Sunday, June 26, 2011

Digital Exchange

It has been difficult to ignore the gorilla in the room that is the Noble Exchange.

As you can see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here the reception to the micro (macro) transaction system has been less then well received by Eve Online gamers and the worldwide gaming public.

What must be remembered however is the items, while stupidly expensive, are vanity only, entirely optional, and will not be viewed by anybody but yourself for most likely a substantial time.

So is all the e-rage pointless?

Not at all as this provides a disturbing foundation to further very expensive items which at some point will not be vanity items.  Once improved ships, ammo, purchase of skill points, etc, appear on the Noble Exchange then Eve Online will have become a "pay to succeed" game officially.

Un-officially with the amount of Real Money Trading (RMT) rumoured to be going on this is already the reality as some individuals, corporations, and alliances artificially inflate their destructive power.

Considering the information released in this article has been confirmed as true we may only be looking at the tip of the iceberg.

CCP have posted here with a request for dialog, the response is fifty pages of anger and rising.

CCP need to clearly say, and soon, that the Noble Exchange will never be used for anything but vanity items. The fact they have not done this at this time is clearly made the forum user base concerned and hence the thousands of angry posts.

People need to understand what the "Fearless" document is.  It's a "what if" document meant to promote discussion and hence will have some far out ideas that in all likely hood will never see the light of day.

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