Blizzard Experiment with Micro-Transactions in World of Warcraft
I put up a video showcasing the new transmog helms and other vanity items that are coming to the Blizzard store and asked people what they thought. More importantly, I put this question to the viewers: What if stat gear were to become available for real world currency? The resulting comments were incredibly diverse.
Some people admitted they would probably buy stat gear if it wasn’t too expensive, stating they didn’t have as much time to play as others, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, people threatened to quit Warcraft altogether should such gear be made available. Some even declared that the transmog helms should be in-game drops considering just how lacklustre the Tier 16 armor sets are.
I think people are forgetting what makes gear ‘cool’. It’s the rarity. We can already buy mounts and pets for real money, but gear is an achievement. A badge of merit. It’s what drives players to invest so much time and effort into the game. That and epic raids.
Killing bosses is what keeps me subscribed to World of Warcraft. How about you?
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