How much real money have you spent in the shop so far?
spending money now is a crap shoot as far as 100% getting the items in a timely fashion. also, one of the reasons i like this game is it is all cosmetic and i dont care about that stuff. heck, i even plan on spending in game gold to exchange for gems to get my character slots.
Y'know...trading gold for gems is preeeetty good at the moment, for the little stuff. Character slots and bank slots are the only things that look worth spending immediate money on right now....ehhh wait no, 1 character is more than enough right now let alone 5.
I don't trust spending real money at the moment due to all this hacking I'm hearing about, but yeah, gold for gems! For now...
I spent 10 euros and got myself 30 extra bank slots and traded the rest of the gems for gold.
For people who don't know, double clicking the last locked bag slot on your character will prompt you to spend 400gems to unlock it. Clicking the tiny tiny lock icon on the right under your bank slots will prompt you to spend 600gems to unlock more.
I know I could have just used alts as mules but since you cant mail items to your own characters, I'd rather give Anet some cash than log out, log in, log out to sort out bank space.
I have 40 dollars worth of gems, mostly accidentally.
I figured I'd go ahead and toss 20 dollars in the first day of the headstart in case I came across something I'd need it for, but the blacklion stuff wasn't really working yet so it didn't seem to work. Tried again the next day when I noticed I still didn't have the gems, still nothing so I gave up on buying anything. Couple days later they both suddenly went through and I had 40 dollars worth of gems.
Not really anything to spend the gems on worth buying at the moment, so their pretty much just sitting there doing nothing.
Nothing yet,. If I continue to play and they prove this free thing is legit - I may spent 10 or so bucks a month on the game,. IF I'm really digging it.
I'm getting pretty pissed about the trading post STILL being down though,... we'll just have to wait and see.
It's a good game,. but will it continue to be? I have to really bad feeling it's too good to be true.
£10 to buy a character slot. I have 7 of the 8 professions now and will be able to make the last one when the tengu are inevitably added as a playable race in a few months.
Stopped me buying the game, so like... -$60?
There's nothing particularly offensive on there, mostly just cosmetic skins and the gold -> gem system means you can buy any of it using in game currency anyway. If that's the only thing stopping you playing the game, you're really missing out. Most single player games have worse DLC these days.
Since I hit level 60 and unlocked the final tier of traits with that 2g Profession Manual, I'm constantly converting gold into gems, working toward the 600 gem expensive bank expansion. In 2 levels, I converted about 1,5 gold into 450 gems - sadly conversion rates were getting worse all day. Guess soon it will start to be centered around max level economy, so conversion rates will never again be as great as they were in the last couple of days.
It's not really a free2play-style item shop. Everything in that shop can be bought with in-game gold, and the conversion rates are reasonable (and in part determined by IRL-money-spenders - the more IRL-money is spent on gems and converted into in-game gold, the less in-game gold it costs to buy gems - gems being the ultimate in-game gold sink - giving GW2 the potential to achieve a perfectly inflation-less economy).
In other words, GW2 is better for its hybrid business model, rather than worse. At least that's what my considerable powers of divination wisper in my ear.
Just got my first bank expansion tonight. Bought and paid for with in-game gold - of course. Pondering what gem purchase comes next. I think I want some minis. Or maybe go the whole 9 yards and upgrade to the digital deluxe edition and get a mini Rytlok for sure (and some other goodies - anybody know what a 5-day robot banker is)?
I don't see any reason to, as others have stated; I have already spent $60 on the game. I could possibly lose interest in the game in a month or so. I have purchased many other MMO's, and I usually only last the first month (if that).
My MMO graveyard: Rift, TERA, SWTOR, WoW, Guild Wars, DC Universe
There's an option missing: nothing and I'm not sure if I will yet.
Right now, my thing is whether or not it's worthwhile to bother with gems. Sure, I'll want some bank slots, but I can get all that with in-game gold >>> gems. Beyond that, what is there that I'd want to purchase with real money?
I mean, I'm not opposed to doing it. I've spent shitloads on buying skins in League of Legends. I just don't know why I would spend money on a pair of aviator glasses when I'm rarely standing around in a city/town.
I've bought 2k+ gems with gold till now. Gems are incredibly cheap. I have no idea why anyone would use real money to buy them.
Same here. Though you can be certain, some of those whom do spend money, they spend a lot. Just think how much gems you'd have to turn into gold, if you want a complete set of Cultural III armor. Every weekend, it seems like the price of gems drops somewhat. Likely most of the big IRL-money spenders play on the weekends only, and don't have the time to care about the little things in GW2, and tonnes of IRL-cash to burn.
GW2's gem system really isn't any more grindy than WoWs, in terms of time commitment in order to unlock stuff like bank space and such. As long as ArenaNet keeps such a balance, a perfectly functional and enjoyably paced core game, there's absolutely no downside for us consumers. If the bottomline is right for ArenaNet and NCsoft, then they really came up with the perfect triple-A MMORPG business scheme. Win - Win.
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