"Free online gameplay" from a lot of those games is actually an anti-piracy feature. Like the new SimCity will offer free online collaborative play, because they force you to have an active Internet connection in order to even start the game. Diablo III was the same. (The real money AH was a total cash grab in and of itself, though.)
____________________________FFXI: Catwho on Bismarck. Once again a top bard on the server: Dardaubla 90 on 1/6/2014
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.