May 5th 2011 1:44AM yes the development team is in place, however the amount of developers required to churn out changes to the product is half what it takes to write the product. Most of the developers are on to bigger projects now, like their new hush hush MMO. However even considering that they are never losing money no matter the inflation. Think about his. The very first day that they release the celestial steed they sold over 1 million. Thats at 25 dollars per steed. That Steed is a day or so of graphics art design and a bit flag set on a colum in a database. Hmmm that cost them maybe 1000.00 dollars of time. Net 25 million. Yeah they are hurting because of inflation. NOT
May 4th 2011 5:42PM I understand what he is trying to say, but this "Blizzard needs to make up the money somewhere" is not really true. The fact is that Blizzard has not change their subscription fees no, but they also have taken a completed project and simply enhanced it. The amount of development time to enhance a product vs creating it is drastic. So even though inflation has increased and Blizzard has not increased it's subscription fees does not mean they are making less money.
May 4th 2011 4:33PM OGM...when I read comments like this
"@Devin- you are forgetting about the impact of inflation. Because Blizzard hasn't raised the subscription fee since it started, they are in effect earning less money per subscription now than they were five years ago. Blizzard needs to make up the money somewhere"
I want to reach through the digital world and start slapping people.
Blizzard is making so much money off of wow that the numbers are ridiculous. They could lower the monthly subscription fees to 5$ a month and still make a killing.
Let me preface this by saying I'm a Senior Software Engineer with over 10 years of experience in the field.
A dose of reality that no one from Blizzard will ever admit. The cost of transferring your character from one realm to another is ZERO dollars. Well actually could be pennies. Look at it like this. Let say worst case it took one database engineer a week to write the script to do that, a web developer another week to wire up the web pages to initiate the process and collect the CC info to process the order, and a extra week of testing this process. Lets say that was 100.00 an hour. That is $12,000 dollars of cost. It doesn't take very many server transfers before that cost is fully made back. Everything else is pure profit. And that process is completely automated. There is no one pushing a button or monitoring a screen. Every time someone pays for another transfer the cost to Blizzard per transfer drops. It's most likely don't to 0.000000009 cents about now.
So this guy posting that comment trying to make us all believe that Blizzard has to make money to cover costs of continuing to improve content BLAH BLAH BLAH.
All that aside they have the right to charge what they want, just don't try and patronize people about it. Sure there is a lot of people who might by the BS bu there are many intelligent players of wow that know the truth.
Dec 23rd 2010 9:50AM Upgrade
Dec 23rd 2010 9:49AM Sure why not?
Dec 22nd 2010 10:01AM YES YES
Dec 7th 2010 6:45PM Cool another video card...PLEASE GIVE
Dec 7th 2010 2:41PM I really need this card...PLEASE.
Apr 15th 2010 5:10PM I can't afford $25.00 for that mount because my Defense cap can't get high enough to avoid being one-shotted by the wife.