Gee, thanks Blizzard. Thanks so much.
Why did you make this move? Did you feel threatened by folks doing stuff for the mere joy of it? Are you planning RMT add-ons of your own to generate more revenue? And the add-on making community comes up with better stuff than your in-house crew? What’s up with annoying a volunteer community?
Sure, some charge for “premium” versions. So what. Some have little reminders at log-on that they’d sure appreciate it if you’d look their way, send some kind of thanks, paypal link included. So what. Do you expect Ford Motor Corporation is going to prohibit Earl Scheib from painting your old Ford for $99.99? No way. What do they care who paints a care they’ve made? They’ve made their money. Let Earl Scheib make his.
I don’t pay a penny for any add-on I use. I’ve made remarks about them here and there. That’s about it. I don’t think anyone should expect to make a living making WoW add-ons. And if they do, great for them.
I, all of us who use add-ons, should give a HUGE shout-out to everyone out there making add-ons that make this game what it is.
Outfitter, RIP (unless you find it via Google). I liked Outfitter. It’s one of my more essential add-ons. It’s probably the most important one actually. Yeah, color me enraged when it not only got removed from WoWInterface, it actually got removed from my own system without me knowing it. I complained. I found the file elsewhere. So I’m good to go.
I appreciate the add-on authors position, and I can even understand the move he made.
And I bet the old Outfitter will still be superior to Blizzard’s ingame, with 3.1, equipment manager.
It’s just an odd move on Blizzard’s part. And when folks start making odd moves, something’s usually afoot.