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Vanity Items - RS Prepaid cards and Ornate Katana


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Ehhhh no, that feels really awkward. Like I imagine buying condoms could be.


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No, people are arguing about the trend that already is happening.


Since this is the first time Jagex has done as much, so it's hard to call this a 'trend'.

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No, people are arguing about the trend that already is happening.


Since this is the first time Jagex has done as much, so it's hard to call this a 'trend'.



Loyalty program... Now this...

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No, people are arguing about the trend that already is happening.


Since this is the first time Jagex has done as much, so it's hard to call this a 'trend'.



Loyalty program... Now this...


Not to mention the extra bank spaces for buying the USB protection stick idea. This goes further than decided to not give perm bans for macroing in order to hold on to members.

I believe the cards are around 8 USD, 60% higher than my membership with a CC. I'd be paying $3 for a vanity item.
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No, people are arguing about the trend that already is happening.


Since this is the first time Jagex has done as much, so it's hard to call this a 'trend'.



Loyalty program... Now this...


Not even just the loyalty program, but the now-ditched USB stick idea, the flagstaff idea, the item that will eventually be released for RuneFest 2011...

I wouldn't say there was a trend if this hasn't happened before. I'm not as stupid as you might think :P

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They've probably been thinking about adding micro-transactions to the game for quite some time. They know some of the user base won't like it, so they're taking baby steps. That's what it looks like anyway.

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I honestly and truly think they will NEVER do microtransactions--they've promised that too many times to welch on it now. I do think though that this trend will continue where memberships and things like that are padded with bonus things to keep people buying. Thus they don't break their word but still get people to pay.

They were smart in making these objects members-only. So it's not exactly like you're paying 6.00 for an item and go back to F2P with it, never having to buy members again. If they hadn't, then I think the argument that RS is turning to MTs could truly be made.

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Doesn't make sense why they would do this for prepaid cards which surely make jagex the least amount of money after making the cards and distributing them around the world. What of us who are true loyal members who only pay 3.20 a month?

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So if I had waited to redeem my game card till today rather than yesterday, I would've gotten a pretty katana? Oh, that's cute, Jagex.

But seriously, Jagex cracks me up. It's a good thing I only care about Dungeoneering or I'd be pretty disgusted with this game.

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I suspect this is mainly a ploy to make people better aware of these cards' existence. It's surprising the number of people I've heard talking about how their lack of a credit card makes it either difficult or impossible for them to get members.
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Ehhhh no, that feels really awkward. Like I imagine buying condoms could be.


That's why God invented Self Checkout Lanes.

Sweet jesus it was awk buying condoms the first time :3 not that bad the second time though, Just an irrational fear I guess.

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Ehhhh no, that feels really awkward. Like I imagine buying condoms could be.


That's why God invented Self Checkout Lanes.

Sweet jesus it was awk buying condoms the first time :3 not that bad the second time though, Just an irrational fear I guess.


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Imo, it shouldn't have any stats whatsoever. Then it's a vanity item. We have an item that's a tier or two up from other items with a similar requirement that you can only get by buying pre-paid Jagex cards. The fact that it's a lvl 1 weapon is irrelevant to me.

What really gets me is it only works for the pre-paid cards. Really? Why?

The only post that kinda made sense was the one about Jagex trying to attract attention to the cards. Wait, where does it mention this in the newposts? (And by mention this in the newspost, I mean the cards or loyalty reward program or something. You know, something to attract attention to the cards or vanity items.)

I wonder if they're irrationally trying to introduce controversial new content by hiding it, which kinda defeats the point of it coming out if no one even knows about it.

I also love how they're making a bigger deal out of RuneFest then this new update. The RuneFest one is the top featured update thing, the piece of new content? Nope.

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Yes by all means focus on the condom issue when I was talking about the game cards...>_>

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lol at anyone who switches their payment methods for cheap [cabbage] Jagex will throw in the game for them.

Tbh this is almost as bad as a cash shop in a game, maybe even worse cause at least a cash shop doesn't hide what it really is.

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Now that I think more on it, I think the real issue here isn't just that they've offered an item to people who pay more for a month of members but that they've offered that item to a limited group of their customers.

RuneScape has always had items that were available to everyone (with the obvious exceptions of the holiday items, but even they were available to everyone who had an account at the time), and now they're offering these, arguably, cosmetic items only to those who: a) live in a country that sells game cards, and b) actually live near a store that sells them.

I think they're going to upset a lot more people than they expect with this.

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Oh, some limited time decorative item I might not be able to get? I don't give two [bleep]s.
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Look, I don't know about you but I want a Katana! I'd be willing to pay an extra pound fifty for one month. What I'm not willing to do is go to a shop and have an awkward conversation with the guy on the checkout after failing to find RS cards for 30 minutes, asking if they sell them.

Grrrrr...

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Look, I don't know about you but I want a Katana! I'd be willing to pay an extra pound fifty for one month. What I'm not willing to do is go to a shop and have an awkward conversation with the guy on the checkout after failing to find RS cards for 30 minutes, asking if they sell them.

Grrrrr...


Call the store in advance maybe? It's not like they're obsessively looking at the caller ID to write down any goon's number who asks strange questions to report them to the OMGIDONTUNDERSTAND police.

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Look, I don't know about you but I want a Katana! I'd be willing to pay an extra pound fifty for one month. What I'm not willing to do is go to a shop and have an awkward conversation with the guy on the checkout after failing to find RS cards for 30 minutes, asking if they sell them.

Grrrrr...


Call the store in advance maybe? It's not like they're obsessively looking at the caller ID to write down any goon's number who asks strange questions to report them to the OMGIDONTUNDERSTAND police.

I don't think the problem is being embarrassed to buy the card, but rather that, in my experience anyway, the clerks in most retail stores (at least here in Canada, not sure about anywhere else) can barely operate their registers let alone know if they sell a particular card out of the 3 dozen or so on the rack. If they don't even have a rack to put them on, then Saradomin help you while they scrounge though a box under the counter.

If you do feel embarrassed to buy a RS card, don't. Never be ashamed of who you are. :)
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