November 25th 2008 01:37 am
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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