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8-12-2008 @ 10:10AM
I feel sorry for the people who buy a new account, only to find out that because they were not recruited, they have in reality bought a class 'B' product.They will miss out on the chance of socializing and cooperating with the players who level three times faster than themselves, because they have the class 'A' account. When taken into account that this game is largely about cooperation and socializing, this represents a degradation of what is a large part of their game experience.Giving select individuals advantages over other players because of situations happening outside of the game is breaking a fundamental principle of MMO gaming. Blizzard have until now had a leading role in demonstrating fairness and sensibility towards other forms of breaking this principle, such as RMT, aka gold selling, botting, hacking, account trading and powerleveling services.They have been firm and outspoken on this policy, and they should be proud about that. However, this all came to an abrupt halt when they launched this marketing campaign and effectively broke this very crucial principle themselves.This is obviously an extremely low-brow move from Blizzard. They are literally selling the soul of MMO gaming in order to milk the market, and prevent their newly arriving competitors to establish a user-base.It is a pity that so few players actually take time to use their brains and realize that this represents a paradigm-shift in MMO-gaming.What will be next?
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