- Jun 27, 2007
- Surfers Paradise , Australia.
- Avatar Name
- Sunny 'SunG' Day
You obviously must not be someone that has ever lost a job, had some gigantic medical bill pop up on you because of a car accident or some other health issue, lost massive amount of property due to an 'act of god' that insurance won't pay for, etc. I can't say I've had all of those happen to me, but have had at least one happen to me or someone close to me the last several years. Just because people have high end computers or graphic cards does not mean they need to or want to pay Mindark every month. You are right, it is a game. As such, people, including yourself, should treat it as such - a form of entertainment. Some people enjoy entertainment for free irl, others don't. Some folks enjoy listening to the outdoors concert from the apartment across the street where the live. Others pay for the 5 dollar cheap seats. If you want to pay five thousand dollars for the most expensive seat in the house right next to the band in the front row because most of the money will go to charity, go for it. That doesn't mean other's can't enjoy the show from their seat too.
If Mindark didn't want this to be a free-to-play game, they would not have designed it to be that way. If you don't enjoy this game the way it was designed to be, there are plenty of other mmorpgs that will gladly take your monthly subscription fee if you want to pay it to them.
Mindark SHOULD NOT EVER kick out non-depositors, or limit their actions since anyone, depositor or non-depositor can become a non-depositor at any point in time any month due to either choice or real world circumstances that prevent people from depositing.
I do agree, folks can/should pay if they choose to do so. If they choose not to do so though, they shouldn't be looked down upon in my humble opinion, and realistically, there's no way possible for you to completely keep from paying non-depositors in a roundabout way somehow in game. You might try, but the people you do business with probably won't make you their one and only bff trade partner for life or whatever... they will likely get some of the stuff they sell to you from non-depositors, or get them from a depositor who got the stuff from a non-depositor, etc. Kim's said that Planet Partner avatars such as his own get a monthly allowance. The estate broker is one of those type of planet partner avatars... Does that mean you will never ever buy any estate in game since it came from someone who did not deposit?
Like a lot of posters again you are not reading carefully to the post and going on your war path ... I expected better of you as a respected player.
I stated clearly that I don't mind temporary non depositors ... I don't like people that refuse to deposit a single cent just to be smug about withdrawing lot of money from the system without depositing ... That hurts our economy, like it or not.
Again, the examples you have given isn't applicable here ... Because if you have a huge medical bill or a financial downturn which I have had a few times in my life ... An online game is the last thing you should be worried about. You talk about choice and that's exactly what I am talking about ... It's the choice to purposefully draining the economy even if they can afford it. I don't agree with how people compare real life hardships with inability to play an online game !!! ... If you have money to pay $30/$40 for Internet you definitely have $10 to support this game.
This will be my last post about this as I don't seem to get simple economics into people's rationale. So be it let them all come in droves and take all the peds they want ... If things don't change i think there will be a drying out of investors which has already started ... Let people sweat and create cash which people think is possible ... Generating income and generating wealth are 2 entirely different things.
GL all !