This is something Iíve been thinking over for a while now.
Iím going to be stepping on a lot of toes, but I feel that Iíve got to say it regardless.
Itís a common feature in MMOs and itís a common failure of communities.
Many of you sneer and made quite a few caustic comments about Turkish players appearing out of no where with high end items and levels. This isnít about now but throughout the history of KO.
You use the cute name of babashopper and this automatically designates them as scum.
Letís wait a sec here and think about what babashoppers are.
Babashoppers are people who buy items with real life currency to obtain very nice gear and characters.
Why not call those who sell the items and characters babasellers.
How many good gun players (or former players) here are babasellers? Raise your handsÖI expect to see quite a few raised hands.
What was it about your bitching? Oh rightÖTurks who were opportunistic and set up emporiums selling end game items and characters (noted that they were created out of thin air). Sure, they sold them without earning them. Not only that, they sold them whole saleÖCostco style in comparison to the side-of-the-road fruit stands you typically see.
Whatís the effect though? Iím focusing on this. It hurts the game, it hurts middling players who are clawing to get up in the game without resorting to such whorish behavior.
Whatís the difference between you babasellers and the Turks? You do pretty much the same damage. Iím not addressing the degree, but the effects of it.
Many of you deplored the fact that other KOs sold items in their PUS. You flamed them for being so money grubbing, so selfish and stupid for releasing items which were purchasable with currency, convinced that those items would make people not want to play because rich people could get a leg up on others who worked hard to earn what they wear.
Whatís the difference between that, and babasellers? RightÖthe currency doesnít go into the pockets of K2, it goes to pad your own wallets.
Youíve quit the game. Youíre not interested in the future of KOÖundoubtedly many of you actually donít mind the fact that it adds more strain to the state of KO and taints the community enough to think itís okÖbecause everyoneís doing it.
As to the myriad of reasons why you do itÖit doesnít interest me. If itís good enough for you to sell your stuff at the expense of the game and your reputation, then fine. Just drop the legit faÁade you cover yourself with. Youíve lost it at the first successful transaction.
The lack of resounding condemnation from the community at the peddling of your products speaks for itself.
Think on this, then reply as you wish.
P.S. If you never pretended to be legit, then donít mind meÖthis isnít aimed at you.
P.P.S. If you disagree, then fine. Letís agree to disagree. I stand by what Iíve said.