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Subs outside of China have remained relatively constant.
World English Dictionary
1. (often plural) everything that is inside a container: the contents of a box.
So yes, buying anything from the store that is used in the game is paying extra for content.
Yet people don't complain much about that, do they? Inconsistancy at its finest.
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Hense relatively constant. Stop trying to twist the facts just because I answered your question.
Cosmetic items are also crossing the line since a person that pays sub might like to play it because of cosmetic reasons - not based on toping the meters or killing all bosses. And cosmetic can be very flexible. Paid for new emotes ? Paid for new character models? You can't justify one thing with another.
WOW players should not need to ask or answer ANY questions about cosmetic or boosting items in a subscription driven game. If they have to... the game is no longer driven by principle of a true subscription driven game. And thats when every subscriber has full right to wonder if he should continue to pay the sub. And judging by this topic.... there are some ppl wondering about this. Thats just understandable considering the turn that the game has taken in the last 2 weeks when it comes to basic principles.
I didn't read all of the 32 pages, but let me remind you:
I just think Blizzard has a history of going back on their word. Granted, these are cosmetic items, but IIRC I've seen some stuff about XP boost pots, which are the gateway for p2win.
So no, thanks. I unsubbed, and will not be coming back, because I felt betrayed. Dramaqueen? Sure, whatever you say, but I'll just shift the time I was playing WoW to catching up on other great games. The Steam sale couldn't have come at a better time.
Subs remaining constant? Maybe a constant downward trickle. I see 4 maybe 5 people on in my real id list out of ~25 on a good day. Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal, though.
That said, with the trend now leaning more and more toward the cash shop or whatever, I can't help but think that it's a matter of when, not if, WoW goes F2P. Years ago I would've been up in arms over that idea, but at this point, when it happens, it'll be like "what took so long?". Not that I think $15 a month is a lot (it's not).
And again.. you can not make a valid point on how big % of the player base that left in MOP did it because of added number of items that have now shown up in Web store or on anything else.
What we do know is that game has lost 1/3rd of the player base since the web store was added. We just have no clue how many walked away cause of the turn from a subscriber based game into Web store based game.
And Blizzard is for SURE not going to tell us that ppl are leaving cause of their Web store even if that was the case.
Benevolence is a luxury for the strong - Wrathion
He mentioned no gold buying, except Blizzard has already legalized that via the guardian cub.
WoW was suppose to be a game that's fair for everyone who played, so that you can't buy your way to more things, cosmetic or otherwise. Now that fairness is destroyed by a sleazy business model that rewards rich people. Why should rich people get more things than regular subscribers, cosmetic or otherwise, in a video game? It's in direct contradiction to Pardo's quote that: "Outside resources don't play into it".
And as I've said, there's hardly any limits to how far purely cosmetic microtransactions can be pushed: http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/...rotransactions
Last edited by paralleluniverse; 2013-07-15 at 01:11 PM.
I sure as hell dont hope they will add items in the store, other than vanity stuff.. Other than that, im fine with blizzard taking $$ for whatever.. No one is forced to play the game if they dont have the money for it.-...
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Now she is Single
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Anyway, been playing WoW for 8 years, it's getting kind of old.
But as I said earlier, enough is enough.
People don't call it quits with their friends over a single disagreement. But there is a breaking point.
What YOU need to realize is the difference between
a mandatory fee to be able to play a game.
an optional fee to make your character look better(taste/opinions apply)
And if you don't actually mean mandatory and optional (despite the fact you used those exact words), and actually mean cosmetic and non-cosmetic, then what is the limit of cosmetic microtransactions that you find acceptable?