Rent an MMO Character

Be a Gaming God for Dollars a Day on Wired News (thanks Mike Martinez) describes GamePal, a new service for MMORPGs they say "takes lack of commitment to these games into virgin territory." Word is: "GamePal customers pay a $300 deposit, $150 for the first month and $130 for each subsequent month for access to their choice of 50 accounts (available initially) for 14 popular MMOs, including EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes and Ultima Online."
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Jun 25, 2005, 00:30
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Jun 25, 2005, 00:30
 
How long do you guys think it'll take for Sony, Blizzard and NCSOFT to ban this service?

Sony? Ban something for attempting to leech money from people while playing their MMO's? Not unless they intend to implement a system of their own where they get a cut of the profits.

Look at the whole concept of selling items, accounts and whatnot through ebay or other auction sites. While other companies were trying to shut down this activity, Sony was hard at work creating their very own integrated auction and trade system.

Have a look for yourself.
http://stationexchange.station.sony.com/

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Jun 24, 2005, 19:31
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Jun 24, 2005, 19:31
 
How long do you guys think it'll take for Sony, Blizzard and NCSOFT to ban this service?

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Jun 24, 2005, 16:13
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Jun 24, 2005, 16:13
 
Pay me a $300 deposit, $150 for the first month, and $130 for each subsequent month and i'll point at you and laugh.

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Jun 24, 2005, 14:34
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Jun 24, 2005, 14:34
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It's obvious this is too pricy for the normal consumer. I think GamePal is creating a niche market for video game media outlets. Sites like MMORPG.com, GameSpot, GameSpy, and really large fan sites (Vault Network, Warcry Network, and so forth) will probably subscribe to the service so that their writers will have quick access to high leveled characters and end-game content when new stuff is launched.


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Jun 24, 2005, 11:08
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Jun 24, 2005, 11:08
 

I think it's a bad idea for the gaming communities within those games, and the people who might be using these accounts. Odds are they will be rediculed and shunned within the game and will get ZERO respect for not having put the work in to level their own original character.

I understand that not everyone has time to grind, but thats what most of these games are about. Go play something else if you are too lazy.

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Jun 24, 2005, 10:43
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Jun 24, 2005, 10:43
 
What a silly idea. Actually, it's not so bad. It's the people who will spend that money that are fools. Leveling a character is "the" gameplay. It's really the only thing you do. Why would you want a maxed-out char? The only thing I can think of is for PvP. But in most games (especially the ones mentioned) have a really poor PvP implementation.

So basically they're spending the money for their ego. It's just to say "Hey, look at me, I'm a level 60!".

Wouldn't it be embarrassing if everyone knew you didn't level up your own char? lol

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Re: greeeat
Jun 24, 2005, 09:57
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Jun 24, 2005, 09:57
 
I wonder what happens if someone gets the account banned. Agree on price, though. I could get a character off of ebay for the same price.

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Jun 24, 2005, 09:38
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Jun 24, 2005, 09:38
 
I think this is an interesting idea, but the pricing would have to come waaaaaaaaay down for me to have any inclination.

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Jun 24, 2005, 02:38
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Jun 24, 2005, 02:38
 
The absolute worst part about this is they will probably be successful.

Wait.. no... the worst part is they include CITY OF HEROES AND ULTIMA ONLINE!?

A maxed out EQ character cant cost more than a couple hundred anymore. I have a hard time understanding buying accounts and money for these games, but I can't even begin to imagine why anyone would RENT a character?

This is so retarded I can hardly believe its not run by SOE.

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Jun 24, 2005, 02:24
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Jun 24, 2005, 02:24
 
LOL yeahhhhhh... right. Let me go find my wallet. LOL.

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Jun 24, 2005, 01:50
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Jun 24, 2005, 01:50
 
I've just gotta say this: I'm a big gamer and have been since the days of Zork, but for f***'s sake, there are better ways to spend your money! Anyone that's willing to spend their cash on this needs to find a healthy balance between life and games.

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Re: greeeat
Jun 24, 2005, 01:44
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Jun 24, 2005, 01:44
 
What a joke of a service. 130 a month screw you. no one in the right mind will go for this let alone the expense of paying for this service.

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greeeat
Jun 23, 2005, 23:48
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greeeat Jun 23, 2005, 23:48
Jun 23, 2005, 23:48
 
Nothing like a max level who doesn't know how to use the character.

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