"As you know, GTA Online is a free to play experience".
I stopped reading right there. I've heard enough of that nonsense from the blindly loyal fools who repeat whatever they are told.
Yeah, it's called "Multiplayer", most games have it, it is always "free" on PSN.
I KNEW Take Two was behind most of the boneheaded decisions, this just validates everything I was trying to say about how the Rockstar Devs really care, really tried to craft an amazing game but Rockstar is owned by Take Two Interactive whose own leader uses CorporateSpeak to try and clown us.
Free-to-Play =/ Multiplayer
The Free-to-Play model is as such: A basic game experience is offered to the user at no cost. The revenue-generation model is based upon microtransactions (ie. Buy coins or resources in a mobile game to progress faster).
Rockstar's contention is that GTAO is not GTA5. That GTAO is simply a standalone experience that happens to be included on the disc alongside GTA5.
Contrast that with 343/Halo or Activision/COD, where the online component is central to the gaming experience. In those instances, you have paid for the online experience in the price you shell out for the game.
I hate the fact that Rockstar is using a FtP model with GTAO, but it was the decision they've made. They were clear about this before the game even launched. Getting mad about it is akin to getting annoyed at EA for charging you for energy in the free mobile version of Madden, or with Sony for charging you for cars in Driveclub. Deal with it, or waste hours of your life grinding away.