I get the whole free to play thing, because I also get that every business model is a compromise.
So, for players, we lose the monthly subscription fee. We can now drop into the game whenever we want.
On the flip side, of course, we now have to contend with a game that feels the need to hustle something out of us every day. They won’t be getting that $15 at the end of the month, so how about a dollar now. And how about we pile on things that people find popular… which in SOE games seems to be hideously ugly mounts… and dangle limited time specials?
Sure, fine, go ahead. It is all part of the deal, along with the repeated pleas for us to subscribe, which don’t seem to mind popping up during combat.
But once in a while I see something comes up in the cash shop that makes me double take… like this bag. This $25 bag.
This is one of the bags being offered up for a limited time as part of the EverQuest 13 year anniversary, and it is clearly an item targeted at the “whales,” the big spenders in free to play games.
And it isn’t like this gets me angry or anything, it just makes me stop and stare and think, “Twenty five bucks for a virtual bag?”
And I know, I am somebody who bought a $25 sparkle pony in World of Warcraft, an item of no actual benefit really, as you have still have to buy the in-game riding skills with in-game currency. But I get that mount on all of my WoW characters now and forever. And the sparkle pony isn’t competing with any in-game crafted items.
The bag, on the other hand, does have utility… oh does it ever. Bags and bag space are always an issue for me. It also competes with the in-game economy and shows up on only one character. The latter wouldn’t be an issue for me if I knew who my main character was, but I have three characters I am working on in EQ, and I am not buying that bag for all of them.
Frankly, I am not buying that bag for any of them. It is twenty five bucks!
My brain keeps saying that, only in flashing red letters.
Of course, if you have to have that bag, you can get a price break if you buy four of them.
Of course, this just makes my brain scream, “seventy five dollars worth of virtual bags?”
I am not even sure what sizes I can get in-game bags… I do not recall anything beyond 8 or 10 slots. But I will stick with those.
How about you? Are you ready to spend twenty five dollars for a 32 slot bag?
They are only available through April 15th, 2012.