So you have two cars in front of your house. One of them is free, but out of warranty and possibly erratic. The other one is a modest coupe, with warranty, and the option to replace it by a better model (maybe even sportscar) in the future. But it cost you 8 cents a day.
I dunno, tough choice.
As for me, I spent two years cursing CH. How dare they force people to pay for stuff that should be public domain?! On top of that, what gave them the RIGHT to make the public release date longer and longer?! I looked for alternate ways to get such trainers. Around the time of Supreme Commander, there was this cool guy named Caliber. At least HE understood trainers should be free. Then he joined CH, and my world collapsed.
I found out later that CH was offering a one-time payment for lifetime membership. Condition was, I had to do it now, since they were about to change pricing schemes. It was a no-brainer. The money was never an objection, simply the principle of it. Everybody's got 30 bucks. Heck, you can walk up to random strangers all day, and have it by the end of the day.
So in my case, had I waited even longer, continue to be annoyed by them, I would still be without trainers, and I would have lost an opportunity.
Point is, you have to decide at some point to either accept the things you cannot change, or leave CH behind you, instead of wasting your own valuable time and effort in showing your displeasure on their forums.
As for Cal, he spends an unhealthy amount of time with these games, many of which he probably doesn't even like. It almost seems like a day-job. Shouldn't we be paid for a day-job?
[Edited by Whisperer, 12/24/2008 4:15:56 AM]