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And of course, in Game Update 1.6 we are expanding the offerings in the new Cartel Market. First and foremost is the new addition of Lifeday items! Yes, Lifeday is coming to Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ as a celebration and reflection of the holiday season. Of particular note is the Czerka LD-1 Celebrator, a new vehicle that is so ridiculously awesome that it needs to be seen to be believed.
To get Life Day items you BUY them from the Cartel market.
Do the devs not understand, we like to PLAY games, not PAY them?
They have already proven that they can add events to the game, because I found the event earlier in the year quite good fun, can't remember what it was clalled, but there was one in Nar Shaddaa where you had to help a robot finish the race, because the others were cheating, plus there was collectbles around the planets.
Now they have the Cartel Market they do not need to do these events and just stick items in the market instead to buy with real money - pathetic and lazy.
If there was no Cartel Market or F2P, I bet they would have done a proper Life Day event too, and get the items that why - by PLAYING the game.
These events are things I would sub to. I might even sub to get these limited items if were on a vendor (which SWG had) that uses in game currency / tokens (you play the game and accrue the relevant currency and then go spend it), but I am not subbing to buy this stuff with Cartel Coins (which comes from spending more real money) it is not satisfying / rewarding
A thread on the official SWTOR forums that shares my sentiments - SWG never charged for Life Day gifts