Better than paying $50 for a game that you finish in two days and never replay again.
Yeah, like Q3A, and Halflife.... oh wait, yeah I still play those all the time.
OK, then NWN and Starcraft were... no wait... yeah those were good purchases that I play / played forever too.
A few more I guess could be C&C Generals, Warcraft3 and Diablo, all of which I paid for once and play all the time.
Hmmmm, I guess I'll just have to say that your broad generalization is full of it, some games you can beat fast, but others do have lasting value for years on end. w/o the monthly fee.
Not saying that I'm against a monthly fee, I've played many MMO's, but Im saying that your arguement is really really weak.