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Posted: Oct 23rd 2011 2:15AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@lpls90

Loving how the spammers have verified accounts, but half of the posters in this thread are (Unverified).

Posted: Oct 23rd 2011 2:33AM alimantando said

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You can already sell TCG Loot mounts, the only problem is that the price is rather prohibitive for these kind of transactions (Cheapest mount is $150) . That will change when pets become saleable , since the cheapest Loot pet is $3.

Posted: Oct 23rd 2011 6:15AM Verus said

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Would it not be more honest to simply sell gold for money in the game from Blizzard ? I got no big problem with it personally and it would stop a lot of the illegal gold selling and hacking of accounts going on.

Posted: Oct 23rd 2011 9:02AM Valkesh said

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Blizzard is trying to hide behind the concept that this stupid pet is the WoW equivalent of an Eve Plex. What they don't get is that RMT is RMT, and people are not opposed to it because it's going through shady third party vendors. People are opposed to it because it's cheating. Adding an "official workaround" for cheating doesn't make it any better.

Posted: Oct 23rd 2011 8:27PM Irem said

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@Valkesh
For pete's sake, this. There are degrees here that it's difficult to nail down in terms of what's "fair" or not for microtransactions, but currency is part of gameplay. Offering it for sale is no different than an F2P game deliberately breaking part of the game and then offering a "fix" in the cash shop; it's just that in this case they're apparently retroactively deciding that something that's always worked fine as part of the design of the game is "broken" so they can charge people who won't be bothered.

The idea that games should be about play and not work gets thrown around a lot in discussions about RMT and dev-supported currency sales, and to a certain point it definitely has merit, but in MMOs at least some of the work has always gone hand in hand with the play, and is one of the major draws of the genre for people like me. The sense of accomplishment from making your own way in the world of the game may qualify as boring work to some players, but I can't help but wish they'd go play a co-op game that lets them skip straight to the fighting and leave RPGs to those of us who enjoy them.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2011 9:01AM BaronYiffington said

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@Valkesh How is it cheating? This isn't like EVE where you can buy better things in game with money. The best gear in WoW comes from raiding and arenas, neither of which can be bought.

So what? Someone makes gold selling the pet. Now they get to skip doing their dailies for a week, big whoop. They aren't going to be better geared than anyone else because of their gold. They maybe will buy one or two pieces of BoE gear, then just replace the pieces they bought with heroic level gear anyway.

Gold is so easy to earn and means so little in WoW.
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Posted: Oct 23rd 2011 11:53AM nilsmmoblog said

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If someone wanted to buy the pet not to sell it, but to own it, he will probably be well advised to buy gold from a gold seller and then buy the pet on the AH. I bet this is going to be much cheaper ...

Posted: Oct 27th 2011 7:14PM (Unverified) said

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Actually it IS simple, you get caught buying gold you're banned. Quite simple solution, if people know that buying gold risks losing all their characters, well they probably will be less likely to buy said gold. It's one of those things that is in the TOS that they never really enforce.

Another easy way to determine if it was a buyer vs "generous friends" is easy. I doubt a "generous friend" is going to give me 20k gold. Is the "friend" in a guild, level 85 with a long playtime? Or did the gold come from a level 1 character named dkdlkjlj? They have more tools at their disposal with logs and such than we do, they should use them.

Battle Net has never been the most secure of networks. Going all the way back to Diablo 2 days, it had hacked D2 accounts all the time. Since the forced merger into BN accounts, I'm sure more people have had issues. I know my account got hacked shortly after the merger, this with ZERO comprimises during the previous years. An obvious issue is that your account name is your email, rather than a unique User ID you chose yourself. WHY Blizzard is forced this merger is beyond me, should of been optional.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2011 2:23PM Alph said

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Are people actually believing this?

I guess it's time to start selling flood insurance.

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