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12-24-2008 @ 4:24PM
For anyone that doesn't know. GDP is the Gross Domestic Product usually per Capita or person. GDP is a general indicator of the state of an economy and the state of living for a country. It consists of 4 different parts. The first is consumer spending. In WoW this would be anything you buy on WoW, either from an NPC or another player. But I think you could probably count money to NPCs as a loss in GDP because that money goes into the void of cyberspace. The second part is Investment spending. Really the only way this affects WoW is buying mats from others to level your professions. The third part is government spending. Now, this really doesn't affect WoW almost at all. The closest thing to this would gold given to you from NPCs for quests. The fourth part is Net Exports. This has no effect on WoW because WoW is a closed economy. The only way this could count is if you could trade WoW items and gold for items and gold of other MMOs.With that said I would say the majority of the WoW GDP is coming from Investment and Government Spending. With the large amount of people leveling there is a huge gold influx to the game, which is causing on many servers very, very, very expensive Northrend Mats. Also, people want to level their professions and many people don't have gathering professions so they are leveling solely off the AH.I hope that gives everyone a little insight into how the real economy works and how the in-game economy works as well. If anyone wants to know I would expect prices on most things to stay high until everyone and their alts are level 80. Most people have an 80 main, but alts are now leveling and so the inflation in the economy will continue. On the bright side, NPC items and skill costs don't change, so while everyone is making their thousands on the AH, food and riding skills will seem somewhat cheep. The downside is that it's going to be just as expensive once this rush stops and the in-game economy stabilizes. Although I do hope there is a WoW Recession so Blizz can make their own stimulus package. I love me some free gold.
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