QOTD: Do You Buy Online Gold for MMOs?

Gamers have been trading virtual gear for the longest time. Farming is also an everyday part of MMO life.

Gold selling however, really became mainstream when World of Warcraft hit the scene several years ago. Many WoW players feel the grind to big piles of gold simply take too long. Blizzard however, feels that buying gold takes away from the game, ruins it for other players and is generally a security risk.

Blizzard has been trying to put a stop to gold selling for a long time. Unfortunately for it, selling still persists and is still very much a popular way to get quick mountains of gold. Of course, besides gold, you can also buy online accounts and even gear. However, you can always be an honest player and grind your way to gold the normal way.

The question of the day is: Do you--or have you--buy online gold in MMOs like World of Warcraft?

  • Blessedman
    Guess it was a bad QOTD. I stopped playing WoW like 3 months ago and never once bought gold. I probably could have sold gold though.
  • nirvanabah
    When I played WoW I sold gold to friends... lol
    Would never buy it myself, don't see the point in it
  • powerbaselx
    I don't what means the question but as i write this there are two google ads above related to sites to sell WoW Gold...!
    Maybe tomorrow comes a better and more serious QOTD...
  • ljport78
    This is almost like asking... do you illegally download music.
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  • solymnar
    Never have, never plan to.

    For me...if the early levels of a game are so boring that I feel the need to pay past them, then I'm better off playing another game.

    Additionally someone buying their way to levels and gear for many cheapens their own feelings of accomplishment.

    I would prefer for all MMO companies to follow SOE's footsteps and offer servers for people who want to do that sort of thing. At least that way the people who want to buy gold etc. are paying the company that is developing the game. It also (in theory) helps reduce the number of people playing on my server that feel the need to buy their way up.
  • avericia
    I did a while ago when I hit 60 on my rogue and I wanted my bad ass purple skeletal horse. I was working 6 days a week and I didn't have the time to farm elemental water all day long in felwood for 1000g so i spent $40 which was a little time at work vs hours of grinding.

    I got tired of wow around the end of lvl 70 season 2 and stayed until season 3 then quit. But I really hope a good mmo comes out soon I didn't like AOC, Warhammer, and even less Darkfall.
  • cangelini
    It's so easy to farm, why would you?
  • Tiberiusfury
    I bought 5k gold, back in Vanilla WoW.
    When I consider how long it would have taken me to farm it, I consider it a very good investment. I have to consider my hourly wage in real life versus the hours of mindless grinding it would take to get the same thing.
    The only thing I didn't like was that I had to send a money order to China, and I was very concerned that I would be scammed.
  • mavroxur
    Gold selling/buying ruins the game's economy. Gold becomes easier to get, auction house prices increase, and the legit player gets screwed because they have to grind more and more to keep up with the inflated economy. Blizzard acts like they care to some extent, but I reported a fishing bot every day for 2 months straight, and nothing ever happened to him. I finally discovered a way to get him killed using near-by mobs(he was in a home faction area, so he wasnt pvp flagged) and proceeded to kill him every day, and eventually he left. He never got banned or blocked because that character would log in on occasion. But boy howdy, if your automatic account billing doesnt go thru for your $14 a month to play (bank declined one time for no reason, plenty of funds available) it took an act of God to get my account unfrozen. Apparently a declined CC transaction = fraud to them.