21
Feb
12

And you thought the Monocle was bad!

Same outrageous price; different game. So, why does this pass uncommented, but something similarly exclusive incites a riot? It’s an intriguing question and one I can’t provide a certain answer to, but these points come to mind:

  • Team Fortress players are resigned to the prospect of microtransactions; Eve players were already wary and suspicious, even before the Noble Exchange shop was released.
  • The Wedding Ring is framed as a gift (to a loved on, no less), whereas the monocle is framed as a ‘I am rich and you are poor and Irish‘.
  • Valve has been stockpiling goodwill; CCP’s reserves were running exceptionally low at that point

It would be interesting to read other people’s opinions.

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3 Responses to “And you thought the Monocle was bad!”


  1. February 22, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I get the feeling that the monocle, and other useless crap fashion crap, would have blown over and been forgotten had it not been for the CCP internal newsletter about gold ammo and ships. Then suddenly the Noble Exchange was EVIL. Up until that point it was merely dumb.

    And Team Fortress is free, so there is a layer of entitlement removed from the equation.

  2. February 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Didn’t someone use this to do a actual proposal to his girlfriend? Think I read it in my RSS feed from PC gamer, not exactly sure. Anywho, would be kinda cool if a woman accept this ring over a real life ring. Imagine the savings! 🙂


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