So the club has changed then? Because I was having a lot of fun before. Now, to really have fun, <snip>
Don't shoot! I was only agreeing with the poster above me that the analogy was poor, and offering a substitute. :)
However, to address your post.. you don't know if the club has changed yet. Perhaps you'd like to offer suggestions as to how everyone could keep their cake and eat it too?
I know that I don't want the store to be obtrusive. If I want to use it, I need to click on a button for it. I don't want it to pop up unexpectedly and I sure as heck don't want store items displayed along side in-game items when at a vendor.
Then, I'd like Blizzard to use our account History to gate any QoL boosts, effectively ensuring the integrity of the initial gaming experience.
Also, I would like to see every QoL item that a player qualifies for apply only up to the last ex-pac, keeping the integrity of the current development aimed at providing a winning experience.
That's how I would like to see an in-game store, if we are to have one.
I didn't mean to come off as attacking you or your analogy. I was just trying to create a metaphor about how I feel about this whole thing.
As far as your question about how everyone can have their cake and eat it too - I am not too thrilled with the possibility of the best looking gear being sold in the store from now on. But I am willing to accept the expansion of the store if they drop any sort of character enhancing items they are thinking about selling now (lesser charms, XP boosts). I would also like to see Blizzard agree to never expand on that, and reassure the playerbase that there will be no changes in game play to encourage store purchases (creating obstacles or using gambling psychology to funnel people into the shop, making the best looking gear available in the store with no alternate way to get it, etc.)
I would like to hear them say definitively that they will NEVER sell rep, valor, justice, honor, gear with stats, bag space, more character slots, a third spec, etc. -- anything that everyone
should be able to obtain by playing. All of that should be acquired in-game, and open for everyone to gain on their own since they are already paying a subscription.
If Blizzard is hurting for money that much (more like struggling to please the stockholders), I would tolerate the store ONLY if there are no ads in-game, only if it's strictly cosmetic, and that the store button is easily able to be hidden with a checkbox or something.
Of course, I would prefer if there was no in-game shop whatsoever, as I feel it is too intrusive and cheap feeling. We are already paying for a subscription, expansions, and character services such as transfers.