What should be in the cash shop?

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    Default What should be in the cash shop?

    With almost every new game with micro-transactions I see people upset that certain items are cash-shop only. I've seen the worry of cash shops ruin tons of games before they are even played. And if you think a "cosmetics only" cash shop has any sort of profitability u are sorely mistaken. It only works in games where looking good is the goal, and there aren't many of those types of games.

    What exactly is acceptable to sell? (giving that the pricing is also fair)

    For my experience these are the cash shop items I approve and disapprove of:

    Yes
    Lock boxes
    Cosmetic options
    Skill resets depending on the game
    Bank/storage/inventory space
    Premium pets/creatures/mounts assuming normal ones can get gotten in-game
    Resurrection scrolls
    Experience boosts

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    Pets/creatures/mounts that can only be obtained through cash shop
    Anything skill related
    Endgame gear
    Gear protection that's guaranteed to protect something when upgrading/reinforcing
    Stat/damage boosts

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    Stat/damage boosts are fine on PvE games, or if the boosts only take effect when fighting mobs. On PvP, yeah, that's a total deal breaker.

    From my own experience, I would say GW2 cash shop is pretty balanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orpheus View Post
    Stat/damage boosts are fine on PvE games, or if the boosts only take effect when fighting mobs. On PvP, yeah, that's a total deal breaker.

    From my own experience, I would say GW2 cash shop is pretty balanced.
    Agreed, in the sense of a MMORPG, GW2 has one of the best cash shops I have seen.


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    Cosmetics, anything beyond that HAS to be obtainable through playing the game IMO. i'm personally i pretty big fan of Tera's cash shop since its all tradeable and prices are reasonable at endgame, hell even while leveling i was able to afford 100% xp boosts through gold whenever i wanted to grind.

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    To me it doesn't matter what is in the cash shop as long as it is tradeable or obtainable without real life money. People who pay should only be paying for time. My problem with cash shops is that most things are horribly overpriced since it's not like they're selling tangible goods.

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    End game gear and mats for end game Stuf so the BOTS GET WHAT THEY WONA !

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    As long as those items that give you some sort of special skill or any bonus stuff that powers up your character only take effect in PVE that's fine...
    Endgame gear through cash shop is crazy.

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    Shops should just have whats expected in a real life ordinary shop!
    Cloths and stuff to make you look like you are smart/funny/glorious/silly or just plain stupid with your money.

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    Fine :

    Cosmetics
    Mounts and Pets (Special ones)
    Inventory or Storage Expansions
    VIP services (Ability to travel faster etc,
    Boosters (Exp, drop rate and so on)

    Not fine

    Anything related to enchanting (Especially if the game is broken with high enchanted items)
    PVP related buffs
    Anything else related to PVP

    Rest is fair game.. Not too fussed just aslong as it doesn't make PVP unbalanced.

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    I'm NOT fine with power boosters even in PVE MMORPGs, because that usually end up with people not inviting you to instance groups if you aren't "pimped".
    Also what really bothers me often is: More inventory space. I already hate it when games have limited inventory space in the first place, but having to return to town every 10 minutes unless you pay for a bigger bag just sucks.

    I'm fine however with anything cosmetical, even fine with exclusive pets and mounts in the item shop. I'm fine with exp booster (but not so much drop rate, unless it's only a small increase). I'm even fine with additional content being sold via item shop as long as it's permanent (once you purchases an add-on, you'll have access to it forever). More character slots are also fine as imo role-playing is all about only playing one character anyway. Reset are also nice items for the item shop.
    Last edited by Rya.Reisender; 12-13-2013 at 10:42 AM.

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