I've spent much much more on different games in the past... which actually gave you advantage from the company itself directly in the game.
This transaction blizzard is doing, has no such consequence.... and I approve.
There is no extra gold in the economy. The gold went from one person to another person. It didn't just appear.
I have like 80k gold in my bag.
All of it is worthless against raid bosses.
In so called "Pay to Win" mmos, real life money is exchanged for actual best in slot items, enchants and gems that boost player stats.
Gold in and of itself is relatively useless in this game when it comes to a lot of end game content. Even if you do get enough money to buy a best in slot item (say, my ward of the red widow for pallies and shamans) first off it still has to drop, and it has to drop to a group that doesn't need it, and you still have to be on at the right time in order to buy it. It will help you get certain achievements faster (pet, mount)... but you can directly do that with cash anyways. The number of people who will gain an edge by spending more money selling these blizz store pets is trivial at best.
The idea that these pets and tcg codes are a form of "pay to win" is completely absurd. Unless these codes start to give best in slot, heroic purple gear, it overall makes almost no difference.
And the thing about gold sellers is that -
They hack accounts.
They employ a force of minimum wage workers to farm all day and night.
So either people are being hacked, or yes, gold is being created out of thin air and being entered into the general wow population without actually increasing the active wow population.
10/10/2011 10:52 AMPosted by StardollI had to spend 110 usd just on 2 faction changes and server transfers,
You had to?
10/10/2011 10:50 AMPosted by TelikoPets give you an indirect advantage?
Buying them for real money and selling them for gold does.
10/10/2011 10:38 AMPosted by AttilianThe difference is that we can't get on the official Blizzard Store and go buy a spectral Tiger and then sell it. We either have to go to third party websites, Card Stores, etc. Blizzard is condoning this kind of conduct now and its very saddening.
Since the introduction of the Pet Store, many players have been asking for ways to get the companions we offer there without having to spend real-world cash.
10/10/2011 10:55 AMPosted by AuctionsharkSo, since when was 20 cards that tons of people are trying to get the same as an infinite supply of items for everybody?
10/10/2011 10:35 AMPosted by BashiokTCG Loot card mounts like the Spectral Tiger have been BoE for a long time now (since patch 3.2)
If this goes live, people will - in huge amounts - be purchasing these pets and trading them for gold to farmers, hackers and possibly on occasion a legitimate pet collector who just can't sc!*#! up $10 on their own. I'm not sure who Blizzard thinks they are fooling by couching this in the terms they are.
10/10/2011 10:59 AMPosted by RealPretty much. I was kind of OK with TCG being able to be sold for gold, due to the rarity of them. However, a readily purchasable item from the Blizzard store being able to be traded for gold? Not cool.
10/10/2011 10:17 AMPosted by AsclepiusYou would pay $100 for 2k gold?
Some people would, and therefore gain an advantage in game through real life means. That's the main problem with this, when you boil it down its buying gold, whether its from blizz or not is irrelevant.
10/10/2011 10:58 AMPosted by KranberryWhy do people seem to think that people who currently make a business selling gold for real money will suddenly want to buy gold with real money instead - the exact opposite.
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