I can see why your interest in F2P has declined, although I think walking away completely may be a bit extreme. Regarding your points:
1) Isn't this true of freeware as well? Hell, isn't this true of pay games? Even if someone could afford to buy every pay game, there's simply not enough time available in a day in order to play them all in depth. So I wouldn't let quantity deter you from covering them.
Many freeware games are short for every Bonesaw (long Action/Platformer) there are 30 Seven Minutes (short Action/Platformer).
The F2P MMO/FPS/RTS have built in mechanism based on time - unless of course you pay, which is OK I know they use that hook to get the $ from the people - so this is what I am referring to in terms of time.
In the time it takes for me to say earn some Turbine Points to see another section of DDO or LOTRO I could have ended 40+ shorter freeware games with different game play mechanics explored.
But I hear you and you are right about time being the issue period for all these games.
2) You mention that "many of them" do this, but that means that some of them don't. Perhaps you could just add the criteria that the games you play don't have these interrupter services.
Yeah this would be ideal. The thing is I don't have time to investigate this stuff. I usually learn about it the hard way. For example, I went to go play Imperium Romanum on Greenman Gaming and the game was just a little off. Then after looking in my rig it was the Tribes Ascend background service that was interfering. Disabling it and now Imperium Romanum was running like water.
3) How many of your RL friends/family are interested in the freeware games you list? Obviously, it's up to you to determine how important their interest/involvement is. I personally engage in a lot of discussions online that would be of little to no interest to many of my RL acquaintances, which is part of why I'm online in the first place: to find like-minded individuals.
It's SO SO with my RL people. Most will play something for a bit like Nexuiz and then move on to Quake Live...then City Of Heroes...It's in and out with them. They are not devoted to "Not Paying" like I am...and that is OK.
Forums....None of them are into forums except for 1 and with him it's touch and go.
Like you I search for others like me but I'm really online to learn at all times be it Amateur Astronomy, Linux Usage or PC Gaming.
4) Is this the only enjoyment you got out of F2P games? If it was, and it's no longer enjoyable, then I'd say stop. However, if you enjoyed some of these games for other reasons, then maybe you should just reevaluate how you play these games. Think "okay, if I don't play this game to break the paid barrier, are there other reasons to play it, and do I enjoy that gameplay?"
Yeah for a long time breaking that barrier was probably the it factor for me. I mean I also like looking at the art, exploring the realms/worlds and storyline. Over the years most of that stuff has been on the decline, IMO.
Utlimately, it's up to you. You should play what you like, and post the games you want to. I wouldn't want you sticking to F2P games just because people in this forum voted in favor of you doing so, especially since I think this thread would suffer if you did. However, I think dropping F2P games entirely is a bit extreme if your disinterest is only with many F2P games, or even most F2P games, but not all.
Thanks for your words. I will think on it while I try to end THE SCOURGE...can't believe I have yet to end this bitch. :( <- for the not ending it
<- for the challenge.