With reference to the Happy Days episode, Blizzard’s gotten up out of the water now, being pulled by a power boat, and is about to jump the shark.
C’mon. Are they serious? They are.
What am I ranting about?
Paid name changes. Don’t like your name? Pay $10.00 to change it.
Twenty five to transfer servers, and ten dollars to change your name.
What next? Five dollars, real money, to change your hair style? Is that coming next?
How about $250 for an epic weapon, or $500 for a legendary one. Sold to you direct from Blizzard with their version of Sony’s thing.
$14 or so a month from 3 Million players (the other 5 million in eastern lands probably paying much less) and they need to be charging for this?
Really, what else can they charge for?
How about in-game pets. Hard to find, unless you buy from them, recipes. Special mounts.
This is the business model for some Korean MMORPG’s, or online games, no? You can play cheap, but you need to spend extra to have the good stuff.
There’s so many that are willing to spend real cash to enhance their game experience.
But is Blizzard jumping the shark with this? Are they on a slippery slope here?
Though, if I had a character I liked, and I misspelled his name, I might go for it too. But, dang it, should it be available at all then? I’m not sure about this.