Enjoying exclusive items is normal to MMOs, video games, and humans in general

Numbered prints. Limited product runs. Promo cards. First editions. Misprints. Ticket stubs from a concert. A t-shirt from a convention you went to back in 2008.

If it’s hard to get, it’s more desirable; exclusivity adds value. If you personally had something to do with the creation of the item (say, completing a challenge or yes, merely SHOWING UP for an event), even more so. Note that value != monetary value. Emotional value is just as legitimate, if not more.

In MMOs, and many, MANY other video games, exclusive items are one way that companies reward veteran players. Collectors editions and pre-orders come with exclusive swag. Conventions give out promo codes. Limited annual events have items that can only be gotten at that time. Region-locked cosmetics exist. Google “pre order collector’s edition game” and tell me how many games offer them. Why is that? Because a lot of people like this stuff, and the assumption that it is somehow wrong or toxic to enjoy them is incredibly gross.

It is normal and ok to enjoy exclusive items or even–god forbid–feel a little special because you have them

It is normal to want to preserve an experience you had under the expectation that it was a one-time deal. No one is oppressing or gatekeeping you from World of Warcraft because you can’t get 1-3% of the hundreds of thousands of items available to collect in the game. It’s okay for people who have been doing a thing longer to have more rewards than you. It’s okay for them to enjoy those rewards.

These posts attempting to name and shame people for wanting to keep their mage tower appearances special are so entitled and toxic. I can’t fathom going into a nearly 17 year old game and honestly expecting to be able to collect every item. Here are some ridiculous points that have been slung around lately:

  • People who want exclusive items literally only derive joy from the suffering of others

  • New players are not going to join WoW because a miniscule % of items (they they don’t know exist) are no longer available

  • The happiness of players of who enjoy having exclusive items is wrong and secondary to the happiness of players who feel they should be able to have every item

  • The content wasn’t hard (because I said so), so you don’t deserve to place value the rewards you “earned” (but I aggressively demand access to those same rewards)

  • The only way to enjoy the game is the way I say is OK (and anyone who says otherwise is a morally bankrupt, gatekeeping jerk)

  • If every item in the game isn’t available to every player, the game will suffer catastrophically somehow I guess

You don’t have the moral high ground for not caring about exclusive items. No one is trying to make you care. But you are not superior to people who do care. Your gaming experience is not more valuable than theirs. You are not a better person because you want mage tower appearances to come back.

Please chill. You will survive if the people who enjoy collecting exclusives are given a pittance of items to keep to themselves.

TLDR; You don’t have to care about exclusive items, but you don’t get to decide how everyone else has to feel about them. No one is being harmed. Let people have fun.


Actually, i do.

You aren’t special just for having more time to grind out a digital mount or item than people who don’t prioritize a videogame over their lives. When something doesn’t take skill to earn, and just time, you arent special.


You must be new here.


i dont think anyone is freaking out about this topic anymore except for you, for some reason. youre a bit late

also i agree with this guy. they’re pixels in a video game FFS, i dont understand why people defend them like their lives(and coolness factor) depend on it


Actually, you don’t.

If I want to feel like a pretty princess for riding around on my rare mount, literally who are you to tell me I’m not allowed to do so?

My 2008 t-shirt is special because I went to the concert and I saw it. I had an experience. Yeah so did 5k other people, and the only skill it took was handing the vendor $40, but its still my special experience. It means something to me.


They never claimed to be special they were just saying people need to get off their high horse to which you promptly got on yours.


Say you have a fragile ego without saying you have a fragile ego

I give you, the OP.


Yes, people are generally fairly terrible.


a lot of the stuff that is not longer in the game doesnt require you to prioritize a videogame. esp half the stuff in wow


“Normal” should not be condoned or encouraged.

“People who like stuff I don’t like are dumb and shallow and I enjoy feeling superior to them for no reason.”

  • Hakyoku

He comes off as the type of guy who bumps into a completely random stranger wearing the same shirt as him and he has an absolute meltdown on the inside.



so if i was able to go to a good will and buy that shirt two years later, youre saying that would somehow diminish your experience? you would feel like your experience of that concert is lessened because someone else was able to buy that tshirt later, because they liked it, despite not having been there?


That’s a really bad comparison. In game items are just that - in game items. They’re not real have little to no meaning outside of the game. I could list a few mmos that no longer exist where I had “exclusive” items. They don’t mean anything any more.

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Apples to oranges. The number of items doesn’t change if one (or all) enters the second hand market. Re-issueing limited-time items, titles, etc. is more like starting a new unlimited run of the shirts that is indistinguishable from the originals. And yes, that would probably feel kind of lame.



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Thats just it, most people wouldn’t think its lame. Most people buy concert shirts as a way to refresh their memory of a fantastic evening. It’s not about “exclusivity”. Concert shirts arent an investment. They dont get more valuable with time. Just like a digital mount.


Might want to re-read what you wrote, before making yourself look even dumber.

You can feel like a pretty princess without being “special”. Kids have been doing it for decades at halloween.


Hey now, this thread is counterproductive. The forums are for entertainment, and it is incredibly entertaining when some one tries to wield morality like a sword and other people just laugh.

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Narcissism isn’t a good trait to have.