World of Warcraft Gets Microtransaction Pets, Players Freak Out

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robert632:
how do they make the connection from in-game pets to bassicaly you can buy the level 80 epic equipment charecter from the get-go?

Like so.

I think that if Blizzard would be selling level 80 characters would have to fall under some April Fool's prank. I mean, I know Blizzard has been adjusting their game so that new players can get to the end-game material. But, to suggest that they sell level 80 characters would make it all pointless.

I agree full heartily that micro-transactions in the form of in-game pets is a neat alternative for people who don't plan on buying the Collector's Editions or show/expo passes.

My only question is why not have the proceedings of both pets go to the Foundation? I would certainly pay the $10 for Lil' K.T., knowing my money was being used for a good cause.

Amnestic:

robert632:
how do they make the connection from in-game pets to bassicaly you can buy the level 80 epic equipment charecter from the get-go?

Like so.

it's either that, or they're just pulling something out of their ass because they want a controvesy like MW2 or a boycott like L4D2.

Seeling (cosmetic) items for real money is as old as the MMORPG itself.

Browsing the WoW forum on the matter. I came across this gem of a post I came across that i'll share with you.

Give thanks to the higher powers for being lucky as you are and have 10 bucks to spend on that. Most of us, do not have it. So, since you have it, you are at an advantage over me, that shell out the same 14.99 or whatever bucks per month to play the same game, only, you will be passing by with your 10 bucks insta-pet and i will be with my pet that took me a month to acquire. How is it fair? this is the biggest [email protected]!! i ever seen in wow since i play. I knew this was gonna happen, sooner or later. Thats why i subs other mmos. its just a question of time now. But hey, great idea, keep it.

THis made my day. Im glad I quit playing WoW, really.

As long as there are only vanity items being sold in the micro-transaction store, I would be okay with it. I do not like the idea of lil KT zapping other NC pets though.

Those monks are all kinds of awesome, though. I saw a guy in front of the Dal bank just standing around with him. They are entirely worth 10 bucks, especially with half the proceeds going to charity. I am definitely going to buy 1.

Youve been able to buy gold for ages anyway, and you can use gold in a huge variety of ways to get you 'FULL EPIC LOOTZ'

CantFaketheFunk:
10-year-old Ezra Chatterton used his wish to visit the Blizzard offices, meet the developers and design his very own quest.

I thought WoW was rated "T" meaning it shouldn't be played by those under 13? I dunno, dying kids get away with murder these days. :P

CantFaketheFunk:
not that you should ever read the WoW forums,

What he said, in triplicate.

I'm a little puzzled by some of the wording here though.

: Lil' K.T., the Littlest Lich (who will zap nearby Critters

literally no effect on gameplay

Are we talking about something that annoys NPC's only here?

I can't really say anything bad about the money going to charity, but if it's a microtransaction within a pay-to-play game, it should realistically be a lot more than 50% going towards the charity.

Generally, I think that giving boasting rights to people with more money than skill is a bad idea. But then rewarding skill is seen as elitist and not rewarding anyone is seen as lazy.

The_root_of_all_evil:

CantFaketheFunk:
not that you should ever read the WoW forums,

What he said, in triplicate.

I'm a little puzzled by some of the wording here though.

: Lil' K.T., the Littlest Lich (who will zap nearby Critters

literally no effect on gameplay

Are we talking about something that annoys NPC's only here?

I can't really say anything bad about the money going to charity, but if it's a microtransaction within a pay-to-play game, it should realistically be a lot more than 50% going towards the charity.

Generally, I think that giving boasting rights to people with more money than skill is a bad idea. But then rewarding skill is seen as elitist and not rewarding anyone is seen as lazy.

Critters = the little mobs that are just there for flavor, have 5 HP, and won't attack anyone (unless there's a bug, which does happen). They're things like cockroaches, squirrels, frogs, stuff like that. No effect on actual gameplay whatsoever.

And I don't think these are bragging rights, they're just something cool you can get. Stuff like the titles or the rare mounts that you get in-game for doing the tough achievements? THAT sort of thing is bragging rights. Having $10 to throw around is not.

They put Po from Kung Fu Panda in the game? Say wha?!

CantFaketheFunk:

johnx61:
Holy murloc shit.

If I'm reading this right then WoW, A pay-2-play MMO, now has an item shop? Ugh. Way to double dip, Blizzard. Excuse me, Actiblizzard. What's next, you'll trade me your "Sword of a Thousand Truths" for my "Wallet of a Thousand Greenbacks"? And no, donating to charity does not absolve you of this unforgivable crime.

Blizzard has been doing this since long before the Activision-Vivendi merger. TCG loot cards, collector's edition pets, BlizzCon pets. Did you have a problem with those too?

It's been happening from the beginning, and we're no closer to getting actual in-game equipment from them than we've ever been. I honestly don't see the issue in giving players the option to get something that has literally no effect on gameplay if they want to plunk the money down. No one's forcing anyone to buy it, y'know :P

I can name that tune in two notes: Slippery Slope. No, they aren't making people buy the crap. And true it has no in-game effect. But it's a stepping stone to making people buy in-game junk, and that's just BS.

I did like the charity aspect of it. If half the WoW proceeds went to charity we'd have world hunger solved in a day or so.

johnx61:

CantFaketheFunk:

johnx61:
Holy murloc shit.

If I'm reading this right then WoW, A pay-2-play MMO, now has an item shop? Ugh. Way to double dip, Blizzard. Excuse me, Actiblizzard. What's next, you'll trade me your "Sword of a Thousand Truths" for my "Wallet of a Thousand Greenbacks"? And no, donating to charity does not absolve you of this unforgivable crime.

Blizzard has been doing this since long before the Activision-Vivendi merger. TCG loot cards, collector's edition pets, BlizzCon pets. Did you have a problem with those too?

It's been happening from the beginning, and we're no closer to getting actual in-game equipment from them than we've ever been. I honestly don't see the issue in giving players the option to get something that has literally no effect on gameplay if they want to plunk the money down. No one's forcing anyone to buy it, y'know :P

I can name that tune in two notes: Slippery Slope. No, they aren't making people buy the crap. And true it has no in-game effect. But it's a stepping stone to making people buy in-game junk, and that's just BS.

It's called the Slippery Slope Fallacy for a reason, you know.

"It's a stepping stone to making people buy in-game junk?" You might have a case if they hadn't been doing this thing since the game came out. Spend $30 more on the collector's edition? Get a rare pet. Buy the TCG to get a loot card? Get a rare pet. Buy the $40 BlizzCon PPV stream? Get a rare pet.

Blizzard has been extremely careful to do things that are only cosmetic in nature as far as RMT is concerned. That's been the case for the past five years, and there's no reason that it would suddenly change now just because the middleman is being removed.

Blizzard needs your money.

johnx61:

CantFaketheFunk:

johnx61:
Holy murloc shit.

If I'm reading this right then WoW, A pay-2-play MMO, now has an item shop? Ugh. Way to double dip, Blizzard. Excuse me, Actiblizzard. What's next, you'll trade me your "Sword of a Thousand Truths" for my "Wallet of a Thousand Greenbacks"? And no, donating to charity does not absolve you of this unforgivable crime.

Blizzard has been doing this since long before the Activision-Vivendi merger. TCG loot cards, collector's edition pets, BlizzCon pets. Did you have a problem with those too?

It's been happening from the beginning, and we're no closer to getting actual in-game equipment from them than we've ever been. I honestly don't see the issue in giving players the option to get something that has literally no effect on gameplay if they want to plunk the money down. No one's forcing anyone to buy it, y'know :P

I can name that tune in two notes: Slippery Slope. No, they aren't making people buy the crap. And true it has no in-game effect. But it's a stepping stone to making people buy in-game junk, and that's just BS.

Yes but your making that claim on the assumption that this will lead to that kind of thing. And as Mr.Funk pointed out this has been happening for a long time now and has yet to get to that level. Of coarse if it did get to that level I could understand the opinion. But this has been going on for a long time and it hasn't happened yet so I don't see any evidence to support the slippery slope theory.

CantFaketheFunk:

Critters = the little mobs that are just there for flavor, have 5 HP, and won't attack anyone (unless there's a bug, which does happen). They're things like cockroaches, squirrels, frogs, stuff like that. No effect on actual gameplay whatsoever.

Fair enough, thought I'd check that. :)

And I don't think these are bragging rights, they're just something cool you can get. Stuff like the titles or the rare mounts that you get in-game for doing the tough achievements? THAT sort of thing is bragging rights. Having $10 to throw around is not.

I just remember the Arby and Chief episode where Master Cheef(sic) gets the Recon armour and runs around desperate to show it to everyone. Peer pressure in Guilds can be stronger than it used to be in the playground, and accusations of "being poor" can have you ostracized.

But...like I said, any "extras" can be seen in that way. See Halos in TF2. Perhaps they just need to build a "BL1SSARD R KILLIN MAH GAME" section into the forums just before they release a new expansion.

One thing though, does only the Panda count towards the charity?

robert632:
how do they make the connection from in-game pets to bassicaly you can buy the level 80 epic equipment charecter from the get-go?

it's the same argument used by crazies against gay marriage.

'Well, if we allow men to marry men, next the men who want to marry animals will demand to, then the ones who want to marry their furniture, we can't let one thru or we won't be able to stop it!

Uh no, vanity items for cash is fine, I'd like either of them, but I'd just feel weird knowing people knew I paid for it.

Vanity pets is not 'a slippery slope' to a level 80 in full epics for $100.

Personally I'd like em, but I'll just wait til I can see someone elses, and save myself the cash.

Slider2k:
Blizzard needs your money.

Considering they're working on five separate (WoW, SC2, D3, unnamed MMO, unnamed other project) projects right now, as well as maintenace fees, legal fees, customer support, getting the new BNet up and running, continuing to maintain the old BNet (and patching SC1 and WC3) all while making a profit (which is the objective of a business, in case you forgot)?

Probably.

Ashbax:
No ones gonna buy them anyway, so the outrage is kinda pointless.

Besides, none of them are better than Mr. Chilly the Penguin!

I wuv my Mistur chilee...

I've bought them, my GF is going to buy them and so far, on 2 servers, I've seen a lot of people with them.

So...yeah. You're theory is a bit off.
Some people raid, others collect stuff like pets. ^^

shadow_pirate22:

Kalezian:
as for the rest of us, does Lil' K.T. actually do damage to his zapable targets? or is it just some sort of emoticon that he does?

It just attacks random critters, like rats and spiders. Now, if it would attack other people's companion pets, then we'd have something to talk about. But all this is doing is making it so Blizzard is making the money off the out-of-game sold pets. It's not that big a deal, and it's not going to lead to blizzard selling lvl 80s or gold, not when they're tirelessly working against that.

The Murloc Marine they gave out at BlizzCon '09 will attack the Zergling from the CE of vanilla WoW. http://www.wowwiki.com/Grunty

In re: microtransaction, I figured that Blizzard would go there eventually for vanity items. I've been playing since beta, and most of what Blizzard does seems to be a logical progression of the business model, to maximize profits and keep the game 'fresh'- both appealing to potential new players as well as keeping the current subscribers engaged.

I'm sure that the Blizzard folks recognize that WoW won't last forever, but they're doing a hell of a job to keep it going this strong, this long. Purchasable vanity pets are a part of that. Race change, faction change, name change... those are all services geared towards renewing the interest of long-term players. I wouldn't be surprised to see other 'vanity' changes as well, perhaps even monetized, like maybe non-elite mounts, tabards or something. But there is one thing that I doubt we will ever see: the ability to buy gear. Why? Because if Blizzard was going to go that route, they would've already dipped their hands into the gold-selling honeypot. That would actually have many, many benefits for them: not only would it be a huge moneymaker, it would also greatly reduce goldfarming along with nasty things like trojans, keyloggers, and viruses associated with gold-buying. But they haven't, so I'm relatively sure that we won't see "Buy your Tier 12 gear for $20/pc-- $35 for the chest!" any time soon, if ever.

Ultimately, however, as much as anyone might dislike changes made to the game, there is a simple fact that trumps all the QQing- Blizzard is a business, and they pay their people to figure out how to most efficiently and effectively monetize their products. You may not like or agree with what they do, but the only authority you have is to choose to participate or not.

So, you people who are screaming that this is the "beginning of the end", you should know, the people who actually have thought about this rather than simply reacting are amused by your antics.

Eric the Orange:

Ashbax:
No ones gonna buy them anyway, so the outrage is kinda pointless.

Besides, none of them are better than Mr. Chilly the Penguin!

I wuv my Mistur chilee...

Oh, dear you do not know the length some obsessed WoW players will go. I don't play but I have a friend that dose, so I know a few things. He said that people will pay 400$ for a Trading card that lets you unlock some kind of ghost panther mount. 400$! If they're willing to do that then 10$ for a pet is nothing.

Didn't see anyone else that may have pointed this out. I play Warcraft and no I'm not into wasting my real life money but it's well known on forums and various realms that the Spectral Tiger mount can fetch a whopping $900. Why anyone would do this is beyond me. More money than sense I suppose.

When I think "Micro-transaction" I don't think "$10". I mean thats 25% of the cost of the entire WoTLK game itself, and almost a months subscription.

When I think micro-transaction I think along the lines of $.10, $.15, $.25 etc. Very cheap little upgrades, but lots of them, with millions of people buying them. Sort of an iTunes model.

Sorry Blizz. Not for me at that price.

George Palmer:
When I think "Micro-transaction" I don't think "$10". I mean thats 25% of the cost of the entire WoTLK game itself, and almost a months subscription.

When I think micro-transaction I think along the lines of $.10, $.15, $.25 etc. Very cheap little upgrades, but lots of them, with millions of people buying them. Sort of an iTunes model.

Sorry Blizz. Not for me at that price.

Yes...that's -very- troublesome, when you think about, the DLC mods for Oblivion when they came out, about $1-4.00 for an entire player home, the wizards tower etc. or a questline. In comparison, $10 for a single pet seems a little extortionate, so yeah, if you've got the money to burn, go ahead. I'm certainly not going to be 'taking advantage' of this service, or any of the others anytime soon.

I wonder how they will react when they figure out that Blizzard is starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel with Warcraft villains?

I collected over 75 pets in WoW on my main, including buying one from a trading card on E-bay (the super-cute chimp). As a pet lover, I can dig anything that allows others to increase the size of their menagerie.

I've recently moved over to Champions Online, and they have a similar store that allows purchases of costumes and other things that don't really affect the game. Interestingly, they also sell additional character slots for your account, and retcons (similar to WoW's respecs). They've stated that anything in the store that affects gameplay will also be available in-game somehow, as is the case with retcons. In-game, retcons are rather expensive right now, so I suspect they're making a nice sum. Evil money-grabbing, or just good business?

Pirce:
I wonder how they will react when they figure out that Blizzard is starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel with Warcraft villains?

You know, they could do this crazy thing - now, hear me out - and make up new ones.

You know, like they did for all the final raid bosses except KT in vanilla?

If I still played WoW, I'd buy the Lil'KT.

I've never played WOW, but I do have lots of friends that play. I don't know how this could affect gameplay badly, but as for buying a character? I play Guild Wars and they have microtransactions now, but I'm pretty sure you can't buy a level 20 character right off the bat. If they're not going to do it, why would a p2p game do it? I can't see where pets equal characters.

CantFaketheFunk:
Besides, that Lil' K.T. is just adorable. How could you say no to that lovable, horrifying undead visage?

Its just the pro-fags talking; they have been saying WoW has been going downhill since Vanilla WoW.

And I agree with you. Who couldn't love that evil skeleton thing?

Macksheath:

CantFaketheFunk:
Besides, that Lil' K.T. is just adorable. How could you say no to that lovable, horrifying undead visage?

Its just the pro-fags talking; they have been saying WoW has been going downhill since beta

Fixed =_=

Amnestic:

Macksheath:

CantFaketheFunk:
Besides, that Lil' K.T. is just adorable. How could you say no to that lovable, horrifying undead visage?

Its just the pro-fags talking; they have been saying WoW has been going downhill since alpha

Fixed =_=

Fixed more. If there is such a thing.

Macksheath:

Amnestic:

Macksheath:

CantFaketheFunk:
Besides, that Lil' K.T. is just adorable. How could you say no to that lovable, horrifying undead visage?

Its just the pro-fags talking; they have been saying WoW has been going downhill since alpha

Fixed =_=

Fixed more. If there is such a thing.

There is, but Alphas are friends and family only - in Blizzard's case at least. Then you get Closed Beta (invite only) then Open Beta (everyone can join!), then retail.

At least, I believe that was how it went for WoW.

There was a fiasco on genral discussion the day after I get suspended?
dagnabit, of all the luck.

That said, the pets are awesome; I'm seriously tempted to dish out the $20 for them.

I personally love how those who can't defend their position attempt to dismiss well-reasoned arguments with "It's just the pro-fags talking".

<rolls eyes>

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