What Would You Pay For? D3 Microtransactions This subject of microtransactions - one-time payments of real money in exchange for some form of in-game content - came up in another thread here and it kinda got me thinking: If microtransactions are a part of Diablo 3, what would you be willing to pay for? I don't mean for this to be a debate about whether or not microtransactions will ruin the game, though I'm sure that might come up anyway. Personally I think they have their pros and cons depending on how they're implemented, but I think they have the potential to bring a lot of extra revenue to the game and help fuel development of features that everyone will enjoy. Potentially. I also think it's pretty cool that Blizzard has been able to use microtransactions as a way to support charities in times of need. Also, there's already a long thread on whether or not you should be able to buy gear with real-world cash, so let's table that for now and focus on the other types of things you might like to spend money on. Based on how successful microtransactions have been for World of Warcraft (with negligible impact on the actual competitive side of the gameplay - those of you who "compete" over having the most brightly sparkling pony notwithstanding), I think it's reasonable to think that we might see something along those lines taking place in Diablo 3. We haven't yet seen anything of the sort in Starcraft 2, but that style of gameplay doesn't lend itself quite as much to personalization as the RPG feel of Diablo does. So, assuming microtransactions of some sort are a part of Diablo 3, what would you be willing to spend your cash on? Personally, I never purchased any of the WoW vanity stuff while I was playing, but a friend did gift me one of the non-combat pets for my birthday and I did purchase a few server transfers (raiding is a cruel mistress). For me, the main problem with the vanity purchases in WoW was that they were very non-exclusive; I really liked vanity mounts and pets in the game, but I liked being able to show off when I had something rare or that was a sign of a big accomplishment (my warlock rode around on Invincible, which was one of the rarest mounts in the game, available only to fairly serious raiders). However, when I saw Dalaran flooded with sparkle-ponies the day they were available for purchase I knew that I didn't really want one. Part of that had to do with the aesthetics, but it was mostly just because I knew that tons of other people had them already. Hey, if it made them happy, all the power to them - their $25 was going back into the game for all of us - but it became something that I wasn't interested in. I have, however, purchased some skins (new appearances for my characters) in League of Legends. In that case, there is already a ton of purchasable content available - there's a lot of variety and choice; it's not just one or two items that everyone can purchase - so by purchasing something you're making more of a personal statement. Furthermore, LoL is a free to play game, and I enjoyed it quite a bit, so I felt it was worth my while to toss the developers some cash to work with. They stay in business because people like myself occasionally buy skins or pay to unlock champions faster, so I have no problems helping them out a bit. In Diablo 3 I'm not entirely sure what I'd want. The most prestigious "vanity" effects - titles or other cosmetic effects - will no doubt be available only to those who put in the effort and have the skill to obtain them, so I doubt I would pay for something that was a cheap imitation of those. We haven't seen a fully-fleshed out list of battle.net features, but I'm sure there are some possibilities there for things that could be done through microtransactions. One thing that I would probably pay a bit for would be a stand-alone Battle.net chat program - something I could use to check to see if my RealID friends were online without starting up the game, and possibly accessing certain in-game chat rooms (though I can imagine this being more useful for WoW than Diablo 3). What do the rest of you think?