Korean MMO Black Desert Online — yes, the pretty one — recently made a change to the game's economy. To say players are pissed would be to sell it a little short.
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The change, which lets players buy items using real money then turn around and sell them for in-game currency, has caused literal in-game protests. Like, characters marching the streets, carrying angry placards, the works.
As PC Gamer reports, while there's a stated reason for this — certain Black Desert Online items are only available for real money, so this opens things up and makes them available to everyone — it only plays further into the worries of Western players who feel the game is a little too "pay to win" for its own good (BDO is a $US50 purchase, not a F2P game). Introducing something like this to the game, they fear, will only create a lopsided economy, with a small number of players paying real cash for items then selling them off for huge profits.
Whoever is in the right here, I am very impressed by the fact a game has the tools to allow its players to properly and accurately protest how terrible they think it is.