Sunday, June 19, 2011

Micro transactions the the Haters I see

So a few days a go I was pretty proud of my new Spirit Lion mount. I enjoyed the hell out of it. It wasn't a game changer, but damned if I didn't hear a bunch of QQ on the server for it. I couldn't figure out why initially. Then I hopped over to Elfi's World and found this. Ahh so this wasn't the first time this happened. I didn't know as I didn't pay much attention when the Sparkle Pony hit the scene. I didn't really much like the sparkle pony so didn't bother to collect it. I was too busy doing other stuff anyhow to pay much attention. Now when the Lion showed up, I was pretty stoked, and I think a lot of people were too. Vas and Fyreuni over at Daily Quests had some good things to say with the help of Kelly Aaron's  fine artwork from WOW EH?. Though the commentary certainly sparked up a little controversy.

So what's the beef err kittyniption fits with all of this? Because someone wishes to spend a little of their money on a collector's piece it means they have no life? I have to wonder because more often than not I don't have the time to rep grind my life a way for some damned flyin lizard. Personaly I got other stuff to do involving the real life and I don't have the time to grind on boring rep runs. Is it a moral issue or evil corporation plot to steal your money? Doubt it, it isn't a critical item in the world of micro transactions. It is good business though. I am sure that Blizz made a ton of money off of this purely cosmetic mount. But you don't loose any content for not buying it. When Blizz announced the sale of the hippogriff hatchling everyone applauded them because they donated sales funds to the Japan disaster. Oh, so it's ok as long as they aren't making money and it makes the players feel as if they contributed to the real world in a significant way? Really? How come the players didn't just donate to the relief effort out of the kindness of their heart? How come they needed to get something in return and feel like they were being humanitarian? Isn't that a bit hypocritical? Don't get me wrong, the idea was very successful and it did help those poor folks in Japan. I think Blizz did an awesome thing there.

But why can't Blizz just make something that is a cosmetic affectation and get profit from it? They are in fact a business and are there to make money. That isn't a sin by the way. It's there for the collectors or those who want something a little different. To be honest on my Server (Emerald Dream) Horde side I don't see too many roaming around. I still feel a little unique.

Oh, and for those whining about content? Hmm Blizz since Cata has come out with remakes of old dungeons that I got a kick doing and can now look forward to doing again in a different way. They have been working to get The Firelands out with all kinds of cool new stuff to enjoy. They will continue to produce more interesting stuff in the future. But for the jaded ones out there that find all of this too annoying...QUIT. Go away. Don't make threats, just do it. Leave...bye. Stop whining like 10 year olds that are jealous over having to buy something that is purely cosmetic. That shows a total new level of jealoust because your not willing to pay beyond your monthly sub. Can't afford it? Get another job that pays better.

Ok, my rant for the day. You all have a wonderful day out there in Azeroth. I'll do the same.


  1. I don't quite understand it either. As long as there are plenty of in-game mounts and pets to get without paying for them, why can't those who don't have time to grind them get the ones from the shop?

    It's interesting to me as well, because I never see people complain as much about the various pets you can buy from the store as they do about the two mounts. In the end, what's the difference between the two? There's really no advantage in-game, it's pure vanity items. Yes the mounts get people in a huff, but the pets (even the ones without a charity attached) barely raises an eyebrow.

  2. @saga ~ Heh pure jealousy I think. That and the fact the super death dragon from shadow plane or whatever had them grinding for weeks...I bought mine. That might stick in their craw a bit. But points well worth addressing. Thanks for dropping by Saga :)