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I was reading this old article http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/12/06/the-perfect-ten-absolutely-ridiculous-cash-shop-selections/
I doubt things has gotten that much better, I've been looking at some of the prices in Lotro for things, and it's just insane high prices on some stuff.
The way the EvE community handled it in the article seems to me to be very effective.
My impression is that cashshop phenomena is a combination of players with alot of money, kids with parents creditcards, players that make stupid, impulsive decisions (read purchases), and gamecompanies with lack of morals and ethics who are willing to exploit customers as much as possible.
The losers in this end up being the players with common sense, that knows it's just a game and you don't spend more money on a virtual item than on a real life similar item.
It seems to me that alot of gamers are unhappy with the choices that gamecompanies sometimes make, and I wonder if gamers union that could communicate and set demands as to how a game should be, not just financially but with gameplay as well.
It would function in principle as a real-life union, - if the company didnt provide what the gamers wanted, they would simply not provide what the companies seems to want the most, which is of course money.
A union would not only stop undesired whatever to be in a game, but negotiate lower subscription fee's for it's members, or for everyone.
I understand some people would think this to be ridiculous, cause it's just a game not a way of income, at least for players. And perhaps some would be more understanding to the greedy nature of some companies.
But, if you look at some of the labour unions in different countries, some of them are much smaller than if you organized the total amount mmorpg'ers. And if the those labour unions were to be threatened, they would not be overrun or go down easily. There are just too many workers for that to happen, at least in somewhat democraticv countries.
What do you think, would you join a Gamers Union if it would give you financial or otherwise related benefits in games?
Would it work, would it fail?
Would it have a good or bad influence on games?