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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...
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