Pandaren? Lil’ KT? No worries.

There’s a lot of chatter around the blogosphere about the new Blizzard Pet Store.  For many, this is a nice perk in the game.  For others, its the end of the world.

From Wikipedia

Slippery Slope = a classical informal fallacy.  A slippery slope argument states that a relatively small first step inevitably leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant impact, much like an object given a small push over the edge of a slope sliding all the way to the bottom.

The argument usually goes something like this… now that Blizzard is selling pets for real money, its only a matter of time before they start selling epics and levels.

That’s ridiculous, and I think that most of the people who make that argument realize that they are making a ridiculous statement, exaggerated for effect.  Its crazy to think that Blizzard would do anything to upset their cash cow.

As I see it, a person who paid $10 for a Pandaren Monk is no different than someone who bought a Spectral Tiger TCG loot card for a few hundred dollars on eBay.  Its a harmless piece of fluff.  It is a HUGE leap to think that Blizzard would expand that service to include purchasable, game-altering items.

The only people who should be upset about this are the hard-core pet collectors.  Those who sweated out the long grind to get their Azure Whelpling, who spent hours in Zangarmarsh going for their Tiny Sporebat and Captured Firefly, all to get the Lil’ Game Hunter Achievement.  Those folks can be upset.

Used to be that walking around with a Little Fawn was pretty rare.  If you can bypass the more tedious grinds by buying pets for real money, then the uniqueness of that achievement will be lost.

Much like people used to brag about how they cleared Black Temple or Ulduar “pre-nerf” as if that was a mark of prestige, pet collectors will now have to say that they got their 75-pet achievement “pre-RMT” to show off their collecting prowess.  Is it annoying?  To some, certainly.  But is it game changing?  Definitely not, and there’s no indication that Blizzard will go nuts with this.


4 Responses to “Pandaren? Lil’ KT? No worries.”

  1. 1 Saniel
    November 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Actually, I’ve heard that for every player that hasn’t bought one of the pets before 3.3 drops, Blizz will kill a kitten.

  2. November 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Actually donating half of the proceeds from these purchases to “Make A Wish” is a good thing. That’s the main reason I bought the pets.

  3. 3 MegaMick
    November 11, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Meeh, as long as they don’t sell anything that actually improves the character, it’s fine, I guess. That’s where they probably drew the line ages ago, when they were making the TCG loot cards, anyway…

  4. November 11, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I agree with your article. I doubt they’ll bring out gear for money… If they did that would certainly be the end of WoW for me (but I cannot see that happening).

    Please spare me the whole charity angle. Anyone that bought these pets for themselves, bought them because they wanted them. End of story. 50% goes to Make a Wish? If you really wanted to make a contribution to the charity wouldn’t you just donate the full $10, £10 or €10?

    Isn’t it just one of the pets where 50% goes to charity and the other is 100% Blizzard?

    You are quite right regarding the “well-people-buy-stuff-on-ebay-like-the-trading-cards-to-get-a-mount” argument. I don’t see Blizzard making a little extra money from people willing to pay for things like Mounts and Pets as a bad thing.

    For some players I suppose it does make a nice little gift from friends/family.

    Question is how long before you’re bored of it like all the other pets?

    I suppose at the end of the day it depends on how YOU get your sense of enjoyment out of the game. Afterall this is the fundamental reason people play… To enjoy themselves. Some like to play auction house, others prefer raiding, battlegrounds might be the reason why some people play? Then there’s duelling, arena, as well as achievements (and probably more I can’t think of).

    Yesterday, I saw a Lil KT in Arathi Basin, had a look at it and thought nothing really much of it (“Look someone’s got one of those new pets”). Personally, I was looking forward to getting stuck in against the allies, trying out my new key-binds and improving my pvp skills but that’s where I get my sense of enjoyment.

    If these pets bring you some sense of fulfillment then that’s fine… Each to their own. People wouldn’t buy them if there wasn’t a market for it… And there obviously is.

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