Star Gem Tickets bring to light the many unfair systems at play in spending real money in PSO.
Basewears are really just outfits that you cant trade or share with your alt. The existence of Body Paint confirms this.
Star Gems are far more expensive the Arks Cash, and players can easily accrue a debt in paying for storage and other rentals that require Star Gems regularly. This offsets any amount of Star Gems obtained from playing the game.
Its entirely reasonable to expect some system that implements fairness to the tickets being drawn with real life cash such as
- You don't receive items that your characters cant use (male cast parts when you have an account full of female humans)
- You don't receive the same item twice until you have already acquired all of the items.
- At least a small chance to receive more than 1 item, especially consumables
Even with all those changes, it would still be an expensive, reckless gamble.
The bonuses for buying AC and SG in large amounts are insultingly small. 3$ worth of AC for buying 100$! This is the only game I have ever seen that doesn't offer large rewards for spending large amounts of money. The bonuses for playing AC tickets are embarrassing. The fact that SG scratches don't even offer them is bizarre.
I'm no market manager, but I genuinely believe small changes to make SG tickets more reasonable would net far more players using this option. It has to be noticed that many players boycott it entirely.
As a sidenote, do not for a second suggest that changes to make SG more accessible has anything to do with this. Don't even pretend that Sega intended for highly active players to be able drop 700 SG on Collection Folder slots, buy up half a dozen outfits on SG tickets, and shop Fresh Finds daily.
SG items were always intended to be bought with real life money. Acquiring SG in game is really just a pacifier.