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10-10-2011 @ 10:08PM
I seriously doubt that this item is a last-ditch effort to make money from a dying game as many here have opined. The constant stream of patches and hotfixes that Blizzard implements shows that the company cares more about customer satisfaction (and the steady revenue that ensures) than the relatively small amount of money they'll make off of this thing. Also, I don't see Blizzard believing this measure will make more than a dent in the gold selling market. Considering that they have historically shown great interest in player feedback through forums and surveys, I tend to think that the growing disparity between the extremely gold-wealthy customer and those with little in-game resources may be a motivator here as well. Being a fairly avid follower of multiple WoW related forums myself I've noticed of late the increase in posts concerning the polarizing subject of gold sinks in the game. The camps seem pretty well divided between "Gimme something to spend all this damned gold on" and "Exactly what gold am I supposed to be sinking into this new awesome thing?". It's quite realistic to think that Blizzard has been reading these same arguments and this is an experimental attempt to implement some, albeit limited, form of wealth equality. I may just be guessing here but I'd bet that the overlap between players who have so much gold that they'd never consider purchasing for real money something they could obtain through game resources and the players who could never afford the gold for something like that in the AH but could definitely throw a couple extra on the credit card must be sizable enough to create SOME parity in overall server wealth distribution. That would be an interesting Venn diagram at any rate. With this as even a partial rationale behind the new pet, it makes the BoU-only status a lot more understandable from Blizzard's point of view.
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