In my own case, you're so dead wrong it's pathetic, so maybe your generalization is just as far off the mark.
Drink? - None at all; tee-totaler
Drink coffee? None at all; tee-totaler
Drink Dr Pepper? Yes, but would never pay more than $2 for a bottle.
I think it's a bit more likely that a fool and his money will soon part, so if you're unworried about finances in one area, you're unworried about them in all areas. Most people end up with a bit of a splurge in some small area, even if they are penny pinchers, it's just that gaming may not be one of those areas.
I only have to pay for AE one time to get enjoyment from it. You have to purchase your Dr Pepper everytime.
If we add up the cost for AE -v- the money you spent on Dr Pepper, then compare the end results; well, at the end I still have my game, and you have flushed your money down the toilet.
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