What are Exclusive Items? Exclusive Items, within the MMO genre, are items that are generally received outside of the game:
- Rare Item obtained for Pre-Ordering.
- Rare Item obtained for purchasing the Collector's Edition.
- Rare Item obtained via Cross-Promotion (Purchase Razer NAGA Mouse and get Exclusive Green Crystal for SWTOR).
- Rare Item obtained because you attended a convention.
- Rare Item obtained because you registered on the forums before a certain date.
- Rare Item obtained because you made it into Closed Beta.
- Rare Item obtained because you followed their development via facebook and twitter.
- Rare Item obtained because you won some screenshot contest.
If a player wants to be able to "show off" some rare in-game item, cape, or title, then that player should have to earn it in the game itself. I remember attending a Warhammer Online convention (It was down the street). Because I showed up, I was given a code that allowed me to turn my character into a humanoid rat. After applying the code to my account and testing it in town, my message beeper started to sound like a machine gun, e.g., "'Where did you get that?', 'How?', 'What class?', 'What quest did you have to do?'" They were all upset when I told them that it was an "exclusive" reward.
All items obtained earned in game should be obtained through in-game effort.