Okay, now you're either illiterate and can't understand main idea... or you're being thick headed for the sake of it.
Player 1 won new toys and ways to defend or attack in literally a split second.
while player 2 is still stuck without anything due to the immense grind that takes a while.
this is literally, the formula of f2p games... You either suck up the grind, or pay to obtain things faster.
I think it is you that doesn't understand the main idea....
Your writing gives the impression that you think the only purpose in GTA:O is to kill other players. But that is a something you decided. What if I decided that this game is about collecting, customizing, and driving old American Muscle cars? What if I decided this game was about taking photographs? What if I decided the only thing worth doing was bicycle races? What if I decided that GTA:O is a PvE a game and a such I only do those types of activities? How do I "win" then? There is no winning. GTA:O is an open ended game with a wide variety of activities and no end-game/end-goal.
The only goals in the game are either mode based or self imposed. Rockstar hasn't forced anything on anybody. You are the one that decided you need "Weapon X" so you can be the "bestest" in Free-Mode PvP. You're the one that decided you need that $2M motorcycle because you want to race Customs. Every dollar you "need" in game is only because YOU decided YOU need to do "Activity Y" or YOU needed "Item X".
Now did you understand all of this, or are you too illiterate?
Yo, you don't understand that to do anything in this game you need money? You're too f*cking petty that you wanna come off in technicalities. If player 1, has access to better weapons than player 2, he's f*cking winning. Period.caseclosed. are you that thick? If player 1 has money to buy any car, hes winning as a collector too, because guess what? the point of a collector is to collect all the cars, right? at least the ones he wants. But now if player 2 is a collector and has no money, he's collecting dust. Now for your point of photography, who the f*ck plays the game just to do that? Anyways, let me follow your little train of thought on that glass railroad of points you got, I'm pretty sure if you like taking picture of things, you'll want to take them of your cars, or clothes, or little fun toys right? no one goes around photographing NPC cars... guess what you need to get said clothes or cars? That's f*cking right, the whole point of this game is to make money and be rich. If player 1 has money and player 2 doesn't whos winning? I'm not even reading what you're going to write... you just wanna come of being right in technicalities.. you pay money for luxuries a broke player wont have. you could stretch the definition of pay2win... but if you're paying 2 gets something, especially with real money... guess what you're doing? paying to win. like wtf? how do i have to explain this? Look, the bunker research weapon... Broke player will wait forever or hope to get lucky to get OP explosive ammo... while player willing to spend real money will literally skip through all of that to obtain said OP ammo quicker, thus making him win by having said OP ammo quicker than other players. You're PAYING to WIN. or if you wanna call it pay2skip, you're skipping to the item you want faster to gain an advantage or edge on whatever item you're seeking. literally, to win. weather it's an OP weapon, Ammo type, or fastest new car or deadliest new vehicle, you're going to have an advantage or edge over the other players to help you win. weather it's PVP, race, or car collector. Like I just used the PvP sense to further prove and explain my point... and then you want to argue that the game is not just about PvP, like wtf bro? lmao. By your logic this game has golf and tennis in it so it's a sports game... it's def not a game that revolves around owning cars and shooting things up. Right? money doesn't affect your performance in tennis or arm wrestling. so theres no pay2win elements in this game. just like you said right? as long as it doesn't fit my "definition" or when it doesn't "help my argument". So because the photographer doesn't have to deal with pay2win elements, it means that it doesn't exist in a way in the PvP community of the game, or the racing one. Wow, way to be a hypocrite lmfao.