WoW: Milking the Tauren For All Its Worth

ah110409monkIf a ten dollar kung fu panda bear can’t get Darren back into blogging, well, I really don’t know what can.

I mean, you can RIDE a $10 microtransaction horse, but this thing won’t even carry your groceries for you.

Also, Blizzard is just getting silly with their shameless money grubbing tactics.  Ten bucks?  2/3rds of a monthly subscription?  Seriously?

22 thoughts on “WoW: Milking the Tauren For All Its Worth

  1. Dangerzown November 4, 2009 / 5:26 pm

    To be fair, half of the proceeds go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. This says a lot about Blizzard: they don’t need to donate money, but they do it anyways. Hopefully other companies follow suit.

  2. Slurms November 4, 2009 / 5:34 pm

    I saw this a bit ago. It’s stuff like this that kills any chance of me ever returning to that game.

  3. Ethic November 4, 2009 / 5:36 pm

    See I just can’t get worked up about this stuff. Nobody makes you buy it. I’m probably going to buy one of them for my wife because having pets in WoW makes her happy and $5 for happiness is so worth it in my book. (I say $5 because $5 is going to charity). I’d never buy one for me, I think pets are lame even when they are free.

    I say big deal on novelty items like this.

  4. spinks November 4, 2009 / 5:40 pm

    But it dances and nukes critters and does kung fu moves and everything! Bet your horse doesn’t do THAT!

  5. br3ntbr0 November 4, 2009 / 7:00 pm

    I skimmed through a few twitter posts earlier and came across this (paraphasing):

    “Logged into WoW before raid time and nearly everyone in the guild had a pandaren or kt (or both) pet already…wtf”

    You see, that’s the thing with this kind of stuff. If people will buy it at that price, then that’s what it is worth. It isn’t worth diddly to me (and likely you as well I’m guessing) so I wouldn’t pay a dime for it.

    Nevermind the fact that this is just a straight up greed move by Blizzard/Activision. Insanity if you ask me. But the flip side begs to question, who is crazy here? The man selling an intangible item for 10 bucks, or the one paying 10 bucks for it?

    I’d sell you a bag of air for 100.00 if you wanted to pay that, I guess I can’t be mad at Blizzard too much.

  6. Jemre November 4, 2009 / 7:01 pm

    But they’ll be a damn success, if only because Little KT kills nearby critters, while looking awesome.

    But heck I have no problem with this. It’s probably one of the most optional things I’ve seen put to microtransactions, it’s not like it’s a mount, or a 200% EXP scroll.

  7. Julian November 4, 2009 / 9:33 pm

    This is probably the best solution. I think Blizzard would’ve been maligned no matter what they did.

    Scenario: Some players want these pets, some don’t. How to work the pets into this?

    Solution 1: Make them in-game drops? Unworkable. Blizzard knows their players better than anyone, but you don’t even have to work inside WoW to know this goes to mostly casual players, not the hardcore. The hardcore largely don’t care about this stuff. So why put the reward at the end of something that casuals largely don’t attempt?

    Solution 2: Don’t offer anything. Beats the purpose of trying to offer it in the first place.

    Solution 3: Offer it for free. I don’t see why they should. Making some money by offering something some people want doesn’t strike me as greedy in the least; it’s plain good business sense.

    Solution 4: Put it up in a store and let whoever wants it buy it.

    They’re gonna get reamed pretty much no matter what they do, but solution 4 seems to me to be the best. I really, really have a hard time seeing what Blizzard is doing so wrong here. It’s not at the end of a huge grind, you don’t have to jump through hoops to get it, if you don’t want it you don’t have to get it, it doesn’t affect gameplay in the slightest.

    What’s the problem? That they have the gall to -charge- for it? I’m a card-carrying Socialist, but even I believe work should be compensated.

  8. Merckx November 5, 2009 / 12:08 am

    I wish Blizz would give the full $10 to charity. On the other hand most companies would give nothing to charity so I say: “Great job Blizzard”

  9. Genda November 5, 2009 / 12:56 am

    Tark and I are totally going to buy these. 😛

  10. Tdubs036 November 5, 2009 / 5:03 am

    Not really a big suprise, WoW has been going the way of the monthly sub handholding with microtransactions for a long while. While it makes great economic sense – making as much as you can from a popular product it does herald things to come which leaves a bit of a sour taste.

    At the end of the day these vanity pets and other things are not essential so people don’t really need to buy them beyond the usual peer pressure/envy “I have something you don’t”. The price is not high enough to make people think much about it.

    But anyone want to guess when Blizzard will start selling gold and items if they follow this path?

  11. NoEntry November 5, 2009 / 5:47 am

    Not really my beef, as I don’t play WoW anymore, but if I would I’d pay ten bucks more per month to not see this crap running around. Immersion is what I want, and a chibi-KT doesn’t really do much for that…Come to think of it, that’s probably what drove me away from WoW.

  12. Green Armadillo November 5, 2009 / 8:16 am

    @Dangerzown: SOE beat Blizzard to the charity punch; EQ2’s store launched with a limited edition pet benefitting Child’s Play, and they even made the item exclusive by taking it down for good when the promo ended.

  13. moxie November 5, 2009 / 8:18 am

    I bought both pets last night.

    We typically spend more than $20 a month on the WoW TCG cards, trying for the loot cards, so this is a real bargain. Guaranteed pets for $20? Heck yes! Granted, I’m a pet collector. Priorities.

    As long as they keep it to items that don’t affect gameplay (pets/mounts/novelty items) I don’t see what the big deal is. If you don’t want the pets, don’t buy them. They’re fun, silly fluff, which really is a strong point in WoW, and one of the things I most enjoy.

    My guess is that if WoW isn’t growing in subscriber #’s anymore, you better believe they’ll start looking at alternative ways to continue their financial growth. Micro-transactions may be how they start trying to make up the difference.

  14. Blacknimbus November 5, 2009 / 10:01 am

    It’s fluff…it doesn’t effect game play. Until these kind of transactions do, I don’t see the problem.

  15. angrygamer09 November 5, 2009 / 10:31 am

    Yes, and CO and any of the other crappy MMO’s you all play WOULD NEVER do this right?

    Give me a break.

    “But anyone want to guess when Blizzard will start selling gold and items if they follow this path?”

    Like EQ2 and EQ1 already do with their stupid Sony store? Or Free Realms?

    Double standards I see!

  16. vekkth November 5, 2009 / 11:16 am

    speaks volumes about Blizzard priorities now.


    Blizzard leaves its golden age very soon, and will be going the way down. when your first priority becomes money, your future is lost.

  17. Vort November 5, 2009 / 12:24 pm

    Long as people are willing to pay, blizzard will keep offering.

    I think its good business, your not being forced to buy, and these items give you no advantage in game.

  18. toxic November 5, 2009 / 1:24 pm

    Pfft. Oh, it’s for charity— the first couple of times, so people don’t carp about it.

    Eventually they won’t bother with the pretense of charity.

    They are dolling their microtransactions up to look like anything but the RMT it is.

    Oh, that isn’t a super fast leveling scheme— it’s recruit-a-friend!

    $10 bucks to change a name. 15 bucks to change servers. 10 bucks to get an f’ing panda pet— but it’s for charity! Cost to Blizzard for the service– essentially nothing. It’s a nice gig for them. The temptation to keep dunning people 10-15 bucks for a program to change a field in a database must be immense.

    Sooner or later they’ll charge 15 bucks for free repairs for your whole account for a year.

  19. We Fly Spitfires November 5, 2009 / 4:12 pm

    Just be grateful that it only costs 2/3 of your subscription. It costs more than mine!

  20. SamIAm November 6, 2009 / 10:50 am

    I don’t mind Blizzard offering RMT “fluff.” What concerns me is what it can (will?) lead to. Will they start selling items that affect game-play? If so, then I’ll have to take a long hard look at staying with WoW or moving on.

    I’m a pessimist. Therefore, I fear a precedence has been set (assuming this RMT is successful).

  21. Joseph ME February 3, 2010 / 10:01 am

    Look, even if blizzard is giving half the proceeds to charity. It’s still money grubbing. I mean 5 dollars for a damn virtual panda? 5 DOLLARS!!! Don’t we already pay them a subscription? And didn’t we already buy all their expansions? I think they can afford to give away a lovable virtual panda for fecking free. Think about that for a second… just think about it. It would have been noble of them to charge 5 and 100% go to charity. I might have actually bought one had that been the case. I’m not giving blizzard 1 more freakn dollar on useless crap. Paying the subscription (which I’m surprised hasn’t gone down by now…) and that’s it. F OFF BLIZZ. But I love your game.
    10 dollars to change the name of 1 of your characters?
    25 dollars to transfer a damn character?
    30 dollars?!?! to change your faction?
    These are nice options people, but why charge so much freaking money? How can blizzard not be considered money grubbers.

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