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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 8:02AM (Unverified) said

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They only rub me the wrong way when I don't get them. I think they're a great idea, as long as I'm around to earn them, otherwise I hate them all!

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 10:25AM Space Cobra said

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Pretty much describes me, unless I don't care for a particular item or can do without it.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 11:10AM SnarlingWolf said

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I'm torn on this one. I've literally not ever tried MMOs I was interested in because they gave special items for pre-orders that could never be aquired again so I was now forever behind and had no interest in paying to be behind. Other games I haven't cared because it was just something like increased pack space so I can accept not having that.

I also hated the way Rift did the retired titles that could only be gotten during certain events. I am a completionist so when I see titles I can never get in order to complete my character, I've now lost a lot of the fun that comes from playing and tend to lose interest.

If there are items for first person to complete something or special armor/weapon drops from events that are fully tradeable, then I don't typically have a problem with them. That means that I now have the oportunity to get those items at some point even if I wasn't around for the event since I could trade for them. To me that is the key. Any special items should be tradeable and shouldn't be titles/completion points in the journal/achievement book.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 1:15PM (Unverified) said

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Fair game as far as I'm concerned. There are items. mounts, and gear in MMO's that I will never get because I don't enjoy raiding (and no amount of time or effort can gain them through other means, its either raid or you don't get). People seem to think that's perfectly fine and fair. *shrug*
*Rides into sunset on Teal Kodo*
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 8:15AM Ken from Chicago said

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Not if it's cosmetic. Yeah, some people paid to attend some event and the reward to do so is merely expanded to include virtual items that are displayed in-game. And frankly since I don't play PvP I'm not really caring too much if there is some in-game play advantage. That's just life. You go to C2E2 or SDCC or one of the Creation Cons and you get to see a movie or tv pilot before it airs (inter)nationally. That's the perks.

Personally, I thought the headline was referring to events in-game that give you reward items you can't get any other way (e.g., the various hats that Guild Wars gives to players during their seasonal events and if you miss them, too bad, you can't ever get them).

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 8:17AM (Unverified) said

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Yes, it bothers me.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 8:32AM Cyclone Jack said

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IMO, in-game items should be earned in-game. If companies want to give something to their fans who are gifted/lucky enough to make an in-person meet-and-greet, then they should earn out-of-game rewards.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 8:32AM Bramen said

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Yeah, I think companies could find better ways to attract people to their fan-fests.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 8:33AM Ref Minor said

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So long as they fit into the game world, Santa hats and Halloween outfits piss me off, what next a wooden cross for your characters back to celebrate Easter

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 8:48AM Deliverator said

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@Ref Minor
lol that would go over well
"The Mel Gibson Easter Skin" - 500 Bioware Points this week only.
If SWTOR did that and timed it with the release of same sex relationships the Focus on Family peoples' heads would explode.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 9:01AM DarkWalker said

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Exclusivity itself rubs me in the wrong way. Anything I really like, I want to share with friends - which, in MMOs, translate into being able to point to friends how they can get it for themselves, and perhaps even help them get the item, at least for me.

I see no use for exclusive items. I often stop using any cosmetic items as soon as they are made unobtainable for new players in the game. And I often refrain from getting in-game items that are meant to be exclusive, or that use randomness to keep them rare.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 9:02AM Patently Right said

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Kingdom of Loathing thrives on this. That, alone, was my reason for quitting the game after two years of hardcore/casual/in-between playing. Last year, I still logged on for the year before's Crimbo at rock-bottom prices, but this year... that game's toxic, I refuse to go anywhere near it.

(Still a great game, but man, so burned out)

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 9:03AM FrostPaw said

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Yeah event codes, specific vendor pre order bonuses, rewards for special people who have 700+ friends on facebook...crap like that annoys me.

As for "cosmetic is ok" for me, no it isn't. Judging by how us western mmo gamers love our character customisation, armour dyes, mounts, titles and paper doll slots I'd say cosmetic is a huge part of what players enjoy in mmos.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 6:55PM henbot said

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@FrostPaw

if it's cosmetic and subsequently available on the cash shop i'm all for it. spend your money as you see fit. You went to some event you get it for free. sounds fair.

if it's a game changer make it tradable, sounds stupid but it gets the community involved, gossip etc etc. Sure people will want ridiculous prices but it makes the game that little bit more immersive.


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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 9:06AM Greyhame said

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Doesn't really bother me at all when it's just cosmetic things, like mounts, companion pets, some appearance item, etc. If it's something that affects game play, I'd probably be more bothered.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 6:59PM henbot said

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@Greyhame

I agree but then again i remember in wow the millions of the same cash market mounts flying around got pretty boring purely from a variety point of view.

different strokes for different folks i guess.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 9:29AM Joaquin Crowe said

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IRL events should have IRL items.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 9:51AM (Unverified) said

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@Joaquin Crowe

I agree.
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Posted: Mar 15th 2012 9:37AM (Unverified) said

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No, not at all. It's a nice perk for those who are able to attend these events, and the people who are against such items are just jealous they couldn't go themselves.

Posted: Mar 15th 2012 9:48AM Patently Right said

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@(Unverified) Until it affects gameplay and becomes a rare commodity in around a year (*bonus!* and fuels elitism within the community) and drives up the in-game economy's inflation process.

/everything-is-potentially-doomsday
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