This all happened while I was discussing gearing issues with a friend until I saw the following on the trade channel:
Being the helpful person that I am, I offered my two cents and told him, "Yep, I spent quite a few bucks on my character."
Then the discussion proceeded to "how?" and "when did you start?" and "why did you start?"
And so I explained, I played a lot and farmed normally with diligence until I hit about 100K unbuffed DPS (this included flipping AH items for a while since that's what most of my hardcore gamer friends were doing at the time), then I got a few lucky drops here and there and eventually hit 250K unbuffed DPS. At one point, I thought it'd be fun to try and get into the U.S. wizard DPS leaderboard on DiabloProgress, so I started putting in a small percentage of my paycheck every week or so to build up gold. That's where I got to where I am today.
Now I initially expected a lot of hooplah coming from people who despised the fact that someone bought their way into the high ranks, but I was surprised that most people were simply curious and merely asked for gearing advice, such as which stats to look for long-term, etc.
But then there was ONE person—we'll call him Trail—that came out of nowhere and basically said:
This is when the argument really started. First off, it wasn't really a "pay to win" argument, it was an argument based on what's an appropriate way to deal with differentiating opinions and how to "properly" spend your money. No exaggeration here, but every single person that was involved with the conversation within the trade channel other than Trail was on my side.
Collectively, our opinion was "No one has the right to tell a person how to use their personal income and how to enjoy their own entertainment."
Meanwhile, Trail's opinion was "No one should spend any money on virtual goods because that's worthless in comparison to real life activities."
I work full time as a public relations manager at an internet company, where I put in about 40+ hours a week. I'm in my 20s, so I'm young and I really only need to look after myself by maintaining living expenses, food, gas, bills, the works. But I have the extra income to put into my personal things, which include entertainment like D3.
So basically I usually play about two to three hours a night if I'm up for it and whenever I feel like it on weekends. I'm on a mission to build a trophy character, and hopefully one day make it into the Top 5 or even #1 wizard DPS on the U.S. server. That's one of the ways I'm having fun. Unfortunately, Trail doesn't understand this. His way of having fun involves taking people to dinner, going to the movies, and flying to California. I counter by saying I also have fun hanging out with family and friends, going to the movies, and flying out to California. However, I also have fun building a top-tier D3 character and have fun grinding it out in-game. But because I put real-life currency into the game, my fun is now unjustified and am deemed a pitiable person.
By the time I logged off over an hour after the discussion began, I understood Trail's opinion (the guy claimed to be a service man at an oil company, so I'm going to assume he's of similar financial background) but I started to pity him instead because he really has tunnel vision. What he doesn't understand is that people have different hobbies, different ways to have fun in life, different tastes in entertainment, different places they invest money into, so on and so forth. What I got out of the conversation (which was absolutely hilarious at one point considering half the people were more offended by Trail's remarks than I was) was "Whatever you do that I don't approve of is clearly wrong."
Oh, the only time I was actually offended by Trail's comments was when he said I prefer D3 over spending time with my friends and family. Putting words in someone else's mouth is just not the way to go. That's when he really crossed the line and fired me up.
So here's the question:
- What is your opinion on spending real-life currency on virtual entertainment goods?
Edited by Jaetch, 28 November 2012 - 07:07 AM.