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12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway: $20 J!NX gift certificates {WoW}

Dec 23rd 2011 9:12PM Would not mind at all.

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway: 1 year of MMO-Mumble service {WoW}

Dec 20th 2011 6:36PM I would not mind winning this.

12 Days of Winter Veil Giveaway: The Guild Season 4 DVDs {WoW}

Dec 17th 2011 8:53PM Wouldn't complain

GuildOx shares the most popular WoW character names by class {WoW}

Nov 2nd 2011 10:04PM Yeah, I've always liked Ellipsis for a warlock. And I guess there aren't enough goblin shamans for "Shockbroker" to be as popular as it should be.

The Queue: Syrio lives {WoW}

Sep 6th 2011 11:14AM Technically, it'd be a spoiler to confirm or deny whether it's a spoiler.

And I actually found AFfC much slower going than I'm finding ADwD. Part of it is which characters you care about, of course, since the two books are pretty distinct in their set of viewpoint characters.

What are the implications of a real-dollar auction house? {WoW}

Aug 2nd 2011 1:54AM This is horrific and dangerous as hell, and opens MMOs in general and Blizzard in particular up to a whole lot of legal Do-Not-Want.

If you want to compare this to an existing model, compare it to EVE's PLEX*. The major difference is that Diablo will have anywhere from ten times EVE's playerbase to astronomically more, and Diablo will have neither the size limiter of PLEX (i.e. the minimum amount of cash paid is equal to one month game-time and can always be exchanged for one month game-time) or the inherent value limiter of PLEX (once a PLEX is in-game, it cannot be re-converted back to cash except in the form of one month of game-time).

* For those who don't know EVE, a person can pay the same amount as a monthly subscription for a month to get a one-month gametime code that can then be sold as an in-game item called a Pilot's License EXtension or PLEX for as long as desired, right up until the code is used to add a month's game-time to the then-current owner's account.

What are the implications of a real-dollar auction house? {WoW}

Aug 2nd 2011 1:47AM Not quite. Unlike EVE, where you can buy game-time in one large chunk that can never be exchanged for actual cash, D3 will let you farm for bits of game-time that you then resell for actual cash completely within the ToS but in a transaction of questionable legality due to your lack of actual ownership of what you sold.

I'll post a separate analysis of why this is different from EVE at the (current) end of the comments.