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3-24-2009 @ 3:40PM
I don't think they have problems with people making money.But if you can buy an addon that gives you advantage over other players.... well.. that isn't that much different from buying gold.
3-24-2009 @ 3:45PM
That point is really irrelevant.Addons cannot give you nearly the advantage that a faster computer or better internet connection can already buy you for more money. Players have never been equal.Not to mention that any programming API that is available to a paid addon is available to free addons as well. Addons for pay merely differentiate in quality and quantity of the work put into them, not any inherent advantage.
3-24-2009 @ 4:03PM
I can't see there being any add-ons that give you an advantage over other players. These are addons which play by the rules of the internal api.If the fact is that if it is only a monetary advantage, there are usually many free equivalents of different parts of any given mod. You can combine them to get the same effect.Using paid mods is nothing like gold buying. It just guarantees that the mod is well maintained/ updated for current patch.If all the author has to look forward to is complaints and requests for updates with no incentive or getting something back for their hard work.Blizzard should create their own release license, authors registering their mods with the Blizzard license would be able to accept donations/payments for their work. The authors would need to follow certain legal requirements of the license to ensure compliance.
3-25-2009 @ 11:04AM
I would disagree with the idea that these addons don't give players an advantage. In PVE terms, most addons reduce the amount of time and effort needed to do things that you could otherwise do manually (finding quest objectives, comparing AH prices, looking up boss drops, etc.). Given that you can pretty much accomplish anything in PVE given enough time, I can see addons giving players an advantage over others.In terms of PVP, isn't it much easier to heal party members with a modded UI than without? That's a glaring advantage.
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