It’s not about pay to win, it’s about spending money on the most ludicrous in-game items that most of the time offer nothing except an esthetic value. Some players have made a habit from buying all kinds of rare items with the sole purpose of collecting them. But there are also games that encourage you to trade, speculate the market and make quite a profit from buying and selling expensive objects. The reason why people go to such lengths to achieve these items is not so important now, because we will be focusing exclusively on a list with 10 of the most expensive in game items that really cost a fortune.
Narrator: Davide Arbisi
Why would you pay $9,000 for a max level WoW character with the best gear? What's the point? Isn't a large portion of the gameplay leveling up, getting items, doing quests, etc? You've left yourself with nothing to do if you just instantly have a character like that. And then you get banned because it's against the rules, and all the money is down the drain. I don't understand how people are this stupid, yet have all this money to blow. I would love to see what these people are like and have someone interview them. Truly incredible specimens.
Except that it's still lame to buy a PvP character, too, because it's unearned and you paid a (potentially) sickening amount of money for it. How fun PvP must be when you're playing on a character someone else leveled and geared. Completely takes away any satisfaction of creating something of your own and putting it to the test.
And no, it's not extremely moronic to point out that you can be potentially banned. Especially when you draw attention and pay 9 grand for a character. It's not moronic to point out something bad that could happen as an effect for something that's already dumb to do in the first place.
So no, none of that brings me any new insight or new things to consider. Normally I would commend someone if they brought up decent counter-points, but both points you made were pretty weak.
"You've left yourself with nothing to do if you just instantly have a character like that."
That's an extremely moronic thing to say.
People use them for PvP.
If you don't like the PvE grind and just want a great character (or characters) for PvP, you could buy an account.
"And then you get banned because it's against the rules"
Again, another extremely moronic statement you've made.
People only get banned if it's discovered. Most don't get discovered.
Instead of going "OMFG gug gug ppl r so stewpad", consider that there may be more to something than it first appears. You'll come off as less of an idiotic, ignorant child that way.
Somebody made a WoW video about it back in the day. Buying a famous 'lvl 60', walking around like an idiot - making jokes how he is going to pwn. Yeah it kind of beats the point was also the story.
(still back then it skipped you 20 days of leveling).
You got so many things wrong in this list. The thing that stuck out most was Echoing Fury. The weapons themselves were not all THAT rare. There were thousands of them in existence. But the one that sold for so much was perfectly rolled. Also, it was originally sold at the maximum amount you could list it for on the official AH. It was immediately flipped onto third-party sites for far more money.
Diablo 3 Echoing Fury, talk about inflation, today this is worth zilch even if it were tradeable. I can't count how many (Ancient) EF with socket I've salvaged because their stats are sh*t compared to current weapons like (Ancient) Immortal King's Boulder Breaker, (Ancient) Godfather or (Ancient) Furnace.
And the funniest thing of all is that being an artist, i can model these items myself in the computer so cost me nothing but a bit of time!, lol!
Can never understand why anyone would want to pay so much real money for something that is made of a few pixels on screen.
Ok, so they use polygons to build the models but at the end of the day, still pixels and nothing but zero's on ones in a computer!
And here we are,
wow crap > not worth > playing high end pvp, gladiator and i was doing much trading, sold gold as student over years to people ingame for an value around 250$ per month ( not all of my gold, only a little of that) i was over 8 millions gold at WOLTK.
d3 crap > not worth ( i was doing as #2 best hc wizard world - sold my gear only, for around 3000$)
second life, its not more worth, only at start it was fine to create some citys for sell..
Entropia Universe > it is really the most expensiv game, people can do any profit each time, the tradesystem never will die i think so, neverdie is the right word, i play it for still 2 years, its the best game to play, doing money, and build his own charakter and skills, the value ingame will never change, that means your items cant be lost to much value, items ingame can be only be more worth or lesser, worth be selling for 100% - 200000% , but it cant go under 100% Value, at all its the best game, the own little world of entropia ((:
its not here but Path of exile, with the last year the game is more easy, that is bad, because the game was more hard, and hard to get some items and gear or level (100), some items have a good worth, but now !! the bad thing is, the market is now going to low (die) only for old items its worth ! the best items ingame are worth from 150-1500 $
all what i sold was the first hc finshing rod legendary, for 600$, she is now worth of nothing...
and i got some big loots, my best item was Kaoms heart, an cheast ingame (now worth around 800$) at my time it was maybe only 60-80$ worth, i die in hardcore and sold that cheast for 10-20$ on softcore that time, it was an great time too, but how i told, this game is going to die ( of items worth). but the game is one of the greatest games i ever played !! poe is love !! still playable, but not for money.
with the years, in many games it was the chance to get be rich, really many games, only with trading, u can sell things for 50$, if ur lucky u get 5000$ back, lesser or more !
As a csgo/tf2 trader ppl that say we are stupid on wasting money are fucking retarded. They dont buy shit to progress in games. They buy it to make more money,hell some traders make more than the average job.
I've Made over £1,000 from the game Yoville or as its known now YoWorld and have spent £0 on the game .....I started playing from day one played for a year non stop then didn't play it again till 7 years later hen I logged on I could see items I had selling for mad amounts of money so I went on eBay and sold then ...... The game is still going now and I still have good items ... As for me I would Never buy something that is not real or is only virtual!!!