Feb 6th 2011 11:11AM I tried not to go there, but yeah...that was the first think in my mind aswell :S
Feb 6th 2011 11:08AM I tried not to go there, but yeah... that was the first thing in my mind aswell :S
Feb 6th 2011 10:07AM Alternate caption:
Tentacle 1: Ya think he's dead?
Tentacle 2: Probably... He hasn't moved in AGES
Tentacle 1; Find a stick and poke it
All the other tentacles who have gathered: Yeah. poke it real good!
Feb 6th 2011 9:35AM You think I'm TROLLING?? ha! if I were trolling I would be doing a MUCH better job than this.
Maybe you (like I) are one of the lucky ones who have a special someone. but I reckon the vast majority of the player base DONT.. their social life consists of pixels. I was merely commenting on the irony that an event such as "Love is in the air" throws up. but hey... even basement dwellers can take comfort int he fact that an NPC somewhere loves them.
Feb 6th 2011 9:15AM so you are one of the spotty basement dwellers judging by that reply..
Feb 6th 2011 8:59AM Heh... far from it.. I just have an odd sense of humour.
Feb 6th 2011 8:14AM Makes me laugh. Blizzard MAKES spotty basement dwellers PRETEND to have girlfriends, when truth be told, odds are they could never get a girlfriend, never mind one who will let them touch their junk!
Oh the bitter-sweet irony!
Feb 5th 2011 2:20AM Interesting you vring up the gold farmers.
If Blizz were to prosecute them for the virtual gold they sell (which THEY the farmers have placed a set value on... Say for example to keep the numbers nice and simple, 100 gold costs $10 on a farmer site) Would the fact that Blizz prosecuted that case (and for the sake of argument won) thereby by default place a fixed value on ALL gold in the game, whether gained by fair means or foul?
So in effect you end up with Blizzards virtual currency being given a real world money value as a result of this case...
so we have Gold selling at $10 per 100 and the courts use that amount arbitrarily (as it has been established as the "going rate" by the gold farmer on trial) meaning that as a result of this case, we now hold REAL CASH on our accounts even though we are unable to actually BUY said cash (except by means which violate the TOS).
I'm no legal eagle, but dosent this open up a number of technical snags, the biggest of which being:
a) Your account will no longer be owned by Blizzard, but by YOU as you are now 'working' for a real/virtual living. The time you put in to farming mats to make items to sell on the AH to acquire gold, which now has a REAL WORLD value as declared by LAW.
or on the reverse of the coin
b) For Tax reasons, employment law and any other number of legal snags, it simply isn't WORTH Blizzards time to go after these farmers legally, as it opens a Pandora's box. Meaning that gold farming will be rife and BLizz will be completely aware of it, but be unwilling to intervene as it would seriously, and negatively impact their profit margins
c) It also opens the door to players being able to sell surpluses of gold DIRECTLY to Blizzard, either for cash, or virtual goods (such as That Retarded horse (Damn I wish i knew how to add links on this thing) or other in game goods. Therefore making Blizzard liable to various Taxes and regional laws.
Legal stuff isn't my expertise by any means and I could be a million miles off the mark with my thoughts, but it sure does open a lot of areas that need to be looked at.
Jan 19th 2011 12:59AM A question for the queue.
I have been reading through some of the Know your Lore columns and considering some of the internal conflicts of both factions, I could feasably see a way of a third main factions forming. sort of a combination of dissadents from both Alliance AND Horde allied to neither faction or their leaders (plus it would allow us to finally have mixed groups for dungeons/raids etc.
Examples of this in-bickering such as Sylvanis and her liking of use of the plague even though Gorash has forbidden it gives you a whole RACE to stick on the Tweners board and that is just one example.. I am sure there are dozens, if not hundreds of examples of breaking points where these defections could come about...
Do you see this as a viable future alternative for the game?