This week’s Overthinking topic comes from longtime MOP reader and commenter Sally Bowls. It’s about monetization, but it’s a nuanced argument we don’t see all that many people making. “Does ‘buyable in game’ change the monetization argument? For example, there is a $20 (sigh I’m old, make that $1000) mount in the ca$hshop. But you can also earn ‘gold’ in-game to acquire it. One one hand, $0 players can still get the mount, so their complaints are not that they can’t have it, just that they would feel better if others don’t. Which I have always thought of as shallow; drive a nice car because you like it, not because your neighbors don’t have one as nice. On the other hand, at some point, it feels like a sham – if the $20 item takes 400 hours of grinding to get or worse, each hour of grinding gives you a .25% chance of the item. I join the social media consensus: ‘also buy it with gold’ is a … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: If an MMO item is buyable with gold, does that excuse its presence in the cash shop?
Fashion island stores
For the past few articles on MU Origin 2, we have always talked about combat in the forms of PVE and PVP. Perhaps due to MU Online being developed several decades ago, it is lacking visual features such as skins and costumes. Since the first MU Origin, this feature has been further improved in MU Origin 2 with a huge selection of cosmetic items waiting for players to discover and unlock. In what seems like an in-game fashion wardrobe, let us take a quick look at what is being offered for characters to look cool, hip, and trendy! Here are some tips on obtaining new cosmetic items: • Majority of the skins and costumes are obtained through regular social and in-game events, and also festivals such as Christmas and Lunar New Year. Other methods include Dragonlord’s Treasure (see below) or various in-game PVE and PVP achievements. • The quickest way to obtain skins and costumes is to spend Diamonds trying out your luck in the feature known as Dragonlord’s Treasure. … [Read more...] about – The fashion parade of new mobile MMORPG