Forget sparkleponies and loot boxes: Sometimes what game studios try to monetize isn’t even remotely close to what we truly would like to buy. I don’t spend a lot of money on MMORPGs these days, not because I’m super-stingy and hate supporting developers, but because they rarely offer options that are worth my dollars.
For example, I’m all for purchasing gameplay content. If the Secret World series actually started pushing out more frequent story packs but charged for them, I’d be OK with that. Or if World of Warcraft wanted to sell housing? Take my kids’ college tuition, please. And if any MMO wouldn’t mind selling the ability to switch classes at high levels, then I wouldn’t even think twice before entering my credit card info.
Would would get you to throw money at your MMO? What would not only get you excited to purchase but also seem deserving of your cash?