The Daily Grind: What do you do when you have gobs of money in an MMO and nothing to spend it on?

    
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The other day, I was tooling around Star Wars Galaxies on the Legends server and feeling a bit despondent, not because I had too little but because I had too much. See, I dropped a bunch of in-game credits when Bespin came out, but I’ve earned it all back and then some, much faster than I thought I would. This shouldn’t be a problem! If this were real life, it wouldn’t be – there’s always something to buy or a cause to donate to in real life.

But in video games, I do occasionally run into the problem of having way more money than I realistically need. I don’t like to hoard it; I like to spend it back out into the economy. I’ve put cash into events and cities and whole new crafting professions. And sometimes I like to coast for a while and just… not have to craft and factory-flip constantly to stock my vendors. (Seriously, I really wish people would chill out with buying my stuff because keeping those stocked is a lot.) But eventually, it’s possible to run out of things to buy. And then what?

What do you do when you have gobs of money in an MMO and nothing to spend it for?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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NeoWolf

I have the perfect solution for you Bree. You take your gobs of in-game money you sell it to Gold Sellers for real money and you use that to pay for your Crowfall subscriptions lol

two birds, one stone haha

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Narficus

Wealth can be fun: One of the side-benefits of doing well at the AH was being able to regularly throw firework shows on the Orgimmar bank. Thunder Bluff second fave location. Raid nights were fun as we assembled around the instances, as depending upon how many other people were there I would drop down some launchers and soon we’d have a party along with several guild applications in the next few days.

Wealth can have its obligations: From being one of the wealthiest on the server I was expected to have all the goodies. Mammoth, Yak, etc. all the gadgets. There was NO excuse to have anything but the best of everything, even if it did seem like a bit of a waste, as you were just expected to have it no matter the cost even if the increase is miniscule. Even so, and having farmed a lot more because of those expectations, I still tried to have fun – so when I deployed an anvil or Jeeves with my Demon Hunter I had a macro where I would yell “YOU ARE NOT REPAIRED!”

Wealth can be double plus fun: Newbie welcome packages to hand out as you help folks find what they are looking for. You often meet that person who is running somewhere overland after lvl 40 and you ask them what’s up, they say they are SO close to getting their mount (or maybe don’t have ANY of the money at all), and an hour later in the mail they receive the money and directions on where to get their new mount (if you didn’t take them there yourself).

What is wealth? More wealth in a game should mean more fun, but after a while you have to be a bit creative about it. An interesting topic to explore: what should in-game wealth in an MMO be able to provide? Should you be able to decide “Scan my credstick and turn the lights on the station pink for an hour, I’m having a party!” at any time with earnable in-game currency? (Staying clear of microtransactions here.)

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Motherball

Philanthropy.

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Rndomuser

What do you do when you have gobs of money in an MMO and nothing to spend it for?

Oh, there is always something to spend them on for ;-) Like paying some mercenary group in EVE to harass some corporation which you dislike for some reason. Or blow up some newbie’s ship when that person gets too careless in a dangerous area then explain to that person how he/she should’ve avoided being blown up and give that person enough ISK to buy a better ship with better modules. Or spend it at night club in some PvE game on various roleplaying activities ;-)

All you have to be is a social person who enjoys interacting with others and “nothing to spend money on” won’t be an issue in any MMORPG.

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creationguru

I never have this problem in theme park MMOs as well I don’t craft tin them and usually don’t grind enough dungeons I tent to always have enough to get what I want at the time or I will plY a bit get it and then move on. I broke my digital hording quite a while ago.

Now back in the old days of UO I found plenty to spend my spoils on I had so many regs that I could not run out as well when you can be looted or lose items there was always a need to keep stocks of items but it was nice to run around and clean the market out of vanquishing weapons and hord them so that I did not feel bad using them in pvp.

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starbuck1771

If I have too much money in SWG I generally just start /bank tipping low level players to help them start out. A hand up is not a hand out. :)

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Anstalt

I’ll let you know if it ever happens :P

I always spend my in game money, I’ll keep a buffer for repairs and consumables but beyond that, money is there to be spent.

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EmberStar

What do I do in a game where I have piles of money and nothing to spend it on? I don’t know, it’s never actually happened before.

*Edit* Well, maybe it’s happened in a game like Neverwinter. Which has like… six different currencies, only two of which actually mean anything. (Cash shop coins, and the “cash shop adjacent” astral diamonds… which you can turn directly into cash shop coins by trading with other players.) In that game I probably have piles of gold, but gold is completely worthless because only NPC vendors use it, and they sell nothing of value. At all.

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RagManX

The only MMO I have this “problem” in is City of Heroes. I’m good at working the market there and have more riches than I really need. However, I use my wealth to hopefully bring others joy. When I see someone in global chat mention they want or need some item they can’t afford, I Send enough to buy a few so they have something left over. When friends try the game out, I set them up financially. Sometimes, I just stand around in Atlas Park and broadcast that I’m handing out money for those who feel a need for it.

Because really, at least when it comes to gaming, “Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around.”

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Bryan Correll

Go around tipping mailbox dancers?

EmberStar
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EmberStar

Is that like tipping cows?

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Bryan Correll

Well, if the dancer is Tauren…..