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10-29-2010 @ 7:09AM
The problem with that analogy is that in WoW, the playing field is generally level, whereas in real life, it is no where even close to level.So a business person wants to make money. In wow it would be as you posted:"I don't actually have anything I want to buy, but I'm pretty bored, so I'll take over the more popular markets this weekend." ---Bigbiz the 4 WarlockIn real life, it would be like this:"I don't need another billion dollars, but I feel like buying 18 new villas in Italy. So I'm going to give my friend Mr. Sleazy Senator 2 million dollars, and he'll make sure we get that sweetheart tax break that will net us 10 billion dollars."You can insert almost any industry, and any high-ranking government agent in that phrasing. Political bribes, I mean donations, are simply one of the best ways a big company can invest their money to get a return on their investment. Meanwhile, giving someone like Variann wrynn 100,000 gold won't get you squat in wow. He's not going to pay you 10x that amount for some war materiel, he's not going to bail out your bank alt if you lost a million gold.WoW has a great economy, in large part because there is no favoritism, and in servers with mature markets, supply and demand tend to match up well, with reversions to the mean when things get out of balance. This is opposed to the socialized politico-economic systems we have worldwide today, where governments actively support further and further imbalances in the system. Where BigBiz has the advantage IRL due to government support, BigBiz has to succeed solely on his own merits, and there is too much competition in mature wow servers for him to really have a monopoly. And if he tries to monopolize by buying people out, then mainstreet again wins since the value of their farmed materials will go up.
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