To Blizzard: I think this is cool. I'd like to be getting one or both(although I'll have to make sure I can afford to first, obviously). The fact that the proceeds from the Pandaren are going to charity is a nice touch on your part. I have no problem with you guys making a little extra money on cosmetic items like vanity pets and the like. Business is business, after all, and if you're not making money, you won't stay in business. As long as its not hurting anyone (and its not), then go for it.To the QQ'ers in this thread about how blizzard is changing and you don't like it, let me remind you of the words from a favorite philosopher of mine:
Sigh. What is it about the Blizzard related forums that brings out the most appalingly reasoned arguments with pretensions to insight?
First off, thank you Blizzard for donating some of your profit to charity. Listen to other companies that donate to charities, let me know the next time you hear someone that is willing to donate 50% of any purchase to charity. That is huge.For those of you who say that they should donate 100% then you are hypocrites. Numerous people worked X amount of hours to make those pets, they had to be paid. You would not spend money to make something and then give all of the money that is made from that product to someone else. Not only do you have unreasonable expectations but you want a company to donate all of their profit from an item to charity while you still get something out of it. If the charity bit is so important to you then why don't you stop trying to change something that isn't going to change and go donate your own money or do some community service or something to help others. A company is always looking to make money. I know each and every one of us are excited about certain things that have changed in expansions and in the World of Warcraft. Lets not forget about the two awesome upcoming games that are coming out also. Yes when Blizzard makes more money their employees will inevitably earn more money but some of that money will also go towards making new games and improving the ones that are out there.If it really bothers you that much write a letter to Blizzard rather than posting on some forum, and when that doesn't work stop playing. Or better yet, rather than writing a hate letter write an appreciation letter saying how cool it was for them to donate and that you hope they keep donating in the future.
Imagine walking into a charity and giving them ten bucks right then and there. To me, it feels weird only offering a small increment. But, Blizzard will walk in giving them a large check of over a hundred thousand dollars, and this stunt will cause publicity for the charity and blizzard. haggers posted:
===Blizz News==== Due to the over crowding of servers we will now be starting a pay by the character account.1 Character $10US2 Character $20USEtc etc...50% will be dontated to charitywell i dont care about pets but things could be worse, right?
lol 15 year old parents buying kids these for christmas.ugly.
There are so many unbelivably jaded, obnoxious, fallacious and otherwise stupid opinions within this thread. - No-one should be trying to speculate the rationality of how Blizzard wants to direct their flagship, ESPECIALLY on a cosmetic level. It's their choice. They aren't exactly nerfing anything here. I mean, if they want to make the sky green, let them; it's a fantasy mythos. If you don't like what they're doing, politely tell them and move on; no-one's forcing you to buy anything or to continue playing the game. - This isn't anything new. All that's been done is exactly what Blizzard (and most companies. especially those in the software industry with the microtransaction market) have been doing for a few years now; they're expanding their branding into different product markets to increase their profitibility. The TCG with it's loot cards precede this whole fiasco and certainly hasn't introduced anything gamebreaking after like 8 sets. The TCG itself is even actually pretty fun to play! - These pets will have cost time and money to make (albeit, there are now no ongoing costs, except for the server maintenence of the store to purchase them), so it's not outlandish to pay a small fee for something someone worked hard on for your entertainment. Blizzard don't even have to donate proceeds to charity at all, but clearly they've chosen to and certainly the highest proportion of a sale that I've ever seen a commercial organisation do for any similar promotion.TL:DR Version - I'm going to go buy myself a Lil. K.T and my g/f a Pandaren Monk for a chuckle and for the warm, fuzzy feeling. Can all you moral Nazis go into the corner and have your aneurysms in peace, please? Thanks.
Tom Chilton has apparently elaborated on this a bit. Wow.com has the interview here.Again: please keep the flaming to a minimum.