Thursday, June 12, 2014

Won't Get Fooled Again

Just No.

You guys know I love my mounts. I am a Mount Collector. That's what I do. I'm also not an idiot and I understand why Blizzard need cash to continue to make games. How they do this is via a steady revenue stream, that included the sale of items like this here Warforged Nightmare which, as you can see, is now on sale in the Blizzard Shop.

However, I'm not going to buy this.

Once upon a time I'd have parted with my cash without a thought, because OMG NEW MOUNT ONE MORE TO THE TOTAL. However, those times have passed. I have real qualms about the placement of this release, that asking people to part with cash when the vast majority haven't been given any real content for months... well. I'm sorry but it seems unacceptable. That's the word that popped into my head last night. It's not like many people would have a bunch of 'friends' to share this with anyway because a large number of people have unsubbed and walked away, which might have something to do with the timing to begin with.

Yes, I can support and be a fan of a game when I feel that it is doing the right thing. This move? It is as if it is finally clear in my head what the plan is with cash and players, after all these years. I'd spend the money before because I'd feel that the 'investment' in the game was worth it from a personal point of view, and that it wasn't a cynical way to keep me engaged. A lot has changed in six months. Blizzard still have my sub, which is more than can be said for many people, but £22 for something that's got 'hey I'm here to distract you from no content' is just a step too far. I'll wait for it to go on sale, or maybe if it becomes a contest prize I can try and win somewhere but really, the train has sailed.

No, I'm not going to buy it because I don't like in my mind what this represents. I think I'll go back to farming the blue Archaeology Mount instead, because I think that's a far better use of my time.

In the end, that's all that matters anyway.


Ross F. said...

Don't know what it is, but this is the first store item I've been excited about and considered buying since MoP's launch. Haven't bought it yet, but consideration is more than I'd given anything else we've seen in the past 2 years.

TheGrumpyElf said...

I am exactly the same. I used to buy everything they sold because I am a mount collector but I have not purchased the last couple because I no longer support the system even if I love mounts. For reasons such as you mention, it will not serve as a distraction from the fact we have had no new content for far to long for me.

Mishaweha said...

I know the feeling. Only a few of the mounts/pets that have come out more recently I have purchased - and it's only because I really liked the model. While before I had gotten all of them (up through the guardian cat stuff, because CAT), now I go 'well that might be nice to get when it goes on sale'. That may be why they are starting to retire things, to drive sales on the way out.

Seadog said...

I think you're over-complicating it. The Warforged Nightmare is just to give people a taste of things to come, exactly like the Heart of Aspects did before MoP. It's nothing more than that. I'd guess the skeleton for this mount will be used extensively through WoD, just as the Heart of Aspects is the same skeleton as the Serpents in MoP.