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5-28-2011 @ 2:30PM
This depends on where you are from, and local laws.For example, I live in Brazil, where there is a law stating that promises in any piece of advertisement authorized by the product's supplier has the same effects as a formal contract. So, if WotLK was officially sold here, I would be able to easily sue Blizzard for breach of contract for not delivering aerial PvP with WotLK, something that was promised in the game box. Or, if I could find any official piece of advertisement promising the Dance Studio, sue Blizzard for not delivering it. After all, under Brazilian law, advertising that your product has some feature is legally binding to the advertiser.The remedy, though, would probably be getting a refund for the game, either a partial one due to the missing feature while keeping the game, or a full refund for returning the game. I don't think most people would want the hassle of suing a big company in order to get a $20-$50 refund in the end. On the other hand, given that the big company would have to spend at least a few hundred dollars defending itself from any such lawsuit, a few players might be tempted to sue hoping for a settlement, or just out of principle to make the company's empty promises actually lose it some real money.BTW, this law has led to some interesting cases here. At the very least it has led to advertisers being shy of using fine print, since if the small print is left out in error, or if the judge determines it's actually illegible, the advertiser is bound by whatever was announced, treating the fine print portion as if it didn't exist in the first place :)
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