Kevin, ET is free,considering that 60% of the online gamers are under 20,in school have limited incomes,no jobs most likely..it's a sure bet ET will be around like CounterStrike was for Half Life.yea most have absolutely no idea how to play it,and do all the complaining as mentioned in the posts above,but organized players,with server admin access and pre match meetings can host some really good games privately with other established players.
My stepson talked me into downloading ET. (he gave me rtcw for xmas last year), and I've had a very difficult time staying alive with all the tk'ing. I'm almost always a Lt., and give ammo freely. But, get wounded and ask for a little health, and all the meds are nowhere to be found.