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11-05-2009 @ 11:36AM
Great informative article, Mike.These pets are really cool, and I was planning to buy a pandaren, but your story has me thinking twice about it and where the possibilities may lead.I'd never want this game to be based on more $$ = better stats. But it could, and there's the quandary.Blizzard is a company with integrity. On one hand, I think it's great that anyone can get one of these pets without worrying about the trading cards, and $10 seems a fair price expecially with 50% going to charity for a while. Like you said, they're vanity items. Cool to have, but not essential. The problem is where it could possibly lead.What I'd prefer to see is some official statement by both Blizzard and Activision that, outside of expansion purchasing, virtual items will remain along the same 'vanity' vein. I'm not naive enough to think that even with such a statement it couldn't still occur, but I'd feel a lot more comfortable.
11-05-2009 @ 11:53AM
Actually, Blizzard has already made an official "vanity items only" statement in their Pet Store FAQ.I'd suggest that WoW.com put up a poll to see how many people actually believe that...
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