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6-28-2007 @ 10:58PM
I second rick there.Sarah, from the sound if it, it seems like you only think it is wrong because everyone keeps repeating it and you heard it’s written in the Blizzard TOS that you can’t, but without a solid base. I haven’t heard any argument against why RMT would be inherently unethical, and like cyamarin I honestly can’t imagine one.FYI, selling virtual goods for money is done by plenty of companies even in the US, amongst others Microsoft and Sony.So I’d urge you to reconsider what exactly your ‘ethical’ issues with this are before you start complaining too much.As for the rich people buying their way to the top argument, it is a very shallow one; 1. people with no money can still get to the top albeit with a larger time investment, 2. people with no money can’t afford to shell out $15/month in the first place, and 3. the people who buy virtual goods with real money probably don’t get a lot of satisfaction out of it anyway.The only reason why RMT in WoW is bad is because Blizzard says so (read: because they don’t make any profit from it, plus they want everyone to experience the game in this or that way, blah blah), and because gold spam is annoying us all to hell. Oh, and because we feel sorry for the Chinese people with shitty jobs.So that said, I would never for the life of me spend money on stuff that I can also gain by working for it in the game (after all, why would I play the game otherwise). I have too little of it (the real money ;p) and I surely don’t feel like paying any more on top of the monthly $15. There is only so much any is worth. Plus, a montly fee or a fixed price is a much more transparent pricing model, which I feel a lot more comfortable with.But if I ever would get the urge to buy goods, it’s rather an indicator that Blizzard’s making me do stuff that is not fun, which is a bad sign by itself, and maybe a good time to cancel my subscription :).~Grauw
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