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General: What's for Sale and What's at Stake

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,581MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Cash shops in our MMOs are fast becoming the norm whether in free to play titles or in full blow subscription titles. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the phenomenon and its repercussions. See what you think and then discuss it in the comments.

One path taken by a good number of online game developers these days is the cash shop route, and today's Devil's Advocate seeks to discuss whether there are legitimate concerns to be had in certain cash shop practices. We'll look at some practices that have occurred in recent years, and discuss how these practices have shaped the MMORPG landscape and what you can do to alter the landscape yourself.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s The Devil's Advocate: What's for Sale and What's at Stake.

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  • FredomSekerZFredomSekerZ Long Beach, CAPosts: 1,156Member

    Devs want money more than anything. Devs realize player will waste money in dumb ways. Devs apply all kinds of mechanics to get more of the said money. Players complain and say they'll "vote with their wallet" only to waste more without any controll. For example, many said they hated SWTOR before launch, only to waste 60 bucks on the game and come QQ to the forums 1 month later and how they made a mistake.

     

    Until people start to be carefull with how they spend their cash, companies will keep on rolling.

  • jakinjakin somewhere, ONPosts: 243Member Common

    The other element of forcing "virtual cash" is that the company ensures they get paid and leaves no recourse for the consumer.

     

    Consider SOE's Station Cash.  If you bought a subscription for 6 months with a credit card and the game in question shut down a week later, you would have recourse through the card company to get your money back.

     

    If you bought Station Cash with that same credit card, in an amount that would pay for the same amount of time (I know it's no longer available - just an example), and the game shut down, you now have no recourse as Station Cash sales are final.  To the card company you received the goods you paid for - it's not their problem that the intended use for that product is no longer possible.  SOE got paid and the consumer's only recourse would be to spend the Station Cash balance on another SOE product (that they may or may not have interest in) or consider the Station Cash a sunk cost and move on.

     

    For that reason, buying "Store Cash" in advance of a purchase (i.e. on Triple-cash sale day or whatever) is just as risky as buying a lifetime subscription to a newly launched game.  You have no guarentee that you'll be able to use the Store Cash for the purpose you intend and you have no recourse if something changes.

     
  • AnirethAnireth Posts: 599Member Uncommon

    Overall, i can agree with this article, but the examples given regarding understandable creative or development costs.

    Server transfers, name or race changes are certainly not "creative", so let's take a look at the development cost:

    Most games that have multiple seperated servers allow you to choose each time you create a new character. Sometimes, like with Guild Wars 2, it's account wide, but still, it's something that happens regularly. In addition, some games, like WoW, offer playing together with people from other servers through the dungeon finder. Besides having an additional menu to let the user actually choose the server, where is the development cost in allowing on-demand server transfers? Literally non-existent. Even without cross-server play it's not that hard to transfer the data.

    Now, name changes. Even easier. It's just a string attached to a character. You choose it when you create the character. Some games even regularly change strings attached to a character, like titles. They even allow you to choose with one to display. Wheres the technnical difference to a name? None.

    Race changes are probably the thing with the most effort, but still, nothing major usually. The races already exists. The option to create a character with the given race, exists, too. They can basically lead you to the character creation screen, but save equipment, quests, level etc., and give it to your "new" character. While there is a lot of stuff to pay attention to, compared to creating a whole new character, they already save all that information anyways. Additionally, many game alredy allow you to change your race temporarily, either as a skill, like, a werewolf can choose between normal and wolf form, changing stats and skills accordingly, or as an effect during a quest, like you got cursed, or someone cast a veil on you, making you look like race x, so you can infiltrate their base. The additional effort to allow the user to change it on demand is not really high. Certainly not $10 or more, when you can play for that a whole month, seeing dozens of areas, creating several characters, doing hundreds of quests etc. That stuff has to be created, too, but they allow you to have it all for $15.

    Enabling users to change the name after the character was created has the same cost?

    It's different with additional items, especially skins. You can copy and paste an item and switch some stats around, change the name..at least, if done right, so that the weapon/armor is balanced, that the lore fits etc., it's more effort then a name change. And skins, if it's not only a new color, certainly take a while, and if they are only there to be sold, the price is somewhat justified, as it is not paid for by the subscription.

    Stuff like character or inventory slots though. It's a convenient way for the developers, and it's something the players like, but if the system is done right, it's only a number. The extra data that needs to be stored due to having more slots does not really cost much, seeing how cheap storage is, and how much data already needs to be stored.

    It's even more stupid if you can actually gain even more storage cheaper, like when a character with 20 initial and up to 80 slots total with bags that can be acquired with ingame money is cheaper then an additional bag slot for an exisiting character, or if a whole account is cheaper then additional bag/and or char slot.

    There is a development or create cost attached to stuff in the cash shop, but most effort is usually the cash shop itself, not the items and services you can buy.

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  • maplestonemaplestone Ottawa, ONPosts: 3,099Member

    Psychologyofgames is a deeply depressing journal to read.  Not for the accuracy of its observations, but for what it represents: the utter dehumanization of the customer down to a calculated manipulation of reflexes.

    It's hard to argue with publishers taking money that's sitting on the table.

    It's hard to argue with customers feeling angry about being treated as a mark to be milked.

  • mgilbrtsnmgilbrtsn belleville, ILPosts: 1,701Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by maplestone

    Psychologyofgames is a deeply depressing journal to read.  Not for the accuracy of its observations, but for what it represents: the utter dehumanization of the customer down to a calculated manipulation of reflexes.

    It's hard to argue with publishers taking money that's sitting on the table.

    It's hard to argue with customers feeling angry about being treated as a mark to be milked.

    The gaming market is no different, than TV, Movies, Stores, Airlines..... etc in that they market to a certain demographic.  It seems to me that Gamers seem to think we are a special breed, and shouldn't be part of that commercial chain, but we are.  We are absolutely no different than any other group that gets marketed to, to such an extent.  You can find products out there(legal) that have all kinds of restrictions that they have emplaced to reduce who can market and use products (Cigerettes, and Alchohol come to mind) and in some cases it is justified.  

     

    So there are some logical routes we can follow.  Regulate the crap out of MMOs, this way it will severely restrict the commercial chain, somewhat restrict the chain, remove the chain altogether (I doubt most people will vote for that onee), self regulate the chain (Vote with your Wallet), or most combinations of these.

     

    I tend to believe in self regulation in the chain as my preference.  I get the max possiblities of game types/payment types/rating types, and I can leave whenever I want and move on.  I will make some mistakes, and I'll have some winners, but I am in control.  I personally, am not an advocate of more 'Draconian' methods.

     

    Like you said, it is perfectly legit to be angry about how you are treated, but you know the industry, you know your options, It's not mandatory, so you can choose to just not participate, and as a general rule, you don't do harm to yourself or others.  Obviously, if you're 'addicted' is something differrent, and are outlyers.  

     

    Vote with your wallet... is not just a flippent answer, it's the best way of satisfiying the needs of market economies.  Now if you wanted to go a more restrictive case, we can have long lines for a single loaf of bread, and all complain together... It has happened.

    Concentrate on enjoying yourself, and not on why I shouldn't enjoy myself.

  • rwyanrwyan raleigh, NCPosts: 461Member

    I'm really enjoying TSW.  Though, I feel like the cash shop is a crux.  Its almost as if they gimped the in-game clothing variety for the sake of selling a bunch in the cash shop.  I could understand having some options only available via the store... but it is a bit underwhelming.

     

  • victorbjrvictorbjr Quezon CityPosts: 185Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by maplestone

    Psychologyofgames is a deeply depressing journal to read.  Not for the accuracy of its observations, but for what it represents: the utter dehumanization of the customer down to a calculated manipulation of reflexes.

    It's hard to argue with publishers taking money that's sitting on the table.

    It's hard to argue with customers feeling angry about being treated as a mark to be milked.

    Hey There!

     

    Victor here. Just noticed your comment, and I think we're on the same page with the knowledge gained from the blog (in that it can be depressing to read), but I find myself feeling empowered and hopeful through reading the information.

    Part of my studies in college and grad school involved Media Education and Media Literacy, which basically discusses, to paraphrase Wikipedia's definition, the analysis and evaluation of how messages are created in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and forms.

    The Psychology of Games blog provides a great resource to augment consumer knowledge of the ways in which media messages can sway them. Knowing how one can be swayed helps a person to resist the impulses they normally have.

    I think it's all about having an informed decision. You can choose to follow the path you've already followed, or make a different choice based on new information that's been made known to you. That's what being a Devil's Advocate is all about, I suppose. :D

     

    Cheers!

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  • victorbjrvictorbjr Quezon CityPosts: 185Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Anireth

    Overall, i can agree with this article, but the examples given regarding understandable creative or development costs.

    Server transfers, name or race changes are certainly not "creative", so let's take a look at the development cost:

    Most games that have multiple seperated servers allow you to choose each time you create a new character. Sometimes, like with Guild Wars 2, it's account wide, but still, it's something that happens regularly. In addition, some games, like WoW, offer playing together with people from other servers through the dungeon finder. Besides having an additional menu to let the user actually choose the server, where is the development cost in allowing on-demand server transfers? Literally non-existent. Even without cross-server play it's not that hard to transfer the data.

    Now, name changes. Even easier. It's just a string attached to a character. You choose it when you create the character. Some games even regularly change strings attached to a character, like titles. They even allow you to choose with one to display. Wheres the technnical difference to a name? None.

    Race changes are probably the thing with the most effort, but still, nothing major usually. The races already exists. The option to create a character with the given race, exists, too. They can basically lead you to the character creation screen, but save equipment, quests, level etc., and give it to your "new" character. While there is a lot of stuff to pay attention to, compared to creating a whole new character, they already save all that information anyways. Additionally, many game alredy allow you to change your race temporarily, either as a skill, like, a werewolf can choose between normal and wolf form, changing stats and skills accordingly, or as an effect during a quest, like you got cursed, or someone cast a veil on you, making you look like race x, so you can infiltrate their base. The additional effort to allow the user to change it on demand is not really high. Certainly not $10 or more, when you can play for that a whole month, seeing dozens of areas, creating several characters, doing hundreds of quests etc. That stuff has to be created, too, but they allow you to have it all for $15.

    Enabling users to change the name after the character was created has the same cost?

    It's different with additional items, especially skins. You can copy and paste an item and switch some stats around, change the name..at least, if done right, so that the weapon/armor is balanced, that the lore fits etc., it's more effort then a name change. And skins, if it's not only a new color, certainly take a while, and if they are only there to be sold, the price is somewhat justified, as it is not paid for by the subscription.

    Stuff like character or inventory slots though. It's a convenient way for the developers, and it's something the players like, but if the system is done right, it's only a number. The extra data that needs to be stored due to having more slots does not really cost much, seeing how cheap storage is, and how much data already needs to be stored.

    It's even more stupid if you can actually gain even more storage cheaper, like when a character with 20 initial and up to 80 slots total with bags that can be acquired with ingame money is cheaper then an additional bag slot for an exisiting character, or if a whole account is cheaper then additional bag/and or char slot.

    There is a development or create cost attached to stuff in the cash shop, but most effort is usually the cash shop itself, not the items and services you can buy.

     


    Hi! Just wanted to say that your analysis is very thorough. Thank you for bringing that to my attention! :D

    I think I had an error in wording though, so I apologize.

    For myself, when I wrote the article I was thinking about the team or individual in charge of switching all of these different things for hundreds of characters daily. Whether they're part of the main support team for a game or just a fellow who has toinput code or somesuch, I have no clue.

    That said, that individual or team also deserves pay for that part of their job, and also, the coder who did the writeup that made the race/faction/cosmetic change possible.

     

    Anyway, cheers! :D Hope your day is going well! :D

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    Can also be found on http://www.gamesandgeekery.com

  • maplestonemaplestone Ottawa, ONPosts: 3,099Member

    @mgilbrtsn - this is not something you can regulate, it's something that needs to be part of the culture (something I accept is difficult to objectively measure).  At some point, if publishers see themselves as predators upon the community rather than servents of the community, the community is going to start to rebel (consciously or unconsciously) and turn to other models of connecting developers and non-developers all passionate about building fantasy worlds.  You can see the growing distrust in how eagerly people have embraced risky concepts like kickstarter, in how much traction indy games like Minecraft with less publisher-overhead have managed to get.

  • maplestonemaplestone Ottawa, ONPosts: 3,099Member
    Originally posted by victorbjr

    That's what being a Devil's Advocate is all about, I suppose. :D

     

    Indeed :)   (I greatly enjoyed this article)

  • itchmonitchmon west islip, NYPosts: 1,714Member Uncommon

    thanks to the devil's advocate blog for posting probably the most thought provoking article i've ever seen on MMORPG.com (and i've been following you guys since vanguard was in development)

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  • BanquettoBanquetto CityPosts: 1,037Member Uncommon

    While you have good reasons to be unhappy about the road the Celestial Steed took us down, it's a bit odd to call it a "debacle". Any complaints were heavily muffled by the thick, thick layer of money that Blizzard were buried under - $2 million in a few hours, according to your link.

    Surely a "debacle" is something that doesn't work out how you wanted it to - like EVE's monocles?

  • rankor2rankor2 adelaidePosts: 114Member
    The only problem I have with a cash shop and subscription is when a brand new game comes out and there are already things in the shop that should come with your purchase of the brand new game. I'm looking at tsw here. They give you some clothes to choose then they give you an abundance of other choices you can buy with more cash on release day. On top of buying that game you also have to pay monthly to play a game you bought and everything they have designed and programmed is only available to you if you spend more cash in their shop. I can't justify that in my mind for release day.
  • DrakynnDrakynn The Pas, MBPosts: 2,030Member

    To my mind the break down in the market is not on the developers side but ont he consumer side.Dvelopers should be trying to maximize their profits as much as they can but countering that consumers shoudl be trying to pay as little as they can for what they want.This is how a free market is suppsoed to work.The problem these days is that consumers are lazy,wasteful with their money(justifying wasting $x becasue they cna afford to waste it and have no real appreciation for it's worth) and willing to put up with anything to get their entertainment of choice fix.

    For example I think TSW is a fine game from what I played in closed beta but not fine enough to put up with a box price+sub + cash shop,It's where I chose to draw the line personally but I doubt I will be int he majority for reasons stated above.

  • ZoyitaZoyita Elmhurst, NYPosts: 119Member

    This games that you are mentioning are nothing compared to what i been though. I had played games where you have to upgrade your gears and the items to upgrade them like gems/stones the chances for them to drop in game are scarze. They will sell items to increase your luck when upgrading in the cash shop in a bundle, they will be very expensive (but they make a note that is cheaper than normally without the sale) and they give you some "free stones/gems" required for upgrading. The thing is that we had noticed the sucess chance on the server lowered during the sale, with this in mind most people buy a lot wait for the sale to end upgrades afetr the sale which seem to work but if you run off of the items is bad and if you dont need the rest you feel kinda guilty for spending a lot. The "luck/chances" game are exactly the same as the gambling in Vegas, is not honest, it will make you poor and youll end feeling used and guilty for spending your hard worked money.

    Thats why i quit all the games related to gambling, and those games that give you a big advantage over other players IF you high upgrade your gears, is just too much effort and hurts your wallet too. Example: FlyFF, Jade Dynasty, AION.

     

    Ohh! and if you dont upgrade your gears like other players do youll be in a huge disadvantage.

     
  • RobbgobbRobbgobb Dallas, TXPosts: 453Member Uncommon

    Did not read the comments but here is mine. I calculate how much whatever game currency is compared to the money I spend. I buy the items I want when I get a deal most times (such as double value for my dollar). I know others who don't care. I know that if it is not really cosmetic or a different playstyle (not more powerful) then I am fine with it. I know some companines do expansions for free or just add content and I understand buying new playstyles. I also understand making fluff items that allow people to appear as they want makes a difference to those people but use resources to do. I do like games that allow people to buy with the game currency as well as from the RMT shop.

  • NanfoodleNanfoodle Posts: 5,445Member Uncommon

    The world is run by greed. We need to be smart and vote with our money. Its the only vote game companies understand. If you are in a B2P game then dont buy items that are dubble dip or should be dropped in game like weapons and armour. If you are in a sub game refuses to buy items from the item shop. If we dont they will keep taking till it costs to much.


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  • chaintmchaintm Chicago, ILPosts: 972Member
    Originally posted by rwyan

    I'm really enjoying TSW.  Though, I feel like the cash shop is a crux.  Its almost as if they gimped the in-game clothing variety for the sake of selling a bunch in the cash shop.  I could understand having some options only available via the store... but it is a bit underwhelming.

     

     

    I was actually going to buy this game today for a friend said it was real fun, then I seen the promtions to buy (upgrade) the inital purhcase of 50 bucks. Each version adding more and costing more. This would have been fine and dandy till I started reading "for the in game store"? Really in a subscription game. To me, this told me "instantly" , stuff removed to = store items. So this purchase, which I would have done has now become "I won't buy this game ever".

    So after I get home from work today, sadly this is the news I will give my friend. I just can't condone a double whammy like this. While games like planetside2 will do this, they will have a monthly and a store option and a bit of both. However, it's free to start. Basicly when I see a company like funcom quading the charge (IE by the game for 50 then more if you want perks) and this is reasoned by the fanbase (well you get the game and some items and 30 days) , does not even come close to the actual cost of what I will loose if I don't participate in the store. Sure, it's cosmetics, but I want to look cool in a game I play, I am there to have fun, if I see items in a store i can't get unless I add even more money to it, I just say "it's not worth it to begin with".

    It probably will go ftp at some point or be a hell more cheaper down the road, will I play it then? Hard to call, it all comes down to what I think the value is worth. However, when I went threw to buy this game today, I was actually shocked at the all out money grab and how basicly blunt this company is being about it. It also seems those that did do it, have no problems with it. I have paid plenty into things like Leargue of Legends, but you don't need to pay a cent to have fun. The cosmetics are again nice, but if the game had a front cost then I am sure I would have declined.

    Now I know, some of you will say, "well they had a retail box" and yes they did, I bought it, but that intially unlocked a ton of stuff. So that value for me was worth it . Even after, I bought more skins as I enjoy the game very much so. But I don't pay a monthly fee, I didn't pay a huge frontal cost and by no means did the game hold back real content, skins are fun and one can argue clothing is just that a skin, but in MMO's you are playing a part , Role Playing a World, when you tell me "well just pay 5 bucks and that shirt is yours" , I say " I just gave you 50 +15 +15 and now you want 5 more? yea, well enough is enough. TWS lost one sub because of their pricing model.

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  • SilverbranchSilverbranch Warren, MIPosts: 192Member

    The thing that made Pandora's Box so dangerous was the temptation to open it.

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  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid hell, NJPosts: 6,754Member Uncommon

    as long as they dont sell power (pay to win) im fine with cash shop. I just want them to remove the damn subscription.

    ...Patiently waiting for TSW to go F2P or B2P to hop in.

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  • GrumpyMel2GrumpyMel2 Catskills, NYPosts: 1,832Member

    Here are my rules:

    1) I do NOT pre-order. Period.

    2) I do NOT take any reviews on sites that accept paid advertising from the companies they review at face value.

    3) I do NOT purchase products where the company pushes requirements that adversely impact my enjoyment of the product (i.e. an active internet connection for single player games).

    4) I do NOT purchase products where the companies advertisements for DLC/RMT adversely impacts my enjoyment of the core product (i.e. big obnoxious "Visit our Store" buttons popping up all over the UI, game world).

    5) I do NOT play games where I feel the RMT has a significant impact on game-play. I have actively dropped games where I felt the publisher tried to push the envelope too far...LOTRO I'm looking at YOU.

    6) I generaly won't play a game unless there is some sort of subscription plan available...and that plan provides a good value for the money.

    7) I have NOT purchased alot of games lately....and especialy not from big publishers/developers.... I do support smaller/indie publishers when I feel they are treating me with respect as a consumer.

     

    In other words as a consumer in this market, I am actively voting with my wallet for the kind of practices I want. I am also perfectly fine with #7....there are a TON of other fun/interesting things to with my time besides playing MMO's and/or games...and there are plenty of other/smaller games that can be quite entertaining. I am, however, perfectly willing to pay a business good money for a high quality product...always have been always will. For instance I would glady pay a publisher a $50 per month subscription for a High Quality game that had ZERO RMT (everything is availble in game only), didn't nickle and dime me to death, valued me as a customer and didn't let thier interest in maximizing proffits overide the customers ability to enjoy the product/service on offer. So far, no publisher seems interested in pursuing that sort of business.

    My free time is far too valuable to me to waste on inferior products/services. When I go out to shop for a shotgun, I could buy the $200 Mossberg that jam's every other day and where I get a run-around from the manufacturer if I try to contact them  to address the issue or I could buy the $2000 Weatherby that is crafted to the highest standards and is individualy tested before it ever leaves the factory and they value each customer. I learned a long time ago....if you can afford it, take the Weatherby every time. Unfortunately, as far as MMO's go...(and games in general) everyone is selling Mossbergs, no one is interested in selling Weatherby's.

  • ChannceChannce Sacramento, CAPosts: 570Member

    Charge whatever and however you want, I can make my own decision if it's worth it or not.

    When I said i had "time", i meant virtual time, i got no RL "time" for you.

  • ASpartanASpartan Honolulu, HIPosts: 24Member

     

    For what it is worth in my not so humble opinion, cash shops with sub based games is wrong unless everything in the shop can be acquired by in game currency - at a reasonable price. Moreover continuous additions to the shop (looking at you Cryptic) in the $10+ (micro my ass) range while additions to the general game come every couple months really spoils the feeling for the game. Then there is the near constant pushing of the shop vs pushing or telling the players what is being worked on for the sub aspect of the game. This also spolis the user experience. 
  • ariasaitchoariasaitcho Rapid City, SDPosts: 112Member
    Originally posted by GrumpyMel2

    Here are my rules:

    1) I do NOT pre-order. Period.

    2) I do NOT take any reviews on sites that accept paid advertising from the companies they review at face value.

    3) I do NOT purchase products where the company pushes requirements that adversely impact my enjoyment of the product (i.e. an active internet connection for single player games).

    4) I do NOT purchase products where the companies advertisements for DLC/RMT adversely impacts my enjoyment of the core product (i.e. big obnoxious "Visit our Store" buttons popping up all over the UI, game world).

    5) I do NOT play games where I feel the RMT has a significant impact on game-play. I have actively dropped games where I felt the publisher tried to push the envelope too far...LOTRO I'm looking at YOU.

    6) I generaly won't play a game unless there is some sort of subscription plan available...and that plan provides a good value for the money.

    7) I have NOT purchased alot of games lately....and especialy not from big publishers/developers.... I do support smaller/indie publishers when I feel they are treating me with respect as a consumer.

     

    In other words as a consumer in this market, I am actively voting with my wallet for the kind of practices I want. I am also perfectly fine with #7....there are a TON of other fun/interesting things to with my time besides playing MMO's and/or games...and there are plenty of other/smaller games that can be quite entertaining. I am, however, perfectly willing to pay a business good money for a high quality product...always have been always will. For instance I would glady pay a publisher a $50 per month subscription for a High Quality game that had ZERO RMT (everything is availble in game only), didn't nickle and dime me to death, valued me as a customer and didn't let thier interest in maximizing proffits overide the customers ability to enjoy the product/service on offer. So far, no publisher seems interested in pursuing that sort of business.

    My free time is far too valuable to me to waste on inferior products/services. When I go out to shop for a shotgun, I could buy the $200 Mossberg that jam's every other day and where I get a run-around from the manufacturer if I try to contact them  to address the issue or I could buy the $2000 Weatherby that is crafted to the highest standards and is individualy tested before it ever leaves the factory and they value each customer. I learned a long time ago....if you can afford it, take the Weatherby every time. Unfortunately, as far as MMO's go...(and games in general) everyone is selling Mossbergs, no one is interested in selling Weatherby's.

    There's two reasons why no one is selling "Weatherby" mmos:

    1) A large majority of players look for the cheapest value when shopping mmos. If you buy cheap, cheap is what you get.

    2) As you pointed out Weatherby's are spendy, but for the right reasons. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to buy one. So anyone marketing a "Weatherby" mmo is going to have a relatively small market to sell to. Made even smaller by the fact that any mmo isn't going to appeal to all the potential buyers. What this means is any company producing such a top quality product is going to have a hard time recouping expenses. "Build it, and they will come" just isn't going to happen.

     

    In your example you mentioned the low quality Mossberg and the top end Weatherby. Ok we've seen the extremes, what about midrange quality? There are plenty of (to use your example) quality shotguns that don't cost an arm and a leg. Sure the quality isn't Weatherby, but they don't jam when you sneeze either. The same is true of mmos.

     

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  • IcewhiteIcewhite Elmhurst, ILPosts: 6,403Member
    Originally posted by maplestone

    You can see the growing distrust in how eagerly people have embraced risky concepts like kickstarter, in how much traction indy games like Minecraft with less publisher-overhead have managed to get.

    Desperation and fear and  hate, just more manipulation.

    Simple fact is we've got people who find their culturally obsessive consumerism uncomfortable at times.  They don't like marketing, but keep buying products, and spend so much time talking about how much they hate the companies that deliver the products.  Buyer's remorse, caveat emptor raised to the ludicrous level.  And yes, fear...if I spend a buck, I just might be disappointed again...so talk every new release to bloody death instead of taking any risks.

    Risk aversion.  You see people spending their entire lives on risk aversion, right here.  And companies, doing the same.

     

    Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow.

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