The recent brouhaha about banning gold sellers in Warhammer Online leads me to ask a question. Note that this does not neccessarily apply in games where there’s some legitimate method of obtaining in-game goods for real-world cash, as is the case with SOE’s Station Exchange and EVE’s Time Cards. This is not a question about microtransactions or for people who play those games
Why would you buy gold in WAR? There’s really not much to spend money on. The game seems pretty free of the ridiculous money sinks of games like WoW where gold sellers thrive best. And obtaining money through play is far less grindy than it is in WoW. Don’t you know that if you buy gold you are virtually guaranteed to have your account hacked or your credit card stolen down the line, because it’s by using stolen accounts that gold sellers get their gold, and by using stolen credit cards that they get accounts to launder that gold through and spam the player base?
Do people buy gold because they’d rather cheat than play the game even though there appears to be no good reason to do so? Or do they just do it because they’re stupid?