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WoW Insider Show Episode 181: In which our heroes vanquish the monster that lives inside the belly of Manitoba {WoW}

Feb 15th 2011 9:37AM Don't anger the Manitoba. Hell hath no fury like a Province scorned.

Patch 4.0.6a hotfixes for Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 {WoW}

Feb 11th 2011 5:39PM How the original Death's advance went live we'll never know. This feels just about right now.

The WoW Insider Show Episode 180: In which our heroes learn about Canada {WoW}

Feb 8th 2011 1:33PM Rhode Island? Rhode Island??

I'll tell you one thing, Manitoba would kick Rhode Island's ass in fist fight.

The WoW Insider Show Episode 179: Rossi will by played by Adam West {WoW}

Feb 1st 2011 11:23AM Shame on you Rossi. Bad Canadian!

The Lawbringer: The lessons of globalization and gold farming {WoW}

Jan 21st 2011 4:58PM @Cyrus

"Blizzard does not recognize any purported transfers of virtual property executed outside of the Game, or the purported sale, gift or trade in the “real world” of anything that appears or originates in the Game."

I'm hearing what your saying about Blizzs' ownership of accounts. They can do whatever they see fit under any circumstance.

Now to be clear, in lawyer speak "does not recognize" is by no means stating these actions are punishable in any way. It's simply a safety measure to remove themselves from any action a player may take outside of the game when dealing with currency sale. If a player were to buy gold from a third party, Blizz is in no way connected to, or responsible for anything that may or may not take place before during or after said transaction.

The Lawbringer: The lessons of globalization and gold farming {WoW}

Jan 21st 2011 4:11PM @Golis

This is precisely my point. Having read the EULA front to back it is never stated that "buying" virtual currency is an infraction.

This leads me to wonder why? Well put on your tin foil hats for this one. Blizzard only stands to gain more money by randomly banning gold farming accounts. A player who buys gold and is banned is less likely to come back to the game. However, a gold farmer is very likely to purchase a new account once banned. This adds up to more money in the pockets of Blizzard. Each time Blizz sends out a ban wave they're effectively forcing the farmers to purchase (or steal) new accounts. One hand feeds the other. Seems like simple logic to me.

On a side note, I'm also confused as to why anyone would think the act of buying gold somehow compromises account security? How does a farmer knowing your character name in any way make him able to hack your account? One doesn't need to hand over any information outside of that. I can understand a powerleveling service doing so, but not gold buying.

I'm not condoning the gold trade. Just playing Devils' Advocate.

The Lawbringer: The lessons of globalization and gold farming {WoW}

Jan 21st 2011 1:41PM I've asked before and I'll ask again. Where has it ever been stated that gold buying is an EULA violation.

Selling to farmers and players is clearly stated, but I've still never seen evidence written or otherwise that buying is an offense.

World of WarCrafts: A custom bathroom fit for a Warchief {WoW}

Jan 20th 2011 4:19PM Well thank god he's already married. Imagine bringing home a date. Unless she's a gamer, or into bondage I think that's a pretty sure mood killer right there.

Insider Trader: The trick to farmable Maelstrom Crystals {WoW}

Jan 18th 2011 5:58PM It's already fixed by simple rules of supply and demand. The average price for these on many servers has slipped below 1k. Methinks, as others have mentioned this article is about two weeks too late.

I made a killing on these early on, but now the market has pretty much dried up.

If Blizz was really hell bent on curbing this trade, all they'd need to due is make the stones Rare instead of Epic.

Insider Trader: The trick to farmable Maelstrom Crystals {WoW}

Jan 18th 2011 5:52PM I assure you, the cost of the goggles will greatly outweigh the value of the crystal. Not to mention the Chaos Orbs you'd need to farm.