Just got done with another go-round in SW, and decided to ask the somewhat rhetorical, but not entirely rhetorical question, "Why do people care what others spend their money on?"
Some examples you are familiar with:
- The X SYSTEM is a waste of money. No one should buy one.
- Xbox Live is a rip-off
- Blu-Ray is a rip-off
- Used games hurt developers
- You should not sell games/systems
Now I know I paraphrased and man-handled some of those, but I think you get the idea.
Why are people concerned? Capitalism works on the basis that I purchase things with my money that I deem worth the cost. And its a system that works well. If you don't think Live is worth $50 a year, don't pay it. I do, and when I no longer feel its worth the cost, I will stop paying for it. Same goes for Blu-Ray movies, or games, or system, or anything I buy. To me, the benefits outweigh the costs (which is why it gets purchased), and that is all my judgement call.
I may not think a BMW or an Apple computer is worth the premium price, but I am not going to go picket the BMW dealership or the Apple store. If a grown adult wants a premium product and they have the money, that is completely their business.
Now, would people stop trying to live everyone elses lives and worry about their own? Perhaps that would help make the world a bit more tolerable for everyone if we lived and let live, no?