The option to buy kitten pets for 15$ does not offend me, as I choose not to buy it. I pay for the sub only.
I would love to believe that the microtransactions will stop, but that would be incredibly naive. I just hope they become less intrusive and exclusive.
Well, no need to read the rest of your post! Your bias is dripping from you already.
I have no interest reading strawman slippery slope arguments. I'll 'wake up' when any of the things doomsaid by people actually happen. The same people who also ignore this basic fact: the subscription for WoW has NEVER RISEN since launch. Blizzard sure are greedy when they don't even adjust for inflation, amirite?
Pet store? Optional. Mounts? Optional. Character transfers? Optional. Deal with it.
For all I care they can sell an armor set that makes you look like Cthulu and I still wouldn't consider it gear.
Gear is stuff that makes my character hit harder, heal harder, and live longer.
Sure, they may add more stuff, but they are NEVER going to add sell gear with stats. They are NEVER going to sell raids unless the game somehow goes F2P.
Once more, I stick by my main point:
Everyone is over reacting.
OH, BY THE WAY, RIDDLE ME THIS!
If they're on this slippery slope, why didn't they put the Dark Shaman Armor Set in the cash shop when they easily could've.
If people have a problem with microtransactions there is a simple solution, don't pay for any.
The only time anyone's pissing and moaning will hold weight is if Blizzard actually starts selling gold and/or gear you can actually use in PVE/PVP that has stats, then it will be an issue.
If only Blizzard would atleast let everyone know the money earned from the Store will only be used to improve WoW, I wouldn't look down upon it so much. But I wouldn't be suprised for a second if they just put it in their own pockets.
Ofcourse it doesn't affect you much if you don't care about the vanity items, if other people buy them if doesn't make them stronger then you or anything. But their resources still went to stuff that could've been obtainable in game, giving their playerbase atleast something very cool to do.