Tuesday, 17 November 2009

I pity the fool...

So another unique event in WoW begins. I am constantly impressed by the lengths Blizzard go to in adding fun to the game. I guess some may see it as fluff and some others a waste of development time. Not me. I love it.

This piece of fun is particularly appealing to me as it involves the great Mr. T. Ever since I saw him beat the snot out of Rocky many years ago I have been a huge fan of his work. So what if he was afraid to fly (as exposed in the A team) anyone with that much bling before we all knew what bling was deserved my attention. Currently he graces our screens here in the UK as the face of Snickers. The tag line of which is the laugh out loud 'GET SOME NUTS'. In my opinion he can be the face of WoW from now on (suck it Shatner!)

I have already grabbed a set of Mohawk Grenades from a dodgy looking night elf outside Northshire and as you can see from the picture below deployed them with wild abandon.

I hope this is the start of many more such mini events to celebrate 5 years of WoW and 15 years of Blizzard. For all the moaning killjoys who see this as the end of some glorious WoW yesteryear GET SOME NUTS!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Store Wars

On Wednesday afternoon (GMT) whilst tentatively rediscovering World of Warcraft I was surprised to read on WoW.com

Blizzard launches real money in-game pet store

Curiously I read further and with an uncharacteristic girly squeal of delight I had within minutes bought the Pandaren (kung fu) Monk. It seems,however, in my rush of desire to possess this excellent companion I had misunderstood the whole situation.

I was informed in an avalanche of tweets and comments that this was not the game I love offering me new avenues of joy but rather some evil plot by a corrupt money hungry company to exploit it's vast ignorant user base.

I paused for thought and the thought that quickly emerged was BOLLOCKS!

As with many recent 'controversies' regarding WoW a section of the community seem shocked when Blizzard acts like a business. How dare they try and make more money they cry don't they have enough! This just seems odd to me. Don't get me wrong I love getting free stuff however I am also smart enough to know this is not how things work.

The way I see it is if Blizzard wants to sell vanity items that do not effect the core game play then so be it. This caters to the players who perhaps do not always have the time to earn such items in game or those players cursed by RNGitis.

There is the argument that this is the top of a slippery slope. To be honest if Blizzard do ever sell game changing items for real money then that would be a whole different matter but the fact is that would be a bad business decision and the pet store was not.

Your comments and opinions as always are welcome meanwhile look at my kick arse panda below.

(A special thanks goes to @alachia for pointing out that a blog is not just for Christmas and also for giving her Pandaren to someone else and not keeping it for herself.)