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Lately there has been an outcry against cash shops in F2P MMo's like Guild Wars. You can see them all over MMORPG...mainly it has been because of recent developments over at Allods online a Russian based F2P MMO.
In case you don't know the whole story behind Allods online here's a quick recap. Allods Online is a F2P MMO that is right now in the beta phase. 2 weeks ago (sorry about the grammar) they released unto beta their Cash shop to the horror of gamers the price of items in the US cash shop were inflated as much as 10 times that of the Russian cash shops. After an onslaught by the internet gaming community (including popular gaming sites) Allods or Astrum Nival and it's owners decided to lower prices in the CS but it wasn't enough as gamers over at Allods are furious over new items being implemented that are pretty much required to PVP and to erase a death penalty called Feign of Death. http://allods-forum.gpotato.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=12476
Now we do not know what kind of CS will be available in GW2 I'm sure there will be some kind but if they just stick to the way GW1 Cash shop is set up we won't have any problems. I think Anet knows their fanbase pretty well and I'm hoping they don't get too greedy and start implementing stupid costly items in game. Allods online is only failing because they are not copying American F2P games like Guild Wars but instead are copying Asian F2P MMo's where asians tend to spend around 300 per month on their MMO's.
Guild Wars popularized F2P MMO's by keeping them 100% sub free and you didn't need anything from the CS to fully enjoy the game unlike Allods....let's keep it that way. Guild Wars already has a huge following and I'm sure that when it comes out it will totally destroy companies like Gala Net and Astrum Nival that want to take advantage of Gamers in the F2P market or I should say Pay2WIN market. Good Luck Guild Wars.