasping at straws, it sucks not to have everything as I would like to see PSZero stuff and PSO2es stuff, but we aren't missing a lot of actual content.
It sounds like you're spewing a bunch of excuses to me. "This doesn't count because X and Y." Honestly sounds like a load.
I'm surprised we even got a SE collab with Nier: Automata, even if it was nothing more than cosmetics to dress our characters in more fancy attire that breaks up the usual scifi/sleek look. It would be nice to get more of that, it's not likely with how the past year was for Sega and whatever obstacles they would need to traverse to get those licenses to even distribute them on a global scale. Remember, this is no longer about Japan now, the rest of the world will have different laws for each country and region.
Yet we've still haven't got a collab for Yakuza 7 or Virtual-On. I'll give Virtual-On the benefit of the doubt because it was tied to RailDex but come on, Yakuza 7 was a big release for SEGA and they didn't even release a collab for it on NA.
Near zero collab content compared to JP server
While that sucks, it's not really important, as the promise was just content and dressing up is nice, but that's not really actual content. Sega withholding important content and/or has no plan to implement for global We aren't missing any important content, and we are still getting the later updates, like the new challenge mode, and NGS will roll out over in global also, with the better graphics update.
Some collabs had actual content like the Final Fantasy Collab and the Evangelion Collab. I don't think most people realize this.
pso2 in general is a heavily overrated and whiteknighted game that has no content compared to other big mmos, nothing tied to NA specifically
I feel like I have to unfortunately agree with this. Around Episode 3 you can see the obvious decline in designing Expedition style content which I feel is PSO's bread and butter.
Episode 4 and beyond, you can see the decline and episode 5 was a disaster which caused the developers to scramble as they bet everything on players loving buster quests.....and they hated it, which caused them to rapidly design content that made things worse imho. There is a lot of information on ep5 mistakes.
You can already see the decline in Episode 3. Daybreak Province Exploration seems a lot more bland then the rest of the Expeditions additionally Nightfall Province Exploration is the introduction of the point based Expeditions right? They did at least have some ARKS Quests for Episode 3 though.
Though in Episode 4 it gets obviously worse. Only two ARKS Quests and both Expeditions are point based field missions. They also added Rideroid Quest which was a even bigger foreshadowing of problems down the line.