I'm not too sure about that. While I've never used the gold selling services the main drive I would thing is when players feel they aren't making enough money. However during the test I felt like I was making an insane amount and could afford everything I needed and then some.
I'm not sure if the gold amount dropped and gained from sales was increased for the test, but if it is this way I really can't see people paying for gold. Also there are chronoscrolls in place to help which should help in not only reducing illegitimate dealings of gold, but also allow a safe and legitimate way for players who desire to have more gold(or play time)
no. the drive is to get things faster than they should. whatever the rate is for getting gold normaly. people will want it faster.
why bother farming a week for a really badass sword when you can get it in a night by buying it?
its always about instant gratification. and the fact that some people dont understand the concept "this is a time investment. if you dont have time to invest, GTFO"
but they would rather break the economy and endure bots and gold seller spam.
I probably dropped 300k gold this weekend on weaponsmithing. I was constantly broke, going from 100k to just enough to take the pegasus back over to Lumbertown every day, and I wasn't even making weapons...just skilling up with ingots.
It would have been 3-4 times more expensive if I'd actually been making weapons, since it takes so many runes to make one thing.
I could see why someone who wanted to be a crafter would buy gold, so I'm glad chronoscrolls are a tool in this game.
Gold selling will happen. It's in every game out there.
Hopefully, the chrono scroll idea will work. Though EVE has a similar system in place, and the gold sellers are still out in force.
Personally, I don't buy gold, not because of the risk, but because I play for the challenge. Earning awesome stuff is way more rewarding than buying it, IMO.
The part that I do dislike is the advertising tactics of gold sellers. As mentioned above, the constant /whispers in broken english are the worst! It totally shatters the "emersion" that Tera has worked so hard to create.
Perhaps, the battle against gold-sellers is being fought on the wrong front? Maybe steps should be taken to combat "gold buyers"?
Out of every mmo I've seen this has the most countermeasures against gold sellers. Chronoscrolls, IP blocking against countries with high amounts of gold sellers, BoP items, no pet shops for them to advertise on, Crisp Thinking anti-cheat/bot system. If there ever is any gold sellers in the game I highly doubt they'll stick around long. Another thing would be the fact the past few games I've beta tested there were already gold sellers advertising during the betas and I haven't seen a single gold seller advertisement in any of the betas for TERA so far.
I haven't seen any more say from En Masse concerning the Crisp implementation, even at their GDC interview in how they will be battling against RMTs. I'm under the assumption that was thrown out or didn't work out since I haven't heard anything about it for some time.
Also IP Blocking is ok I guess... but that won't really deter anyone who really want to play on NA Tera, there is far too many VPNs out there for En Masse to really keep track of them all.
Chronoscrolls is dependent on its worth within the economy. If it sells less than what a RMT would sell their gold for, people will still buy gold from RMTs nonetheless. Considering buying from an RMT is guaranteed set amount and their is no random deflation/inflation in prices such as with the chronoscroll on the market, that probably will happen anyway.
..Gold is so easy to make even in CB3 it was easy i made well over 2mil gold from dungeon drops ._.
whoever buys gold is a lazy piece of crap that needs to stop playing my game >:0
Gold sellers will be all over the place just like they are on KTera. Bots are rampant, but the cool thing is you can PK them to your heart's delight.