Sunday, 20 October 2013
The power of Bill
Bill's hat, doesn't sound very exotic does it. however it is one of the rarer Team Fortress 2 items, as the only way someone got it, is if they pre ordered Left for Dead 2, which I did. This was back in the day before TF2 became a free to play game, hell this was couple of years before steam trading even became a thing.
But now TF2 has a whole economy to it, with supply and demand operating as it does (or in theory should) in the real world. And as with real economy, the rarer a thing is, the more it is sought after. To be clear, I don't play that much TF2 and have no interest in cosmetic items in any way, regardless of the game. So about once a week I would get someone request to be a friend, and I would accept, knowing that these people had no desire to play games with me.
And within a couple of minutes I would get a message saying hello, would I like to trade Bill's hat (and occasionally other items). Some would pretend that they were new to the game and didn't know it's value, some would offer vast amounts of TF2 hats and weapons, and some would offer a cheap game. And I would always reply stating that I would only trade for the game of my choice (whatever I wanted at the time).
And most would get annoyed by this, hell one guy called me a moron for asking for an expensive game, Saints row 4. And each time I would point out that if they wanted what I had, then they have to give me what I wanted. Yes that's right, I explained capitalism to these "trader". As Bill's Hat has no value to me, doesn't mean I should just give it away.
So today I have another friend request, which I expected yet another idiot, only not in this case. He upfront said that would trade a game for Bill's Hat, so I suggested Rogue Legacy, a £12 game. And he agreed, brought the game and traded the hat. I was happy, got a game that I wanted and he was happy that he got a rare item. Is Bill's Hat worth more than £12? No idea. Am I happy I got a game for imaginary headwear for a game I barely play, damn straight I am.