It's great that it's optional and all bro, it really is; but paying for aesthetics and paying for something that gives one player an advantage over another are kind of two totally different things.
And why are you mad for?
right from the faq:
Q: Will I have to spend money to remain competitive?
A: No. Any items affecting gameplay, and even most purely cosmetic items, will still be obtainable simply by playing the game.A good chunk of my salary is generated from people buying things in the games we make at work that do not give one player over another(in Stick Arena), and people constantly complain about it, and it's annoying, but for the game we actually made premium items make people better(Boxhead Bounty Hunter), nobody really said anything, and even some who complained about the first game's premium features even took part of buying some of the premiums, so hypocritical, and this hits close to home. Game developers, and especially those who make great games like Valve deserve to be able to make money off of what people are doing on ebay with every game that has trading in it do
EDIT: whoa the gorilla on the update page winks when you mouse over and when you click it has a portrait of it
EDIT2: if you click the Mann co building on the page it has another image
Edited by eedok, 01 October 2010 - 12:02 AM.