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3-16-2010 @ 4:16PM
"rich brats will have more advantages over folks with jobs and bills"say wha? how many paris hilton's are playing wow?
3-16-2010 @ 4:33PM
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL WUT U SAID
3-16-2010 @ 4:29PM
Not many, although there are plenty of kids who have computers of their own and their parents buy their subscription to WoW, and who can go to their parents and say, "I need $20 for WoW gold, can I have it?" and the parents will say yes without a second thought. Most of the time the parents probably don't even know enough about WoW to realize that buying gold isn't part of the cost of playing, and just think they're giving the kid an extra chunk of cash to help support his hobby, as a reward for good grades or whatever.
3-16-2010 @ 4:34PM
Back before server transfers existed and I was still hopping around looking for a permanent home (ie I had to abandon my 60s to start at level 1 anyway), I sold 3 different accounts on EBay. (I know boo hiss downgrade the bad man) All three were to people using their parents credit cards. I'm well aware that ancedotal evidence is not proof, but I'd hazard a guess that there are a fair number of spoiled brats out there that would love to get 100-200K gold as part (a very small part for some) of their bday present.
Only one, she sits in Shatt selling bags and glasses for popular people
3-16-2010 @ 4:39PM
Rich is a word that tends to change it's meaning depending on who you're talking to. Rich for one person would be having a brand new car, while rich for another person would be having the Internet in their house that wasn't dial-up.I guess a better way of saying it would have been "people with disposable income", rather then "rich brats", but "rich brats" gives you that nice little image in your head of a sneering little 12 year old who things he's better then you because he bought all his gear with mommy's credit card.The choice of words is okay, the meaning is still there, and the point still stands. Blizzard would make an absolute fool of themselves to start selling gold on their own, and here's to hoping that this article gets people to realize that.
3-16-2010 @ 4:46PM
Well, I have a joband wouldn't call myself a rich brat but that is the prominent theme on this site, if blizzard says it's bad then the rest of the readership follows (clearly this is not everything but an observation based on my experience, mileage will vary). It's stupid because they could very easily implement this. Plenty of games before have and more will. Except everyone thinks it evil, morally reprehensible, ect. Seriously I'd love to buy some gold, and what advantage is it going to give me? Instead of having to level my blacksmithing skill over 4 weeks I can do it in a week since I have a job. In all reality, this won't help those spoiled brats the author speaks of nearly as much as some of us who enjoy the game for raiding and don't want to spend 2 hours a day farming mats for professions and gems. But w/e I don't expect blizz to ever implement this and it's a shame because it really could help the farming situation out, and it wouldn't be hard to put in inflation controls. Christ do it eve style, don't have blizzard sell gold, have the players sell it. While I understand the points that this and other articles have made this one is full of lame excuses. I mean, I know when I want legal advice about ToS, EULA and taxes I almost certainly go to a wowinsider blogger.... no offence to the writers here, I wouldn't be reading if I didn't enjoy it but really, the authors stick to what they know and stop dishing out legal issues for this when in reality they have no clue what the actual situation is.
3-16-2010 @ 4:49PM
I know quite a few people who play the game completely on someone else's bill, be it their parents or someone else. Don't tell me you don't know of some kid when you were going through school who seemed to get everything handed to them, from clothes to even cars, not having to do a lick of work for it? I've no doubt that if something like Blizzard selling gold were to happen, those sorts of people would become very obvious, -very- fast. I don't play any, but I'm pretty sure you can pinpoint the people who have things handed to them pretty fast on any of the pay for premium 'Korean' style mmo's out there.Or, on the opposite side of things, are people who work and have bills, but have no problem with using a lot of their money on 'play' items...I used to play the online strategy game 'Evony Online', and unless you got in on a brand new server within a week or two of it starting you had little hope of competing (at least back when I played) against anyone who had a head start on you, regardless of the bit of time where you are 'safe' from attacks from other cities. The biggest 'guilds' were usually run by people who had no problem throwing money at the game to get items, which they then used to dominate the server. People would flock to the 'popular' guilds either because they didn't want to be attacked by those groups, or simply from the whole moth to flame situation. I imagine RO and other games of a similar bent see this, too. I don't have much experience with any other games that offer things in exchange for real money, but I pointedly avoid them, -for that reason-. There's the sense that you're not 'special' enough to access certain content, that you really can't compete with those who can pay for things, regardless of how much the game developers will jump up and down claiming that you can. (Like the D&D online game where you can play for free...but you are restricted in class and can only have x amount of gold on you at a time. Sure, you can still compete with the guy with the premium account who can carry enough gold to buy that high priced awesome item on the auction house, serious!) I don't play those games, and I wouldn't play WoW if it even came close to it, either. Minipets are one thing, premium features or gold is another.
3-16-2010 @ 6:42PM
@ComoNo offense, man, but it doesn't sound like you even read the article. Everything you point out as a potential benefit is refuted by the columnist. I'd recommend re-reading it if your concerns remain unanswered.
3-16-2010 @ 6:51PM
@como: you have no idea what you're talking about, so move along plz
3-17-2010 @ 5:12AM
@Como1) Read Article2) Discover "Return" key and learn about "paragraphs"
3-17-2010 @ 10:58AM
@Como"...the authors [should] stick to what they know and stop dishing out legal issues for this when in reality they have no clue what the actual situation is."Did you miss the part at the top of the article where the other mentions she is a *third year law student*? Who is *specializing in Internet law* (as mentioned when this column first started)? I'd say the author is way more qualified to comment on the "actual situation" than you are....Oh wait, your entire comment proves you didn't read the article anyway.
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