Viro Mors Non Est
|Posted - 2012.03.17 01:56:00 -
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Bleh. The economy in EVE is screwed up in more ways than I've bothered to count. If we want to turn EVE into the ultimate science fiction simulator, simulating a real economy as well as is possible would be the place to start. EVE does a good job, but not good enough, in this respect. Improvements are needed
The biggest problem, by far, is that things of value are created from nothing. Whether we're talking about bounties, loot, minerals from respawning asteroids (look Mom, the rock grew back!,) PLEX, or Aurum ... the more these things happen, the farther away from a believable economy that co-relates to reality EVE is going to get. Same goes for things of value disappearing into nothing. IE ... isk faucets / isk sinks. Of course, changing this aspect of the game would require a whole lot of work that would make EVE almost unrecognizable from any other game in existence (that I know of.) I think it would be GREAT if it could be pulled off, though. :
That was the root of the problem described in the blog. To get a little more specific to what was being discussed, I'm not at all surprised that PLEX has had an adverse impact on the market. It's also worth noting that while bounties may be the biggest faucet, with regards to inflation it's not the slices of the pie that we're looking at but rather where any increases are coming from. Incursions are new, and pumping over 1/4 of the money that bounties produce into EVE that wasn't there before. All this means is that people are getting more and more money than they used to have. By the laws of supply and demand, the more supply there is of something the less it is worth (unless demand rises equally to supply.) When applied to ISK, which is really just a commodity like any other, this means that when the average joe has more isk than he knows how to properly spend, the value of isk will decrease and therefore prices will rise
Therefore, we need to either increase demand for isk or reduce the supply of isk. I recommend a full blown industry/economy expansion sometime soonish. Winter or next summer maybe. Something that will bring balance to all things related to isk faucets/sinks, supply and demand. Give the people a reason to fight over resources again. That kind of thing
P.S. I'm not proof-reading. This was pretty much stream of consciousness, unedited, so I apologize for types and bad grammar and general unreadability.
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