Swindle01 wrote:you missed the point i was making completely
you HAVE to pay for your internet OBVIOUSLY, but you have to use your router+your internet your already paying for and THEN have to pay microsoft to use xbox live
however i can go on xbox live for free if i just use my pc and play exactly the same game....but without having to give microsoft my money to play a game i can play online on xbox live for free
It's an antiquated system, sure, but it's a holdover from the last era. No one complained when you had to pay for Xbox Live in the last generation, mostly because no other console could match it in terms of online capability. The 360 came out first, and continued it, it wasn't until the PS3 and Wii came out with free online play that people started to realize they didn't have to. Of course, by then, Microsoft was still making an orgy
of cash off of XBL subscriptions, which they still are.
That said, it's not a whole lot of money. Something like what, $50 for a one-year subscription? That's less than $5 per month, the average MMO subscription costs substantially more.
Also, while you might be able to play the same game, that's only sometimes. For instance, any of the 360-era Halo games, no matter how much I really, really want to play Reach.