Edited by ProtoSapient: 8/10/2014 7:28:46 PM PermalinkThis is a touchy topic, and will always garner mixed reactions, maybe they can allow cash for glimmer purchases but what use is glimmer if you don't have the vanguard / crucible / faction rank to purchase anything powerful? I won't even go into vanguard / crucible marks (pve / pvp specific item currency), so you may still need time and thus not actually have bought much progress for your hard earned cash. The only shortcut i can see from glimmer loads is to buy cryptarch ranks (buy and decrypt) and then hope for good gear from the legendary / exotic engrams you get gifted for each cryptarch level you gain, which is viable but does that belittle the work / co-ordination of some person who got their thunderlord from a raid boss drop, while you got yours from decrypting your lengedary cryptarch gifted engram? Worse still if you take it into PvP and get some major advantage in iron banner over some dude slaving to try and get an exotic, ANY exotic. I'm not sure where the answer to this really sits. Maybe you don't get exotics from engrams, maybe only legendaries, those will be common enough in end game that i can't see someone feeling slighted by someone else getting it as a decrypt, but i'm really not sure. Bungie has a very tricky topic here with the micro-transactions, i'm not fighting them (micro-transactions) and if it keeps good games getting made i'm all for it, but there needs to be a balance between what you can get from a micro trans and what is only achievable from a investment challenge standpoint.
Now, the game seems to be shaping up rather well. But there's one thing that needs to be considered. Time. Time is something lots of players do not have. Many players work or have other obligations. So there's a really easy solution that would work without imbalance in the game: the ability to pay real money to get glimmer. This way players could instead focus on playing the game instead of farming like the rest of players and wasting their time. You can't buy gear with real money so you're still at the mercy of loot drops, allowing there to be no real imbalance between players. Example: Bob spends 100 quid on glimmer. Bill spends his time farming that glimmer for free. No big deal in a game mostly focused on cooperation and strictly balanced PvP sans Iron banner. What could possibly go wrong? People already pay over ten times the price for Ghost Editions. There's no difference here except how much you love the game and value your time. Being options, this should fit perfectly into everyone's opinions.