Originally Posted by ProtegeManiac
1. Ergos - the mic is already built into the left earcup. It's not like the computer scans your hand motions and will be read by your squad; putting ping points in Shogun II or drawing attack vectors in Rome II just makes it too realistic in terms of communication issues in real battle (where, back then, it would be with flags and drums), which sounds great for enthusiasts until one realizes that the AI isn't simulating that and you end up with two humans decisively losing to a well-coordinate AI army despite comparable forces.
2. Earpad prices. There are a few stores here that sell generic pads and they fit a lot of gaming headsets, which can be a problem if the Hi-Fi headphone with good imaging one uses happens to be something like the AKG K701 at $45 for each pad or the HD600 at $60 per pair, or AT's Air-series as I'm not even sure where to get replacements for those aside from AT (and the website doesn't have an accessible list of spare parts as Sennheiser does last I checked).
1. Yep, they are. That's why I have one of these: http://www.modmic.com/
I don't play team-based FPS with people who don't have mics. Great way to lose. Anyway, with one of these (they work amazingly, by the way) you can even take it off when you don't need it.
2. Pads wear out after years, not weeks or months. By the time you need to replace them dropping $50 (I'd love to see a headphone that cost $120 for new pads...) for a set isn't going to seem like a big deal.
If you worry about that, you could stick with a company that uses standard pads across their line. Hifiman, for example, or Grado. Probably more than you want to drop but I use my HE-500's for gaming and they are amazing. Anyway, most of the popular audiophile headphones either have pads through the vendors or third-parties that sell them. Or some company makes one that is for one headphone but fits another... That happens pretty frequently. Either way, pads shouldn't be a concern.