I was going to explain as to why, but as I mentioned to Zoso, I was stuck trying to phrase my thoughts in such a way that various Internet personalities couldn’t twist and pick holes in it in ways that were nothing to do with what I had actually said, as they are wont to do.
At which point Zoso said “Well if you can manage that, world peace and solving hunger should be a piece of piss…”
So, is your beef with:
a) auction houses as a concept,
b) games that enforce a sense of artificial scarcity,
c) economies that allow the otherwise idle to gain massive amounts of currency,
d) economies that allow a high level character to earn a low level character’s daily earnings in about 5 picoseconds,
e) people who spend time buying stuff up cheap and reselling for stupid amounts of money,
f) all of the above?
In only one case is the auction hall itself to blame.
I must admit, in my mind’s eye the auction houses were populated with their most rampant abusers at the time of destruction.
Blaming an auction house for its problems would be like blaming a penis for a sexually transmitted disease.
It’s not just gouging, it’s not just mudflation, it’s not entirely about the voracious avarice and cupidity of people and the weak mechanisms in these games that enable them to exploit the profligacy of others in ways that would make the current state of the world markets blush at its presumption in calling itself a crisis, it’s some combination of it all that is… some dark foreboding that…
Oooo, world peace! Look everyone, world peace! Let’s all look at the world peace for a moment.