Okay, so as soon as Mr. Hugh Mannitee invented the concept of money, people will do whatever they can do grab some dosh. And its a natural thing to want to accumulate things because things often mean power, and so we're biologically wired to want to be the most powerful. The strongest. The 'alpha'. This psychology, obviously, does not leave Harpg as an exception. I'm going to link you to a poll now because I'm assuming you're already sitting at your computer. But if you're eating or drinking and don't want to choke, put it down.
This poll basically alerts people to the fact that you can now purchase custom imports of mutation Nordanners for 500USD. *Coughsplutterwhat* Now before I get hate mail/flamed etc, this person can do whatever they want - thats their choice as an artist and I'm not going to try to convince them to change what they do. It's not her as an artist I'm trying to convince - its you, as a person, who is thinking of spending 500USD on a design.
For 500USD, you can adopt a horse, cat, dog, probably all at once. You can donate to a rescue shelter. You can potentially save a horse from slaughter. With $500, you can sponser a child in third world countries for 14 Months. If you want to get more materialistic, you can buy a decent second hand Bates saddle - just have a look, they're out there. You can buy a brand new bridle, chaps, jodphurs, name it. A decent European standard helmet. You can buy a Windsor and Newton water colour pallette - nearly two! - you could buy a new wacom tablet. You could legally purchase Adobe Photoshop. I can even send you quotes of this stuff. You can buy 16 months premiums, if you really want to. You could comission an artist to paint something traditional, tangible, on canvas. An artist that would spend hours upon hours pouring their love, skill and persistence into an artwork. And you want to spend 500USD on a ... on a design?
I feel like I need to make a Harpg Guide to Priorities: Feat. Normal People. Please. Think about 500USD and the way it can change lives, the way it should possibly be used. Don't waste your money on a fake pixel horse when you could be giving a real one, with history and quirks and talents a second chance. Don't spend your money on something totally intangible when you could change a child's life - a child that has fears, aspirations and favourite games, just like you.
For crying out loud, Harpg is fun, but its not real. Get off the computer and go experience something outside. What is going on through your heads?
These people obviously do not have bills... where I live that could buy you a good QH/Paint with papers! That's what I paid for my QH Gelding. Nothing against Dane because well... if people would pay me that much for something I would sure as hell do it too LOL but some of these people have gotten out of hand.
THANK YOU! They are pixels...not real living, breathing, moving things. IF someone wants 500USD...or whatever...why cant they go earn it themselves. I mean really? And if someone else...wants to spend 500USD on a design?! have no words for that. That wasnt pointed towards anyone...so yeah
I honestly cannot believe that anyone would spend that kind of money on a design. They'll regret it. And does she really deserve to get thousands of dollars just because she... I don't even know what she did. Drew some horses? Invented a neat fantasy breed? Doesn't make any sense to me. You could save someone's life for that much money. Or a horse or dog or cat or anyone- doesn't that seem like a much more selfless and honorable thing to do?
I think what amazes me is how much art I could get for $500. I paid an artist I love to draw me some simple scenes of one of my characters for about $20 a picture. For $500, I could get 25 simple pictures from her, all original and exactly what I want.
Or, for $0, I could draw my own character who looks exactly like I want and do whatever I want with it, no restrictions and no oversight.
It's totally the artist's choice to charge that much -- in fact, that's not even what wows me, because she reasons it out why it costs that much. That's fine. It's that people might pay it that raises my eyebrows.
I've spent real money on games like Wajas.com. In some cases, more money than a lot of people might be okay with for pixels. But at the end of that, it is actually an 'product', a pet I can breed and sell the offspring of in a coded and actualized online world. HARPG is all in our imaginations. I just have a hard time spending money on something (that isn't even an original piece of special art) that is pretty much just giving you leave to use your imagination.
oh lets not forget... you don't even have full control of this "design" you're buying for said amount of money. it can be taken away at any time if you piss her off xD or if you don't follow one of 1 million nonsensical rules.