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3-17-2010 @ 5:19AM
The problem with that in WoW is that it is essentially "to them that hath be given". If you have enough time to play EVE, you can essentially play for free. If you don't, you're paying £13 pm like the rest of us. I resent that, it makes me unwilling to sign up for EVE, and WoW is a single, level playing field at which I do fairly well. WoW is also cheap enough at £9 per month (in the UK, at least) for this to be rendered essentially redundant. I'm paying 30p a day to avoid all the other expensive hobbies I managed to accumulate over the years. I'm happy with the situation as it is, and I don't at the moment have a job.Even if there is a case for it from people who spend all day online (and at the moment I'm clocking up a lot of time because I know I have the opportunity at the moment which won't necessarily arise again once I finish the course that will enable me to get a job again), I'm sceptical that this will appeal to people who don't have enough time to do the necessary farming in order to accumulate the gold this would naturally cost. Given that anything on the auction house already costs *gold*, even low-level items whose prospective buyers can usually count their silver pieces on two hands (unless they like me know how to make the most of their malachite), I'd say these would reach crazy prices, putting them out of the reach of all but the most dedicated level 80s, who have already been paying their competitively priced subscription for a while.EVE is an entirely different game and different economy. The whole game is about farming, essentially. However WoW's emphasis is elsewhere, which is why the economic aspects of it should not be overstated.
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