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World of Warcraft level 90 boost pops up on live servers for $60 — possible error

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 20:37 GMT By Phil Owen

While those who pre-purchase World of Warcraft’s Warlords of Draenor expansion will get one level 90 boost — which can be applied to any characte rto take it to max level — for free, additional boosts were always going to be available to players to buy. That time may have come, as WoW Insider has spotted the boosts in the game market for a whopping $60.

However, the site notes that since the boosts for pre-orders — which are to go out before the expansion hits — haven’t been made available and this week’s patch notes don’t mention the boost, the listing may be an accident with an inaccurate placeholder pricing. So who knows?

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  1. Panthro

    I never understand why people pay for this crap even in weird circumstances…

    Isn’t it all the fun to trek about, grinding to level up your character?

    It’s like paying for a save file; or even worse paying for a GOD MODE cheat to just breeze through the game, pointless imo.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Darkfield

    The price probably is due to the fact that it is just there for test, it probably will be on par with other character services like faction change, realm change, name change…

    @1 well WoW soon will be having 100 levels, it’s a lot to grind specially for returning characters who might not even have a lvl 70, if they were interested in the dated content they’d have been there when those content were current. It’s the problem with WoW, everything content becomes irrelevant once the next expansion arrives. Not to mention there are no side attractions or distractions while leveling. You quest or queue for an instance, nothing more to be done, it gets tedious and boring at the speed of light.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. TheWulf

    @1

    Is grinding levels in MMOs ever fun? And it all depends on how it works.

    If the system is designed to be broken, then it works in their favour. See, consider the end-game as gated. To reach that gate, you have to progress through content that isn’t fun. When the next campaign begins, the prior content that was fun is no longer fun, now it’s just ‘part of the grind.’

    So people pay their monthly subscription to get to ‘where the fun is,’ or supposedly is. The behavioural control systems in place (reward schedules, et cetera) keep them going for a little while. Along the way, they meet people and get involved in guilds and social cycles (yes, cycles, not circles). They pick up obligations to do things as a group. Roleplay together. Hit the end-game together. Raid together.

    So, let’s say that the beginning of the game is getting less appealing to the point where profits are dropping off, but the marketing and social engineering is still going strong? Then you take a risk. $60 is equal to about four or five months of subscription, I believe, which is what it would take a person to get there, anyway.

    So you offer the option.

    Skip directly to the fun stuff! Raid TODAY! Play the end-game NOW!

    The problem is is that you wouldn’t get so many people hooked because people might decide that it’s a good idea to just skip the grind anyway, so you have to price it so that it would be undesirable to purchase it alongside the rest of the game. $60 would be a good price for that. It’s still a risk, though. But it’s also clever.

    It means that a lot of your customers would be willing to pay $60 and continue paying their subscriptions just to get a new character up to 90. So if someone wanted to reroll, for $60 they can. And for the richer folks that like to play MMOs, $60 is pittance. So you could be bringing in hundreds of dollars from a small group of raiding players.

    But it’s still a risk. And it makes me wonder if perhaps this is a sign that Blizzard realises that people are catching on to their predatory tactics, so they’re trying new ones to bring in extra surges of money. That they were adding a cash shop initially had me thinking that, but with the inclusion of this, too, I’d imagine that there are some economists/marketing types at Blizzard who’re sweating right now.

    It’s fun being perceptive.

    But, yes. The reason people would pay for this is to skip the grind to get to where marketing tells them is the ‘fun stuff.’ It’s the fault of marketing for making people believe that the end-game is where the fun is. And it turns into this mess of grinding and power creep, and so on, and so on.

    This is why I support games that have horizontal progression. You can just walk on over to ‘the fun stuff’ and play it, without gates. That, to me, isn’t predatory. That’s why I’m more interested in systems that don’t have a vertical barrier to arduously climb over before you can supposedly start having fun.

    So, yeah, it’s obvious to me why they’re doing this. I pity the poor saps who’re going to put out hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on new level 90 characters before they realise that WoW just isn’t fun any more.

    Or maybe never was.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. TheWulf

    @2

    Exactly. And that’s great to monetise on. The star of WoW is falling, so Blizzard is using extra forms of predatory income-seeking to wring whatever little money they can from the wallets of their unaware players before the profits just don’t satisfy them any more.

    You have to look at this from a shareholder’s point of view, too. They’ve likely been on Blizzard about why they’ve been losing millions of subscribers, and that the money just isn’t what it was. A publically owned company is all about appeasing the shareholders, keeping them satiated, and serving their needs. That’s all it is. All it will ever be.

    So this is just the next phase of the slowfall. I’m wondering what they’ll try next. You know, not being a WoW fan, I find this genuinely fascinating to watch. I’d actually love to see a DFA-style documentary of Blizzard’s board room meetings, because I can’t even begin to imagine the drama.

    And with other challengers always seeking their crown, the heat is always on.

    It’s just a shame that so many people are unaware of predatory business tactics. I mean, up until King started screwing people over with patent and trademark nonsense, no one believed that they could do any wrong. Despite how their major IP (Candy Crush Saga) was so obviously exploitative to someone who’s able to sit back and analyse it, rather than playing it mindless and spewing money in their direction. (Then trying to defend that with cognitive dissonance.)

    It’s one of my personal crusades, I guess, to get people to wake up. There are few things I truly hate, but predatory business activities and homogenised Aryan nonsense are near the top.

    Why I’m one of the few so actively speaking out about this amazes me.

    Do people just sleepwalk through their lives?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Djoenz

    @TheWulf
    No you are not the only one who realises this. Unfortunately there are a lot of ppl willing to pay up and even waste their lifes on useless virtual crap.

    This is not only on WoW but a lot of MMO’s. At least for those that preordered get it for free aye?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Djoenz

    @TheWulf
    It happened to me too. I used to play a mobile trading card game Rage Of Bahamut, f2p but once you are hooked you will pay mad money for great cards and premium nonsense.

    The trick is make an addictive game and make it very competitive and also make it social. ( I used to play a browser mmo too but never paid anything there so it can be done properly)

    You join you get one or 2 great cards and you will be like nice. (the tease)
    Then you will join a guild or league etc. communicate with ppl and they will show off.
    You are still playing for free not spending a dime.
    As you make progress you will always feel like you are left behind. You want better stuff or show off or you want to aid your fellows.

    BAM it has been done. You are willing to pay for virtual crap because you like the people you met etc. That happened to me. I bolted and thought fuck you devs. My league had awesome people (android game) we even discussed tactics on apps outside the game. Hilarious.

    I got a message yesterday or so from one of the team members and he is still playing and said to me you need to get back on Rage of Bahamut. I was like seriously dude pff.

    Its a devil’s practice. Money scheme.

    That browser mmo though was amazing. RTS with knights and farms and battles against eachother. Ingame forum where we discussed strategy attacks,spying. Amazing haha I loved it. FREE. Ofcourse you could buy premium items to speed the process, but never did I have the feeling I needed to do so.

    I worked my ass off in that game and gained friendship and comrades in a battle game and did not spent a penny. With games like that we should spend money just to support the devs for making a super game.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Darkfield

    @TheWulf Well I can’t say I disagree with you on the business side of things and I agree that WoW’s age has started to show. But as a raider (albeit not as hardcore as I used to be before MoP) I still enjoy the content. This last tier had the hardest normal encounters since the almighty Lich King, I still go and spend hours with pugs on a realm like Kazzak-EU and people fail on killing him. So it still has some of the best end-game content in the genre. But seeing as next-gen MMOs like WildStar are on the horizon I can see WoW would need to dig deep and take extreme measures of survival. I don’t agree with all of the things they do but I’d play as long as it is convenient for me to do so. But I can see myself jumping ships to WildStar cause I can see it has potentials.

    But end-game is the fun and it is a subjective term, it’s not enough for you, I can see that and I can understand that. Look at it like this, I raid 3 nights a week for about 3 hours. As someone who has real life responsibilities that sums up the time I can allocate to WoW, and the convenient part for me is it’s satisfying and I am not force to do dailies and shit to have resources and currencies required to get things I want, like Valor Points for gear upgrades, I get those from boss kills. I log in, go raid, meet up my guildies and have a jolly good time doing so.

    See, everything doesn’t have to be so grim all the time.

    #7 1 year ago

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  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

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  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

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  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

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  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

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  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

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  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

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  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

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  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

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  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

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  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

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  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

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  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

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  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

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  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

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  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

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  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

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  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

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  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]