Yay for hijacking my thread!
Anyway, i've been needing a new game to play; in this case something to make a game i've played and and interesting. So I bought the expansion from steam. So far for one play through i'm finding not much has changed. Just a new aspect for trying to race ahead other civs. The spying is very minor and doesn't require much attention. The new civs aren't all that interesting either. A few other things have changed, but for the most part the game makes me sleepy. The GaK expansion is worth 10 bucks, not 30. GaK is highly over priced. I keep a sort of list of companies i am wary of buying things from, 2K games and Firaxis now have a strike against them.
I've had different results with GaK. It took a game that I played a few times and borderline regretted purchasing and turned it into a game that I expect I'll play off and on for a long time going forward. Some of it is fixing mistakes in the original game (AI) and some of it is the addition of the new systems. Though overall I can't point to any one thing. The game just feels better to play.
To each their own I guess.
As I said they are charging you for work they left out of the original release. Something Jon Shafer has ample time to discuses with the community before they raped our wallets. Alas his loyalty was to corporations and his job not to fellow gamers or the quality of games in general. So the cycle continues.
You've just shot down every expansion pack in history, congrats. Every single one qualifies as "work they left out of the original release". That's precisely why it's called an "expansion pack". It EXPANDS upon the original game.
By the way, you're "Duct tape" analogy is crap. If a car dealer won't let you test drive a car (the equivalent of a game demo) and you're not willing to risk the purchase based on reviews from reputable car magazines without the test drive, you GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. You don't steal the car, take it for a joy ride, and then return it the following morning in some fit of fake moral righteousness.
Oh and I'm curious. Where are all the news stories and some proof that game companies are forcing themselves on your wallet, removing your money violently and without your permission, and leaving you poorer against your will. Because clearly, that's what a Wallet Rapist must do.