Google allows you to put in second factor authentication on accounts. The feds can have all the passwords they want, but they need the Google authenticator set up and approved. Too bad MS doesn't as well.
As Jane Mayer at the New Yorker recently explained, the metadata issue is the one we should be most frightened about:
“The public doesn’t understand,” [mathematician and
former Sun Microsystems engineer Susan Landau] told me,
speaking about so-called metadata. “It’s much more
intrusive than content.” She explained that the
government can learn immense amounts of proprietary
information by studying “who you call, and who they
call. If you can track that, you know exactly what is
happening—you don’t need the content.”
If I am not allowed to know of the existence of the program, and if I am not allowed to know that the government has its own secret interpretation of the laws, then how have my civil liberties been guaranteed?
The truth is, they have not. In fact, my civil liberties have been run over by a huge bulldozer known as the NSA.
There's a big difference in F2P versus paid account. Many things available to the latter are not available to the former at all. And where they are available, they require the expenditure of real world money to acquire.
I wouldn't be surprised if the reason SWTOR is more profitable now is because most F2P players are speding some extra cash to have a little bit more than the bog standard, which is at best annoying.
Now, I'd pay real money if SWTOR, or any MMO for that matter, were to decide to do away with the "Can't get There From Here" syndrome. If you play MMOs, you'll get it.