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#151 bcbully1

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:54 AM

10$

Man this is like a gold buyers paradise... This is what the genre has come too?

#152 Plasticblanket

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:00 AM

$0, this game is not worth anything more than the original $45 that I paid for. GJ on ruining a nice concept Anet!

#153 Enchanted Krystal

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:52 AM

View Postpumpkin pie, on 20 November 2012 - 05:33 AM, said:

Wait, what? why do you have to buy gold to sell?

I guess they could not afford the listing fee. It happens.

#154 AngryTom

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:57 AM

Zero. I've bought my gems with ingame gold, just enough for the bag slot and one black lion key.
I plan on purchasing the bank expansion, but never with real monies.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:11 AM

View PostDaesu, on 20 November 2012 - 01:21 AM, said:

Oh I never said that I didn't get my money's worth.  I am saying the system in this game is setup so that you feel pressured to grind or pay for max stat items if you dont want to risk being kicked from a pug.



Tell that to this guy's pug: http://www.guildwars...t/#entry2084476

With tougher content, pugs are getting more discriminatory.  I dont think anyone here likes to be thought of as holding any group back, regardless of whether you admit it or not, there IS a pressure for getting max stat equipment when partying with others.
i've said that in that thread to. The only reason why such things happen is becoze ppl like you let them happen. If you stop letting others decide whetehr you are good enough, this problem will become less and less. But until you don't go against it yourself , it snot gonna chnage. So many ppl just following othreppls made up rules, its ridiculous.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:22 AM

View PostMazingerZ, on 19 November 2012 - 06:47 PM, said:

Never mind that.  I don't intend to just be lost revenue.  I intend to be a loss leader.  I download GW2 every day before I go to work.  I log in and purchase no gems.  If I leave, if all the people upset leave, all it does is give them an excuse to cut hardware and shrink the number of nodes and overflow running.

I intend to take that money back in any way, shape or form, even if I have to install the game on my crappy laptop, log in and stand in Lion's Arch for hours at a time while I play PlanetSide 2.  It costs me nothing to do this.
Yeah I know a guy who torrented Dragon Age 2 and then deleted it just to make Bioware lose money.

...at least he said he did. But, seriously, I think a better way would be to encourage ANet to improve the game.

View PostUaltar, on 19 November 2012 - 10:37 PM, said:

These are forums for the game.  I want to come here and see threads about the game that are helpful, instructive, and build the community.  Instead every thread is hateful.  If I made something nice about the game, I think it would take about 5 minutes for people to start calling me a fanboi.
Game is currently 70% shit and 30% gems, people are upset because they were, under false pretenses, sold something which they did not want. Of course you're going to see hateful threads, but they are in the minority. Go say something nice about the game in the thousands of positive threads. No one is making you read this.

#157 Lucas Ashrock

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:27 AM

View PostMazingerZ, on 19 November 2012 - 06:47 PM, said:

Never mind that.  I don't intend to just be lost revenue.  I intend to be a loss leader.  I download GW2 every day before I go to work.  I log in and purchase no gems.  If I leave, if all the people upset leave, all it does is give them an excuse to cut hardware and shrink the number of nodes and overflow running.

I intend to take that money back in any way, shape or form, even if I have to install the game on my crappy laptop, log in and stand in Lion's Arch for hours at a time while I play PlanetSide 2.  It costs me nothing to do this.
Did you know you can ask a refund ( if you bough smartly the game online)? :) IF more will do it, the real loss to the company will be way bigger than you occupying 1% of download server performance lol wasting electricity, a mass refund would truly ruin them.

Edited by Lucas Ashrock, 20 November 2012 - 10:28 AM.


#158 LethoOfGulet

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:36 AM

View PostMazingerZ, on 19 November 2012 - 06:47 PM, said:

Never mind that.  I don't intend to just be lost revenue.  I intend to be a loss leader.  I download GW2 every day before I go to work.  I log in and purchase no gems.  If I leave, if all the people upset leave, all it does is give them an excuse to cut hardware and shrink the number of nodes and overflow running.

"A loss leader, or simply a leader,[1] is a product sold at a low price, at or below its market cost[2] to stimulate other sales of more profitable goods or services. Using a loss leader, often a very popular good or service, is a type of sales promotion—a marketing strategy that focuses on pricing strategy. Sometimes "leader" is used as a related term and can mean any popular article, i.e., one sold at a normal price.[3]"

So now you're selling yourself for pittance? Okay, whatever floats your boat

#159 MazingerZ

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

I'd only heard the phrase in context of things that lost businesses money, like the news, back in the 50s.  It was a public service that had no ads, running it cost a channel money, but their other programming brought in money.
It's okay to enjoy crap if you're willing to admit it's crap.
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#160 Shadowrose

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

0. Nada.

I wouldn't want to be one of those people that need to pay2win

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:07 PM

I haven't spent any cash for gems, nor will I.. now.

I was contemplating on buying some bank/character slots. But after having my main at 80 and almost at map completion, I cant see myself levelling another 4 characters to 80, so no need for another character slot. My characters I don't use have big bags and are stored as pack mules, and I have a one person guild for its guild storage.

Also after spending a decent amount of time at 80, I've realised I could just get it all rather easy with gold, so I cant see myself ever buying any in the future.

Edited by Velicia, 20 November 2012 - 01:08 PM.


#162 papryk

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

0€ so far...

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

View PostLucas Ashrock, on 20 November 2012 - 05:38 AM, said:

I feel so sorry for you. Now i know why this store scam keeps going and growing expecially during every events. Guess, i have the same, with ingame gold converted. If virtual goods (something you can have for free playing a bit smartly) for a game sinking day by day (looking dev's attitude to ignore community interests) well, i doubt you funded any expansion at all :P

Why do you feel sorry? it's his hard earned money. he can do whatever he wants to it.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:23 PM

10$ and I don't plan on buying anymore gems. The costumes are pretty meh since you cannot wear them in combat and that you need to manually select them. I realized that I never wear my pirate suit. :(

Edited by Meta04, 20 November 2012 - 02:24 PM.


#165 blindude

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:00 PM

View PostDaesu, on 20 November 2012 - 01:07 AM, said:

Not really so.  I completed the game and yet I don't have any max stat items, so what do I do now?  If I dont get them, pugs would complain and wont let me with them in the new dungeon.  If I do get them, I would need more gold than I have now.  OR I can grind for tokens in dungeons and WvW (which I dislike).  I don't call going over the same content many times as playing the game, I call that grind.
how much gold do you have?When i reached 80 i had more than 10 g and i even got 5 g more before going to orr just by playing the zones normally (only once) and selling the mats i didnt need.In the end i bought much of my equipment from the trading post and then raised my crafting and eventually crafted a set but that did require some minimal grind.If you dont go for the expensive sets like m.find and berserkers its actually cheap (or it was ..i havent checked in ages).In fact i think that with the karma jugs now it should be easier to buy the karma gear if you do the dailes which you should do easily by normal playing.
Imo true pay ot win games force to you spend real money either by not giving you a choice at all or by not giving you a choice practically(in the sence that the alternative is grinding like a chinease farmer)

Also i know cases of friends that made crazy amounts of gold from playing with the tp.100s of golds without paying a s single euro for gems.

Edited by blindude, 20 November 2012 - 03:05 PM.


#166 \Nuking

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

I wonder how those who sold gems for gold in order to buy exotics feel now (if anyone actually did that).

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:11 PM

I've spent close to $300 I think, about half of that near release when I sold all my money I made from Diablo.

I'm prepared to spend up to $1000 by the end of the year.

Look at those gem prices.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:42 PM

View Postdss_live, on 20 November 2012 - 07:11 AM, said:

i've said that in that thread to. The only reason why such things happen is becoze ppl like you let them happen. If you stop letting others decide whetehr you are good enough, this problem will become less and less. But until you don't go against it yourself , it snot gonna chnage. So many ppl just following othreppls made up rules, its ridiculous.

I have seen behavior like this all the time, it is not going to change whether I allow it or not.  In this case, they are right that my character isn't in the best form that he can be because, mathematically speaking, masterwork gear IS inferior to exotic, you have to admit that.  They just want to be as prepared as they can be for a tough dungeon so I understand their point of view.  I don't condone their behavior but I understand them.

Edited by Daesu, 20 November 2012 - 04:45 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:57 PM

View Postblindude, on 20 November 2012 - 03:00 PM, said:

how much gold do you have?When i reached 80 i had more than 10 g and i even got 5 g more before going to orr just by playing the zones normally (only once) and selling the mats i didnt need.In the end i bought much of my equipment from the trading post and then raised my crafting and eventually crafted a set but that did require some minimal grind.If you dont go for the expensive sets like m.find and berserkers its actually cheap (or it was ..i havent checked in ages).In fact i think that with the karma jugs now it should be easier to buy the karma gear if you do the dailes which you should do easily by normal playing.
Imo true pay ot win games force to you spend real money either by not giving you a choice at all or by not giving you a choice practically(in the sence that the alternative is grinding like a chinease farmer)

Also i know cases of friends that made crazy amounts of gold from playing with the tp.100s of golds without paying a s single euro for gems.

Recently, I saw some exotic gear that costs less than 1 gold on the TP and bought some.  I hope to fully deck out 3 of my 5 characters (all level 80) and I have maxed all crafting professions.  For leveling up all 5 to level 80 and maxing all crafting professions cost me a lot of gold.  The total manual cost is already 15.5g.  

Karma gear is still a grind although less of a grind now, at 42K/piece or 252K karma for a full set of armor.  That is still a lot of karma to grind.  The interesting thing is, I need berserkers because my ranger build requires it. :)  It is no point saving some gold, paying for a top tier armor that doesn't work well with your build.

#170 evilbob

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:50 PM

View PostMeta04, on 20 November 2012 - 02:23 PM, said:

The costumes are pretty meh since you cannot wear them in combat and that you need to manually select them.
For what it's worth, you can bind a key to switch to town clothes now.  Check the options menu.

#171 Fancy Fool

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:58 PM

About $50 for bank tabs, bag slots, and character slots. I wanted to support A-net. Doubt I'll get anything else really unless they come out with a must-have armour skin or something.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

Spent $20 so far, but plan to get enough character slots to try every class, so that number will eventually go up. I never spent much in GW1, don't expect my purchases to go over $100 here either when it's all said and done.

#173 DerekUrban

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:19 PM

Before the Halloween event I spent about $30. With that I bought an extra bank tab, a dye pack for the luls and about 20-25 BLC Keys that I promptly was punched in the dick for. Advertising drops that you need gems to get through a ridiculously low drop rate via RNG was a bit offensive to me, and the fact that they keep doing it and adding new chests with the same philosophy doesn't sit right with me. As such, I'll only be using gold to gem currency exchange for anything else I need on down the line.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

View PostDerekUrban, on 20 November 2012 - 08:19 PM, said:

As such, I'll only be using gold to gem currency exchange for anything else I need on down the line.

Mark Cuban, Shark Tank - "Money is the easy part. The hard part is time." aka "Time is more valuable than money."

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

0€ and I will not spent a cent in the gem store until the grouping bugs are fixed and we actually have a e options for guilds (lie seeing how long it has been since a member logged in).

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

60$, mostly on character and bank slots.

still loving the game and playing every day.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

View PostEnchanted Krystal, on 20 November 2012 - 06:52 AM, said:

I guess they could not afford the listing fee. It happens.


Exactly!  I'm a noob at level 15 and had like 1 silver to my name. Would have taken months to earn the 2g to list an item worth 50g.  I figure there might be many other people with the same problem so I bought 2g so I could sell the item quickly.  Lucked out because the price dropped to 28G shortly after...

BTW I then bought 25G worth of gems to park my new found wealth. Half in gems and half in gold.  I don't know how inflation is going to work in this game so I played it safe.  Comments on my tactic?

Edited by rod, 20 November 2012 - 10:03 PM.





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