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Posted: Apr 25th 2010 9:50AM dudemanjac said

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What's wrong with your teeth that you felt the need to post that here?

Posted: Apr 25th 2010 2:18PM madbassman39 said

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Wow, first things first: Why are people insulting this person for purchasing something they wanted. Secondly, for those defending the mount saying "My purchase does not affect you in any way" you are wrong. I have no problem with people who want to spend their money the way they want to spend it, I didn't earn it for them, it doesn't affect me in game (I don't play WoW but if I did, it still wouldn't). I don't agree with the value of this and I wouldn't spend money on the mount because to me the mount is not worth it. To others it is.
What the people defending the mount don't realize is that it does affect me as an MMO gamer. When you purchased that mount as an individual it makes no difference, but when enough people purchase the mount to make Blizzard a substantial amount of money then it makes a huge difference. Blizzard now knows they can sell stuff like this and make a big wad of cash from it. Whats to stop them from selling something like dungeons or raids or anything of that sort? They are now more willing to do it because this experiment tells them people will buy microtransactions if you make it a big enough deal. If Blizzard starts doing this, so will everybody else. This is what the horse represents to most MMO gamers, this is why people are upset at you choosing to buy this mount.
If one chooses to buy it, thats their hard earned cash, and to them it might be worth it, and they can do what ever they want, but to say that this mount does not affect anyone but the buyer is wrong. There. Both sides to the story, and both rationally explained and hopefully does not start a flame war. People need to not be so angry.

Posted: Apr 25th 2010 4:14PM tenfootgoatman said

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As long as the Blizzard Store is confined to vanity items its not really a game changer . The question is will it go further than this .

Posted: Apr 25th 2010 10:06PM ed511df3 said

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Ok, first of all, if you think Blizzard is new at this, you're wrong. They've been selling vanity items via the TCG for years now. Since Naxx was the top tier raid, and everyone thought we'd kill Arthas at level 100. People who didn't want to pay hundreds of dollars on ebay for a card, or spend hundreds of dollars buying boxes for a CHANCE of a card literally begged Blizzard to just open up a way to buy vanity items directly. And Blizzard listened. They don't have tcg items on there, but I have no doubt that they'll eventually put some tcg recolors up on there.

And for the bitching about the price, well, it's a mount that goes on all of your characters on that account, upgrades all the way to 310% riding if you have a 310% mount and looks decent. 25 dollars isn't much when put into those terms no matter how much you want to argue with me about it. And I'm saying that as a guy who isn't EVER going to buy that mount.

If people are going to continue to argue in bad faith slippery slope arguments, then likely nothing will change your mind. In my mind, however, Blizzard was smart about this. They took items that you absolutely DO NOT NEED, but just want, and got people to pay for them. That's just good business, no matter how you cut it.

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