Would you pay $500 for an in-game item?

By Shawn Knight · 52 replies
Aug 4, 2011
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  1. The free to play business model can be extremely successful for game developers, especially if you are able to convince players to pay upwards of $500 for a single in-game…

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  2. JohnnyNonStop

    JohnnyNonStop TS Rookie

    That is just craaaaazy! $15 is the most I'd be willing to spend on any DLC, period, I think!?
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    $19.99 for Semper Fi for Hearts of Iron 3, although it technically was more an expensive patch rather than a DLC.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    I am in the wrong business... :D
  5. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I once spent $10 on a DLC (for TES: IV I believe). Although I technically only spent $8.70 due to the Credit Crunch's current dollar currency exchange rates.
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,719   +860

    That is just asinine. However, I do remember playing the MMORPG Asheron's Call, and when housing was first introduced (just a few houses at a time for the tens of thousands of players), they were being sold on e-bay for $5,000. And people - make that morons - were actually paying that!

    As far as what I would pay, it would depend on the game, how much I'm into it and what the item was. Fallout 3 was the best game I ever played and they had a one-of-a-kind item in it. An alien blaster gun. Of course, it was free if you could find it. But if it had been a pay-for item, I probably would have paid no more than $20 for it. It was fun as hell disintegrating your enemies.
  7. Shawn Knight

    Shawn Knight TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 9,472   +100

    I've spent $45 on Black Ops map packs over the course of nearly a year at $15 a pop.
  8. Kralnor

    Kralnor TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    $500? Not a chance in hell
  9. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +1,085

    Thus why I said screw that stuff. Atleast in this game that the article is talking about, that there is atleast alternative ways to get it. The ones that I have tried (which is not that many) they have special stuff for ONLY people giving them money, screw people that are dedicated but not giving cash. Whatever....I could understand giving them some like the amount for a regular game but that's about it.
  10. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    No way, I'd rather spend it on a SSD. :haha:
  11. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    I paid for TF2 when it came out, and I've never paid for any items from the TF2 store (umadgabe?) and i've unlocked most of them for free... Not that any of them really made a huge difference. The whole "pay for some keys to maybe get some paint or some other useless ****" seems kind of retarded. At the end of the day, my 30 something refined get's me what I need, and you know what gabe... I DIDN'T PAY A ****ING DIME!! ahahaha
  12. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 232   +14

    Wow! $500 for a ingame item. Yeah right id rather spend it upgrading my computer or paying bills lol
  13. Pfft! No way.
  14. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    Almost all MMORPGS are like that. I used to play cabal, and the top guild in that game was made up of people spending 5k+ on in game items. One guy in particular spent over 20k on the game. I regret not selling my account =(. I could have gotten at least 1k from it.
  15. LOL, I remember a man who spends $330,000 real-world money on virtual item for the game Entropia Universe. Some people have way too much money and not enough brain cells.
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Uhm, zero.
  17. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    Me? no. Someone else? yes.
  18. FatTwinkie

    FatTwinkie TS Member

    Would rather not pay diddly squat for those things, but most I've spent on game add-ons is $15 and that isn't even in-game stuff. Its just the DLC for Call of Duty, lol.
  19. It is really absurd. Although, they are most likely hoping for kids to buy it through their parent's credit card without the parents realizing what the child has done, until it's too late.
  20. Stupidity should be illegal..... and the punishment should be summary execution...
    That way the punishment would fit the crime....lol
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,035   +2,558

    What's an, "MMORPG"? You can read my resounding "no" answer, into that question
  22. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    I have spent hundreds on in-game currency over the years. I regret every penny.
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    massively multiplayer online role playing game....and no i don't...NNOOOOOO!
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,035   +2,558

    Well first, I thought that's what the "Techspot Forums" were....!

    Also, did you know that "ORPG" is an anagram of "gorp". Which, if I can believe ancient urban legend, is a colloquial term for somebody who farts in the bathtub, and bites the bubbles...:haha:

    Yeah, that probably should get, and verily deserves to be, pulled......
  25. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,741   +3,707

    First off let me say I'm not a big gamer.

    The thought that someone would purchase an in-game item simply because they have the money to spend, discourages me from even thinking about trying the game.

    The only way I would ever consider such a game would be if I knew, such purchases would not unbalance my game play, if I decided not to purchase the in-game play items.

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