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10-10-2011 @ 12:28PM
Yeah, there are some really interesting ramifications here.First off, it really is selling gold under another name. (Blizzard pretty much cops to that in the FAQ.) However, it means that the real dollar price of gold would fluctuate, based on whatever people want to pay for these. More interestingly, it puts the final verdict on gold selling in the hands of the players on a realm. If enough people on a realm didn't like the idea and refused to spend gold for the pet, the price would invariably have to fall and the amount of gold you get for $10 would decrease.One good thing about this is that it gets around one of the biggest problems people have had with the idea of Blizzard selling gold: rampant inflation. It was pretty reasonable to assume that if Bliz let people buy gold directly, that massive infusion of gold to the economy would cause prices on everything to go up. However, this method adds no new gold; by giving the player a commodity that can be traded for gold instead, Blizzard can allow real money to wind up as gold without having to add additional gold into the equation.I'm interested to see your take on it, Basil.
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