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9-09-2010 @ 11:10PM
Pointless?If their goal is to make flying on Azeroth feel special, then 250g isn't enough of a barrier. But they can't charge too much higher because a lot of the new content will have been designed with flying mounts in mind, and cutting off a lot of the playerbase from the content is a no no.Ultimately, I couldn't care less about having to pay, 250g is nothing, but it's a shame... not only that Blizzard have gone back on their word, but that they think that this 250g will have ANY affect whatsoever.
9-10-2010 @ 12:36AM
lol "their word"? I don't remember them promising anyone anything (pony!!!), just saying "more than likely" we wouldn't have to buy new riding skill.
9-10-2010 @ 3:12AM
Perhaps I chose a bad turn of phrase. As I stated before, I couldn't care less about having to pay for Old Weather Flying. But my point still stands that if they charge too much more than 250g in order to make flying in Azeroth feel special (as the article suggests) then they'll alienate those who can't/won't raise the thousand(s) required. Likewise, by having no charge at all, they run the risk of making flying mounts in Azeroth a "right" and not a privelege. You should, of course, have to expend effort in order to reap rewards, and if spending a bit of gold is considered an adequate amount of effort required to obtain the reward of flying mounts in Azeroth, then so be it.However, I don't think it's necessary to put this levelling tax in. Let's be fair, who can't afford 250g these days? It seems to serve no purpose. In my opinion, for what it's worth, if Old Weather Flying is supposed to feel special, as epic flying did back in TBC, then the cost of obtaining the riding skill should be much MUCH higher. 250g won't make a difference, either to making the player feel that they've earned something, or to remove excess gold from the economy. If this is their aim, then 250g isn't enough. And if it isn't their aim, and they only want those with the expansion to get flying mounts, why have a charge at all? They've already made their money through expansion sales.
9-10-2010 @ 11:23AM
The only reason they putted a price is because, as always, nothing is free ;), they could have sold it for one copper, i could not care more. If you read correctly, this is only to PREVENT thoses without the expansion from having an expansion FEATURE. Likewise, they are not allowing people without WotLK to get in northend.Also, by making flying "expansion buyers only", they dont really need to install all of the new zones in the pre-cata patch as you will not be able to see them without this skill (without the expansion, that is). They have always gated the content before, and right now, in the beta, hyjal, vajir (sorry for spelling), uldum and TH arent part of any loading screens. IIRC, Outlands and Northend are on a separate loading right?So really, 250g? i got 20k and i didnt saw it go up. go do 1 day of dailies that is.
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