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10-12-2011 @ 2:58AM
One thing I've loved about WoW is how, for the most part (except the time you have available to play, some friends you know, or the computer system you have) much of your real life circumstances is divorced from WoW. Whether you are a hard-working father or someone of leisure, you still had to work pretty hard in game to get the rewards IN GAME.The scenario I'll let up is probably pretty exaggerated, granted, but I can see it.Bob works hard but doesn't make a lot of money. Great guy, loves WoW, and spends the little disposable income he has on small pleasures, such as WoW subscription. He comes home from work, rushes through or even skips dinner to make raid time. He raids enthusiastically and does his best. He takes time out when he can to do dailies or farming to make sure he's got enough flasks and other consumable, even helping out with guild resources. What extra gold he has, he might buy a nice BoE piece from the AH and they are rare and hard earned. He does his homework and knows his class, role and the fights and tries to help out but can't always get the gear he needs. But when friends and guildies need a bit of help with group content, he tries to be there for him. Then there's Chad. Brash, bratty, young. He lives with mom and dad and has a lot of disposable income and time. He mostly sits in trade making fun of people or attacking small, low level settlements of the other faction. He's constantly linking recount and criticizing people. He thinks he's the best player in the game, and lets you know it more often than not. He knows his class and role well enough, and has great reflexes, and is able to get through the fights well enough to be an asset to the raid.SO, Bob's money mostly goes to bills. And maybe some fast food and such but his biggest pleasure is WoW. He does what he can IN GAME to earn what he can. But he can't justify paying extra money that could go to stuff like, say, car repairs or birthday presents, on some in-game pet or mount.Chad finds that he can now take all that money he's NOT paying bills with (or rent or whatever) and buy a bunch of pets. And sells them on the AH. Now he's got the best BoE gear gold can buy. Maybe it's not BiS, but good enough to look impressive to his guild. He can still sit there, spam trade, sit on top of npc's for hours with a huge mount and still be able to buy the best enchants, gems and whatnot. No sweat.They are in the same guild. The GL/RL has blinders on . . . focused on recount and iLevel. Bob is a loyal, knowledgeable player who's a good guy. Chad's a jackass who got his gear from the AH because he's got money to spare in his real life. the clueless RL looks impressively at Chad's gear. There is one dps slot for the next raid as more have signed up than usual.I would HOPE the RL would take Bob. If not Bob should maybe find another guild. But that's not my point. My point is, that should not happen at all. The game should be as closed system as possible. Having pretty pets and mounts for yourself is one thing. Being able to buy ADVANTAGE (in a roundabout way) is a whole different thing.And the TCG card? The ONLY reason I begrudgingly accept it is BECAUSE they are rare, not something anyone with a bunch of extra money can easily get and sell.And you think there aren't real Raidleaders / Guild Leaders who won't think like that? I'm sure there are. As much as I sill love the game, my faith in the fairness and goodness of the WoW community in general has been waning throughout this expansion. A lot of people are superficial like that, overlooking loyalty, effort, etc, and instead, looking at iLevels.And that may be a reason I haven't listened to the WoW Insider show in months. It's was getting to be waaaay too much of "RAH RAH!! I'm a BLIZZARD FANBOY and they can sell anything they want" show. True, it beats hacking by gold sellers, but it doesn't mean gold selling is a GOOD thing in the game, even if it's legit. It takes some of the fairness and equality out of the game, and it makes me sad.
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