When my friends need to borrow money in Final Fantasy XIV or Final Fantasy XI, they come to me. It’s not because I’m higher-level than they are or anything, they just know I have money. Which is a true fact, but it’s also an odd one because I’ve never once tried to make money in those games. I sit on a huge pile of energy credits and Dilithium in Star Trek Online, but I never sought those riches out. I just accumulated over time with steady momentum and management.
The thing is that I know some players live for that. There are people who get really excited at the thought of cornering materials markets in FFXIV or making a killing in the markets of EVE Online. I enjoy making money, but it’s never more than an ancillary purpose for me, something to consider when I’m doing the stuff that I like to do anyhow. Which raises the question to you, dear readers. Are you interested in making money in your MMOs? Do you go out of your way to make the big bucks, do you err on the side of making money over not making money, or do you really not care as long as you can pay the basic costs associated with playing a character?