May 18th 2010 2:06PM "all Blizzard would have to do to fix this is make the default auction interface sort these stacks by unit price instead of stack price."
Dear GM: Your AH system caused me to buy more of "item X" than I wanted. It sorts by the cheapest per item, but I didn't want to buy 100 of these, I only wanted to buy 10. But your stupid system doesn't sort that way. Why can't it just default to the total amount spent? This way, if I am lazy and make a mistake, it's for the least amount. This new default caused me to lose 30 gold by not paying attention, whereas before I'd have only lost 3g. I can't be bothered to check the actual number of items in a stack. Protect me from these evil AH griefers. Respond to my ticket please. Fix my inability to read numbers and confirm what I am buying, and do it RIGHT NOW!'
Dear Hunter: We tried many times explaining to our player base that having a system that shows the number of items you're buying, and then a confim button showing it again, was enough of a safeguard. However, we receiverd thousands of tickets stating that this would fix the problem. We tried to argue that players need to be responsible for their own purchases, but Basil convinced us otherwise with a flood of tickets. This time, we really, really, REALLY mean that people have to look at what they're buying and the amount. We're sorry that you couldn't read the number of items you were buying before, and even sorrier that you can read them now. Deal with it.
May 18th 2010 12:52PM I read some of the authors previous articles on making gold using the AH, and all I can say is this article is irresponsible at best, and malicious at worst.
To sum up: There is a practice that might cause a hunter to spend 3g on one arrow, if he's really oblivious, somewhat lazy, and not paying attention, after which he never makes the mistake again. The response should be banning anyone who does practices this "scam", and flooding GMs with tickets to resolve this griefing issue.
There are many, many AH practices that take advantage of people's obliviousness, laziness, indifference or just plain stupidity that cause raiders and many others to spend hundreds upon hundreds more gold than they would need to. These are all great tips to becoming rich.
There's a rather huge disconnect in the author's stance. I urge rational huntards to not flood the GMs with this. If you are really pissed off about griefing on the AH, pick something that actually matters. Personally, I think the AH is a player managed system and should be treated that way, but if you really agree with the author that scamming innocent people by taking advantage of their laziness is important, when you open that ticket to the GM, make it more substantial than a whinefest about 3g on an arrow.
May 18th 2010 12:37PM "They aren't simply just overpricing arrows. They are doing it in a very specific way so that it is easy for someone to mistake it for a full stack."
This is simply untrue. In fact, it's a scam and a lie. It is NOT easy for someone to mistake one single arrow for a full stack. To make it to level 80 as a huntard, and have enough brain power to locate the AH, is is, in fact, pretty damn hard to mistake a single arrow for a full stack. It becomes EVEN HARDER to mistake it for a full stack when, after scanning the AH and selecting your purchase of one arrow, you have to answer "Are you sure you want to buy 1x arrow". Stop lying about this. You have to be truly, truly oblivious to make this mistake just one time. And when you do, it costs you all of 3g.
Don't worry, huntards. Blizzard is protecting you from you fail ability to read 1's and 0's soon, for the love of non big brother, red tape, cencorship and fascism, STOP pushing an agenda of banning, much less opening thousands of tickets over people using the AH. And the article claiming it's griefing? That's even worse. If you were going to open tickets for griefing on the AH, arrows would be about the last thing that would be on the radar. Controlling flask prices for simple raiders, cornering pots, artificially inflating prices en masse etc. And these are all things that ACTUALLY impact innocent raiders and cost them REAL money, over and over, unlike 3 stupid gold for a huntard. And there's no easy fix to this "griefing" like being able to TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1 and 1000!!!! If the author is serious about opening tickets to protect defenseless innocents, he should be pushing people to open tickets everytime someone tries to monopolize a market. That is real griefing, if you follow that kind of logic.
May 18th 2010 10:25AM "Nope, this is more like you have a bunch of TV's at an electronics store, and inside the Sony Box is just a remote control, not an actual TV"
No. It's much more like walking into a flea market, looking at the first table you see that says "sunglasses" $10, saying "I'd like to buy this pair of sunglasses for $10", Uncle Jeb going "$10 please", handing you the glasses and you walking right past table number 4 where Aunt Sally is selling 3 sunglasses for $10. Except not exactly, since the virtual flea market you were using have them all in a spec about 10 inches high. So not as much walking.
And instead of being properly ashamed for being dumb and lazy, you instead scream about what a horrible person Jeb is, and then decide the best course of action is to write to the Mayor of the town for not protecting you from Jeb enough. And possibly the Attorney General, the Governor, and the President of the United States. And on top of it, you want Jeb thrown in jail for being a scammer. And if I read correctly, some also think they should be able to pound the snot out of Uncle "scammer" Jeb. Because of the moral high ground.
May 18th 2010 9:40AM Blizzard is protecting retard hunters from doing this. You won't even have to buy arrows from anyone in cata.
But as to the general premise of this article and many of the "this is dishonest" type posts, that Blizzard should ban people for posting things on the auction house at prices that other people don't like?
Go away you idiots. Stop clogging up GM with tells about this. There are too many real issues in this game that should be worked on. Inane tickets from obsessed people like Hogger do absolutely nothing but prevent work on real issues. I'm really, really sorry that you paid 3.3 gold for one arrow one time because the meanie AH scammers took advantage of you, but take your misplaced sense of injustice and go away. Perhaps feed the homeless or adopt a pet or something. In the real world, when someone offers you a fake watch for 1000 times more than it's worth, you either buy it if you're a sucker, or you don't. It's a virtual bazaar or flea market, and if you can't manage to negotiate the bazaar without being taken advantage of, then don't go to them. People don't write their congressmen because they bought one coaster from Jeb at the flea market, when they could have bought a set of 10 from Rosie 10 stalls later.
Leave the AH alone. I understand the point is that some people are too "whatever" to not be taken advantage of one time. Sorry. Virtual life is hard. Go spend 10 seconds doing one daily and move on with your life. The AH works just fine for 99% of the people in WoW and the crazy calls for banning people for posting items on the AH is frankly fascist and disgusting.
May 5th 2009 4:11PM What? I'm pretty sure the bank removes that account, and the account of the person it was supposed to go to, and the accounts of anyone who has the same employer as that account, and anyone that was with the person when they found out they had more money than they were supposed to.
Pretty sure that's how it should work....
May 5th 2009 4:06PM They got significant benefit and personal gain is they had any intent or expectation on keeping the world firsts.
As they said, and I would in the same situation, they did not. No one would. He claims to have used it for fun, and I believe that's exactly what he did.
Blizzard. I repeat Blizzard. I repeat Blizzrd, sent them the item. They created the item. It had charges and they sent to the player base. He didn't ask for the item, didn't mine the item, didn't exploit the game to get the item. He was handed the item by Blizard.
If they think using it is a bannable offense.. then they for dang sure should fire all their employees that were involved in the breakdown that caused such a horrible event to happen. From their control people, to those that review their policies, to those in charge of restoration, etc.
If this is really that big a deal, then they should treat it as such for real, and not just take it out on some players. If it is that eggregious, Blizzard employees should be losing their jobs just like multiple players should lose their accounts.
Rather, I think they'll just punish the player and by huge hypocrits about it.
Mar 30th 2009 12:04PM I used to BG a lot. A ton. And I knew how to play. And I would try to help out people and point out things.
But I stopped because there are too many elitist jag offs that call everyone scrubs when they quite possibly are in their first BG ever. Frankly, I was a good player, and they lost me. And they lose a lot more players who would suck the first few times they do it, but get better, simply because they think in terms of others being scrubs for making mistakes or not knowing any better.
Take all these guys, stick them in one BG, and don't let anyone new join or play with them. Then they might be happy. But probably not.
Mar 30th 2009 11:38AM An analogy I like even more is that the RNG is like gusts of wind in golf. Or a pass in football being deflected to just the right person. Etc, etc, etc.
Feb 2nd 2009 3:37PM So you guys joke around, have fun, facepull, and tell new people to just "wing it" on easier boss fights they haven't done, cause they're easy to figure out?
I'm just saying, it sounds like you're giving out mixed messages. I could be reading way too much into it, but it sounds like this was a good member, hadn't ever caused problems before, and who was behaving pretty much like he's seen in the past. Easy mode stuff taken half seriously. And did it, got told not to do it, did it anyway (because he thought it was a casual guild that did facepulls) and then surived (did good DPS?) and said so in vent.
Sounds like you got irked because while you're a causal guild, you have some expectation to become a little more hardcore guild, and called him out. He got his feelings hurt, and left the guild. Pretty normal, and not unexpected.
If you wanted to keep him, and set a good example, I'd have just said "you can't roll on loot, sorry dude", and then apologized for calling him out for being a dick. If you did that, I bet he'd still be in guild, and not causing problems.
But, again, perhaps you're glad to be rid of a dick. Just don't be suprised if, the next time someone facepulls, someone else wonders (maybe even aloud) if he's being a dick and if he'll be banned from rolling on loot because of it. At which point you'll make the subjective decision to ignore the problem, and probably get mad at the guild that brings it up.