Pay for streaming service, pay for microtransactions, pay for lootboxes, provider sells data (ie. indirectly you pay), etc etc etc.
Fuck this perpetual money-sucking shit. NO.
Cheers to that. The AAA gaming industry is more predatory and less focused on quality by the day. I just want to buy something, own it, and pay for it once... hell, I’m even willing to pay extra for that privilege. If I’m not playing online or multiplayer I DO NOT want to be connected to your server via my game.
I used to roll my eyes at the idea of GoG, now I’m increasingly turning to it. Valve/Steam will support anything so long as they get their 30%; all the other “stores” are complete shit. Like you mentioned, just vehicles to peddle MT, skins, subscriptions, and data collection