You are VIP I take it?
Originally Posted by PypeRings
- VIP. You are paying money per month, and in exchange you get access to all the areas/quests/instances. You get a stipend of 500 TP a month, you get all the bags, riding skill at lvl 20, you get swift travel to a huge number of destinations, you get a large number of character slots... a list of perks.
- Free 2 Play. Two character slots. Three bags. A large number of travel locations are not available at all, let alone not available for swift travel. You spend your game time running from place to place. You only get quests for four areas and after that any level advancement is essentially all about the grind. The list goes on here too.
That right there makes VIP sound like 'pay to make it easy' or 'pay to advance'. You don't have to look ANY further than just that comparison if you want to see how paying Turbine money makes the game easier to play.
Discussion after that, about taking shortcuts for leveling your crafting (hey, the DEVS built-in a crafting category called Processing in Eastemnet that makes leveling it a breeze, fyi), paying money to make leveling even easier (than going VIP), etc. Now, you want to talk about earning TP in game? Oh yeah. Earning TP in game to turn around and spend at the store to make playing the game easier. You could grind on slayer deeds, and earn enough TP to purchase Slayer deed accelerators... of course, the amount of TP you spend on the accelerators is more than you would earn from completing the deeds while using them, so it's still a net loss. Then again, you could pay money for the TP to purchase the Slayer deed accelerators. Then you are paying money for TP to earn TP faster in the game.
Turbine wants and needs to make their money. They SHOULD make their money. We are all enjoying this game, and in all honestly, there is absolutely no reason at all why any of us should think we have a right to expect the game (and everything in it) to be provided for us for free. Take it to an extreme. If we ALL decided to play the game for free, and not pay a dime... how much longer do you think LOTRO would be around? They lasted as long as they did at first, because they were a Pay2Play game. They added the Free2Play model to attract more people in. This, we all know. So, if Turbine wants to dangle a diamond-studded carrot in front of players, and some feel they need to take a bite (ouch), let them. The world has always been full of people who want to show off that they have something most people do not.
If it bothers Jimmy that Sam paid Turbine cash money to get to level 85 really quick, and that he paid cash money for his awesome armor and steed and weapons... that's Jimmy's problem. That's not Turbine's problem.
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