Oct 17th 2010 5:10PM No need to sit. I suspect this is the spot they'll be airing:
It was posted about the same time as the cinematic.
I already stopped recording the game on my TiVo.
Nov 12th 2009 3:18PM There was an issue with the previous launcher update (a few days ago) which prevented people from opening multiple copies of WoW via the launcher. I would imagine this patch addresses that issue.
Nov 4th 2009 5:07PM Why? Seriously, why should they do this? Are they not entitled to enjoy the profits of their creations?
Also, where does it end? How about those extra fees we pay for transfers or race/faction changes? Should 5% of our monthly subscriptions go to charity as well? Why not 10%, or 50% or 100%? Better yet, just leave the for-profit company enough to scrape by and keep the lights burning, and donate everything else to charity? I'm sure that would work out well for all parties once the quality of the game approaches zero.
Nov 4th 2009 4:42PM @RogueJedi86
I thought your outrage was due to the amount being donated to charity? Now we see the truth, you just don't want to spend more money to play a game. I see now why you never offered to pony up $10 directly to charity.
The "slippery slope" people have a valid concern, albeit vastly premature. Blizzard has said in their own FAQ (look in the text of the article) that these sorts of transactions are only going to be used for vanity, and not game changing, content. There are lots of gamers, myself included, who will rethink their subscriptions once content such as armor or weapons is offered in the store.
Nov 4th 2009 4:14PM @RogueJedi86
"Why do these 2 suddenly require money above and beyond the usual monthly fee?"
Because they can. It's called capitalism. People want these pets and are willing to pay for them.
If they are not worth your dollars, then don't buy them. If you feel that Blizzard is Teh Evil for doing this and not donating the entire proceeds to charity, then make a donation yourself. If it really offends you, cancel your account and donate that $15 a month to your favorite charity. Better yet, get a position on Blizzard's board and help steer the company towards a more philanthropic future.
"Maybe I don't like what Blizzard is doing with my money, with them giving nothing to my casual no-dungeon-running butt that I don't have to pay additional money for."
So, are you not getting $15 worth of entertainment every month for your subscription? If that is the case, why are you still paying for it? If you are, then why are you complaining about how this money is being spent?
Businesses reinvest money to create new products to make future income. I'm sure the money I spent on Diablo and Starcraft was used in part to hire the people who originally developed WoW. Had I never bought WoW, would you support me bitching about how my Starcraft or Diablo dollars weren't being used to support the games I was playing? I bought a product, and was given more than fair value for my money, which is why I continue to play WoW to this day. If that's not true for you, vote with your wallet and find something that will give you value for those dollars.
Nov 4th 2009 3:59PM These pets do cost some money to make. Artists, modelers, animators and programmers need to eat too. Also, factor in the costs associated with processing the transactions (e.g. credit card fees) and you'll see it's not free.
Also, while Blizzard is cool for doing this, and has done other charitable things in the past, it is still a for-profit company, not a charity. I'm glad they're doing this, but it's not mandatory that they do so.
I'd challenge every one of you "give 100% to charity" people to donate $10 directly to Make-A-Wish, or whatever your favorite charity may be. Or, perhaps you all feel strongly enough about being charitable that you've already donated or volunteered this year. Which are you, RogueJedi?
Nov 4th 2009 3:40PM This just in: A for-profit company creates additional (optional) revenue streams to increase shareholder value, while still enabling a rich experience (holiday events, content patches, etc.) for those not wishing to spend additional money. Let the riots begin!
Oct 16th 2009 7:16PM MMO-Champ is reporting the following from the patch notes:
* The following reputations have been sped up by roughly 30%:
Knights of the Ebon Blade
Sons of Hodir
* Sons of Hodir quests now give more reputation overall.
* Top-level helm and shoulder faction-related enchants are now available as Bind-on-Account items that do not require any faction to use once purchased (they still require the appropriate faction level to purchase).
* Reputation commendations can now be purchased for 1 Emblem of Triumph each.
Sep 16th 2009 6:15PM "Enjoy that upcoming 77.00 dollar charge, Mr. Account Hacker! I know I certainly will!"
More likely than not the credit card is stolen. Once the owner of that care sees the charge and issues a chargeback, your account will once again be locked, this time by Blizzard Billing. You may want to call them again and get the payments situated.
On the plus side, getting it locked means hackers can't use it either. I doubt they're going to want to send in a money order to get it reopened.
Aug 13th 2009 3:24PM Incorrect. "It's" is a contraction of "it has". The possessive form does not contain the apostrophe.