No. It's everything but the tonics if you'd actually read what's being talked about. But I suppose it's easier to skim. It's more that the obfuscation of product and the obvious rip off therein, and how we seem to believe that's okay, is the issue. I've already gone over why this is bad, I'm not going to do it again.
But no, not the tonics, no.
And I'm pleased by many things. I just don't like predatory business practises. As I've also said in this thread, I think they're bad in general. I don't like the idea of buying points to speed up a free to play game. Just sell the game, or sell parts of the game, but to provide a 'free' game and then to sell people 'points which allow you to play it?' That's predatory. It preys on those who aren't so wise with their money - mainly the young.
GW2 does a similar thing with the necessity of buying gold every so often. The tiny trickle of gold into the world, the constant gold taxes, the ridiculous prices involved in crafting or obtaining certain types of gear... so you either have to grind for the money to pay for this, or you have to spend money to buy gold. That's no different than spending money to buy points for one of those free to play games.
I'd rather a clear price-for-product transaction. I value honesty.
But hey, we're apparently telling businesses that this sort of behaviour is okay. So that's what the problem is.
Welp. That's what I'm doing. Their predatory antics were one of the reasons I uninstalled the game. And if I'm not playing, I'm not tempted to pay for anything. Instead, my money is going out on other games which I find to be less predatory.
Let me preface this all by saying that I adored GW1, and I enjoy GW2 almost equally as much. However, I have one particular gripe.
One of my main complaints about GW2 thus far is the very strong push for Gem Store usage. Black Lion chests drop by the hundreds, while their corresponding keys are all but nonexistent. Fine Transmutation stones are excruciatingly rare, so good luck customizing your armor's looks. Unless you can get the stat distribution on the correct item skin, of course. Would you like minipets? The current TP supply comes solely from the Gem Shop, so there's more incentive to buy gems. Really like that item's Sigil/Rune? Better buy a BL Salvage Kit off the Gem Shop or pray for something that isn't just a coin/jug of karma from your daily. Would you like some bank slots for crafting materials that should have been in since release and take mere minutes to program? Sorry, better get some gems together to purchase a bank expansion/inventory expansion/extra character slot for a mule. It's infuriating.
Having to resort to converting my gold to gems (I refuse to purchase gems for incidentals that should be purchasable via other means) every time I want a tiny, almost insignificant, convenience item is obnoxious. The cash shop should be a place for pretty armor and weapon skins, no more. Even then, care must be taken so that these armor/weapon skins don't overly outshine those that can be acquired in the game itself. A couple of unique, holiday-themed skins is sufficient. I would rather be paying a monthly subscription and be free of these noxious, blatant cash grabs than what we currently experience.
Tonics were a very important aspect of GW1, and I'm glad they made a return in GW2. Something a lot of people can't seem to grasp, is that GW1 was all about Title progression and armor/weapon/etc. acquisition. The armor and weapon markets being based solely around what looked the most badass/cost the most to acquire, and not stats. Furthermore, within that "etc." category lie the Tonics and Minipets. While I do not agree with how the minipets/tonics can be acquired, I don't think they should be removed.