Although I did rather like the idea to start with, yet this Author is resending his approval of NCSofts addition to Aion’s Character Personal Stores. Here’s why:
Now, I’m sure I am being unreasonable. Now that Aion is live, I wonder how much more difficult this is going to be. I have walked my character past people hiding behind buildings, behind trees, up in the mountains, out in the open, in front of obelisks, in the middle of towns, and pretty much everywhere in Pandemonium…nearly all of them have at least one item for 9,000,000,000 + Kinah. Typically it’s a grey item; piece of animal fur or a fang etc etc. Some Personal Stores even have their display as “AFK to avoid disconnect. 2hr wait=fail!”
Hmm.. “2 Hr wait = fail” I couldn’t agree more. How about, “ability to make you wait 2hrs while I sleep tonight = fail” I think that’s a bit more like it. Or how about this one; “Afk, mom making me take a bath. No disconnect”. No kidding! There are so many things I could say regarding this statement. I even thought of holding a Caption Contest… post a Screen Shot of one, and ask readers to tell me something about the user.
Negate the abusive nature of the Personal Stores, at least you can get good items for a decent price. Erm, what was that? I took it upon myself and polled at least 115 people I ran into. Excuse me, if I can just ask you, have you bought anything from a personal store, Yes or No? No really, I made a macro. All I asked for was “yes” or “no”. The answers this author got were near foreseeable. Thus far, so summarize, the results are at 9 yes’s, and 106 no’s. 7.8%.
I like math.
Assuming the ration is somewhat consistent. Given NCSoft reported a little over 400K pre-select and CE users, and assume they are all online at some point in time, and then there are ~ 31,305 users who are supporting the Personal Stores. So it’s safe to say, given the sheer volume of the stores, there are, at a minimum, no less than a 1:1 ratio of sellers to buyers. 31,305 people for every 2 hrs that 1 player has to sit and wait, you are looking approximately 62,608…well, you get the picture. Sure there is a value of exponent ascending value to establish the first wait time, and subsequent addition would simply prolong a moving targeted range.
Ann E. Way,
Is 7.8% of the population sufficient warrant to keep the personal stores as is?
Tell ya what. Do a search for Aion Personal stores (enter derogatory comment here). Me? I learned my lesson. Until NCSoft removes or changes personal stores,…
….never log out, or if you want to play, foresee your future time, and log in min, 2 hrs early, then go eat a PoP-Tart or something. I will be found outside, washing my car, at work, sleeping, eating dinner or lunch, at the park, on a motorcycle, hanging out with friends, etc etc… all the while, my toon it happily waving at people to come buy my 4 million dollar Lesser Healing Potion.