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10/20/13 7:30:28 AM#41
I'm a pretty casual player, so don't usually spend a lot. EQ2 was the F2P game I spent the most on, so I'll give examples from that.
I tend to pay for features (and lifting restrictions) and creative power. In EQ2 I quickly paid the $10 for a Silver account because it gave more more characters and bag space, shared bank, etc. I also bought the Age of Discovery expansion partly because it gave me the Beastlord class, mercenaries and other stuff to try.
Creative power, that's partly what's being called vanity here, but it's more the ability to make my characters the way I want them, or make things in the game. Early on I bought a race pack, not because I was interested in the races' traits, just because I liked the look of them (I prefer the non-humanoid characters in EQ2). I bought a fish as a weapon for a character because it looked silly (always a major motivation for me), so that for example if someone asked me why I was fighting with a fish, I'd tell them that someone promised to teach me to fight with a pike in exchange for some work, the cheat (and other similar puns). I bought a wand of hearts for my Arasai (evil fae) character, StepGodMother, because I felt it matched her conflicted nature so well. And of course the major reason I bought the AoD expansion was the dungeon maker (piece of crap).
Frankly, I rarely see the need for "convenience" items. Games usually give me what I want in-game, and I often complain about XP going up too quickly. More bag slots does fall under convenience, I guess, though I would rather craft bags than buy them with cash.
10/30/13 12:11:09 PM#42
Convenience and Vanity for me ) I have no care for any items of power. Statistics to me mean nothing, and in fact most of my alts are wearing trash equipment because all I do is solo.
I also have way to many alts ). So, my favorite thing to do is buy pretty mounts and outfits and even titles/companion pets etc for all of these alts. Even when they never get used, and almost never level, they have to look pretty on that character selection screen!
There's so many things that I've bought because of my love for the game ). I'm a great fan of Eq2 and Lotrs Marketplaces, and I've bought 3 mounts on WoW because they were 50% off.
I also buy for Charity, that's sort of part of worthiness, the game is valuable to me and I enjoy it, and the charity profits were donated to Child's Play for Everquest 2 , as well as Hurricane Sandy relif for WoW's cinder kitten.
Those items that go to charity still have to look pretty mind you and be useful to me, but I love having that extra kindness in my games, where they support and help others for once.
Convenience must have items for me have included: Premium Wallet on Lord of the Rings Online (a hoarder like me needs her space!), Milstone II (I needed a second bind , as I have been bound in the same spot for ages, and it really is useful ! ), and Hurried Traveler (30 minutes reduction in gating to milestone!). I even just bought Returning Traveler for an alt because it was on sale. However, Sales would be my top priority above convenience vanity and worthiness/charity because the only item I bought that wasn't on sale was the Premium Wallet and some limited time mount bundle (Reveler's I think).
Limited items always get you, as you want to wait for a sale but you can't, so most of the time I just wave them goodbye and bye what is on sale.
Travel Convenience and Bag Space, now those are the two most important ones of all, it is never any hp, mana or exp boosters etc for me. Never any infamy or reputation boosters, or deed excelerators. All about getting me from point A to point b faster, so I can quest and earn that item instead of taking forever to travel on auto run ).