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Yes Turbine can make their game an unplayable store purchase required "trap", no it's not an ethical dilema and yes they can totally do that if they decide to. It would suck and I and many others would leave, but they don't seem stupid in their business decisions so far. In any case there's no moral or ethical quandary here, if they want to seed the ASAH they can. If they hide it it would give the appearance of "shady behavior" but that's only an appearance or perception, not an objective ethical quandary.
BTW in those P2W-jacked threads "some people" like to use the same argument (that money will start to govern drop rates making the game suck to play) yet we all have clearly seen drop rates INCREASE in new content, in fact since Attack on Stormreach (or was it Sentinals?) base items drop like a broken PEZ dispenser. The only things that still have old drop rates are Upgrade tokens and seals (like from Abbot and Reaver raid) that were added to old content, with the obvious intent of making people play old raids that were fading in popularity, by giving the loot small "grind for it" bumps in power. The same mechanic used in "heroic commendations" which because they drop in two different raids (and IIRC they are very likely to drop at least in FoT judging by my 3 comm's from 3 completions) are actually easier to get than upgrade seals (which I have exactly 1 pull of out of dozens of Abbots and reavers).
They aren't seeding the ASAH, they can if they want... but they wont, if only because of the perception that it's somehow wrong to do so, while it's okay to just outright charge for store items (same thing, different delivery system). But also probably because a dynamic player driven market is desired, because it will help inform turbine as to the relative values of the things the players trade most, in a dynamic and statistically accurate way, relative to Shards and thus TP values.
Worry about the "integrity" of a non gambling game if you want, it's their game, they can literally do as they please with it, and all a player can do is:
Accept it and keep playing
Complain about it and hope to change it while they keep playing
Accept it and leave
Complain about it and hope to change it while leaving.
To one degree or another those are all the options players have. There is no "ethical dilemma" if they decide to seed the ASAH with items, just a perception of wrongdoing based on a oblique and vague similarity to gambling, that is not actual.
Okay, let's put this in writing then: Turbine employees are not spawning loot to put directly on the Shard Exchange themselves. Seriously?!?!
Also: We are not working with the aliens to send messages that are picked up by your microwaved meatloaf dinner. At least I don't think so...
Your thinking (i wont name it logic, because it's not logical) makes me disgusted. It's like: "he said, they are making money running this game! he's bad! he is attacking us and our game! let us kill him!". It is obvious it is not a charity, it is bussiness and no matter if we like it or not, finding new ways to get cash from players is great from game companies side of view.
P.S. talking with morons is really great:
-this strawberry is red
-NO! IT IS A FRUIT! I HATE YOU! YOU ATTACK THE STRAWBERRY FARMER
In other words, sources please. And simply listing such...exceedingly credible...sites as OMG-facts and Huff-Po doesn't cut it. These sites need to cite their sources, and then those sources and studies need to be examined. If they don't cite sources when presenting their statistics, then well...congratulations to them for selling ads and getting clicks from suckers.
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Poor Cordovan, trying to disprove tinfoil doesn't work, they just assume you're the man and trying to lead them away from the "truth"
Well obviously you specifically did NOT deny that Turbine had scripts written and loaded to live to create premium accounts that include a special "starter" package of randome high end BtCoE loot only available to these accounts, which are automatically posted to the ASAH and after the items sell the shards are moved to a new premium account located in Sharn by way of a number of structured and layered transactions where most (90%) of the Astral Shards will be relisted in the DDO Store. The rest will be either recombined into Astral Diamonds for random loot drops or distributed through the DD. The accounts are then deleted to prevent the authorities from tracking the activity. You just said that Turbine employees are not spawning loot to sell and my explanation of your activities is so totally not what you denied.
I have 27 other things that you didn't specifically deny so they must also be true.....oh wait you denied the alien message thru microwaved meatloaf dinner thing, so 26 yeah 26 other things that you didn't specifically deny so they must be true!
Shapshap, League of Extraordinary Ham, Sarlona and a bunch of alts that all have names begining with Sha or Sho. Of course Shapshap could be the alt and one of the others the main, it just depends on what day it is.
PLEASE FIX LAG. PLEASE FIX BUGS.
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