Friday, December 13, 2013

Gold Farming Companies

In the world of MMORPG, World of Warcraft (WoW) is the king of the hill. Their subscription numbers probably outnumbered the subscribers of all the other MMORPGs combined.

So when they start giving away high level characters, you know the practice is now officially mainstream. In the news of the latest WoW expansion, Warlords of Draenor, it is announced that subscribers with the expansion can boost a character to level 90 so that they can "enjoy" the expansion immediately. Maybe it’s the purist in me but since when did gaming company become gold farmers?

You know those gamers who level up characters and then selling those characters to other players for cash? They are banned right? Well, if they can’t do it, how come gaming companies can? To be fair, WoW is hardly the first to do this. Games from TERA to EverQuest II to LOTRO are all doing this or are going to do this in the near future. LOTRO even intend to sell level 50 characters to players in the coming future!

So in the interest of fairness, I have a suggestion. Gaming companies should let gold farmers come out into the open and advertise their services openly. After all, the farmers aren't doing anything the companies aren't doing too.

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