Not being able to trade in-game gold is of little consequence when Blizzard gives you the tools to accept money IRL, untracable, for runs and such. Hurry up and let us cross-realm raid with RealID friends! Top guilds would finally reap the benefits IRL from being 'lazy no-lifers'. rofl
Community is blind. It's a very small minority of people who need this feature, who have many real ID friends on other servers.
Therefore, to put all the work into it (for the small minority) and get any of the investment of resources back, they need to charge for it.
What this "new" feature basically does is (probably) put a new menu item in your friend list that calls the above function directly from the game client as opposed to leaving it in the hands of the server.
I hate to re-use material but when Blizzard says this is complicated, the only people they're fooling are the people that think source code is a movie.
I feel everything strictly ingame should be free, which includes this service. All extra services are out of game, like the AH or guildchat on your phone or buying pets in the store and should remain so. Before you know it, we'll be paying to enter Firelands, as it wasn't included in the expansion and is a premium...
When I saw the news posted on MMO-C. I knew this will be interesting reading. When I saw 1k+ counter on comments, I was 100% it will be full of angry people shouting at Blizzard. I was right.
It is definitely exciting feature that might allow you to play with people on other realms. I dont have problem that Blizzard wants to pay for it as long as it is reasonable fee. My idea would be either small monthly fee or better yet one-time charge that would be roughly 1/2 of what you pay for cross-realm transfer.
People saying that they would rather pay for transfer are not realizing that not all of your friends, relatives or colleagues are on the same realm. This feature will let you play in 5-man instances with as many friends from different servers as you can fit in. This is complementary service to LFD and cross-realm transfers. It is not necessary to play the game nor it diminishes game value from what it was when you bought it.
You are not entitled to anything Blizzard develops for their games. It may be a bad business approach in your eyes and you have perfect way of responding to it, cancel your subscription and be gone. It is win-win situation for you.
Last edited by Baron01; 2011-05-18 at 09:42 AM. Reason: "Complimentary" should have been "Complementary". One letter, big difference..
I do not understand all the "Blizzard is charging for services other games offer for free." or "this service should have been included for free from the beginning." argument. What other MMO's allow you to play with any other player regardless of the server/realm they are on?
All the people that are suddenly remember their friends why they don't play on the same realm in the first place?
Or why they didn't got a transfer if it is such a big deal for them to play with their friends?
The argument "Blizzard is charging monthly fee for playing why i should pay for that" is sad but to be honest i didn't expect more than an average MMO poster.
The monthly fee is set since the day you scroll down and aggree on the terms, nowhere is written that Blizzard should give for free the X feature added later, it's like buying a BMW now and when the next model release you start complaining about BMW charging for the GPS system that yours don't have, is this make any sense?
The only valid concern is that this feature will probably pull players from the LFD tool degrading the quality of it even more the rest is the classic whining fro everything Blizzard do.
I really don't see why so many people complain about this server.
You lot weren't playing together with your friends on other realms before, now you finally get the chance (probably for a small fee) to do that and you complain about this.
I might pay for the premium feature, but either I play horde and my gf is on her ally (other realm) or I play ally and some mates play horde (different realms) :P So it'll depend on how things work out and what the fee is like.
If they'd make this free, yay! But for a small fee, it might be worth it.
TL;DR version: You ain't playing with your friends now, soon you might be able to! Stop complaining!
People scream about the *Premium naming* Wich would mean blizzard would look down to people who dont use it the seperation from premium to normal account...Our accoutns wasn't called premium when we used migration. When suddenly u put this so called *premium* service u start seperate accounts...And people like u are the reason others cancel subscription logging in a forum to troll people who say their opinion...
Who let the dog's out?! Whooo!!!
blizzards keep losing subs and yet they keep releasing this premium shit. seriously?
I dont have friends on other servers, ive stopped doing lol-5mans a few months ago. I dont give a rat's *ss about this premium thingy. Life is fantastic.
I'll gladly be the team leader of the Blizzard Defense Force. I'm not ashamed of it. At least I'm not being irrational and screaming SKY IS FALLING I HATE YOU BLIZZARD UR THE WORST PERSON EVER I HOPE YOU DIE because the company is adding a feature that won't do anything to change my gameplay.
The WoW community is one of the most spoiled communities I've ever seen in every aspect of the game. Nothing is ever good enough for people. Blizzard buffs their class? THIS BUFF ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH I WANT MORE. Blizzard nerfs their class? BLIZZARD DOESN'T CARE ABOUT MY CLASS I'M QUITTING WoW! Blizzard adds a new free feature? OMG PEOPLE ARE GONNA COME TO MY HOUSE EVEN THOUGH THE ONLY WAY TO GET MY INFORMATION IS IF I PERSONALLY ADD THEM! Blizzard adds a paid service? GIMMEGIMMEGIMME.
I mean. It's kind of funny, really. People don't see how ridiculous they're being. The sad reality of this situation is many people probably would've paid for this service because they legitimately would like to run a few dungeons with their pals on another server, but at the rate this is going, it'll get scrapped and NOBODY will get it.
This isn't a precursor to some great gaming disaster. It's just another optional feature that does nothing to change your life. And with that, I'm off to dreamland. Enjoy your nerdrage.
That argument is the oldest in the book, Hogomojojo. They can sell all the mounts and pets in the world, but a feature like this, a HUGE feature of RealID (which is something they kept going on and on about how it would change the way people play games, for a good while leading up to it's implementation) should be free. They get our subs every single month, they use that money to develop a feature like this, which yes I'm sure was incredibly difficult for the massively talented people who work at Blizzard, and then they tell us about it and it sounds awesome. But wait! You're going to need to pay more for it, because it was a lot of hard work and the profits from subscriptions didn't quite cover it! Blizzard is incredibly lucky in that they're one of the few developers who can get away with pulling this crap, time and time again and the playerbase just suck it up. Just to re-iterate. You pay a sub, you buy expansions and now you can buy a feature to let you play with friends cross realm.
I'm not saying everything should be free. Quite the opposite, faction transfers, server transfers should definitely have a cost associated with them. Mounts and pets in a store I'm fine with, I don't care about collecting them. Mobile auction house and guild chat, fine. Paying for a FEATURE that really, really should be part of a content patch, whilst also paying a subscription is pushing it a little too far, and judging from the overwhelmingly negative responses so far I'd say people agree. For the record, if I wasn't already paying a sub, I'd be fine with this.