I rarely mention my weekly Philadelphia Inquirer column here on GamePolitics for a variety of reasons. But today's piece deals with my first-person venture into a highly controversial game topic, one that we've touched on here at GamePolitics a number of times.
In an effort to report on what it's like to buy virtual goods, I purchased WoW gold from IGE, the planet's largest seller of virtual MMO items.
My conclusion? The influx of virtual cash was like hitting the lottery. Conversely, I can buy fewer real-world groceries. As far as I can tell, my purchase did not cause my WoW server's economy to crash. None of my fellow players have had any less fun. I'm quite sure none of them even took notice of my little windfall.
There will, of course, be disagreement on this issue, so fire away.
GP: As always, I will mention that that GamePolitics is an independent effort and not affiliated with the Philadelphia Inquirer or any other publication.