May 5th 2009 4:56PM If demand significantly outweighs supply, then the cost of your offering is too low. That's basic economics.
In many cases, the price increase doesn't increase revenue, since the rise in cost also reduces demand. In fact, given last year's Zerg rush against the servers, I highly suspect that reducing demand is the primary motivation here.
Besides, I gather the price of the 2009 ticket is the same that it was for BlizzCon 2005.
Dec 15th 2008 5:34PM I once knew a hunter who had no problems being rude and mean-spirited to others, citing the anonymity provided by the game. His behavior and attitude was not dissimilar from the blacksmith referenced in this article: "You made a mistake? You got screwed? Well, that's tough."
Several years later, the hunter applied to a raiding group. Thing is, the hunter had grossly mistreated a player a while back; while the latter was now playing under a different class/name, he hadn't forgotten the incident - and was now an officer in the very raid group to which the hunter had submitted an application. Needless to say, the application was rejected. He didn't have much luck getting accepted by other raiding organizations either. (To the hunter's credit, he actually came to realize that the repercussions of his behavior, though it took a long time, had eventually come back to haunt him.)
On the other hand, there was this paladin who was a generally nice guy, eager to pitch in with funds, materials, and his time to help others. Shortly before the Wrath expansion, his friends dragged him along for a Zul'Aman run, and (to his surprise) unanimously passed on the bear mount for the paladin.
A lot of people can't or won't look past the immediate time frame of their actions, or foresee the repercussions thereof. The thing about karma, both good or bad, is that it tends to be slow but comes around eventually. And generally, being a decent person has far better payoffs than being a jerk. Just sayin'.
Sep 14th 2007 4:53PM Would love to own this.