Nov 4th 2009 3:47PM No, but it still seems contrary to their previous position and narrows the gap between WoW and an MMORPG I could play for free that's run on microtransactions. I'm not saying I'm going to quit WoW over this and I realize that you don't have the buy the pet. But having items that can only be acquired by purchasing them directly from Blizzard does feel weird to me and I do feel like the game loses a little something because of it.
Nov 4th 2009 3:31PM This seems to go against everything they've ever said about not wanting people to have to pay fees on top of the monthly fee to gain full access to the game. Now they're going the route of having people buy non-combat pets, which isn't so different from the free online MMOs that make their money primarily through selling extras for money. I know that have the profits are going to charity, but if this was a heartfelt effort to raise money for charity, I think that all the profits should be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
It's a money making scheme in my opinion, not an effort to improve people's lives. Obviously Blizzard is a business and making money is what they do. But it seems to go against their own principles, which makes me uncomfortable.
Nov 12th 2008 1:20PM Here's my entry
Nov 12th 2008 10:54AM I'm not suggesting that they should predict the future, I'm suggesting that they shouldn't be quite so optimistic with their estimates. It's like people who give themselves half an hour to drive somewhere that's 30 minutes away in ideal conditions. They don't get why they're always late because they failed to account for possible setbacks like traffic.
Obviously, sometimes they'll fail to meet their deadlines no matter what. But when it comes to major patches/fixes, it seems to happen consistently enough that it's really just a problem of them not factoring in the probability of a setback.
Nov 12th 2008 10:33AM It seems like more often than not when they put up a deadline for any sort of major update/fix, they fail to meet it. Shouldn't they factor that in when they're giving future updates? Today, rather than saying it would take 3 hours, tell us it'll take 4. If they finish early, they finish early, but at least they wouldn't have to look bad by failing to meet their own self-imposed deadlines.
Nov 12th 2008 8:22AM Might as well try ^_^
Jul 28th 2008 11:47AM How has combining Spell Damage and Spell Healing into Spell Power effected hybrid classes? Is a Balanced Druid also a capable healer in instances or is a Shadow Priest a good healer without having to respec? If you've done anything PvP wise (just dueling or whatever), have you noticed any balancing issues related to this?