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8-11-2010 @ 8:52PM
Until now I've considered WoW an ethical MMO, revenue raising only with vanity items. For instance, I've appreciated that they haven't put an achievement into the game that can be completed only or significantly easier with bought items. Reading this article, I see that the mobile AH facility is giving functionality that I, as a log-in player, do not have. I love playing the AH meta-game and I suspect that the increased difficulty I've encountered selling my items the last month or more may be the result of the Mobile AH. For those of you using the Mobile AH, is the benefit you are receiving through this disadvantaging those who do not use it?Should I be whining about unfair trade practices and slippery slopes?
8-11-2010 @ 9:24PM
Agreed. The whole section in the article about "Stalking without entering" highlights the problem. People are getting an in-game advantage by paying for this service, and that's a very slippery slope.Also,"Imagine having an email trigger a script that would automatically go and buy out some stock whenever it hits a certain price low."That's called botting. And that's another problem with this service - it's far, far easier to write this type of bot, and others, against a web api than it is to do it in-game.This service will last until the gold-sellers realise the potential, and then Blizzard will have no choice but to stop it because they will wreck the market.Horrible, horrible idea.
8-11-2010 @ 9:25PM
I'm gonna say no, don't whine. It all comes back around. When you still have your job in 6 months because you are not playing WoW AH all day long.
8-12-2010 @ 8:07AM
To be honest, Tamarin, I had an article written in that very tone before I ended up writing this one instead. Yes, it gives in game functionality for real money, and yes, they have said on the forums that they don't do that, but Blizzard has always categorized auctioneering with vanity pet collectors and vanity achievement collectors. It's not something that seems core enough to protect from the "no in game advantage for real money" guideline.Still, I can afford to buy every single BoE in the game many times over, and if I had the desire to have multiple raiding toons, I could buy them into very decent starter raiding gear without having to do nearly as much grinding of 5 man content as normal players. If this doesn't count as a core in game advantage that shouldn't be purchasable, then I don't know where Blizzard draws the line.
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