Last week Suzina of Kill Ten Rats admitted on a blog post to buying gold. That’s kind of like admitting to the world that you enjoy punching puppies. It’s not going to win you any friends, other than those who also punch puppies and are looking for some kind of justification.
Okay. Perhaps I am being a little harsh here. For the most part I don’t care if someone goes out and buys gold. It really doesn’t make any difference since, with a couple of exceptions, it doesn’t really affect me in a PvE game. And Suzina’s stated reason of needing the 1000 gold to get the dual spec talents really affects no-one since it just makes it easier to change over for different play styles.
But to a lot of players, admitting to buying gold is near enough the same thing. After all, someone who has had their account hacked, and had lost uncountable hours of time building up their characters, to a gold seller might feel a little touchy that Suzina has in effect (possibly) received gold that might consist of the proceeds from some of that stolen gear. The fact that she bought it from a so called reputable dealer means nothing. These guys outsource gold collection, and likely have no idea how that gold is obtained. Kinda like a shoe company denying knowledge that their shoes are made by five year olds chained to finger crushing machines.
That she was surprised about the negative reaction from other players did surprise me though. I’d have thought that anyone who’d hung around the MMORPG community for any length of time would be aware that the gold selling issue is a hot button to many players. After all, from gold spam to account hacks, it’s the same players who have to wear the bad behaviour of the gold sellers. I’m sure any player who’s played for any length of time or has been in a guild or is sociable would know someone who’s been hacked. That another player would change his opinion of her character at such a revelation and put her on ignore isn’t that unexpected.
You see, that’s what I care about. The fact is, gold sellers make the games I like to play less enjoyable. If I have to keep ignoring gold spammers just to read chat, or need to go out and spend extra money buying an authenticator, or have to distrust anyone I give guild bank privileges to, then the gold sellers have made the game a little less fun. And the gold sellers wouldn’t be messing with my play if no-one used their services.
And that’s why, I’m just a little annoyed by Suzina.
But at least she had the guts to admit it. (It’s sure pulled a bit of traffic into her blog too, hasn’t it?)