in reply to replicator
You're right at first glance it seems that you are getting ripped off by having to pay for a service that you can get free on other consoles. However, had you done further/any research into it you would have found that while the ps3 online service is free for the customer it means that game developers have to pick up the bill meaning they will not keep servers online for older games. This means that the only games playable online will be the developers latest release. Unlike the Xbox live service which you can still play release games on.