The Daily Grind: How diligent are you about making money in an MMO?

No one believes me when I say that I’m bad about making money in my main games. It’s true, though; compared to the people who put a whole lot of effort into doing so, my moneymaking skills are sub-par. Yes, I own a mansion in Final Fantasy XIV, but that’s a result of frugality and building up resources over time. Yes, I’ve got an extensive heirloom collection in World of Warcraft, but I’m not playing the markets (or at least, not playing them well).

Of course, I also might be comparing myself to the wrong people, considering I know other people who would fall over themselves for the moneymaking engines I already have running. So what about you, dear readers? How diligent are you about making money in an MMO? Do you enjoy playing the economic games and live for the big windfalls, or do you mostly treat money as something to slowly accumulate rather than a thing to chase after?

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Leaderboard: Do you like the buy-to-play model?

I was discussing MMO business models with some friends this week, and one of them commented that buy-to-play is the best thing ever. I boggled at that because in my experience, buy-to-play is the same silly F2P song and dance that nickels and dimes you for every little in-game thing, only with an added client fee up front.

Which sounds fantastic if you’re a game dev! As a player, it sounds like I’m getting even less for my money.

What about you, MOP readers? Are you drinking the B2P kool-aid? Or do you prefer a different business model? Vote after the cut!

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Elder Scrolls Online advertises cash shop item in game

Nothing helps you get immersed in your favorite MMO like a gaudy multilingual cash shop advertisement pasted on your game screen, right? ZeniMax is apparently OK with the tactic, as the company responded to complaints about its intrusive Elder Scrolls Online ad by downplaying the negative feedback.

“We want to make sure everyone is aware that the Senche-Leopard is available – and only for a short time – so nobody misses out on the opportunity,” the company wrote on its official forums. “We only plan on messaging this once per day, and want to hit each language (EN, DE, and FR) as these are multilingual megaservers.”

[Source: Forums; thanks squidgod2000!]


Microtransactions on tap for Diablo III, but not in the US or EU

Blizzard is likely adding microtransactions to Diablo III. The proposed funny money and its associated features won’t be coming to European or American versions of the game, at least for now.

Blizzard announced its intentions on the forums by calling attention to “new features that may start to show up in data-mined information for patch 2.2 that will not apply to all regions.” Things like timed experience boosts, platinum currency, and new cosmetic items were mentioned, along with associated UI tweaks that will purportedly benefit players worldwide.

“While we may explore [microtransactions] in some regions, we have no immediate plans to implement such purchases or the aforementioned features anytime soon for the Americas region,” Blizzard says.

[Source: via: Eurogamer]