Gold, Gold, Gold: A look at MMO Currencies
As any experienced MMO player should know, most massive multiplayer online games have their own unique in-game currency, which can be earned by completing simple tasks and used to buy various goods from around the game’s world. Types of currency vary between games, and in the ocean of MMOs on the market today, it can be a little confusing to keep track of it all. Here’s a short guide comparing and contrasting the differing currencies between some of the most popular current MMOs.
Types of currency vary between games: WOW Gold, SWTOR Credits, EVE Isk.
[ezcol_2third]Utilizing gold as currency may be highly unoriginal, but you can never go wrong with the classics. Countless MMOs, well-known or otherwise, include a gold-based currency system. World of Warcraft, arguably the most popular MMO of all time, transforms gold into a limited resource which is most commonly found after defeating enemies. Other games in the genre, such as Elder Scrolls Online, encourage players to craft items and complete quests to earn gold, rather than engage in combat. Gold is often used to buy, sell, and trade items in international markets, upgrade equipment, or even buy pets and land within these medieval fantasy worlds.[/ezcol_2third] [ezcol_1third_end]
If you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, space-based MMOs EVE Online and Star Wars The Old Republic include their own wholly unique currency which can be spent across the galaxy for a wide variety of goods. EVE Online’s ISK, or Inter Stellar Currency, is usually earned through intergalactic mining and the manufacturing of space ships. Unique to ISK is the fact that its worth rises and falls constantly based on the in-game demand and supply rules, forcing players to strategize and use their earnings carefully. Star Wars The Old Republic’s currency, known simply as credits, is also accepted freely across thousands of light years. Credits can be earned through normal gameplay and used to customize and upgrade a player’s star ship, the latter of which is arguably the main draw of the game.
Whether you prefer it as coins or paper, shining or glowing, in-game currency can make or break a gameplay session.
Whether you prefer it as coins or paper, shining or glowing, in-game currency can make or break a gameplay session. Every player has to start somewhere, and you can’t hope to get anywhere without a little cash jingling in your virtual pockets.
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