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Player vs Player is a new column at MMORPG.com to offer opposing viewpoints on hot topics in the MMO space. In today's column, we take a look at the idea of item mall gear being sold for real-world cash. See what our team has to say before weighing in with your thoughts in the comments. This week Bill Murphy and Chris Coke tackle two sides of a very touchy issue.
This week we're talking in-game gear for real world cash. It's been a hot button issue since free-to-play first gained a foothold. Trion Worlds decided to stir the pot once more by selling equipment in RIFT. This leads us to wonder, should MMOs with cash shops enter this field at all? Here are the viewpoints:
BAD: Selling gear in item shops is bad business. It de-motivates players from running content, un-balances the game, and skews development goals.
GOOD: Selling gear in item shops is good. It offers players more options for tackling content and caters to their time and resources.
Read more of Bill Murphy's and Chris Coke's Player vs Player - Selling Gear for Cash.