Dec 7th 2010 3:50PM Cupcakes!
Jan 13th 2009 1:29PM Interesting report. It looks like that in this case, the IRS's ability to tax is derived from the fact that virtual goods CAN be exchanged for something of real value. Like it or not, a real-world value has been placed on on stuff we only ever find in-game, whether its gold, weapons, armor, or the like. People are willing to pay real money for those things, thus they now have *real* value.
So, when something that inherently possesses *real* value is exchanged for something else that possesses *real* value (whether you're buying gold or you're playing the auction house in WOW), you're essentially conducting a taxable transaction. The fact that I'm paying you 10 gold for a stack of Frostweave cloth is irrelevant - I'm trading something with real value (gold - worth $$) for something else with real value (Frostweave cloth - worth 10 gold), and thus, could possibly be a taxable barter transaction.
I realize how ridiculous that sounds, and I'm scoffing at the possibility of Blizzard ever sending me a 1099-B on all the "income" I made from my auction house dealings. However, as it stands now, the law is ambiguous at best, and at worst, already does require taxation of transactions we conduct in-game.
Nov 6th 2008 2:26PM LF1M Polar Bear! PST
Feb 22nd 2008 2:46PM Great interview! Come visit us at www.gloryofwar.com. :)
Aug 23rd 2007 1:30PM What about Alcaz Island, off the shore of Dustwallow Marsh? Its purpose has been bugging me for a long time.
Aug 8th 2007 11:30AM I'm just hoping for a quest reward or something like [Stolen Bucket] that you can wield in your offhand, kind of like [15 Pound Grouper].
Binds on Pickup
Held in Offhand
Use: Create 5 Brilliant Smallfish.
Aug 2nd 2007 11:58AM Coloring books? Are there really WOW coloring books? I knew that WOW had some young players, but geez - if people that are still dual-wielding Crayolas can play, then Blizz might want to buff the difficulty of the game a little.
May 15th 2007 12:32PM The Cut-Throat Alley and the spot related the Missing Diplomat quest are two different places. The Missing Diplomat part takes place in the Old Quarter (near SI:7), while Cut-Throat Alley is in the Dwarven District (reached by entering a house bordering the canal and walking through it to the other side). To my knowledge, Cut-Throat Alley is empty, and always has been (sadly).
There's a ton of little shops and other places in Stormwind that seem to have no purpose, like the dungeon under the Cathedral that was mentioned. It'd be nice to give those places a little more backstory or make them interesting/relevant somehow.