But what about the real world of data centers where configurations are constantly changing and new data connections are being made. Seems like the applications are pretty limited.
The system itself was a pretty bad idea. It associates Turbine with the scum of the Internet. And it will undoubtedly lead to numerous complaints from customers who get screwed over by these third parties.
FYI, DDO is still offering a "VIP" monthly subscription of $15. It gets you access to all the content, some nice bonuses (shared bank space, etc.) and 500 "Turbine Points" a month.
Not to mention, there are no "top player" rankings in DDO. Some players just suck, others don't.