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10-10-2011 @ 1:32PM
"...we’re ok with it if some players choose to use the Guardian Cub as a safe and secure way to try to acquire a little extra in-game gold without turning to third-party gold-selling services."-----------This reminds me of money laundering, only nerdier. Money laundering occurs in three stages: Placement, Layering, and Integration. In this case you want to launder your USD as Gold:1 - Placement - Pay Blizzard $102 - Layering - Money is "converted" into a Guardian Cub3 - Integration - Guardian Cub sold on the AH; USD converted.I don't like that Blizzard is selling pets for real money, let alone selling them as BoU. Sure, it's no different than certain trading card game items, but I was never okay with those either.All that said, at the end of the day this is unlikely to have a significant impact on the game in any way. The number of people spending real dollars for an in-game pet only to turn around and try - emphasis on try - to sell it is probably going to be very, very small. That and inflation is already so out-of-control in-game that a new pet is going to be but a tiny blip on the radar.Verdict: Meh
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