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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 10:55AM Speedmonkay said

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Yeah you got it all wrong. The pet's speed scales to whatever mount training you have on the toon wanting to ride it. Each toon still needs to buy each riding training. If your lvl 80 has epic flying, your lvl 20 isnt going to be able to hop on this and fly; hell your lvl 20 wont be able to hop on it alll till you pick up the basic riding training.
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Posted: Apr 19th 2010 2:24AM (Unverified) said

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Sorry dude, you've been had. The mount only runs/flies as fast as the highest training you have on each individual character. You still have to pay for the training on every single alt, every time, at the appropriate level. This mount is just a pretty skin.
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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 8:48AM yojibalinese said

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I sunk a lot of money into Diamonds for Runes of Magic and then stopped playing about a month later because of boredom and constant lag.... So I do regret all of those lost monies.

Posted: Apr 16th 2010 8:54AM (Unverified) said

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spending much for it isn't worthy..yep always every purchased has a regret..


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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 8:54AM (Unverified) said

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Bottom Line: It does suck, but it doesn't ruin the game, as far as WoW is concerned.
I feel bad for those that have given all their time and effort to Blizzard the last 5 years to collect every item and complete every achievement possible in WoW to now feel forced to pay up an extra 10 bucks here and 25 bucks there to keep up with their friends. I know its a choice by the individual player to fork over their hard earned dough for an imaginary pony, but its also a choice by Blizzard to take advantage of their loyal subscribers' weaknesses.
Maybe, they could've done something more creative and worthwhile like offered a special "pet patch" for a one time price that included access to exclusive new pets, new pet emotes, pet mini games, etc. for those who enjoy that sort of thing or at the very least Blizzard should be giving like 25-50% of their Pet Store profits to Make a Wish Foundation instead of using charity just as a way to cushion the backlash when they added their item shop.
Again, I understand that these items don't give a competetive advantage in WoW and thats good, but Blizzard should think of how they can keep their fans happy before thinking how can we make an extra buck this week!

Posted: Apr 16th 2010 12:43PM (Unverified) said

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Your point about collectors is a good one. I'm not trying to refute it, but it is up to the player to set his/her own limits on this, like collecting all mounts and pets, except the ones available through the store.

In the end, time is money too, really. There are mounts in WoW that take, on average, ridiculous amounts of time to get. Unless the player is very young and doesn't have much money, I guess many collectors would actually feel relieved to simply pay $25 to get the mount instead of grinding to death.

I'm not a collector myself, but that would be how I'd probably think about this if I were.
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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 9:01AM (Unverified) said

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Im just very worried they are seeing other companies having success with microtransactions jumping on the band wagon, and going to move this along further.

I hope we can never buy; emblems, tokens, titles, trade skill mats, recipes, consumables, or weapons/armor/shards

Posted: Apr 17th 2010 5:48AM (Unverified) said

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The definitive answer to anything and everything related to this subject.

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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 9:15AM Cendres said

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No. Can't say I have, while I might have regretted spending a bit too much then I think that the money goes to supporter the developer and if the game is F2P and excellent like Runes of Magic, what's to regret?

Sony and Blizzard though, that's where I'd be more careful, because I payed for the boxes, and monthly... Even if I did buy something from their micro transaction, I wouldn't be as casual about it as with a F2P game.

Posted: Apr 16th 2010 9:44AM Gaugamela said

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Since i never spent any kind of cash in an item shop i can't have buyer's remorse.
I was coming here to blast Blizzard by the outrageous price of the mount but after reading the specifics of the mount by Snuffmuffin and Bru, it really isn't as outrageous as i thought.

Basically people are paying 25 dollars for a mount for all the characters in an account, regardless of riding skill. It saves a lot of gold. If it was 25 dollars for a epic mount accessible to only one character then it would've been outrageous.
It's actually the norm in microtransactions: small price for an item accessible to one character, big price for an item accessible to all characters in an account.

However, i think that the hand of Activision's devil... erm, CEO is quite apparent in this move. The cash cow that is WoW is starting to be milked in such an obvious way, that sooner or later there will be an outlash from the subscribers.

The MMO industry is walking torwards a greedy and sinister road, and i fear that i will soon stop playing these games altogether if it turns out to become something where i am constantly reminded of real life stuff like cash.

Posted: Apr 16th 2010 10:06AM DancingTaco said

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It is crazy that its $25, but I do not see anything wrong with offering it. I also do not feel sorry for those who feel the need to complain because they are completionist and are mad they feel forced to buy anything. Feeling forced to buy something like that means there is an underlying mental issue and you need counseling. If you think about it, after hearing others who have spent close to a year trying to get that special mount its cheaper time-wise to pay $25, thats less than 2 months worth - although you are still paying your monthly fee, time = money...

Posted: Apr 16th 2010 12:40PM Fenseven said

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Snuffmuffin is wrong, the mount scales to the riding skill of each character, if you don't have epic flying on a character then the mount will not fly at epic speed for that character.
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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 10:05AM dudes said

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When transactions go wrong, Blizzard want your ID papers and bank statements as proof, sent to them electronically. You want to give them that level of ID just to play a game or to have a fluff item if things go wrong?

Noooo thanks, never again. WoW is two-tiered now it offers ingame items like mounts in a cash shop, which aren't entirely fluff and should be included with the sub fee. But that's my own opinion.

I understand that Blizzard are a business and want to make money, but squeezing the cash cow even harder is fracturing the game and exploiting an addicted player base that has been lured in by a false sense of security and now will be milked for all they are worth, and then some.

Not impressed with the Blizz execs.

Posted: Apr 16th 2010 10:41AM (Unverified) said

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Why in the world would it be wrong for a company to offer something for it's customers to buy? Isn't that the whole point of a business?

What I don't like is that there are so many, dare I say idiots, who will somehow convince themselves that paying $25 for a virtual my-little-pony is acceptable. Consumers set the cost of things, not companies. If the market says that consumers will spend $25 for a pet, thats what the company will charge.

Posted: Apr 16th 2010 12:01PM dudes said

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Players won't be purchasing the items for themselves to keep. They will still have to pay a subscription for the privilege of accessing those purchases as well. So there is something wrong with this setup already.
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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 12:30PM Eamil said

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Oh no, you have to PAY for the GAME to be able to access your purchased, IN-GAME pets?

I'm sorry but I honestly don't think this is an issue for most people, and if it's an issue for you you can just not buy them. If someone actually buys these and then decides they somehow want to be able to access them outside the context of the game, and didn't realize before purchasing that this wouldn't be possible, I would seriously question that person's intelligence.
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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 1:47PM dudes said

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True, very true, but Blizzard only have to wave the 'look pony for $25' flag and players follow it blindly. If Blizzard said 'the moon is made of yellow knob cheese' the addicts would nod yes faithfully and buy Blizzards $25 yellow knob cheese.
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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 10:43AM (Unverified) said

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I find it sort of interesting that MMOs require a considerable amount of involvement and time, so become the main 'hobby' for most diehard gamers.
Few hobby-ists would blink at dropping $25 for something hobby-related, let alone the $15 a month to continue to enjoy what they are doing.

Most enthusiasts spend thousands at auctions for momentoes or memorabilia, hundreds on sporting equipment or accessories, event tickets can reach hundreds or higher, or more on ingredients or nights out for the partier/gourmond. (etc, etc, etc)

Barring the cost of bleeding edge hardware, it seems to me that even with subs and cash shops gaming is still a mighty cheap hobby to have.

Posted: Apr 16th 2010 10:56AM (Unverified) said

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That is true. But it goes back to the same age old argument. If you saw someone jump of a cliff, would you do it too?

Just because there are other people who like "wasting" their money on a hobby doesn't mean it makes sense and we should all do it, or even find it acceptable behavior.

Times are tough, money is tight. If you have such a great amount of disposable income that you can throw money away on silly little horseys good for you.
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Posted: Apr 16th 2010 10:53AM (Unverified) said

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As Publilius Syrus said about 2100 years ago...

"Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it."

So I do not understand what the fuss is about. If you have something for sale and someone wants to buy it and they are willing to pay big money for it then I see not how it is ANYONE elses business how much I charge for it.

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