lets take a moment to discuss all the posters saying "it doesnt affect your game at all" etc.
if mount/pet collecting is your favorite pastime in the game, then YES it DOES affect your game.
"It’s not the job of the artist to give the audience what the audience wants. If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience. They would be the artists. It is the job of artists to give the audience what they need."
— Alan Moore
I like mounts. I like to collect mounts. I like to support Blizzard. I have money.
Therefore, I combine these things and buy a mount from the store. It makes perfectly logical sense and I have 0 problem with it. I don't care that they spend a minuscule amount of time making these mounts compared to everything else they do. As someone else said, they've added..what...3 mounts since MoP? That's insignificant. Sure, they could have spent that time adding those 3 mounts in-game, but they'd have to spend more time figuring out how to add them, tieing them into an achiev, or new faction, or new event. They'd have to make logical sense to be earned in game. The store gives the artists the ability to be creative and add mounts to the game they otherwise would or could never add.
Last edited by Aettis; 2014-01-16 at 03:41 PM.
Coolest mounts are earned in game for me.
Still love Some racial mounts, Wolves, Kodos and Mechanostriders. As for flying mounts, nothing is really badass to me, but the Engineering stuff.
That Fey Dragon is just a Drake with sparkles and a Chameleon head, lol
It does seems like blizzard has been putting up a lot more MT mounts recently than the past. Though I'm not surprised with their constant sub loss for the past three years or so. It has picked up the pace recently so seeing Blizzard fire off a bunch of store mounts which do sell quite well from past history. That celestial steed sold a crap ton. It's just revenue for blizzard to bank on. People enjoy mounts and collections and don't mind spending the $25 for one.
I personally don't care, Blizzard can release all the mounts and pets as they want. As long as they keep putting ones in-game that are something new and don't focus all their art quality towards store mounts I don't mind.
I'm a mount collector which makes me a bit of a sucker for things like this so I'll probably buy it. Don't really understand the hate that much though, if it was currency, raiding gear, or PvP gear i'd be up in arms but its just a mount... Won't stop me from using my onyx panther or sky golem though.
Wrath was truly the last time a mount was cool because of the way it was obtained, AND how awesome/unique it looked.
Whatever the wolf is called is not a reskin
Galakras is not a reskin
Skyscreamer is not a reskin
Heavenly red cloud serpent IS a reskin (but all the heavenly ones are locked behind significant ingame effort, yellow less than the others)
Twilight harbinger/handmaiden/blazing drake was a reskin, but all versions of the model were only available from the instance
Pureblood/corrupted firehawk were reskin but once again only obtainable in the instance.
Personally, I don't have a problem with the store as it is.
However, the argument that it's "just cosmetic" doesn't hold. What would you say if Blizzard released the next raid without any textures, just white floors, white walls and white props, but offered a fitting texture pack on the store? It wouldn't affect your performance, it'd be 100% optional and you wouldn't be missing any gameplay value either - it's "just cosmetic". The correct argument in this case (which is obviously completely insane) is that the subscribers wouldn't be provided something that they usually were provided, since all previous raids were textured by default and therefore it shouldn't be moved to the store.
It's easy to see in the example I gave but not so much with mounts because they have never been released as regularly as raids. If the store wouldn't exist, would they have released the mount anyway? Would they have made the mount at all? We can't confidently answer these questions. I only know that the argument of store items being "just cosmetic" doesn't make any sense at all. Mounts, pets, transmog and so on are just as much part of the game experience as power upgrades, spells and so on are. Otherwise they wouldn't have been implemented in the first place.
In the end, Blizzard can do whatever they want, it's their game. It's only their ideals and reputation that will hold them back from bad business ethics, and what constitutes bad business ethics is mostly defined by what the consumers think is right or not. And the consumers aren't really in perfect agreement, as can be seen in this thread and many other places on the internet, so some people will be pissed off anyway.
Last edited by reckoner04; 2014-01-16 at 03:58 PM.
It's a slippery slope if you ask me. If they're going the way of microtransactions (which they are clearly doing) they better make the game free to play while at it. You can't have best of both worlds, especially with a game that is slowly dying... Oh well, guess we'll have to wait a few more years for WoW to go free to play.
Don't know what the wolf you're talking about is.
Galakras is a proto drake... In game since Wrath.
Sky-screamer is a mob model, used throughout patch 5.2 and on. Was not designed to be a mount specifically.
All the rest you already said, are re-skins.