EDIT. I just found about GTA ONLINE having micro transactions so there you have your answers ladies and gents, that's why Rockstar wants to force us go play GTA ONLINE instead of the classic single player, IT WILL BRING THEM A LOT MORE MONEY. That's the reason why I hate this, not because I'm an anti-social creep or anything but just because it's a ripp-off
All I can say is don't buy the ingame money, you don't have to give R* anymore of your cash.
I have played many FTP mmos and console game that went online, I had fun with a majority of them and didn't give them any more cash.
The part where you say," IT WILL BRING THEM A LOT MORE MONEY" You do realize they are a business and are trying to make more money, it's what they do. Not trying to be snarky but you really can't blame them for wanting to make money.
To anticipate the "They Lied to us," I have seen no evidence that they have lied to us about content or any of that. I think some have read to far into rumor and unconfirmed information.
I truly believe people got their expectations way too high and they are taking it out on the big bad R*
Not a fanboy, just saying what I see.
I do share a similar mindset as you and try to stay neutral with the whole online gaming and micro transaction thing by telling myself that this is the evolution of gaming, and as long as people are willing to buy into it, nothing is going to change.
But, while I don't have to play online, or buy dlc, I can't help but remember the "good ole days" (never thought I would say that), when R* would try and put everything into one complete package; or at least try their damnedest to do it. this is why SA is still my favorite to this day. The ambition for that game was on another level.
When online features things that are not in SP (even if to some, it doesn't make sense for them to be there), something is not right. R* has been one of the few trusted AAA developers for years, and to see them change their business model to a nickel and dime model is disheartening to say the least.
I'd really like to keep supporting R*, but not like this.