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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:07AM Lucidus said

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Sparkle Pony part II... /grabs popcorn

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:12AM relgoth said

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Im glad i got out when i did. They just love digging their own grave in these kind of scandals.

How much greed is gonna be enough blizzard are you gonna crash the whole ship over more money?

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:25AM Equillian said

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@relgoth

There's a limit?
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 10:17AM PhelimReagh said

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@relgoth

This is a "trial balloon". If this experiment results in sales of this pet getting players significant amounts of in-game gold (or at least half of what you'd get from a third party gold seller for $10), this could make many of the remaining players and Blizzard both very happy.

Blizzard is testing to see if selling their own in-game currency is accepted by the community. And forum ragers are not "the community". It'll be subs lost vs. cash gained from the transactions.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 11:27AM (Unverified) said

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@relgoth Well you said it in a proper manner. I wouldn't have been so proper, so +1 for you relgoth, +1 for you...:)
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 12:06PM jslim419 said

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@relgoth

CCP does the exact same thing. only with play time (plex). and it is wildly popular. seriously the only people that should be pissed off about this is account hackers, gold farmers, and sellers.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 2:21AM Yuri said

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Well, unlike PLEX this is a little vanity item that has a ceiling to its sales, once enough people have enough of them they won't be worth anything.
At that point Blizzard either introduces the next pet/item or scraps the idea.

Planned obsolescence.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 11:43AM Skraps said

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@relgoth I don't see how this is digging a grave. Blizzard has already proven the pet store is a successful business model. Now it will allow players to trade that proven successful model for ingame items/gold.

If anything it will hurt the gold sellers. The only worry I have is it will give gold sellers a legit way transfer bought gold to players. i.e. I go to gold buyers web site. They offer to sell me 30k gold for x dollars plus a blizzard pet. I pay their price on their web site, and put a pet on the AH. They buy the AH item for my 30k asking price, and it removes player liability from gold buying. "I didn't buy gold! I just bought a blizz pet store item and put it on the AH. It isn't my fault a gold seller bought it!"
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 7:17PM Norvak said

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@relgoth

Well said
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:13AM Nenene said

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Considering Blizzard's decline, it was inevitable.

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:34AM Wispur said

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@Nenene Blizz's decline? They have the most popular MMO in the world. They make more money than half the countries in Europe. If that's decline, I'd like to have me some of that decline.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:47AM Bonushand said

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@Nenene It's all Activision's fault! After they merged in 08, the joint company became extremely greedy. They've shown this with SC2 and I wouldn't be surprised to see elements of it in Diablo 3
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 10:25AM Resurge said

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@Bonushand apparently you have not read up on D3 lol ..if you think this is bad
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 11:28AM SwissKat said

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@Wispur

Lowest GDP of a European country is over 1 billion dollars. I can't see Bliz earning more than 200mil pa. To earn more than half the European countries GDP they'd need to make 188 billion dolars

Any other "facts" you are gonna pull out of your butt?
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 11:30AM Gaugamela said

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@Wispur

In case you missed the memo WoW has been bleeding subscriptions. And considering that in modern days companies need to consistently present profit growth every year to satisfy shareholders and investors this is the only way that they can sustain their profits.

Blizzard grew too much for their own good with WoW and most people will be awakened to that fact in the following years.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 2:54PM Budukahn said

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@SwissKat

Normally, I'd agree with you. But given all the talk and speculation about Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Ireland defaulting and the masses amounts of debt owed by most other European countries (not to mention the assets held by their banks in the most volatile countries in the Union) I'm not so sure it's entirely far fetched to suggest that Blizzard is richer than some European nations.

I wouldn't be surprised if Bobby Kotick decided to take advantage of the situation to buy Luxembourg up cheap, succeed from the EU, relegalize slavery in the country and then move all customer support and development activities for ActivisionBlizzard there to save costs.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 4:31PM SwissKat said

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@Budukahn

Or maybe Blizzard could buy the entire USA for a dollar? I bet Wispur would say that Blizz could handle the 1.4 trillion debt and free-falling economy.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 12:53AM RedWolf said

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@SwissKat You should really have an understanding of the difference between GDP, revenue and profit before flaming someone on this topic. More than half the countries in the EU run a deficit budget, which means they LOSE money. So in fact any company in the black will "make more money" than them.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2011 8:22AM Thawedtheorc said

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@Nenene Decline? /shakeshead
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:19AM Unshra said

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Strangely enough, this does not surprise me or bother me in the least. Guess I'm numb to all the RTM being weaved into our subscription MMOs, I still miss the old days of EQ, UO and AC but it’s clear we are moving more into RMT and DLC for subscription games.

Googled those gold farmers and it seems this would be worth 10K Gold in WoW based on their prices. Like EvE's PLEX this could hurt the gold farmers which is fine by me, at this point it is just par for the MMO course.

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