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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:06PM (Unverified) said

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This is what comes in the email they sent out announcing it:
http://newsletters.station.sony.com/images/eq2/SC_Mounts_Body.jpg

quote: "You like, you buy, you ride!"

Definitely an attempt to quell the insurrection that will no doubt follow, from both WoW and EQ2 fans both.

Personally, I think it's quite funny given the amount of hate that was spewed forth on the EQ2 forums in WoW's general direction, with posts such as "this would never happen in EQ2" now having egg all over them..

Posted: May 20th 2010 3:15PM Celestian said

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I dunno what world you are in but I am pretty sure there were more people saying it WOULD happen in EQ than those that said otherwise.

25 bucks is ridiculous for an appearance mount.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:19PM Nef said

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I can't tell if that ad is being sarcastic or not... I really *hope* it is, but it's also SOE...
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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:29PM (Unverified) said

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@ Celestian: Having a bad day? :-o

FYI, I don't frequent the EQ2 forums regularly, but I was browsing them at the time of the Celestian Mount (oops my bad, 'Celestial') news.
I read many a post from staunch EQ2'ers claiming it would never happen.

Whilst there were also a few posts predicting the arrival of something similar in EQ2, I was referring only to the ones that were defending SOE with all their energy - those folk would feel a little 'off' now I'd imagine.
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Posted: May 21st 2010 9:25PM (Unverified) said

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@Amana

I don't know which EQ2 forum you frequent but most people knew mounts were on the horizon. It's not that hard to deduce given the fact SoE has already implemented a full in-game store and to date has released more controversial items such as a cash-only accessible zone.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:08PM CCon99 said

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LOL, We knew Smed couldn't sit by and watch WoW sell out of lame sparkle ponies and not have one of his own to sell. It's a shame people are blinded by "wanting" and don't see how crazy it is to buy a mount that costs 50% of the price of an entire game.

Posted: May 20th 2010 3:22PM DevilSei said

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Well, leave it to Smedly to one-up Blizzard in their twisted mount scam.

These ones actually confer a bonus to the character!
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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:09PM MrGutts said

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Let's hope that they don't sell worth a damn, we don't want this as the norm.

It's bad enough they are selling this ridiculous item for the price of a expansion.

Posted: May 20th 2010 3:18PM BaronJuJu said

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They've been selling items that are more than expansions for awhile now. $20 backpacks and $50 furniture packs were already on the Marketplace long before EQ2 sparkle ponies showed up. SOE and other are rapidly seeing that players are more than willing to fork over more money to games they love to play. If players have the expendable income to purchase these items, the go for it.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:17PM Pingles said

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I think what drives me the most crazy is they would be quest rewards otherwise.

Now these companies will be saving the best non-combat items for cash shops.

No thanks.

Posted: May 20th 2010 4:20PM Thrishmal said

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People who think these types of items would just be quest rewards if they were not for sale are fooling themselves. The items that are made for marketplaces like this would most likely not even exist if not for the incentive of extra money.

Items that are sold like this should be considered BONUS items that otherwise wouldn't be made. It is fine if you don't want to buy them, but the money that these items generate will partially go to make more BONUS items and FREE in game items for everyone. As long as the companies don't get blinded by greed and make EVERYTHING cost extra, you really are coming out ahead by having a store selling items like this.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 5:30PM Pingles said

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We are going to have to agree to disagree.

If this game did not have a cash shop do you really think the designer who proposed this would have been told to shelve it because they cannot give it out as a quest/raid/etc. reward?

You are correct that NOW these things will be designed with the cash shop in mind.

But games without cash shops (which I'm sure will soon be very few) give these types of things as in-game rewards.

But once you add a cash shop to a subscription game all bets are off. It would be interesting to see how the rates for unique drops change once a cash shop has been added to a game.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 6:00PM Thrishmal said

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My point is that these particular flavor items most likely never would have come about if it were not for a cash shop. Sure, similar items would and are still going to be drops and rewards in game, but these particular high quality items would likely not have made it in without a cash shop.

It is a bonus on top of similar items that are introduced to the game through regular means.

Look at it as the money made from selling these items funds the creation of more bonus items to sell in the store AND free items that go into the game regularly. You are able to devote and pay for a whole department solely for extra fluff items with the money gained from a cash shop and items like this.

That is where I am coming from, but I tend to agree, we will probably have to agree to disagree :-)
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Posted: May 20th 2010 11:29PM whateveryousay said

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@Thrishmal

I think people that believe, "the money that these items generate will partially go to make more BONUS items and FREE in game items for everyone." are fooling themselves. That money isn't going towards making the game better in any way, and that's fine by me. More power to them for taking people for all their worth. Just don't kid yourself into believing that it's a good thing for everyone.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:19PM (Unverified) said

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I can't beleive how this type of things becoming a trend. How people became so numb and apathetic.

Posted: May 20th 2010 3:20PM Wisdomandlore said

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People aren't numb an apathetic about it. They love it. They want it. Otherwise hundreds of thousands of people wouldn't have shelled out $25 bucks for a sparkle pony in WoW.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:28PM Tanek said

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@Wisdomandlore...I wonder, though, if the same percentage of EQ2 players by this as WoW players bought the sparklepony, would it be considered as much of a success? Look at the size of the WoW playerbase.

In the long run, SOE may make out better with a lower pricetag.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 3:39PM (Unverified) said

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English is not my native language so my bad. I meant numb and apathetic towards awareness, consciousness and enlightment.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 6:25PM OldBoy said

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Somehow I'm not expecting "awareness, consciousness and enlightenment" to result from playing games.
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Posted: May 20th 2010 6:57PM (Unverified) said

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Surely these people aren't playing games all the time...right? :/
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