Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Thoughts On The Freak Out

Well I have been thinking for days if I was going to post this and if I did how I was going to work the post. For all who haven't guessed this post is going to be concerning this

Now how can such a little vanity pet be causing so many problems throughout the community. Well the answer to this is pretty simple. Blizzard is selling this in the pet store, which is no big deal right. In fact I have the moonkin hatchling pet from the pet store, because it was going to a good cause and I think it was actually a pet worth having.

So if that isn't it then what is it? Well the difference is while all other pets from the pet store are BoA and are given to each and every character on your account. This pet is going to be a one time use. So first off instead of $10 going to a pet which can be used on each and every one of your characters this can only be used on one. The other issue is this pet is not BoA it is BoE. Meaning this pet can be given to others who didn't buy it or this pet can be sold for in game gold.

That is where the freak out happens. This basically means Blizzard is allowing their legal form of gold selling. Now before I give my argument on this let me show you the blue posts on the issue.

TCG Loot card mounts like the Spectral Tiger have been BoE for a long time now (since patch 3.2), and that was and continues to be well-received, and as far as we've been able to tell hasn't had any adverse impact to the game or economy - despite them selling for sometimes astronomical amounts of gold.

 It’s potentially worth noting that no new gold is being introduced into the game's economy with those mounts or the new Guardian Cub pet.

Our goal with the Guardian Cub is to provide alternative ways for players who don't want to spend real money to add these pets to their collection. Even though this has been available a while now with the TCG mounts, this is obviously a new kind of way to deliver Pet Store pets, and we're definitely interested to hear your feedback and ultimately see how this will play out

So Blizzard is basically saying they are completely ok with it if people do this. Now let me explain why I believe they are.
  1. Supply and demand this is not going to be a simple and easy way to make gold, because these pets will have an infinite supply. Meaning you aren't going to be able to get value for your money in gold respects. Simple economics states the more supply the lower the cost, but the pets have a set dollar value, and the gold conversion won't be close to sufficient in order for this to be viable. Sure many will try, but many more will fail.
  2. The gold used to by any of these is gold that is already in the system. For gold bought from 3rd parties gold is generally duplicated because it comes from a hacked account and will not be traceable. So when such and such a players gold gets restored Blizzard has to create that gold again to add to the system. This then creates inflation. This is not happening when people are selling these pets meaning gold will not decrease in overall value.
  3. This will do exactly what Blizzard wants and give those without the ability to spend real world cash on pets the chance to spend their WoW wealth on them, and to me this is a great idea as long as 1 and 2 exist, and I don't think they ever won't
So now everyone take a few deep breaths and put down the Blizzard employee voodoo dolls, everything is going to be ok.


  1. Finally someone who can say something without all caps

  2. completely agree people need to calm down