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WoW Armory Remote Auction House beta is live {WoW}

May 27th 2010 5:15AM I expect AH prices to soar as programmer game the system via the new web interface. I bet as I write this some gold farming firm has a programmer working on it right now. With an HTML interface it lowers the bar for entry into automated auction house manipulation.

I predict double digit (possibly triple digit) inflation in the next 6 months and Cataclysm items to be even more obscenely priced and will stay that way. Which in turn will increase gold buying and selling.

I wish they built a native 64 Bit client, Direct X 11 support or text to speech instead of this.

The Daily Quest: Children's Week {WoW}

May 5th 2010 8:45PM I finally got it on the 39 try.

The Daily Quest: Children's Week {WoW}

May 4th 2010 8:28AM Eye of the storm 27 tries, ganked and camped in the grave yard. Unfortunately in my battle group the Eye of The storm is a bit unbalanced with hard core PVP camping PVE Grave Yard and killing us as we resurrect. With zero resilience we are easy targets. I have tried 27 times and spend most of my time dead. And most of the time my own side is calling out us PVE for ruining their battleground.

I can not say this has helped my feelings for Blizzard.

I do feel sorry for the PVP having a rotten week of non-stop ganking PVE players and not having any real challenge. And my side has not been doing to well with most of us dieing all the time.

Blizzard really did not need to do this. I think they were hoping we would come to like PVP by trying it. Problem is the gear difference between PVE and PVP is so stark that it not very fun for a PVE player. I just hate PVP now, and I'm starting to get annoyed with PVP players. Good job Blizzard.

The Lawbringer: Interfering with gold farmers {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2010 2:04AM You can argue about the legality but you will not stop it based on that. This is like the war on drugs.

Sony has managed gold buying/selling for years:
http://stationexchange.station.sony.com/livegamer.vm

Too often folks assume one view is correct, absolutely.

I think folks argue against the gold market as they see it as some one getting a competitive advantage in a venue where they think there are none available. As long as people play games some will look for an advantage, and many will find them. The folks that rail against this see it as cheating, or diminishing their greatness. I can fully understand that perspective. The problem is some folks don't care about that. They see an endless grind and a way to have a little less endlessness. They do not share your morales.

You are not going to stop gold selling, power leveling or other ways folks seek to get an advantage in game. So you can take two approaches, battle it in a hope to minimize it, or provide a mechanism to manage the impact on the game via controlling the flow. Blizzard has valiantly fought the gold farmers, but to be honest they have fail to accomplish much other than giving a show of trying. It still occurring on a massive scale and is intrusive to the game play. It is a losing battle for show, like the war on drugs. You are fighting human behavior of pleasure seeking, that is a challenging fight.

I am not saying Sony is doing it right, I am saying Blizzard might want to accept human behavior is going to occur and manage it with realistic expectations. Ask yourself this, with all the effort Blizzard has done has the market for gold shrunk? Have you seen less gold Spam (blocking via addons does not count)? Have gone a month without hearing on account getting hacked? The current model is not working. As much as people are morally opposed to this, it will occur. you might want to find a better way to deal with it.

I think you will have far less impact by having a method to allow sale than to disallow it. You can restrict it to a degree that way. Most folks would rather buy in game than out of game so you knee cap the current gold selling scheme.

You cannot stop this behavior, even if it against the TOS. Better to do as other games have and mold it. I'm tired of gold spam, hacking and other non-sense. You will never get rid of it entirely, but you will most likely greatly reduce it if you provide a frame work for managing the behavior.

I'm not saying I like the idea of someone buying their way to being better than me (I love Bind On Pickup as a solution to that) but I also know you can not entirely stop it.

We need to stop pretending that video games are level playing fields and accept we have a full spectrum of personality types playing these games. To make the game enjoyable we need to provide management of behavior that is effective, as the current model is not effective and still leaves the game with a lot of annoyances around this issue.

The Lawbringer: Legal gold sales? Not a Blizzard's chance in Hell {WoW}

Mar 17th 2010 8:16PM I did a reply fail twice. I finally figured out you have to reply to the parent comment.

I think you will have far less impact by having a method to allow sale than to disallow it. You can restrict it to a degree that way. Most folks would rather buy in game than out of game so you knee cap the current gold selling scheme.

You cannot stop this behavior, even if it against the TOS. Better to do as other games have and mold it. I'm tired of gold spam, hacking and other non-sense. You will never get rid of it entirely, but you will most likely greatly reduce it if you provide a frame work for managing the behavior.

I'm not saying I like the idea of someone buying their way to being better than me (I love Bind On Pickup as a solution to that) but I also know you can not entirely stop it.

We need to stop pretending that video games are level playing fields and accept we have a full spectrum of personality types playing these games. To make the game enjoyable we need to provide management of behavior that is effective, as the current model is not effective and still leaves the game with a lot of annoyances around this issue.

The Lawbringer: Legal gold sales? Not a Blizzard's chance in Hell {WoW}

Mar 17th 2010 7:12PM Hi Pocket Fox.

I was trying to reply to Daedalus but it did not go under his comment as a reply. He was talking about Sony games, which he said he had not played.

I have played Sony games as well as WoW.

The Lawbringer: Legal gold sales? Not a Blizzard's chance in Hell {WoW}

Mar 17th 2010 5:13PM I think you are missing the point with your ad-hominem attacks. This is not about the quality of a game you have not even played (but apparently have opinions on), but that the concept is not something new. This is different than Linden labs' business model.

You also postulate that WoW's economies are healthy. I think you are again presenting an opinion with no comparison or justification. You are trying to simplify the argument too much I believe.

I think folks argue against it as they see it as some one getting a competitive advantage in a venue where they think there are none available. As long as people play games some will look for an advantage, and many will find them. The folks that rail against this see it as cheating, or diminishing their greatness. I can fully understand that perspective. The problem is some folks don't care about that. They see an endless grind and a way to have a little less endlessness.

You are not going to stop gold selling, power leveling or other ways folks seek to get an advantage in game. So you can take two approaches, battle it in a hope to minimize it, or provide a mechanism to manage the impact on the game via controlling the flow. Blizzard has valiantly fought the gold farmers, but to be honest they have fail to accomplish much other than giving a show of trying. It still occurring on a massive scale and is intrusive to the game play. It is a losing battle for show, like the war on drugs. You are fighting human behavior of pleasure seeking, that is a challenging fight.

I am not saying Sony is doing it right, I am saying Blizzard might want to accept human behavior is going to occur and manage it with realistic expectations. Ask yourself this, with all the effort Blizzard has done has the market for gold shrunk? Have you seen less gold Spam (blocking via addons does not count)? Have gone a month without hearing on account getting hacked? The current model is not working. As much as people are morally opposed to this, it will occur. you might want to find a better way to deal with it.

The Lawbringer: Legal gold sales? Not a Blizzard's chance in Hell {WoW}

Mar 17th 2010 6:07AM Sony has done this for years:
http://stationexchange.station.sony.com/livegamer.vm

Too often folks assume one view is correct, absolutely.