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7-29-2011 @ 6:45PM
Mathew monoclegate was not about the item store, it was the leaked internal memo/magazine that said they were thinking about selling in-game advantages in the store, to put it in WoW context it would have been like mmo-champion had datamined purples for sale when they announced the sparkle pony.
7-29-2011 @ 6:49PM
The monocle controversy had many facets -- I chose to focus on the issue with currency cost issues and player-driven price increases opposed to the "selling power" part. That is for another article. This one is about player-driven economic factors revolving around PLEX.
7-29-2011 @ 7:59PM
the whole plex issue itself is complicated.Its basicaly CCPs attempt at a "FTP/Feemium" game. Originaly it sprang from a weird way to allow a small (they openly suspected around 5%) part of the player base to have an alternate way to pay to play by letting them pay ISK for GTC codes. then they realised that it was impacting the "black market" ISK sellers (who were offering a "better" return than the then existing GTC exchange) and created the P.L.Ex (Pilot Licence Extenstion) Now theres one plex traded every month for every 3-4 accounts in game. more plex are/were created in 18 days in december of 2010 than are used in the previous 30(this was pre Aurum shop) this worried CCP enough that they actualy admited on more than one occasion that if they felt they needed to they would actualy step in and buy up "surplus" plex with ISK, or use plex to "sop up" excess ISK. (they have also started handing out Plex as a reward for signing people up to play. yes they know that some people will simply use it to spawn a small fleet of "51 day"alts, given the skill system in EVE that does not realy worry them)
7-29-2011 @ 8:11PM
indeed monoclegate had many facets, and the article says it's part one, but I found it was odd that you left that out since the prospect of EvE going pay to win what bothered the community the most, may be I was impatient and should have waited for part 2 or 3 in the article =)
7-29-2011 @ 8:40PM
I will be addressing "buying power" in the next one, talking about the good ways to do it (League of Legends) versus the terrifying potentials of the wrong way (Battlefield 3 preorder, anyone?)
7-29-2011 @ 8:58PM
you somehow missed the skunkworks that erupted over the SW:TOR LE "VIP Store" fortunatly that was short lived when they said "bascialy its recolors of existing items and a "private room" that is that shop.
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