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    Quote Originally Posted by Korza View Post
    I'm sorry here, but $25 is really nothing.

    I know for a lot of people $25 is more than just throwaway money, but it won't always be, and if it's for something you enjoy is it not worth it?

    It seems to me OP is just mad because he can't afford it for whatever reason, that's his business, and venting it out on mmo-champ.

    In all reality though, the $25 originally wasn't a bad price for what it entailed. The service was brand new. But you have to remember, it costs a LOT of money to upgrade their hardware and make services like that as good as they are. Remember when a transfer could take days? It now takes anywhere from a minute to half an hour.

    If anything, logically, the price should have gone up. They were nice enough not to raise it, but they can't lower it. If they lower it and give in to demands like that, next you'll demand they lower the cost of the monthly subscription. Then all the services. Then you'll demand the game be free.

    It doesn't work like that.
    Another generic internet face that thinks they know what 'good business' is based on one factor, profit. I don't even want to have to discuss what's so incredibly wrong with your final paragraph, either. You're misinformed, sorry.

    Anyways, apart from that.

    I agree with most things that've been said. I personally have spent nearing £1000 on World of Warcraft subscriptions and services. I don't mind paying my subscription fee, that's all cool. But where the hell are the multi-buy discounts? The loyalty discounts? Blizzard are doing old fashioned business and I hope to the lord that it's going to reach maturity soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korza View Post

    If anything, logically, the price should have gone up. They were nice enough not to raise it, but they can't lower it. If they lower it and give in to demands like that, next you'll demand they lower the cost of the monthly subscription. Then all the services. Then you'll demand the game be free.

    It doesn't work like that.
    If anything, logically. You really shouldn't go into business.
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  2. #202
    Quote Originally Posted by det View Post
    I suppose that at the end of the day, Blizzard (and not us) has the numbers how many people they are actually losing and how many of those "I have 10 chars, transfering them all costs 250, so I rather quit" cases actually exist.

    Because if they would be losing people in abundance over this, the fee would be gone.

    I see it that way: Fee gets removed. Suddenly a million people transfer "just because they can". The staff that they have may not be able to handle this in a decent amount of time (Even if it takes a minute to transfer a char...that is a MILLION minutes.) Suddenly people cannot play their character for a week or so because of insane transfer queues. So Blizzard needs to hire more people. Staff costs, staff needs to be trained. Staff makes mistakes.

    Just think for a second that there juuuust might be another reason than "They are lazy, greedy Bastards".

    As for the title of the thread:

    WoW with a transfer fee: 10 million subs
    Rift with no transfer fee: 300 000 subs

    But WoW is hurt?
    are you seriously suggesting that staff are involved in the transfer process? dont be ridiculous, the only point where there is any human involvement is if there is a problem, and these just go into the normal ticket process. the automated process take seconds (probably micro-seconds) because it is just either a) an update of data "in place" to redirect the character to the new server or b) a transfer of character data from one server to another. it depends on how Blizzard have structured their data. either one is quick and simple, in IT terms.

    and you point about how many people they are losing is questionable as well. they can see the numbers for how much money they make from transfers; that is a solid known number, and it represents almost 100% pure profit. understanding how many people they are losing because of paid transfers is far more difficult to quantify, since it would depend on angry customers that are leaving providing solid and reliable feedback on why. especially with WoW players, where from what i can see a lot of people actually stop playing some time before they cancel their subscriptions (especially if they are long time players).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pencil View Post
    I agree with most things that've been said. I personally have spent nearing £1000 on World of Warcraft subscriptions and services. I don't mind paying my subscription fee, that's all cool. But where the hell are the multi-buy discounts? The loyalty discounts? Blizzard are doing old fashioned business and I hope to the lord that it's going to reach maturity soon enough.[COLOR="red"]
    The game has peaked and in cata blizzard focused too much on getting new players, and not enough on keeping old players. They know this, and this is a current problem for the game. Blizzard needs to do something to help players stay in the game and keep progressing and having fun. I'm not in a situation to transfer, but if I had to I would quit. I had to transfer in cata and had to leave my 3 85 alts behind that I enjoyed playing. I'm not going to spend $75 on them to come over to my new guild to participate with on alt runs. If I have to transfer again, because of whatever reason, I will be quitting and Blizzard will know why, but there are many people out there that quit and do not state why.

    Blizzard needs to implement a free transfer monthly for each character, or a more friendly/affordable solution to transfer multiple characters. People like Mr. Black and White above seem to think that just because people can, they will. Sure a few may transfer because they finally get the chance (and man they will be having more fun), but the fact is many will stay where they are playing with their guild. And sure keep a fee for people that don't want to wait in a transfer queue or for the month wait to expire.

    Something needs to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huehuecoyotl View Post
    are you seriously suggesting that staff are involved in the transfer process? dont be ridiculous, the only point where there is any human involvement is if there is a problem, and these just go into the normal ticket process. the automated process take seconds (probably micro-seconds) because it is just either a) an update of data "in place" to redirect the character to the new server or b) a transfer of character data from one server to another. it depends on how Blizzard have structured their data. either one is quick and simple, in IT terms.

    and you point about how many people they are losing is questionable as well. they can see the numbers for how much money they make from transfers; that is a solid known number, and it represents almost 100% pure profit. understanding how many people they are losing because of paid transfers is far more difficult to quantify, since it would depend on angry customers that are leaving providing solid and reliable feedback on why. especially with WoW players, where from what i can see a lot of people actually stop playing some time before they cancel their subscriptions (especially if they are long time players).
    Exactly this.

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    No I think the server is necessary, I don't like seeing people transfer easily between servers the second they don't like the one they are on.
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    Transferring is hardly a mandatory part of the game. Certainly I've done it before, and was happy to pay for the few times I needed to. However with the new CRZ's and ability to simply group up with RealID friends on the fly, the need to transfer is next to none now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wollveren View Post
    No I think the server is necessary, I don't like seeing people transfer easily between servers the second they don't like the one they are on.
    And why not? Because you rather people not have fun and quit the game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syridian View Post
    Transferring is hardly a mandatory part of the game. Certainly I've done it before, and was happy to pay for the few times I needed to. However with the new CRZ's and ability to simply group up with RealID friends on the fly, the need to transfer is next to none now.
    And you are not the type of person this is generated toward.

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    ITs not too high, but if you pay $25 you should be able to move multiple characters, maybe up to 3 at a time or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertarian View Post
    I can't believe people actually argue in favor of it.

    There are many people in this game who are in guilds or situations where they fall apart. And now they are stuck to choose pay $25 and take a chance with a new guild, or quit. And you guys feel like they should quit. God I'm lucky my guild is still running strong even with a few people leaving during heroic progression. Pathetic.
    I have 12 characters spread across different realms. I agree it is overly expensive, but I don't play any more.
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    I don't think so. What they should do is a bundle package for Faction & Realm changes. Other then that, the prices are fine individually.
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    it is not 25 bucks, it is the limited pay options. I use a lot of paypal (and i guess many other people too) and blizzard doesn't support paypal payments.

    The moment they accept paypal they'll get 150 bucks richer for transfer + 50 bucks for race change

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    Quote Originally Posted by theWocky View Post
    I have 12 characters spread across different realms. I agree it is overly expensive, but I don't play any more.
    Yup and with the game at almost 10 years old, many people are currently in this state and they are basically just going to quit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korza View Post
    I'm sorry here, but $25 is really nothing.
    25 bucks is nothing thats true but when you can buy DLC thats like 10 times cheaper in other games it makes it look like buying it will make you homeless.

    Im joking a bit, dont take this litterary.

    If i could set up a price that i would accept if i could move all my characters from one server to another, it would be 30-35 bucks. And thats 9 characters.
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    This is actually the exact reason I quit WoW and disbanded my raid team roughly a month ago.
    The server we had been playing on was literally dead for recruitment, advertising around the clock and nobody was inquiring, so we decided a server change would be the best idea.
    Well me and the other officers funded everything in the guild bank with our alts, so to keep resources in the guild we would have had to move multiple characters. One of the officers wanted to move all of his characters from the server because he has every prof spread across them, and it was going to cost him £120. I find that fucking ridiculous, a game we've been playing for 6 years paying monthly for (6 years @ £18 a quarter = Roughly £432, plus expansions along the way brings it up to £548, never mind how much money he and I have spent on other features of the game including moving characters before.) Well, when we realized how much money it was going to cost us we just decided it was money we could spent buying other games, and called it quits.

    It's honestly ridiculous, they are overcharging for what is more than likely now an automated process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertarian View Post

    It's called a "cool down" where you can only do it so many times a week/month.
    Hell even once a year for free would be awesome.

    To OP - No, I did not leave because of transfer fees - but the whole time I played it was a thorn in my side that bothered me. Because I was somewhat newer to organized game playing when I started wow, it took me a year to realize I picked a shit ass server for end game type progression. I refused to pay anything to transfer off of a server that had no warning as I joined telling me how bad it was or how not-serious all the guilds on it would be.

    So again, no OP I didn't leave wow because of server transfers fees - but it sure as hell is part of the reason I'll never be back.

    P.S. I don't put memes on here anymore because I do not want to be banned, but there are many posts on this thread that are the epitome of the futurama - Fry "Shut up and take my money" meme.
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    I will give you my reason why i refuse paying Blizzard for a transfer:

    Ive been playing since early WoW and my server has always been alive. I quit the game for three months and started it again and suddenly, servers dead. I remember when my shity computer hacked a little at the beginning because i entered Orgrimmar, now its lagfree because theres nothing there. NOTHING. Entered the forums and i saw an old active thread about dead servers and Blizzard not giving a crap.
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    Dear god forgive me for preordering WOD. That is the most retarded thing ive ever done in my 24 years of life.

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    I have most my chars on a server that is dead and generally sucks a fat one. The reason I don't resub is that I do not want to pay to transfer them someone decent

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    Eventually, when the subs go down, they will come up with something cheaper to keep people from quitting the game.

    As I find any of these services to expensive, ideally, what I would like to see, is something like a free faction or race change on your server every 1-3 months or so. This would balance out the world much more. And although we have x-realm these days, Orgrimar or Stormwind can feel very sleepy on some servers. The only option now is to pay that 25$ or 20€. That feels a little much considering the amount of money people already payed for the game.

    Another option could be that every x-months of payment gives you a credit towards a race/realm/faction change. Lets say every 6 months is worth 1 change a character.

    A 3rd option could be making a realms major city Looking for Group chat visible for battlegroups, so everyone can easy join battlegrounds or low level raids.

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    So, everyone else paid to leave the server so you feel Blizzard should give you the same service for free?

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    It should be expencive to transfer characters! Otherwise servereconomies would be ruined by overexploiting faction transfering and server transfers, not to mention making it even easier to guildbounce. Either that or making them free but on a 6 month cooldown just to make sure people dont overuse it. I do agree that they could do a better job at trying to keep servers balanced though. But this is also in the hands of the players - problem is that the general public of players is way to egoistic and rather would be spoonfed than actually working their way up and making their own server attractive for others to join.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulpei View Post
    So, everyone else paid to leave the server so you feel Blizzard should give you the same service for free?
    Blizzard had a free faction change to a more popular server i think because they had a lack of horde. I dont know wether this is true or not.
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