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9-22-2010 @ 2:07PM
I posted this before, but as we get nearer I was just discussing with someone getting started in Cataclysm. It ended up being over 100 dollars for a battle Chest, WoTLK and Cataclysm.How likely is it that we will see a World of Warcraft: The Azeroth Collection ala FFXI?With Cataclysm on the horizon, it's going to be really tough for me to convince someone that hasn't played that they should invest about $120 into the game to play a Goblin or Worgen. Obviously It'd be in Blizzards best interest if they keep that cat in the bag as soon as possible to avoid delaying anyone's immediate purchase, but with Wrath shaping up to be the only expansion that doesn't have an immediate Beginner impact how will things pan out?Newb: "Good day Shop-keep! I would like one of your finest World of Warcrafts."Unmotivated Dept Store Goon: "Computer nerd stuff is in Aisle 7."N: (Fumbles through boxes, buys the one that says World of Warcraft. Installs.)N: "Wait... I can't play Blood Elves, Draenei, Goblins or Worgen unless I spend another $100 bucks?!"-or-Newb: "Good day Shop-keep! I would like one of your finest World of Warcrafts."Know-it-all Gaming Store Goon: "A fine choice! Here is your Battle Chest, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and might I suggest a 60 day game card?" (Rings up items) "That will be $150."N: "Uhh... how much is Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams"-or-Newb: "Good day Shop-keep! I would like one of your finest World of Warcrafts."Somewhere in-between Electronics Software Department Goon: "Oh we just got World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Catch Up Edition, It has everything you need for only 60 bucks. You can't get the $40 one if you don't already have the game."N: "Time to go get pwnt!" (Skips merrily out of the store, preparing to roll on your server and ask you how to mine fish."
9-22-2010 @ 2:13PM
"Mining fish is broken, please nerf. Skinning plants is working just as intended.Signed,Transmuting Glyphs"Good points! They will offer a Battle Chest, but it probably won't be until the Cataclysm rush is over. I'd expect to see a Vanilla-TBC-WotLK battle chest in a year or so, then you'd have to purchase Cata separately. Market forces dictate that they don't have to cut costs ... if you don't have to drop prices, then why do it, right?/willingly feeding at the teat of Blizzard ... and loving every second of it!
9-22-2010 @ 2:23PM
From my point of view, at this point BC should not be sold as a separate retail product, it should just come free with purchase of regular WoW.
9-22-2010 @ 2:30PM
Every time I read "Good day Shop-keep! I would like one of your finest World of Warcrafts," I laugh so much. Not only do I wish people more often greeted one another with "good day," but I would find it endlessly adorable if they referred to a clerk as a shop-keep. And, "one of your finest World of Warcrafts" could not make me smile any more than it already does. What a great pick me up this comment was, lol.
9-22-2010 @ 2:38PM
Let's just hope they don't run out. Continuing potatoboy's clever scenario with a twist on an old favorite...Sales Clerk: "Ohhhhh!"Customer: "...what now?"Sales Clerk: "The cat's eaten it."Customer: "This isn't really much of a game shop, is it?"Sales Clerk: "Finest in the district, sir!"Customer: "And how do you come to that conclusion?"Sales Clerk: "Why, it's so clean!"Customer: "It is certainly uncontaminated by Warcraft."
9-22-2010 @ 2:47PM
IMO they should stop selling all the old expansions entirely and just sell the whole game in this expansion. With the revamp of the old world and the leveling process, this is the perfect time for a reset. The investment required in the base game + 3 expansions is keeping out more people than it's drawing in at this point.Hell - i'd probably pick up 2 copies of Cataclysm if they did that, just to play around with dual-boxing.
9-22-2010 @ 2:54PM
When I rerolled I spent $20 on a the battle chest that included Vanilla and BC. The standard version of Wrath was $40...I'd assume they would make a battlechest that included Wrath and BC for $30.
9-22-2010 @ 2:59PM
Well, we're not going to do shop-keep parodies without this one! I love Monty Python.A customer enters a game shop.Mr. Noob: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint.(The owner does not respond.)Mr. Noob: 'Ello, Miss?Owner: What do you mean "miss"?Mr. Noob: I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!Owner: We're closin' for lunch.Mr. Noob: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this World of Warcraft what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Cataclysm...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?Mr. Noob: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!Owner: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.Mr. Noob: Look, matey, I know a dead World of Warcraft when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.Owner: No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable game, the Cataclysm, idn'it, ay? Beautiful water effects!Mr. Noob: The water don't enter into it. It's stone dead.Owner: Nononono, no, no! 'E's resting!Mr. Noob: All right then, if he's restin', I'll wake him up! (shouting at the cage) 'Ello, Mister Polly World of Warcraft! I've got a lovely fresh cuttle fish for you if you show...(owner hits the cage)Owner: There, he patched!Mr. Noob: No, he didn't, that was you hitting the cage!Owner: I never!!Mr. Noob: Yes, you did!Owner: I never, never did anything...Mr. Noob: (yelling and hitting the cage repeatedly) 'ELLO POLLY!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!(Takes World of Warcraft out of the cage and thumps its head on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.)Mr. Noob: Now that's what I call a dead World of Warcraft.Owner: No, no.....No, 'e's sapped!Mr. Noob: SAPPED?!?Owner: Yeah! You sapped him, just as he was wakin' up! Cataclysms stun easily, major.Mr. Noob: Um...now look...now look, mate, I've definitely 'ad enough of this. That World of Warcraft is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not 'alf an hourago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein' tired and shagged out following a prolonged expansion.Owner: Well, he's...he's, ah...probably pining for the Howling Fjords.Mr. Noob: PININ' for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home?Owner: The Cataclysm prefers keepin' on it's back! Remarkable game, id'nit, squire? Lovely water effects!Mr. Noob: Look, I took the liberty of examining that World of Warcraft when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had been sitting on its shelf in thefirst place was that it had been NAILED there.(pause)Owner: Well, o'course it was nailed there! If I hadn't nailed that game down, it would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent 'em apart with its cd case, and VOOM! Feeweeweewee!Mr. Noob: "VOOM"?!? Mate, this game wouldn't "voom" if you put four million volts through it! 'E's bleedin' demised!Owner: No no! 'E's pining!Mr. Noob: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This World of Warcraft is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet Elune! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the shelf 'e'd be pushing up the peacebloom! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-World of Warcraft!!(pause)Owner: Well, I'd better replace it, then. (he takes a quick peek behind the counter) Sorry squire, I've had a look 'round the back of the shop, and uh, we're right out of World of Warcrafts.Mr. Noob: I see. I see, I get the picture.Owner: I got an Aion.(pause)Mr. Noob: Pray, does it talk?Owner: Nnnnot really.Mr. Noob: WELL IT'S HARDLY A BLOODY REPLACEMENT, IS IT?!!???!!?Owner: N-no, I guess not. (gets ashamed, looks at his feet)Mr. Noob: Well.(pause)Owner: (quietly) D'you.... d'you want to come back to my place?Mr. Noob: (looks around) Yeah, all right, sure. Source: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~ebarnes/python/dead-parrot.htm
9-22-2010 @ 3:12PM
WorLK DVD installs previous WoW versions along with it's own.So...Make a version of Cata that's a bit pricier, but has all the version licenses. Battle Chest style, but simpler, since people will only install the one DVD.
9-22-2010 @ 3:27PM
But how do I shot ore?
9-22-2010 @ 6:01PM
Indeed. I have enough trouble convincing my friends to pay $15 a month for the game.
9-23-2010 @ 8:30PM
SLIGHTLY on-topic with "mining fish", but you can (or could, didn't check for a while) fish Peacebloom... >.>
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