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Blizzard recently introduced 'for pay'
pets, pets you can buy for, you know, actual money. My boyfriend, who
is an avid Warcrafter (four times a week raider, occasional table
pounding nerd rager if the prospect of wiping on a final attempt
rears its ugly head,) was rather snide about the whole thing.
“They're useless, they just sit there and look pretty,” he said
with a wondering expression whilst curling his lip in disdain for anyone who would buy anything just to look good. (This is a man who does not understand games like The Sims 3 at all.)
“Of course,” I replied, in my best conspiracy theory voice, “That's because it's not about the pets, it's about introducing the concept of paying for additional game content in a non threatening way. Today it is a silly little pet that looks cute, in a couple of years time, you could be looking at buying entire armor sets.”
He looked at me with horror in his eyes, but he realized the truth of my words. I make a prediction now, this 6th of November 2009, that within two years, World of Warcraft will have content for sale that significantly impacts a player's abilities and attributes in the game world. It will change the whole way the game is played of course, right now if you invest 80 hours a month, you will be much better off than someone who only plays a few hours a week. But with the introduction of being able to buy your way better, the game will change forever. Will people like it? No. Will people buy gear in order to be better? Yes. I believe so. Blizzard has already crafted a game that breaks up relationships and turns normal human beings into game addicts, there is no reason why the same guy who forgets his girlfriend's birthday and doesn't notice when she leaves him isn't going to spend his hard earned real world money on making his Warcraft representative even more fearsome.
At the moment, Blizzard only gets 15 bucks a month from its most avid gamers, but it has to know (yes I refer to Blizzard like some kind of hive mind creature,) that there are those who would pay more, much, much more to be even more elite than they are currently. There are massive real world gold reserves out there and I am sure that Blizzard is on its way towards starting the process where tapping them seems natural and is even welcomed by hardcore Warcraft players.
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