Mar 8th 2011 2:17PM How'd they get away with nicking the 1989 "Batman" score?
May 21st 2010 8:50AM You're right, but I still wish more players used their basic epic mounts, if only for the flavor of it. With everyone running around on a unique, "rare" mount these days, it feels like a lot of individuals instead of cohesive factions. I have 75 mounts and counting, but I still prefer to ride on my Swift White Steed and my Swift Blue Gryphon, partly out of faction pride. I dunno; maybe that's a little arpee of me.
May 21st 2010 8:10AM For the most part, I like that mounts are easier get. Particularly for anyone levelling any number of alts, it's so nice not to have to jump through hoops to get something so basic and essential.
That said, yes, new players are missing out on how special mounts used to be. They were something to work for. A reward. A status symbol. I remember in vanilla when I'd walk into a major city and see a level-60 atop his or her epic racial mount, how truly IMPRESSIVE it was to see.
In the end, though, that's really just a "Kids these days; they don't gotta work for nuthin" kind of rant. There's no good reason for mounts to be difficult to attain. But noobs are definitely missing how great it used to feel to attain one. :)
May 20th 2010 10:21AM A lot of people have an instinct to want to shit on the idea on a WoW print magazine, which is completely understandable. I rolled the dice and bought a subscription.
It is a fact that there's really no information in the magazine that isn't available online. I think the publishers know this. But see if you can get your hands on an issue anyway, because they do a VERY nice job of justifying the magazine's existence by making it look and feel as beautiful as possible. Sure, the information is widely available elsewhere, but reading the magazine is aesthetically a very pleasant experience, in ways both visual and tactile.
May 18th 2010 12:51AM "Stop being butthurt that you're a sociopath, and learn to be a decent human being."
No, thank you. I'd rather be a winner.
May 17th 2010 11:21PM @Hoggersbud
I love how you continue to insist that my relying on careless people to be careless and stupid people to be stupid makes this a scam. You must one of life's eternal victims, whining your way through existence complaining that everything and everyone is unfair, never taking responsibility for your actions. It's not my job to be nice to you. It's not Blizzard's job to babysit you. Learn to take care of yourself.
May 17th 2010 11:16PM Tough. As I said elsewhere, I will always get ahead by taking advantage of any legal avenue or loophole available to me. I don't care if it's "right" or "wrong." Blizzard says it's within the rules and is not a scam. That means it's on you to watch out for your own a--, not for me to conform to an imaginary "fair" price. I don't really care what your excuse is; boo-hoo, you were late for a raid and in a hurry. That's your problem. And I'm happy to take advantage of it. Thanks for the gold!
May 17th 2010 11:09PM I'd say that it is a good tactic to write this article and spread the word. The more people who know that guys like me are taking advantage of their carelessness, the less likely they are to keep being careless. And that's bad for business. But it's totally fair.
But do you really think all your crybaby whining is going to make me stop selling single arrows because you think I'm a dick? I couldn't care less. There are stupid, lazy, careless people out there and I'm going to take their money. It doesn't matter how many gallons of tears you cry, Hoggersbug; it's still not a "scam." There are safeguards already in place to prevent people from overpaying for things. At a certain point, you're responsible for yourself. Stop being butthurt because you paid 30g for six arrows. It's not my fault you suck at life.
May 17th 2010 4:05PM What's relevant is the REASON they're not aware. Is it because necessary information was concealed from them? No. It's because they were too careless to look at the necessary information.
May 17th 2010 3:49PM The important BLUE BITS:
"In short, placing items on the Auction House for significantly higher prices than other, like items is not a "scam" because at no time is the price of the item misrepresented; not only are prices (along with their gold, silver and copper denominations) clearly labeled in the Auction House interface, but players are required to confirm once more that they actually wish to pay X price for Y item. These safeguards are sufficient to ensure that players are aware of what they're agreeing to pay, as one should always exercise caution when making such purchases, large or small.
What's more, the Auction House is a free market, which means that there is no authoritative regulation of prices; thus, sellers are welcome to set whatever price they feel is fair, and buyers may either opt or decline to purchase the item at that price. In this way, supply and demand fuel the economy; not only are sellers given an opportunity to influence the market of which they are a part, but buyers ultimately make the decision as to whether those sales are successful. This does, of course, place the burden on buyers to pay attention to their dealings in the Auction House. :) "