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Dec 22nd 2011 2:32PM Transmorgy this, transmorg that - so BORING and tired of reading umpteen articles on this issue. Yes, having some itemization can be nice - but cripes, after a while, so sick and tired of seeing so many damned articles on this assinine little thing that really does absolutely nothing for gameplay.
And people commenting on having more hairstyles with the barber too - again, jeezus, have heard so much from this vocal minority.
I am a pet and mount collector myself (before anyone wants to argue how pets and mounts are not part of gameplay), and I agree that these items do not really add anything to gameplay either. It is nice to see new ones, I will collect what I can - but do not need (and really, there are one 1 or two, or more often none) many writeups each time one is added.
Dec 13th 2011 10:07AM Yes, it will be a new seasonal boss, with a Lump of Coal pet as a possible reward each day.
Dec 5th 2011 6:02PM
Surprised nobody is talking about Sinister Squashlings. Certainly, anyone who took their toons out was able to get a Squashing or dozen or so, but they were soulbound, and so many people were just dropping them as soon as they saw the ugly things for the 10 millionth time. However, with the release of 4.3, these little pets were no longer soulbound.
Have new alts that did not do the Hallows Eve round up. A bank alt that will never level up high enough (or not worthy enough to do anything), well, if you kept your surplus unneeded Squashlings, you can not only mail them to these alts - you can ALSO stick them on the AH. A simple way to get a few hundred gold (each) for people that perhaps want to have pets on alts that did not get them.
Nov 25th 2011 2:29PM You kill the final raid boss, you will have a chance for a rare epic gem, it will cost you 25,000 to purchase one single gem, and you can decide what cut you want it to have. Once that decision is made, voila, you have a soulbound epic gem.
So, just make sure you bring enough gold with you on your raid if you want to have a chance to upgrade a single gem to epic.
Oct 24th 2011 10:50PM There are many articles on this - and how someone with "many" relatives living in Canada, born in USA is not aware of it - well, you need to read the news.
Here is just one article, but there are many more
Basically, the IRS can, and is, going after ex-pats, but if you play ball with them nicely, odds are good they will forgive you - but if you do not, well, you know the IRS.
Oct 24th 2011 5:56PM Justifiable claim, yes - but you bought most items to play a game - not a business expenditure. If you are going to run a business where you are buying items to resell for a profit, then yes, you can have a reduction to the income claimed - but how are you going to prove this, and what kind of backup are you going to be able to keep and give the IRS/CRA if they decide to audit you? Blizzard will be sending the tax authority information about how much you sold - not what you bought.
I know nothing about this Second Life you mentioned - but this whole real AH that Blizzard is creating with Diablo is going to be a nightmare for people. You do not think this will happened? The IRS is currently going after Americans born in the US, but have lived in Canada all their lives (moved to Canada even as an infant), they earned absolutely zero in the US, but made money in Canada - and they have to report it to the IRS anyways - they are being chased now by the IRS. Many hundreds of thousands of people. This is real life. You do not think the IRS is going to chase game players to get what THEY (the IRS) decides should become the fair share of a taxpayer? You even try to cheat the taxman with your Diablo sales, and you are taking the chance of imprisonment. How stupid is this? Imprisonment for playing a game? No, imprisonment for trying to make money off of the game. This is ridiculous. Thank you Blizzard.
Oct 24th 2011 5:46PM Dewd,
Sorry - but on the issue as you stated it - that is a tax implication of Blizzards - they have earned the money - whether real or not - it is considered Earned.
As a player, it still does not matter what you are buying - what matters to the IRS is what you have EARNED. You have to keep this distinction separate. Whether you choose to spend your EARNED money/funds/currency or not, is a choice. The fact that you EARNED it, automatically makes it a tax issue for the IRS. Same as a real job. You got paid $2000, but whether you banked it, spent it, or stuck it in the mattress, it is the earning of this that matters. Same with the real life AH - the earnings are what matters, not how you spend it (or do not spend it).
Oct 24th 2011 5:28PM Just like Ebay, whether you actually had physical money or not does not matter - what matters is what you have sold, and therefore 'earned', that becomes taxable.
You could sell $10,000 worth of Diablo items, and buy $11,000 worth of items - but guess what - you are still owing the IRS taxes on $10,000 of 'earned income'. It matters not what you buy.
If you are buying/selling items Fulltime, and can prove that is a business venture, you can claim certain tax deductions, but only a percentage of deductions.
The BIG question as I see it - is what sort of position is Blizzard going to be in? Are they going to be requiring you to submit your social security (or SIN in Canada) as part of a future change to the "Terms of Service" - thereby refusing you access to your Diablo game until you do submit your #? Is your Social Security # really something that Blizzard should be requesting from you, or demanding from you - AFTER you have already paid for the product?
There are a number of legal issues that are going to arise from this version of an AH, and to me, it sounds dangerous, scary, and information that is none of a game company business is going to be forced down the players throats, whether they like it or not.
Oct 24th 2011 11:50AM What I want to know, is if this means we will finally be able to have both Horde and Alliance pets on the same toon (i.e. Horde and Alliance balloons). If my Hordie toon gets his balloon, can my Alliance toon have it also, or will it mean that my Alliance toon will get access to only his faction balloon.
Oct 12th 2011 12:56PM I recall that quest that Arbolamante is mentioning about. My engineer was happy to find the trainer that was located in a hut down there also - and I had completed that quest at the time, so must have been broken some time afterwards. Not really much reason to go to that area otherwise.