November 25th 2008 01:37 am

(VIRTUAL) MONEY MAKES THE MMO WORLD GO ROUND

I told myself I won’t dive into the RMT muck again unless someone offered me a million dollars and change but an article by Wagner James Au struck me and got me nodding my head in agreement.

James buddy boy, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Now a number of you might be contemplating on throwing bricks at me and saying "How can you judge Mythic and WAR, EGF? Have you ever played WAR? HAVE YOU?!"

HAVE I? I HAVEN’T…YET…AND I WILL….SOON!

(collective gasps with mumblings of "Traitor!" among WoW diehards)

I’ll deal with you WoW fanatics later.

Right now lemme just make my I-second-the-motion dissertation.

Okay, so the Warhammer guys hate gold sellers. Fine. It’s a free country. Go and hate with every fiber of your being as long as you don’t incite violence of genocidal proportions.

But 1 out of 4 people patronizing RMT is a ratio that can’t be ignored, people.

And yes, whenever there are potential buyers, THERE WILL BE SOMEONE LOOKING TO SELL THEM.

While I don’t agree with the spammy way of promoting one’s services, I thank the RMT sites who enable BUSY, EMPLOYED PEOPLE like me to:

1. acquire gold to buy items I do not have the time or opportunity to earn from questing for hours on end;

2. survive game challenges because I have better armor and don’t have to waste time running around looking for my corpse;

3. (on a rather shallow note) catch up with my peers whose trust funds and self-employed status allow them to play at least 10 hours a day, leaving my sorry low-level behind, er, behind as I struggle to juggle work and film school (and WoW!);

You anti-RMT peeps can throw brickbats at me for all I care. I’m not the first person on this planet to condone and patronize RMT. I’m not the only one either (hello, ONE OUT OF 4, TAKE THAT!). Why don’t you ask yourselves why so many virtual currency-selling sites keep popping up year in and year out. Please don’t say they’re out to corrupt and pollute the gaming industry. Please don’t even say it’s cheating because, as I mentioned in one previous post , there ain’t any BGFs in the game. They exist because there are 1 OUT OF 4 players out there with a need for virtual currency and a need to keep up with the in-game economics that mimic real life. WoW is an escape unto itself, but the buying and selling aspect ups the fun factor by several notches. I mean, if I can’t be a trust fund prince like most of my buddies, I can at least be king in my own little virtual realm (before I hit Hollywood and become King of the World, ha!).

Think again: would WoW be just as interesting if having virtual money isn’t critical to one’s gaming?

I think 1 out of 4 people would say "eh, no" and I’d be saying…

My sentiments exactly.

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4 Responses to “(VIRTUAL) MONEY MAKES THE MMO WORLD GO ROUND”

  1. paul on 25 Nov 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Indeed, I’m a small business owner, therefore I have little time to play the game I love. I’m also an extremely crap player and I have virtually no patience. If i couldn’t buy gold so i can keep at least mildly competitive, then i would bore very quickly with wow…… and blizzard would lose my monthly subscription. Multiply that by the thousands of others in my situation or with my certain character flaws and Blizz loses a tidy sum……… But i must say being a business owner, I do make a lot of Gold on the AH as i really enjoy that part of the game. But, as in real life, one must “borrow” funds from time to time when capital is short or cash flow is restricted. I’m still yet to find a site that actually delivers what they promise though, Ive always got my gold from IGE but not without hounding them. They like to say “we delivered it but it must have been taken from a gm” but i have info that when this happens Blizzard actually sends mail stating that suspicious mail has bee deleted. Which of course Ive never Had. could any one confirm this as truth????

  2. paul on 25 Nov 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Indeed, I’m a small business owner, therefore I have little time to play the game I love. I’m also an extremely crap player and I have virtually no patience. If i couldn’t buy gold so i can keep at least mildly competitive, then i would bore very quickly with wow…… and blizzard would lose my monthly subscription. Multiply that by the thousands of others in my situation or with my certain character flaws and Blizz loses a tidy sum……… But i must say being a business owner, I do make a lot of Gold on the AH as i really enjoy that part of the game. But, as in real life, one must “borrow” funds from time to time when capital is short or cash flow is restricted. I’m still yet to find a site that actually delivers what they promise though, Ive always got my gold from IGE but not without hounding them. They like to say “we delivered it but it must have been taken from a gm” but i have info that when this happens Blizzard actually sends mail stating that suspicious mail has been deleted. Which of course Ive never Had. could any one confirm this as truth????

  3. oli on 26 Nov 2008 at 3:47 am #

    Blizzard deletes gold after it tags a normal mail or package as “suspicious” (meaning that’s too much gold for that level character or it was bought from an RMT site). It’s strange that you never received mail from Blizz saying why they did it. I trust IGE; at least even after claiming that the gold was taken by the publisher they don’t think twice about redelivering the gold to you. You have to give them credit for going all out for their customers.

  4. paul on 26 Nov 2008 at 10:17 pm #

    exactly my point , no email from blizz means gold wasn’t deleted…therefore it really wasn’t delivered. it seems to me like a tactic to stall the customer saying “hey we met our promised deadline but it was deleted”. I would be happier if they said hey we got problems getting it . Because i too trust IGE and know they wiil always deliver….eventually

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