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10-11-2011 @ 5:10PM
It's directly and intentionally selling in-game advantages for real world money. How much of an advantage (i.e. how much gold you can get for a cub) is market driven, and subject to change and devaluation over time, but, it's still something that exists.Whether or not this is a good idea is not the point, at least for me. Nor is whether or not it'll be even a remotely viable gold-generating method after the first month or so. As I see it, the whole point is that it's something that happens at all. Previously, this kind of thing was actionable and against the stated principles of the game. It's blizzard's right to change the rules they see fit, true, but that doesn't mean they're right or we must automatically approve of directions they take (see: RealId real name usage...).Unless the game goes FTP and is wholly microtransaction driven, then I don't think this has any place in the subscription/expansion model. If this continues, it will essentially layer a third type of payment on top of the current two (monthly sub fees, periodic expansion charges, and now adding RMT upkeep to stay competitive). That is, as I see it, kinda excessive. Not to mention, if Blizzard (as the 800lb gorilla on the block) gets away with it, the likelihood is very high that others will follow suit.Of course, if you're not the kind of player who tries to keep current, then this probably doesn't matter, but, from my experience, WoW players tend to not be that relaxed. As a general rule. Heh.[TIN FOIL HAT TIME: THE FOLLOWING IS JUST ME BEING PARANOID]There's been a lot of very smart people pointing out that the market for these is going to depress and stabilize very quickly, and they'll no longer be too good for making money. What do you think the users who were using them to make money are going to do then? I'll bet I know. And I'll bet it involves asking blizzard for some other form of purchasable currency which won't devalue.And I bet Blizzard will deliver such.
10-11-2011 @ 5:27PM
"There's been a lot of very smart people pointing out that the market for these is going to depress and stabilize very quickly, and they'll no longer be too good for making money. What do you think the users who were using them to make money are going to do then? I'll bet I know. And I'll bet it involves asking blizzard for some other form of purchasable currency which won't devalue.And I bet Blizzard will deliver such."The idea of introducing a secondary currency based on real money is a scary thought. I really hope this is not the direction that this game is going.
10-11-2011 @ 5:31PM
It is also worth noting that two different CM's used the same boilerplate copy to justify this. (One european, one american.....)
10-11-2011 @ 5:41PM
We don't need to be screwed by another currency. Blizzard's already had that happen once, Stones of Jordon were the currency in Diablo 2 because gold was so plentiful that it was basically worthless. They even admit they failed on the economy in Diablo 2, and that people relying on Stones of Jordon was a bad situation, and they were going to repeat it for Diablo 3.If they go on with this, and eventually introduce other items which can be sold, and it ends up being a similiar situation, the items will be more valuable than gold, it's going to do the same thing.
10-11-2011 @ 6:34PM
Were not going to repeat it*
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