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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:36AM Tizmah said

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@real65rcncom Considering I used to pay $30 bucks for expansion packs that gave tons of content, to having single items that cost ten dollars is well...money grabbing. That's like Best Buy, how they charge $600 bucks for a TV, then $100 for an HDMI cord. Rip-off and money grabbin'
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:37AM Wispur said

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@Grumms Your argument that they're digging their own grave is pretty ridiculous.
Most people won't even pay 10 bucks for it, most ppl will just buy it from the AH for a couple thousand gold and never look back.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:51AM real65rcncom said

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@Grumms

I'm sorry. Ten bucks is a big deal for YOU. Not me.

I forgot to mention that in my post.

That should make you happy now. :)
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 10:09AM hereafter said

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Exactly. I wouldn't pay for that thing and it's existence would have little to no effect on my play experience? So where's the problem here?
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 11:29AM fallwind said

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@Tizmah the difference is that your TV won't work without a cable, but you can play just fine without a cosmetic pet.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 12:17PM jslim419 said

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@Tizmah so if you don't want to buy it don't buy it. they are not tying the pet into a level lock out where you have to buy it in order to advance your character.

oh wait what am i talking about. you don't even play anymore so you don't even have a character to advance anyways. your opinion is moot.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 12:27PM real65rcncom said

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@jslim419 I wouldn't say just because he doesn't play WoW anymore, his point is moot. That's kind of elitist to suggest someone not playing a game can't have a valid point.

I will say however, that he doesn't have a valid point on the face of his argument.. not because he doesn't play the game.

That irritates me when I see people on a game's forum say "you don't play the game anymore, so you're argument doesn't count" as if intelligent debate is limited to subscribers only.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:26AM (Unverified) said

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Honestly, at this stage in the game (no pun intended) Blizzard is just testing the waters to see what they can get away with when it comes to "Titan". Things will just get crazier from here.

~DamnLag

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 12:11PM Grumms said

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@(Unverified) Absolutely. Well said.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:27AM dudes said

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If Blizz are doing this they might as well just go ahead with RMT auction houses and get it over and done with. I might play more then, lol. Kaching. Otherwise back to Second Life RMT merchandising. Good luck to them, from a greed is good capitalist viewpoint ftw! :D

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 10:03AM Ceridith said

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@dudes

They will, just give it a bit of time. They'll probably piggyback it on Diablo 3's RMT-AH infrastructure.

I have no remorse for quitting WoW, and stupid crap like this just reminds me why it was a good idea to drop the game. Today's Blizzard is not the same Blizzard that created the original WoW, not a long shot.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:27AM toychristopher said

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Just let us buy gold instead if that's what you really want Blizz. It's so stupid to do it in this roundabout way. Are guardian cubs going to become a new currency?

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:40AM Wispur said

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@toychristopher No more so than any other BOE item has been the new currency.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 10:03AM Kaahn Stewart said

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@toychristopher

Except this isn't gold buying, per se. You're purchasing a pet to sell on the Auction House for gold that already exists in the game, versus if Blizzard were to sell gold in their store that hadn't already existed, which would cause unnecessary inflation.

As is, someone still has to work for the gold in order for the player to obtain it.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:30AM Ardwulf said

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How is it a loophole if it's there by intent?

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:38AM GosuSensei said

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It is actually a horrible idea. PWE shop items are tradeable too, but there is still a huge amount of goldfarmers. You dont fix goldfarming by adding items to the cashshop which do not have a fixed value and suffer from inflation.
Forsaken World actually had the best system to prevent botting with the two currencies of which the tradeable was (mostly) only obtainable from the cashshop. (The game is horrible though).
However such cashshop solutions are usually not very popular in the western market , even though they are highly effective because they favor pay2win players.

But the idea of two currencies is actually quite good. If you have a seperate currency for NPC trading and player trading, that would not only eliminate goldfarming and botting, but also decrease inflation, making the economy very stable.

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 10:04AM real65rcncom said

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@GosuSensei meh, PWE is a game designed with a cash shop in mind from the start. I was at the Perfect World Malaysian beta. WoW and PWE games are not the same so it's not like PWE.

Second, Blizzard puts tons more money into game improvements and design than Asian makers who have way more cash transactions in their shops that impact ACTUAL GAMEPLAY. A $10 pet doesn't impact GAMEPLAY so your point is not equivalent.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 9:40AM Mikx said

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And just like that, diablo 3's real money auctions come to WoW. Anyone remember a couple weeks ago when people were saying RMAs wouldn't work in WoW?

Posted: Oct 11th 2011 10:40AM loopnotdefined said

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@Mikx

How do you turn gold into $$$ with this?

You can't. So no, it's still not an RMT AH.
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Posted: Oct 11th 2011 1:37PM Mikx said

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@loopnotdefined

If you buy the pet with ingame items its like buying 10 dollars. Its the same thing, just the value of the pet is also filtered by the ingame demand for the pet.
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