I have an XBOX360 slim. I have less than 30 hours played on it and have had it for over 2 years. I am a gamer and log at least 28hrs a week gaming. I bought the XBOX because I forgot they charged a monthly fee to game online (I impulse buy) I have the money to easily afford the fee, it's the principle of the whole thing. I have a very real issue with paying Microsoft to play games online and am amazed that the gaming community so easily adopted a monthly fee to play games and I want this nonsense to stop. I would love to hear counter-arguments and/or to have someone add to my own. My argument is simple. I have purchased the Console, I have purchased the game, I pay a monthly fee for access to the internet, why do I have to pay Microsoft a monthly fee to play a game with friends?