i think in a MMORPG going gold means more when it ready and steal to be ship out to the store
even tho it just NOT mmo game that have patchs so going GOLD doesnt mean it cant be edited anymore
By a developer's standards and what I meant was that a goldmaster copy is what you would ship off to the publishers and those who distribute the game when the game is at it's "finished state".
So, you don't ship off something which still needs edits to your publisher and then go "oh wait sorry even though you're in the middle of distributing it here I fixed this character and made them look better".
These days yes patches can fix problems/add more to the game but I'm talking in terms of publishing and distribution.