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Bounty Gamers - What Are You Willing to Pay for Help? -

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerMMORPG.COM Staff LegendaryPosts: 32,555
edited January 2016 in News & Features Discussion

imageBounty Gamers - What Are You Willing to Pay for Help? -

A new site is now available called Bounty Gamers that, as the name implies, allows an exchange of real world dollars for assistance with troublesome parts of games. Players post bounties for the service required, such as getting through the newest WoW raid or assistance beating a troublesome part of a game.

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  • jesteralwaysjesteralways Member RarePosts: 2,560
    So now you guys are advertising an RMT site?

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  • Adjuvant1Adjuvant1 Member RarePosts: 2,100
    Lame. Definitely a dark grey area of gaming ethic, but pff, as if something like this exists.
  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerMMORPG.COM Staff LegendaryPosts: 32,555
    edited January 2016
    jesteralways said:
    So now you guys are advertising an RMT site?


    Same tune, different day.We were sent a press release that seemed suited to open up an interesting discussion. Seriously, people need to get over the "you get paid to advertise" thing. It doesn't happen. It is merely a point of discussion.

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  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerMMORPG.COM Staff LegendaryPosts: 32,555
    Adjuvant1 said:
    Lame. Definitely a dark grey area of gaming ethic, but pff, as if something like this exists.



    The sad part is that it DOES exist and in a thousand other places than this one. I'd have a much less difficult time wrapping my mind around this if the "bounty hunters" were all working free of charge or in exchange for some sort of in-game currency. I can live with that.

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  • filmoretfilmoret Member EpicPosts: 4,906

    I can see how this could make money.  But more then likely never will.  Shaiya had something similar where players advertised power leveling for gold.  Basically you paid them gold and they would power level you.  LOL might work because you basically pay someone to get your account to a higher pvp bracket.  It would probably be cheaper then buying an account or gold outright. 


    @jesteralways get a grip man they are reporting news here

    Are you onto something or just on something?
  • SpottyGekkoSpottyGekko Member EpicPosts: 6,842
    Is there anything at all in MMO's that hasn't been monetized in one way or another ?
  • LeFantomeLeFantome Member RarePosts: 539
    So now you guys are advertising an RMT site?


    Agreed..

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  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerMMORPG.COM Staff LegendaryPosts: 32,555
    black777 said:
    So now you guys are advertising an RMT site?


    Agreed..
    I guess "discussion topic" is unclear? :anguished: 

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  • scorpex-xscorpex-x Member RarePosts: 1,030
    edited January 2016
    SBFord said:
    jesteralways said:
    So now you guys are advertising an RMT site?


    Same tune, different day.We were sent a press release that seemed suited to open discussion. Seriously, get over the "you get paid to advertise" thing. It doesn't happen. It is merely a point of discussion.
    You gave a banner and a link to the site, you realize that right?  You could of done a news story without it being so lucrative for them.

    We know you need to make money but don't think we are dumb.  This is pretty damn blatant.
  • SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerMMORPG.COM Staff LegendaryPosts: 32,555
    scorpex-x said:
    SBFord said:
    jesteralways said:
    So now you guys are advertising an RMT site?


    Same tune, different day.We were sent a press release that seemed suited to open discussion. Seriously, get over the "you get paid to advertise" thing. It doesn't happen. It is merely a point of discussion.
    You gave a banner and a link to the site, you realize that right?  You could of done a news story without it being so lucrative for them.

    We know you need to make money but don't think we are dumb.  This is pretty damn blatant.
    As we do with every single news piece and feature we put on the site for the last decade?

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  • DarLorkarDarLorkar Member UncommonPosts: 1,082
    Seems they are listing real in-game help -vs- give me your account info and let me rob you.

    Dunno how much help people can really get from this, just following someone around that does everything for you.

    Oh well, better option by far than i mentioned of the giving your account info out to people.
  • bartoni33bartoni33 Member RarePosts: 1,984
    edited January 2016
    Nevermind I misunderstood the "service"

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  • AmjocoAmjoco Member UncommonPosts: 4,857
    Google is my bounty hunter for all games, recipes, directions, metric to standard exchange, theater locations, beer prices..... I see no need to have someone help me lose even more of my dwindling constructive reasoning abilities.

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  • HedeonHedeon Member UncommonPosts: 997
    DarLorkar said:
    Seems they are listing real in-game help -vs- give me your account info and let me rob you.



    Dunno how much help people can really get from this, just following someone around that does everything for you.



    Oh well, better option by far than i mentioned of the giving your account info out to people.


    something like what this site try to sell, have been tried before, iirc there were a site called buy a friend or something along those lines - were more like a dating site for gamers though.
  • Charlie.CheswickCharlie.Cheswick Member UncommonPosts: 469
    Why not just watch someone streaming a game if you're not going to bother with the challenge of content?

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  • DMKanoDMKano Member LegendaryPosts: 20,161
    This has existed since Eq1 back in 1999 - maybe not as organized as a nice site - but people were paying for in-game services with RL cash forever.

    Every MMO has this - and yes money buys an advantage in every game.

    Always has, always will.


  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade Member EpicPosts: 4,602
    DMKano said:
    This has existed since Eq1 back in 1999 - maybe not as organized as a nice site - but people were paying for in-game services with RL cash forever.

    Every MMO has this - and yes money buys an advantage in every game.

    Always has, always will.


    ^Pretty much that.
    Lazy people will always keep RMT services in business.

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  • yaminsuxyaminsux Member UncommonPosts: 973
    edited January 2016
    SBFord said:
    jesteralways said:

    So now you guys are advertising an RMT site?





    Same tune, different day.We were sent a press release that seemed suited to open up an interesting discussion. Seriously, people need to get over the "you get paid to advertise" thing. It doesn't happen. It is merely a point of discussion.


    Who says anything about "paid advertisement" anyway? As I see it, this is RMT in sort of power leveling mould and you guys are kinda promoting their site. And "merely for discussion"? Why the link then?
  • macwoodmacwood Member UncommonPosts: 134
    mmorpg.com has hit a new low today  O.o
  • KothosesKothoses Member UncommonPosts: 880
    The only part people are getting wound up about is the fact that real world money changes hands for this.

    If they had put the focus on the free part that is mentioned above and treat the paid for service as an afterthought people wouldnt be so wound up about it.

    The issue is that as games become more of a showcase for snowflakes the idea that some one can buy the same shinise that another person has worked for is an antithesis to the competitive side of gaming. The issue here is that games already cater to players of differing skill levels, and players who are not able to compete at the highest level feel like they are "missing" part of their purchase. They want to have the banners around their portrait, the titles after their character name or the shinies. So the Market is there.

    Is it ethical, well only as much as any other secondary service is, Is it Ethical to own a dog and pay some one else to walk it for you? Sure, but its not exactly the same as there isnt a competition between players for bragging rights with this.

    All in all the "Debate" is tenious, I mean on the one hand its pay to win, on the other its a secondary service, players have been buying mount runs in mmos for aslong as I can remember with in game currency, the only difference is, you now dont even need to play the game that much.

    All in all, not something I would use, if I am not able to get something for my self, I dont want it, but I can see there is a niche that might go for it... after all, certain F2P companies have made entire games profitable out of this premise.

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  • drakolasdrakolas Member UncommonPosts: 42
    This is essentially advertising powerleveling services. Why?
  • Adjuvant1Adjuvant1 Member RarePosts: 2,100
    SBFord said:
    Adjuvant1 said:
    Lame. Definitely a dark grey area of gaming ethic, but pff, as if something like this exists.



    The sad part is that it DOES exist and in a thousand other places than this one. I'd have a much less difficult time wrapping my mind around this if the "bounty hunters" were all working free of charge or in exchange for some sort of in-game currency. I can live with that.
    "Gaming ethic" was the ideal which I jokingly posited might not exist. I realize "pay for powerlevel" etc has existed. In games, I do "my own work", and I consider this to be ethical, but it's admittedly not any conventionally shared concept.

    A large part of the enjoyment of any "game" to me is success and failure based on my own merits, within the parameters and constraints of the "games' creators". I... have no idea what else there is to enjoy about a mmo... maybe being "powerful" when in real life one feels so "powerless"... There are plenty of ways to "cheat" in real life, and hey, in a perverse way that sort of makes sense. Translated into gaming, though, it's just...sad.

    They're just games.
  • DMKanoDMKano Member LegendaryPosts: 20,161
    drakolas said:
    This is essentially advertising powerleveling services. Why?


    This site lets any gamer help another for free if you choose.

    Yes they do have pro powerleveling services but anyone can help anyone for any price including free.

    So i dont see what the problem is.
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 18,811
    DarLorkar said:
    Seems they are listing real in-game help -vs- give me your account info and let me rob you.

    Dunno how much help people can really get from this, just following someone around that does everything for you.

    Oh well, better option by far than i mentioned of the giving your account info out to people.
    This is very popular in progression raiding games. In Rift and EQ2 people would pay raid guilds tons of plat to have their "toon" leveled. They would pay plat or real money for raid slots as a rider for raid drops. I find it a disgusting practice and one reason I loathe raid or design.
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  • KiyorisKiyoris Member RarePosts: 2,130
    edited January 2016
    good example of what's wrong with today's MMO

    letting another person play your MMO, because all that matters to you is not the community, or lore, or adventure, or engaging gameplay, but getting to max level as fast as possible with the help of some shady site that will probably steal your CC info

    these sites are an extension of the F2P model, where all that matters is personal progress, and you are just a peon with a credit card in a stupid rat race

    and the fact this is even tolerated in today's MMO, is because today's MMO no longer have a working community, you are not a persona, you are a number with a CC card, and you are judged within the game, not by your actions, but by how much you spend with your VISA card
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