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Role Playing (Games) The Almighty Buck

World of Warcraft Gold Market Soaring 78

Posted by Zonk
from the making-a-buck-in-azeroth dept.
Gamespot has an article discussing the realities of Virtual World economics as they pertain to the real world. World of Warcraft is used as an example throughout, and they quote some staggering statistics that remove any last shred of hope that Blizzard's bluster may be having an effect on the gold market. From the article: "Sukow discovered that the top seller of WOW gold made more than $23,000 in April, just on WOW gold. And that wasn't even a good month--in January and February the number-one seller took home more than $44,000 each month."
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World of Warcraft Gold Market Soaring

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 07, 2005 @04:41AM (#12460954)
    lol makes sence, blizzard sells the gold, buyer pays, then is banned. oh wait then they loose the monthly payents of the buyer.

    new plan:
    -sell gold
    - imform buyer he has suspicious gold amount
    -gold is removed from player
    -warn player about buying gold being bad
  • by Matthias Wiesmann (221411) on Saturday May 07, 2005 @06:22AM (#12461231) Homepage Journal
    I wonder how long it will take for spam that proposes to move virtual gold out of disabled accounts
    Dear Friend,

    I request your assistance for an affair of the highest importance. I am Lalal 40th level gnome, whose account has been partially disabled. By hard work, I have amassed the total amount of 1'000'000 gold (one million golds) that is now blocked with said character. I solicit your help to move this sum to a new account. Due to changes of policies at Blizzard, it is of uttermost importance that this affair is conducted with the highest discretion. In reward for cooperation, I am ready to give you 10% of the total sum, that is 100'000 golds (hundred thousand golds).

    In order for the transaction to take place, I need your account name and password. Be assured that I will proceed with uttermost discretion. /blokquote)
  • by Neo-Rio-101 (700494) on Saturday May 07, 2005 @09:29AM (#12461702)
    "It's a validation of your game when people are willing to spend upwards of $2,000 on a character," Kramer said.

    OMFG.
    Right, I've now officially heard it all. Excuse me while I tie this rope around my head and kick out the chaalsifysfwgbvwe fafg.g.g..

    NO CARRIER+++
  • by rufo (126104) <rufo@@@rufosanchez...com> on Saturday May 07, 2005 @10:38AM (#12462019)
    NO CARRIER+++

    No wonder he commited suicide, the guy's on dialup!
  • Re:Easy fix (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 07, 2005 @12:30PM (#12462546)
    You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they kill a mob, you delete an account. He sells one piece of gold, you nuke the entire guild! That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get gold farmers! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?
  • by Trillian_1138 (221423) <slashdot@frMENCK ... com minus author> on Saturday May 07, 2005 @12:48PM (#12462627)
    If you really want to go "Untouchables" on their asses, you need to go a bit further than that...

    "How we gonna get the gold farmers, then?"
    "You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they pull a gankfest, you pull a slaughter. He sends one of yours to the graveyard, you send on of his to permadeath! That's the Lordaeron way, and that's how you get them gold farmers! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?"

    -Trillian

    (With appologies to "The Untouchables." The original quote: 'You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send on of his to the morgue! That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?')
  • by JPelorat (5320) * on Monday May 09, 2005 @08:20AM (#12475992)
    Massively Multiplayer Online Role Paying Game

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