If there was any doubt that greed rules the day over in Irvine, or that the who…, er, executives there have round heels and a flat back, that doubt was removed today when this story hit on videogaming247. Basically the gist of it is that someone was poking around in Lich King’s data files found a graphic for a button that said; “Paid Character Customization.”
Looks like the Billion-dollar-baby isn’t satisfying the execs at Actiblizzard, so they have been directed to
exploit, er, take advantage, I don’t know what to call it, other than get still more cash out of their golden goose franchise. Here is the heart of the article;
When asked to expand upon a button found by sifting through the Lich King beta’s data files named “Paid Character Customization,” Brack initially hesitated to give any answer at all. Several questions later, he went back to the matter, saying that he could, in fact, confirm that World of Warcraft would eventually have some form of paid character customization, though they themselves hadn’t yet worked out any details.
Now, this is their cash printing machine, and they are welcome to do whatever they want. Again, it shows the value of fandom to a company, and how they can monetize that fandom. For me, it’s a bridge too far. I’m now more sure than ever I don’t want to have anything more to do with WoW. I don’t have the nostalgia for it that I do for EQ or even SWG at this point. Some of us can only eat so much before we throw up.
Me, I’m full.