The Most Efficient Way To Acquiring Gold In A MMORPG
Here’s a step-by-step guide on the most efficient (money-per-hour) way to acquiring gold in a MMORPG.
- Get good grades at school.
- Go to a good college or university.
- Work hard and get a good degree.
- Find a good job that pays well.
- Buy gold from the developers or an illegal website.
Now before you go an crucify me for condoning the purchasing of gold from 3rd party websites (which I don’t condone or recommend at all and, although is supported legitimately by some developer, is against the rules of most), I want to point out that this article is entitled “acquiring” gold, not actually making it. Happens to be that the most efficient way is through real-money purchase rather than actually playing the game.
Yesterday Tobold wrote about how he followed some instructions that claim to allow you to make 500 gold per hour in World of Warcraft. Sounds pretty impressive doesn’t it? That is of course until you compare it against the average rate of a 3rd party gold selling site. A quick search on that thing called the Interweb and I discovered that one can buy 1,500 gold for just under $12. That’s $4 per 500g. Now is it still worth grinding in WoW for one hour to earn it?
Assuming that someone earning a half-decent wage gets paid $20 an hour, it’s obviously a lot more efficient to work for a hour in real life and then use that money to buy gold for your game, effectively paying someone in China or Eastern Europe a small cut of your salary. Don’t agree with the morals of that? Well, take a look at the label of almost every piece of clothing you wear and tell me where it comes from. Hint: your Nike sneakers were not made in America. This is how capitalism works.
Of course the big difference is that it’s perfectly legal (although arguably still immoral) for companies to run sweat shops out in China to make your shoes but paying them to farm you some gold in a MMORPG will get you banned. Boils down to the money thing again and who stands to profit (see previous reference to capitalism) but that’s a different blog post.
So what I’m trying to say is that the purpose of making gold in a MMORPG is really rather pointless. It’s funny how we apply the same real-life greed and desires to our virtual characters. Am I the only one who wonders why there are so many gold making guides out there? Do people really want to be the Donald Trump of World of Warcraft?
We should be playing these games because we enjoy them, not because we want to grind endless amounts of money for bragging rights… and if you do see someone bragging about how much gold they’ve earned, just think that they’d probably have made a better money-per-hour return by flipping burgers in McDonalds.
P.S. I’m sure some people actually enjoy the act of earning money in a virtual game and I suppose I can understand that (although it doesn’t appeal to me). Still, it doesn’t explain the abundance of gold making guides out there. What do you think?