Recent unique and non pet-store pets include Crawling Claw, the celestial dragon, the fossilized Raptor hatchling, the argent squire/grunt, Creepy Crate, Corehound pup, De-weaponized mechanical companion... I could go on. None of which required the pet store.
I'm a mount collector. I have every pre-3.1 raid/dungeon drop mount in the game, save for the old amani warbear and grand black war mammoth. I've bought a total of ONE store mount, and that was the sparkle pony when it first came out. I in no way feel obligated to purchase any of the others.
I used to be a pet collector pre pet store, but it seemed silly post pet store so I stopped. Going through that list, some of those aren't pets you can get in game, others are standard in game models, which is great but it isn't pet store quality. Actually creepy crate is one of my favorite pets. Like I said personally I don't mind, I think the pet store allows for some great gifts to friends/family who play wow. However it does make me sad that they don't seem to be putting new pets in the game of *equal* quality that can be acquired through raids/dungeons/super rare drops.
All my previous statement was intended to do was answer the question somebody asked about why it bothers some people, I'm not saying I am one of those people.
Because the art team works on coding vendors, right?
Of course... according to Forum opinion, WoW artists work on pet battle scripting, Raid encounters, daily quests, Diablo 3, are actively programming Titan, write the April fool's day jokes, and probably massage the Blizzard executives in their down time. Apparently they have a very full workload. But yet still manage to be lazy and underutilized.
Last edited by Kaleredar; 2012-10-11 at 04:50 AM.
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