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11-04-2009 @ 3:27PM
I do believe this is what's refered to as "Jumping the Shark"
11-04-2009 @ 3:30PM
No, jumping the shark is jumping the shark. Wow's been adding transactions for a while now (server change, race change, etc.) this is just one more way to get money - and hey, it's good that they get money, 'cos then the game will stick around a bit...
11-04-2009 @ 3:42PM
I'm kind of getting that same feeling, but I do think it's an amazing way to raise money for charity. I'll probably go ahead and buy a Panda for my GF as it's inevitable that she'll get one anyways. :PI would feel much better about this feature if money was donated -everytime- a purchase was made of -any- pet, not just a limited time thing on one pet.
11-04-2009 @ 3:45PM
Yeah, I was whole hog against this after reading the headline. Once I got down to the charity part, I 180'd. I would most certainly buy a vanity pet or two if $5 on each is going to charity. The fact they're account bound is icing. I am 100% for this.
11-04-2009 @ 4:16PM
How? This isn't any different to buying loot cards, except for the fact that it cuts out the middle man. That's a *good* thing.Don't like it, don't buy it.
11-04-2009 @ 4:18PM
"I do think it's an amazing way to raise money for charity"Though you are right, only 50% of the proceeds go to charity. 50% of the proceeds to send a packet of information to an account...really?How gratious of Blizz! After all is said and done, they wont even have donated the man hours required to design and code the pet.
11-04-2009 @ 4:25PM
Pfft. Whatev. I'm down.*alt-tabs back to Farmville*
11-04-2009 @ 4:39PM
Getting closer to Blizzard selling gold. Mounts are the obvious next step. And it's all fine by me. Blizzard would be foolish to leave money on the table by not doing this.
11-04-2009 @ 4:40PM
How exactly is this "jumping the shark?"And I don't know what's a more ridiculous comment... that offering in-game noncombat pets that you buy with the same money that pays for your subscription fees and expansions is somehow "selling out" or ruining the game in some way. I guess this concept is just too "casual."As for the other comment, about being against it but then deciding it's okay because it's for "charity..." What if a cut of the money made with all gold farming goes to "charity," would that be okay too? Simply because something goes to this nebulous idea of "charity" suddenly turns the thing into embossed gold?Having worked with both the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society for blood drives and 5k runs during college, and having seen peoples' donations squandered on garbage, corporate-controlled "research," marketing, advertising, and fat paychecks for "charity" execs, there is a reason I now only donate my time and money to small, local groups. Who do not advertise.Yeah, I got me a little K'T, and the thing is wicked sweet. ;) Good job, Blizzard!It is innovations like this that keep the game from becoming stale.
11-04-2009 @ 4:56PM
Hey, in other games ppl buy stuff and then sell it in game for gold. Could that happen in this case? I suppose the code could be sold. A bit unsettling.
11-04-2009 @ 5:48PM
Honestly, just like with the whole "SOME OF EVERY BOTTLE OF WATER WE SELL GETS DONATED TO HELP GIVE WATER TO THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES" thing that Starbucks did a few years back, you're better off just donating 10 dollars to Make-A-Wish if you really care about the cause. Rather than just posting that you do. TL:DR Donating 10 dollars to Make-A-Wish is better than 5. If "doing the right thing" is your real concern and not virtual property.
11-04-2009 @ 5:53PM
Well, I hope they keep it at pets\vanity items at least.If this game is going to become like runes of magic, where paying members can buy 'experience potions' etc then I'm out.
11-04-2009 @ 6:12PM
The "charity" part of this is nothing more than a gimmick to get WoW players warmed up to the idea of Blizzard doing micro-transactions. (And i'm talking about in-game ITEM transactions. The current account/toon altering transactions are SERVICES. I wish people would stop lumping the two together, they are entirely different.) But at any rate, real money transactions for in-game items are just another way for Blizz to milk money out of us. They knew it wouldn't be received well by a lot of people so they added the charity element to appease us, but this is such a piddly charity that even I am surprised."Some charity better than no charity" you say? If you do this for the charity, you are wasting half of your money. 50/50 is horrible when it comes to charites. There are much better ones out there.If you do this because you don't mind that Blizz is beginning to implement micro transactions to get more money out of us, then by all means, do it.It will start with non-combat items like pets/mounts/toys, but will eventually include gear, even epics. Blizz has been giving us more ways to gear up toons than ever before lately (heroic epics, crafted epics, PvP epics, rep epics, emblem epics, world drop epics) and there is no reason to believe they won't eventually throw in a few real-money epics as well.I always said i'd quit the game if they started doing this, but honestly, other games are already doing it and more will begin to in time. It may eventually be tough finding a game that doesn't do this. For every person it pisses off, there will be one person who buys into it, making it totally worth it for them to keep doing it, so idk...
11-04-2009 @ 8:49PM
@MoonkinmaniacI don't think that it can be sold for gold in game, because it appears to bind to your character/account.
11-04-2009 @ 8:50PM
THIS is jumping the shark?Then what the hell was the race change/faction change pullava then?
11-04-2009 @ 9:54PM
Take note folks, you can pull off just about anything if you first couch it as 'For Charity (TM)'."OMFG BLIZ IZ BRINGING IN MICROTRANZACSHUNZ!!!! NOOOOOEEZZZ!!!""Oh, wait, it's for charity, that's ok. You can all put away the pitchforks and go home now."Honestly, the stench of Kotick is strong with this one...
11-04-2009 @ 10:42PM
LOL, a shark they jumped over on the first day?What do you people think the pets in the Collector's Editions are? Oh sure, you got a few other things, but let's face it, the pets have been sold from day 1.
11-04-2009 @ 11:35PM
Apples and oranges.
11-05-2009 @ 2:31AM
Totally what I was thinking. This is definitely the moment where Blizz jumped the shark.Micro-transactions don't work with MMOs. Granting XP items for pre-orders don't work with MMOs.
11-05-2009 @ 5:11AM
Quoting vaag256:"Well, I hope they keep it at pets\vanity items at least.If this game is going to become like runes of magic, where paying members can buy 'experience potions' etc then I'm out."Whilst I do agree with this, I think the problem to many of us is that now Blizz have started selling in-game items, where exactly are they going to draw the line?As a collector of mounts and a friend of many vanity pet collectors, this /could/ go the way of damaging our fun somewhat. Two vanity pets isn't something I'm going to get too het up over, but it does leave me a little uncomfortable. If for example a 150 Mounts achievement were to come out with Cataclysm, and by this point there are 10 mounts for sale in the Blizz store, that's going to make the achievement much easier for those who can shell out some real life cash for in-game items, and may even lead to it being balanced with this in mind, leaving it much, much harder for those of us who can barely afford our subscription each month.I'd be more comfortable with them selling experience potions myself - You can already buy three-times quicker levelling through Recruit a Friend, after all.I am a fairly serious raider, and I agree that selling just vanity items is better than selling epics, or course, which I trust that Blizz would never do. However, vanity items are still a big, big part of the game for some of us. I just hope this store stays... minimal, I guess. If they keep it to the odd charity or promotional item, then that doesn't bother me so much.
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