Thank the gods that another person sees my point. It's about the options.
Lets compare this topic to deciding options on cars for example. When designing a sports car, the purist say not to include power steering and A/C because many previous successful classic sports cars did not have them or needed them. However people like me like options and I would like to have power steering and A/C because it makes the ride more comfortable. Having power steering and A/C does break away from the original design of the classical sports car and it does decrease your overall horsepower since those two items leak a lot of power away from your engine.
Going with what I was trying to say as well, which GrizzlyViking also caught on to, it'll open up the game to the casual gamer and the non-initated players to the BattleTech/MechWarrior Universe. I'd rather have a large community which would in turn encourage further development and support of the game rather than an extremely closed, small, elitest community where development and support may not be as forth coming.