Keep the hipster thing going guys. It amuses me.
It's really more the gear thing than $. If $ is an issue the problem isn't the game itself- but the player's dilemma.The fact of the subscription fee pressure is quite simple, you pay for a whole month when you just want to play for a few days, you get f'd up with the time you're not on (for people who don't have much money it's an issue). There were some games that actually sold you gametime, sounds interesting but bad at the same time (overpricing, happened on RO)
Sometimes people choose to play the wrong type of games for them and base criticism on that faulty decision.