Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Real Money Transactions in a Star Trek MMORPG +

Originally Posted by Jaktar:
you'll never stomp out farming unless there is no currency. And once you have no currency people will just farm items. You can't win. Just learn to use /ignore!
/ignore isn't good enough.

It doesn't matter if I'm ignoring the farmers or not; unless they're prevented from doing so they will affect my gameplay for the worse, and in multiple ways:

  • by acting like bots in a world where player characters are supposed to be real people

  • by artificially depressing the game economy through generating currency that wouldn't otherwise exist

  • by promoting a belief that one can buy one's way to success
Placing meaningful limits on the amount of money and number of items a trial account can possess is more effective at improving the feel of a gameworld than merely relying on /ignore to pretend that the gold sellers are the only problem.