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8-01-2011 @ 3:45PM
I would hate, hate, hate this implemented in WoW.I have a shot at being competitive in raid progression on my realm. I consider myself a pretty good healer and our guild is chugging along at a decent speed. So what happens when the newest boe gear is purchasable from other players with real money? A system like this gives the other guy willing to drop real money on upgrades an edge over me. Yes, gear doesn't make the healer, but it is a big component of what a healer is capable of. Either I have to make up the difference by making more gold in-game to buy from the traditional auction house or I keep up with him by using my own cash. I don't have any extra time to commit to the game (baby and two jobs) and I can't afford the habit of buying in-game items. I simply can't compete against a raider with deeper pockets than me.This also creates new avenues for serious drama in raids and guilds. Let's say our raid gets an epic boe from a new raid. Now there's an additional option as to what we're going to do with it. Do we use it as an upgrade? Do we sell it to build up our gold supply? Or do we sell it for cash? And who gets the cash? This puts more power into the hands of a raid leader than I'm willing to accept. Open rolls on epic boe raid drops in Pugs? Don't count on it. A ninja can now screw you financially. Fun.And what about items in the guild bank? How do you know that the epics that disappear are used to fill the guild coffers rather than to pay for your guild leader's play time? It would be easy enough to use a guild and raid drops as a personal engine for a guild leader to fund his gaming and there's no easy way for members to verify where money is going without knowing the details of his every trade and transaction on every one of his characters. He now holds the keys to a vault containing virtual items that have real monetary value. This creates a situation that is just begging for guild drama. "I see that the boe epics from our raids last week are all gone and you're riding around on a new sparkle pony. Care to explain?" I can shrug off all sorts of guild drama, but I'm not going to ignore dollar signs. Hit me in my wallet and I'll hit back.I'm not saying everybody would do these things, but presented with the option/temptation, many will. This would change the game dynamics in ways that I'm unwilling to accept. I know that this hasn't even been suggested for implementation in WoW, but it's the first idea I've ever heard that would cause me to rage quit.Having said all of that, I don't think Blizzard would risk this with WoW. Perhaps in a few years if it works well for them in Diablo 3, but I certainly hope not.Can anybody think of any other scenarios that this might lead to? I actually found it a bit fun hypothesizing.
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