Oh. That's where ya lost me, as that's not a gimmick per se. Just a business strategy of rather varied reception.
... But hold on one 'Karp damn minute. The fee for online play isn't purchasing Playstation Plus, and there're two separate fees? Or am I readin' your post wrong?
Even though I hate the Microsoft gaming industry plaguing Europe and 95% of North America with it's corrupt online paying service, pointless achievements, consisting of yelling 12 year olds online, gimmicky avatars to pay to dress up, and so on, but the thing is, as a gamer, I will buy it... when it's close to dying for a cheaper price.:P
agreed with sir! seeing how ive owned every xbox so far i cant stop now!
So, Splash, you gettin' the new Xbox?