Chances are if you started playing any MMO too late, you are constantly looking for a way to get ahead, or at the very least just catch up, one way is to play your ass off, play for days at a time with only short breaks of real life, another is to find somewhere to exchange real life money for gear or currency, or maybe even a higher level character. Regardless, publishers have almost always been against such practices, partly because it undermines their control of the environment, partly because it usually doesn’t work out in favor of the purchaser.
Those that have been sucked into World of Warcraft tend to take great pride in their characters. Sadly once we log off for the day, we have no way to admire our favorite one. I know I tend to go through withdrawals from my elf priest, if I had a statue of her to get me through those dark times outside of WoW I might be able to hold off a little longer.
I've been playing World of Warcraft for close to a year now off and on. I've heard of people selling and purchasing items, gold and even characters for real money. Personally, I think they are crazy. It's just a game. Some people must be pretty desperate to make themselves feel good. One guy even paid close to $10,000 for a character.
While I've curbed by World of Warcraft addiction, I'm worried that I'll soon start getting back into the game. Surprisingly it has little to do with the recent announcement of the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion. No, my friends and fellow guild members have been bugging me pretty heavily lately, so you may see me lurking about the Silvermoon server once again.