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More on Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions

The Guild Wars Facebook Page has more on the microtransaction system in Guild Wars 2, following up on the recent update on the ArenaNet Blog on the business model for the upcoming MMORPG sequel. Here's word:

Here are a few important clarifications about our microtransaction system. First, that gold is coming from other players. So somebody must have an abundance of gold if he trades it to a player. The system is not adding new gold from the outside.

Second, take into account the gem/gold trading system. Everything that is in the store will basically be available for gold with this system - so it doesn't really matter what is in the store, as it is also available for players who play and don't want to spend additional money. Hope that helps! ~RB2

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31. Re: More on Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions Mar 23, 2012, 00:04 Dades
Krovven wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 21:35:
Experience, Karma, Magic Find & Crafting boosts...those are all Pay 2 Win. At least they are only 1hr duration, but some wealthy folks I'm sure will buy as many as they need to get from 1 to 80. There are several other items on those screenshots that are borderline depending on their use. Are Mystic Keys available elsewhere in the game, or can I only loot chests in-game if I pay money to do so? What kind of items do the Loot Bags give? I'd assume this is just a sampling of what they will be selling.

Trading of Gold and Gems, making those items available to everyone (provided the Gem to Gold value isnt ridiculous) is tolerable. But they are walking a very fine line here. I wasnt a big fan of the first game, but I was going to buy this to play with friends. Now, I'm going to wait to see how much more information comes out.

Now, where are those that were saying GW2 wasn't Pay 2 Win?

Pay 2 Win means buying an advantage not accessible to other players. No one cares if you're a worthless moron who wants to buy his way to level 80, so long as it doesn't affect PVP balance and is accessible to players who want to be smarter with their money.

Now before you go on a raging bent because you forgot to take your meds today, if Diablo goes this route then it will probably get a pass from players too. That doesn't seem likely though considering it will be dealing in actual drops, many of which will have absurd rarity and might be used in PVP if they ever patch it in.
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