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4/01/12 9:02:41 AM#561
Originally posted by Hurvart
You know, I get why people would immediately want to draw a line in the sand and object to a cash shop, especially one that sells perceived advantages. But I think there's a bigger picture.
As far as I can tell, all MMOs are essentially P2W because of 3rd party gold sellers. I think back to my days playing WoW. People could use their gold to buy their way into raids to get armor tokens from guilds who had trivialized the content. People as far as I can tell could use their gold to buy flasks to buff themselves in battlegrounds.
What ArenaNet is doing is legitimizing the cash for gold transaction. To me this means three things. First, that ArenaNet is the one to get the money for people buying gold legitimately instead of these 3rd parties. Second, that players who want to buy gold are not going to be visiting sketchy websites and risking their account security doing so. And third, that people who want to buy things which previously had been cash only (like character slots) can now purchase them with their excess gold. These are all wins in my book.
The fact is that there are people who have tons of money (I like to say more money than brains) and are willing to spend it on games which otherwise have no subscription. For every purist who will actually skip the game entirely, there's some guy willing to spend every month what the purist would pay only once. It's just good business to offer these people things to spend money on while not alienating the average player.
ArenaNet hasn't gone completely off the deep end. As I posted earlier, I found this article which talks about asking "Is It Evil?" to everything they sell in the cash shop. Yes, ArenaNet is selling advantages, but they're really minor things. And in order for the reverse cash shop transaction to work (convert gold to gems to buy account services) there needs to be things that people want to obtain gold for.
ArenaNet has said they'll never sell anything that gives anyone an unfair advantage, and they'll never sell anything that can't be obtained in a reasonable amount of time. They've also made it so that the one part of the game that is a pure competition (structured PVP) is completely unaffected by anything in the cash shop.
If people want to vote with their wallet and object to any kind of advantage at all, then by all means it's their prerogative. But let's at least be realistic about what is being offered by ArenaNet. I've seen people mention that in other true P2W games, a person who uses the shop could kill an entire 25 person raid worth of people who didn't. GW2 isn't even remotely close to that. It's allowing people to use money to save a little time as opposed to simply playing for free, that's it. 95% of people won't take advantage of it, and I kind of doubt you'd even be able to tell who are the 5% who will.
4/01/12 10:13:08 AM#562
Originally posted by heartless