Keynesian All Jacked Up

In Coffee Fueled Rants, Guild Wars 2 on October 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

The last few days I have been taking a good look at the Economy of Guild Wars and am convinced the economist in charge must be a Keynesian.  I am more of a Hayek person, myself.  Although I can see that some intervention by the powers that be is desperately needed, and soon— or the current horrible state of the economy with the cheaters, exploiters and gold sellers being the “haves” and the honorable true gamers being the “have nots” will become the norm and the gamers will jump ship and leave the place to the cheaters.

The cost of things within the developers control should be brought down quite a bit, and by this I mean the cost of: Asuran gate travel, armor repairs, salvage kits, gathering tools, just to name a just a  few. These will nickle and dime you to death, and leave you with no other choice but to join the farmers in the tedious job of doing the same activity over and over again, or finding an exploit in the market that may eventually get your account banned. When the majority of users are looking for ways to cheat the system, you know the economy is in the tank.

Games are supposed to be fun, and it is unfortunate for one so anticipated to already be filled with tedium and grind less than 6 months out of the box. This is not saying that the game aspects are not fun, but when the rewards are so dismally small compared to the time invested, then for many, including myself, the question arises…how much more of my gaming time do I wish to put into this?


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