Buying virtual goods with real money is becoming a trend
these days, but this new Guild Wars announcement turns the game's small number of character slots (four) into a
money-spinner: starting this summer, you'll be able to buy more slots for $9.99 each. The upcoming expansion,
Factions, will also provide more slots, so the number of characters on a single Guild Wars account
should be approaching that of other MMOs soon.
Other virtual services that cost real money include realm-to-realm character transfers (EverQuest) as well as approved real money transfer (Second Life) -- micropayments for a little bit of database juggling are on the rise, though Guild Wars at least has an excuse for charging for extra functionality, as it has no monthly fee.