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9-20-2011 @ 10:13AM
Basil, with all due respect, I think you underestimate the player will for shinies. Any mount or companion, even costing 100k, will be bought by the "middle class", and affect them more significantly than it did the high rollers. In fact, that's the problem with gold sinks in general- they cost a greater percentage of money for those with less money. But any gold sink where people are willing to pay will have the same or even a greater effect as a gold sink where people have to pay, because they will pay once they can and it's a fixed(high) amount. True, it has no effect on the poorer population, but then they feel left out, which runs counter to Blizzard's current design philosophy of "anyone can do anything".The only solutions which will proportionately affect the richer more than the poorer are those which are in some way designed to do so and get around the inevitable attempts to circumvent it. Several great ideas for that have been suggested in these very comments. I guess in the end I don't have any problems with mount and pet gold sinks, and probably they serve the purpose of lowering AH prices by lowering the middle class money pool. But it troubles me that Blizzard would ever design a mount or pet for that purpose- because us poor people would want it too, and if we ever got it, it would set our money pool back to zero.
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