I just don't see how an mmo that charges fees and initial costs can justify also charging for character slots.
Im not sure why you would think they have to justify it? The justification is clearly for profit which shouldnt be a surprise to anyone.
As long as its clear up front what they are providing and what they charge extra for I dont see any reason for them to excuse their capitalistic tendencies.
Im not judging them on this one because to me its neither good nor evil. It just simply is business.
I would be more inclined to judge, for example, if you only got 1 char slot and could only play human and could only play federation for your sub + up front costs. Im not judging their greed in this case because I think (imo again of course) that where its at is fair and reasonable. Is it different from other games in the industry ? Yes.
But then as I said as long as you know up front what the limits are and what they charge extra for then caveat emptor, and you cant point fingers at them for being unfair if you know what you are buying into. You can say they are greedy for sure. Evil, no ?
Goodwind, here's an experiment you can run on your own to see how much you're being gouged by having to pay per character slot: Run out to your local Wal-Mart, go to the checkout lane, and buy yourself a 4GB thumb drive for $9.99. And then imagine how many hundreds or thousands of characters could be stored on that little thumb drive.
The STO servers are not running off thumb drives. For a guy who keeps claiming to be an expert, you keep making ridiculous comparisons.
No actually, on a larger hard drive it's actually much cheaper ($50 for 500 GB desktop, as opposed to $10 for $4GB thumb drive), but it should give you some idea.
Again Blade servers (you know the ones that Cryptic is using) Cost up to 5,000 dollars for a 500gb drive, I know, I work for the number one blade server co in the world, heck we invented the blade server. (Not saying names, I do not want a Flame war, if you know what co it is, please do not say.)