Mar 4th 2010 6:25PM Jair, the controls on selling PLEXs on the open market in EVE are about as lax as it gets.
Each plex sells for at least 250,000,000ISK, which is NOT a small amount of currency. A player can buy up to 6 PLEXs every 24 hours. 1.5billion ISK is an INSANE amount of money, and you could theoretically acquire that much every 24 hours. A capital class starship every day (i.e. YOUR OWN PRIVATE DEATHSTAR for those who don't play Eve) is not what I call a limit.
Which is where I get to my point. Players don't buy that many PLEXs, contrary to what one might think, and the markets are healthy and vibrant to this very day.
Mar 4th 2010 6:08PM Eve Online proves that the author is wrong (sorry Allison), and that in-game currency can indeed be sold by a developer without destroying the economy.
The developers came up with a brilliant model in which players can buy an in-game item with real world money called a PLEX (pilot's license extension), and sell this item on the markets to other players. When used, the item extends the player's subscription by 30 days. It's a win-win: players who feel the need to buy gold can do so without damaging the game, and players who are short on cash can farm their way to a subscription. In the end, it works because the developer (in this case, CCP) still gets the full money for the subscription, it's just someone else paying it.
Nov 28th 2009 3:18PM I quit wow about 2 months ago, but still check in from time to time. It's like a long-time friend who moves to another state: you still call from time-to-time to see how they're doing and what they're up to.
More on-topic, what made me quit wow?
- Many new games are out that are simply amazing. Left4Dead 2, Borderlands, Tekken 6.
- Great Blizzard games are on the horizon: D3, SC2. I know that when SC2 comes out, WoW won't get started again. And after D3 is released? Not a chance at playing WoW. That provides a disincentive to develop my characters.
- I discovered chess. Unlike wow, my investments in chess will never be "reset," and I find an intellectual challenge and richness in it that WoW simply can't provide.
- The immaturity of playerbase became a huge turn-off. I'm not going to debate this point with knee-jerk WoW protectionists, so don't bother flaming it.
- The game just got old for me. It lost that special something that makes you hungry to log on and play.
Having said that, I enjoyed my time with WoW. That time came to a close, but I still look back on the game with fond memories.
Jun 29th 2009 8:46PM This is interesting because no more than a few weeks ago an article was posted here about how much of the gold sold through online vendors is, in fact, duped from other players through scams, keyloggers, and fraudulent emails. Spectral Tiger anyone? This isn't a case of steal from the rich, give to the poor (which still isn't right by the way). This is a case of steal from the rich, sell to the poor, sell it BACK to the rich. Many gold farming sites are based out of China, that's a fact. What isn't a fact though is HOW they get that gold. According to the recent wow.com article, and I have been targeted myself, it's regular players from across the world scamming people out of their gold and then selling it to the gold vendors to make an extra buck.
These vendors willingly and knowingly participate in this criminal activity. What's sad is that if they put all of those people out there running bots and scamming people to work on the AUCTION HOUSE, where profiteering is legitimate and expected, they would make more gold and see higher profit margins too. This makes it impossible for me to feel sorry for them. There IS such a thing as stealing to feed your family while at the same time being conscious of the consequences. Most of what we've seen though are scammed accounts, sharded epics, and destroyed guild banks. So no, not one single tear from me.
May 31st 2009 1:13PM I'd have to say tanking is the most difficult, if only because they have to really understand the fight; there's no winging it. Obviously, some fights are more difficult to tank than others, and it's pretty fair to say that every role has a fight that's more difficult for them than the other roles, but in general...
May 30th 2009 3:04AM This is an interesting article, especially since I just put together my new PC running on Win7 RC 7100.
12GB Corsair DDR3 @1600
WD Velociraptor 10k rpm, 300gb
Asus Rampage 2 Extreme mobo
Intel i7 920 @ 2.66
Framerates vary. With everything turned up all the way (except shadows) I get 35-65 fps in Dalaran, 75-180 in Northrend, and I'm actually getting 250-299 in Ghostlands leveling my alt. It's really nice. I'm not sure about Wintergrasp, but I'm definitely not getting anything too insane.
Adam, are you using any type of config.wtf edits or tweaks to Windows 7 to get 70 fps in full WG mayhem with everything cranked up all the way? I'd be curious to know ;)
May 1st 2009 2:26PM Selfish? LOL
Tell me how Karatechop one-shotting Ulduar bosses infringed on your ability to play or enjoy WoW in ANY WAY.
May 1st 2009 2:16PM How he could get banned for a mistake BLIZZARD MADE is beyond me. Taking away achievements after the fact? Sure. Going back through his logs and removing any gold/epics he gained from the mistake? Sure. But a ban? Really poor form IMO. That's like a gamestop taking you to court because the brand new Killzone 2 you purchased accidentally had a used sticker on it.
May 1st 2009 2:06PM @ POSI:
7 out of the top 10 EU 3v3 teams are RMP. You should seriously reevaluate your opinions on CC and their importance.