Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Sony's virtual marketplace

Sony will start a website to allow people to sell and exchange virtual items. According to the article, Sony orginally fiercely opposed to the market in virtual goods but have now decided to get behind it. It was already starting to get weird when companies began hiring people from the 3rd world to play video games for money; however, Sony's latest move is just plain stupid. If Sony is going to run and profit from the primary marketplace for virtual goods, what's going to stop them from skewing the generation of virtual items inorder to manipulate the market. Lets see, not enough people trading --- just make level 30 armor twice as rare... Also, how does it mean anything to have a really uber character because you bought all of your items. I don't know why anybody would want to play in a world like that.


At 3:24 PM, Blogger tinderboxx said...

You're falling behind the curve if you don't see the genius behind establishing an official market for the trading of virtual goods. People are already doing it so Sony might as well get a piece of the action.

For the hard-core types, the fun of the game is in acquiring property rights. The closer uber-ness in the game resembles property the better. What people most fear is Sony making items easier to get rather than rarer.


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