Thursday, October 20, 2005
Know any good trading games?
Nearly 20 years ago now I was happily playing Ports of Call on the Amiga. Elite was even earlier, I played it on the Sinclair Spectrum. But since then, games which are based on buying, transporting, and selling goods have disappeared. The only modern trading game I can think of right now is EVE Online, but that one has a really nasty form of PvP, where traders are often victims to player pirates.
Curiously in multiplayer online games, many people find trading morally questionable, while "killing" other players is morally okay. If you want your character to have a really, really bad reputation on a WoW server, you just need to buy blue under-priced stuff on the auction house cheap and sell it back with a profit. Soon people in Ironforge / Orgrimmar will curse your name on the general chat. That is probably the result of the transporting part of the trading game missing in these games. It is easier to accept for others that you make a profit from trading if you had to actually do an effort transporting the goods. If you buy and sell at the same place, you are portrayed as exploiting the gullible.
Can anybody suggest a good modern game which involves trading to me? Doesn't have to be a MMORPG, but should involve transport, not just buying and selling on a stock market equivalent.