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Op Ed

Graham Jans' Blog - Microtransactions Under the Microscope. Thanks Mike Martinez.
As mentioned above, the value of real-money purchases is largely defined by the player's perspective within the game world. But additionally, the real-world value of items affects their perception within the game. The obvious case of this is that selling a top hat item for $1,000 will provide a kind of instant prestige for any player owning that item, even if it has no intrinsic value or significant aesthetic value. It's valuable because it's expensive.

There is a more subtle case with content that can be accessed both through real money and in-game effort. Take, for example earning a new Champion in League of Legends. On one hand, the paying player can say, "Woo, I payed $5 and saved myself 5 days of effort!" But the non-paying player can also say, "Woo, I earned this myself, and saved $5!" It actually gives an extrinsic value to the time the player is spending in the game.

14. Re: Op Ed Sep 4, 2011, 13:19 avianflu

Games are new being designed from the ground up so that they can charge folks to experience the game.

That is a huge problem if the trend lasts. huge.

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