$25 World of Warcraft Mount Launches on Blizzard Store

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wow, while it may cost to much to me...it looks freaking cool.
Plus its ability's are pretty sweet sounding.

crimsonshrouds:
the company in charge of WoW are the greediest fuckers on the planet that much i am certain of

How do you figure? It's greedy to sell a product that people are obviously willing to buy? Damn, those greedy bastards taking my money and returning me entertainment, how dare they.

My personally, I don't see the value in it. $25 seems a little steep for a mount, but if someone else wants to spend their money on it more power to them.

I hope you guys understand that a gamer needs "fluff" to enjoy his game, I dont play WoW anymore but i see that even single player games are doing this now, they give lame items lame cars then say LOOK SKULL CAR ONLY $1, Really.....?

Fluff is what gives a game quality

John Funk:
When you think about it, the people who got the TCG items probably spent a whole lot more than $25 on their respective mounts.

Edit: Also, that thing looks cool as hell. Kinda want.

Isn't the average e-Bay price for the ghost saber card like $500.

Other companies charge for dlc so blizz is just hopping on the band wagon.

John Funk:
Edit: Also, that thing looks cool as hell. Kinda want.

Algalon the Rider?

Also, no way I'm paying for that. I like my Nether Drake, thank you.

Eric the Orange:

John Funk:
When you think about it, the people who got the TCG items probably spent a whole lot more than $25 on their respective mounts.

Edit: Also, that thing looks cool as hell. Kinda want.

Isn't the average e-Bay price for the ghost saber card like $500.

Actually the spectral tiger is about 1200$

I know a few that have already bought it. It doesn't interest me because, if I already know a few people that bought it, and will start seeing it everywhere in-game, then what the heck is the specialness of it?

I paid $25 for the plushie windrider cub, though, because I am a sucker for adorable plushie animals. And that's part of it, too... I paid $25 for a real world piece of merchandise that just happened to come with an in-game pet, and that was a fair deal for me.

But I'm not going to pay the same amount of money for something that's a) not tangible, b) will see five trillion of the instant I log-in, and c) getting five gold to get a lowbie mount isn't that frickin' hard.

Maybe if they did a limited (very limited) run of the original unarmored epic mounts (Halfway to 60 when they removed the original palamino :( ), I'd spend money there. But otherwise, I'll pass.

gelles:
I know a few that have already bought it. It doesn't interest me because, if I already know a few people that bought it, and will start seeing it everywhere in-game, then what the heck is the specialness of it?

I paid $25 for the plushie windrider cub, though, because I am a sucker for adorable plushie animals. And that's part of it, too... I paid $25 for a real world piece of merchandise that just happened to come with an in-game pet, and that was a fair deal for me.

But I'm not going to pay the same amount of money for something that's a) not tangible, b) will see five trillion of the instant I log-in, and c) getting five gold to get a lowbie mount isn't that frickin' hard.

Maybe if they did a limited (very limited) run of the original unarmored epic mounts (Halfway to 60 when they removed the original palamino :( ), I'd spend money there. But otherwise, I'll pass.

Just because everyone has one doesn't mean it can't be special. Special-ness/beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don't care if other people have one, it does not diminish my enjoyment. Also, the only reason you see so many is because everyone is showing off since they just bought the hot new item, give it a while and you won't see nearly as many.

Tom Goldman:
Now, if we could just get Blizzard to put a unicorn mount on the Blizzard Store, I would reactivate my World of Warcraft account in an instant. I would do anything to ride on a unicorn.

At this point I had to scroll back up the page just to check that your not Susan Arendt! ;)

While it does look like something I could've made in Blender in under 30 minutes, I have to admit, at least it's better than fucking horse armor...
But $25.00??? I still think that's a bit too pricey...

It's a little sad, though, to read an official Blizzard post last week saying that certain character models (druids for WoW devotees) that haven't changed since they were introduced are on the Blizzard "wish list" but aren't being updated because "art is expensive." I suppose they could charge players to update their character looks...

Jiraiya72:

Eric the Orange:

John Funk:
When you think about it, the people who got the TCG items probably spent a whole lot more than $25 on their respective mounts.

Edit: Also, that thing looks cool as hell. Kinda want.

Isn't the average e-Bay price for the ghost saber card like $500.

Actually the spectral tiger is about 1200$

Jebus, f-(string of obscenities).

I don't actually own the game but I've played a friends and we talk about it, and honestly I think stuff that you get in game is cooler than that. This space horse thing is definitely. Guess it goes to show the blizzard could put the price a lot higher if they had wanted to (though less would buy it so I dunno if that would be the best decision).

But $1200, fuck man, maybe if I had millions in disposable income that might be reasonable. My rule of thumb is if it cost more than the game it's on than it's not worth it.

What bugs me is it's basically a re-skin of the mount Arthas drops on 25 man heroic mode (I.e. The hardest fight in the game).

Really kills the uniqueness of the flying horse. =/

P.S. You can get a Unicorn-Zebra if you recruit a friend within the next month or so (Changes to a 2 man rocket after that).

I'd totally buy this... in fact, I think I actually might. Then I'd have a mount for all my characters! I'd still have to get the training, of course, so it wouldn't save much gold... just... I think it's really neat. And while I'm at it, I'll probably buy one of those Windrider plushies. Damn you Blizzard. >.<

So they're selling prestiege? Or am I misinterpreting this?

Hopeless Bastard:
In the context of the game, its meaningless. Just a bit of fluff.

In the context of the real world, people have spent more money on stupider shit.

Blizzard charges for monthly access to a game that wouldn't raise anything resembling an eyebrow were it not online. The only reason world of warcraft can be considered a good game is in the context of other mmos. Compared to other games, is a pile of crap... and its about as good as mmos can get before the telecommunications "light barrier" is broken. So we have an objectively bad game that functions as well as something released a decade ago, yet that "mmo" bit somehow justifies the monthly rate. I know all the persistent technical issues involved with running an mmo better than most the people who play them, they just don't do anything for the quality of the game. But I'm rambling a bit...

Judging from the quality of the product vs the money obtained from it, I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner. Now, I'd like to think there are real people working at blizzard. I'd like to think this was a calculated response to the amount of money zygna makes in a year from "200 million" people. As this would certainly prove theres nothing special about zygna's business model.

And... 80,000*25 is 2 million... not 50 billion...

"Objectively a bad game"? Bullcrap.

The boss fights alone are some of the most creative in any game I've ever played.

wadark:

Poomanchu745:

wadark:
Its fine. Its certainly not a "money grab". Blizzard already makes more money in a year than half of Europe.

Since the mount cost structure was reversed (training used to be cheap and mounts were expensive) so that the mounts are cheap and the training is expensive, this isn't much of an advantage at all. Essentially this mount is the equivalent of paying 200 gold for a gryphon (though substantially more awesome looking).

When was the last time a company said to themselves, "Hey! We have ENOUGH money! Now everyone sit back and relax while we rake in the steady profit stream!" No, this is a pure money grab to make more money because there is no such thing as too much money.

Well, regardless, it's not like its some horrible greedy thing. Don't want/need it? Don't buy it. Simple as that. I for one will be paying for one ASAP, better than spending $1000 on a spectral tiger (Yes, that is what they go for on ebay).

Im just saying that if you wanna give blizzard money for this mount because it will make your gaming experience more enjoyable then go for it. But just realize that blizzard can make an artificial supply and demand curve and this is just a way to make more money. So if blizzard is doing something that makes them money and makes its players happy then everyone ends up happy.

John Funk:

Hopeless Bastard:
In the context of the game, its meaningless. Just a bit of fluff.

In the context of the real world, people have spent more money on stupider shit.

Blizzard charges for monthly access to a game that wouldn't raise anything resembling an eyebrow were it not online. The only reason world of warcraft can be considered a good game is in the context of other mmos. Compared to other games, is a pile of crap... and its about as good as mmos can get before the telecommunications "light barrier" is broken. So we have an objectively bad game that functions as well as something released a decade ago, yet that "mmo" bit somehow justifies the monthly rate. I know all the persistent technical issues involved with running an mmo better than most the people who play them, they just don't do anything for the quality of the game. But I'm rambling a bit...

Judging from the quality of the product vs the money obtained from it, I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner. Now, I'd like to think there are real people working at blizzard. I'd like to think this was a calculated response to the amount of money zygna makes in a year from "200 million" people. As this would certainly prove theres nothing special about zygna's business model.

And... 80,000*25 is 2 million... not 50 billion...

"Objectively a bad game"? Bullcrap.

The boss fights alone are some of the most creative in any game I've ever played.

All the bosses are reskined

Haha, man Blizzard are going to rule the world if they keep making shit like this. Which begs the question, why aren't their thousands of cool novelty shit and stuff in the game. They would make a killing (although they wouldn't need too).

I'm just glad I stopped playing this before I got roped into this stuff :P

ionveau:

John Funk:

Hopeless Bastard:
In the context of the game, its meaningless. Just a bit of fluff.

In the context of the real world, people have spent more money on stupider shit.

Blizzard charges for monthly access to a game that wouldn't raise anything resembling an eyebrow were it not online. The only reason world of warcraft can be considered a good game is in the context of other mmos. Compared to other games, is a pile of crap... and its about as good as mmos can get before the telecommunications "light barrier" is broken. So we have an objectively bad game that functions as well as something released a decade ago, yet that "mmo" bit somehow justifies the monthly rate. I know all the persistent technical issues involved with running an mmo better than most the people who play them, they just don't do anything for the quality of the game. But I'm rambling a bit...

Judging from the quality of the product vs the money obtained from it, I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner. Now, I'd like to think there are real people working at blizzard. I'd like to think this was a calculated response to the amount of money zygna makes in a year from "200 million" people. As this would certainly prove theres nothing special about zygna's business model.

And... 80,000*25 is 2 million... not 50 billion...

"Objectively a bad game"? Bullcrap.

The boss fights alone are some of the most creative in any game I've ever played.

All the bosses are reskined

Huh, really? Wow, I wasn't aware that XT Deconstructor and Lord Marrowgar were just reskins. That's a really good reskin. :D

I bought one. I think it looks cool. I'll have it available for all of my characters, current and future. I won't have to buy a mount again. (I know the training is the expensive part.) If it was just for one character, no, I wouldn't spend that much on it. But since I'm an altoholic and this will be with me for all of them? Yeah, I dropped $25 on it.

John Funk:

Hopeless Bastard:
In the context of the game, its meaningless. Just a bit of fluff.

In the context of the real world, people have spent more money on stupider shit.

Blizzard charges for monthly access to a game that wouldn't raise anything resembling an eyebrow were it not online. The only reason world of warcraft can be considered a good game is in the context of other mmos. Compared to other games, is a pile of crap... and its about as good as mmos can get before the telecommunications "light barrier" is broken. So we have an objectively bad game that functions as well as something released a decade ago, yet that "mmo" bit somehow justifies the monthly rate. I know all the persistent technical issues involved with running an mmo better than most the people who play them, they just don't do anything for the quality of the game. But I'm rambling a bit...

Judging from the quality of the product vs the money obtained from it, I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner. Now, I'd like to think there are real people working at blizzard. I'd like to think this was a calculated response to the amount of money zygna makes in a year from "200 million" people. As this would certainly prove theres nothing special about zygna's business model.

And... 80,000*25 is 2 million... not 50 billion...

"Objectively a bad game"? Bullcrap.

The boss fights alone are some of the most creative in any game I've ever played.

It really just comes down to personal preference. Personally, I can only play WoW for a few weeks before I get extremely bored and cancel my subscription(this is after 2 years playing it hardcore). I have quit 2 times now and have not played it in 1.5 years and don't plan on going back because I know I'll get bored after a few weeks. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, although Im not sure there is anything objective about reviewing a game, its all preference and opinion. While we all know you are a big fan boy for wow, and that's fine, not everyone feels that way so its pretty pointless arguing about it because opinions aint fact.

Looks like MW2 isn't the only game with crappy overpriced content for purchase.

I'll be ordering mine once everything gets sorted, mass problems over a lot of the EU servers since the mount launched though.

ionveau:

John Funk:

Hopeless Bastard:
In the context of the game, its meaningless. Just a bit of fluff.

In the context of the real world, people have spent more money on stupider shit.

Blizzard charges for monthly access to a game that wouldn't raise anything resembling an eyebrow were it not online. The only reason world of warcraft can be considered a good game is in the context of other mmos. Compared to other games, is a pile of crap... and its about as good as mmos can get before the telecommunications "light barrier" is broken. So we have an objectively bad game that functions as well as something released a decade ago, yet that "mmo" bit somehow justifies the monthly rate. I know all the persistent technical issues involved with running an mmo better than most the people who play them, they just don't do anything for the quality of the game. But I'm rambling a bit...

Judging from the quality of the product vs the money obtained from it, I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner. Now, I'd like to think there are real people working at blizzard. I'd like to think this was a calculated response to the amount of money zygna makes in a year from "200 million" people. As this would certainly prove theres nothing special about zygna's business model.

And... 80,000*25 is 2 million... not 50 billion...

"Objectively a bad game"? Bullcrap.

The boss fights alone are some of the most creative in any game I've ever played.

All the bosses are reskined

Irrelevant. They don't reskin mechanics on important bosses. And actually, most bosses aren't reskinned.

Skratt:
It really comes down to money vs. time. While $25 is quite steep, I am really looking forward to the day they bottom out the farming economy by offering you mini transactions to buy things in game you normally have to spend time farming materials or gold.

That is an awful idea. You want people to be able to gain an actual advantage because they have more disposable income? Fuck that. That would ruin the game, plain and simple.

Someone had to trump the MW2 Stimulus package.

John Funk:

ionveau:

John Funk:

Hopeless Bastard:
In the context of the game, its meaningless. Just a bit of fluff.

In the context of the real world, people have spent more money on stupider shit.

Blizzard charges for monthly access to a game that wouldn't raise anything resembling an eyebrow were it not online. The only reason world of warcraft can be considered a good game is in the context of other mmos. Compared to other games, is a pile of crap... and its about as good as mmos can get before the telecommunications "light barrier" is broken. So we have an objectively bad game that functions as well as something released a decade ago, yet that "mmo" bit somehow justifies the monthly rate. I know all the persistent technical issues involved with running an mmo better than most the people who play them, they just don't do anything for the quality of the game. But I'm rambling a bit...

Judging from the quality of the product vs the money obtained from it, I'm surprised they didn't do this sooner. Now, I'd like to think there are real people working at blizzard. I'd like to think this was a calculated response to the amount of money zygna makes in a year from "200 million" people. As this would certainly prove theres nothing special about zygna's business model.

And... 80,000*25 is 2 million... not 50 billion...

"Objectively a bad game"? Bullcrap.

The boss fights alone are some of the most creative in any game I've ever played.

All the bosses are reskined

Huh, really? Wow, I wasn't aware that XT Deconstructor and Lord Marrowgar were just reskins. That's a really good reskin. :D

Yup, XT is reskined as lil XT
Lord Marrowgar is a bone dragons chest with 3 skulls

Liberaliter:
Looks like MW2 isn't the only game with crappy overpriced content for purchase.

BOOM! image

you deserve it for that burn.

Liberaliter:
Looks like MW2 isn't the only game with crappy overpriced content for purchase.

You say that and yet you have no idea of the actual value to someone who actually plays.

Got two groups of people in this thread it appears.

People who are super excited about it and see that spending 25 bucks for a mount that can be used on 50 characters isn't too shabby.

Then you got the people who think they are better than everyone and are getting on a high horse of their own about how anyone purchasing this kind of thing is a fucktard because "It is not tangible". It is no less tangible than a movie, a sports game, or basically any other form of entertainment.

They've produced a product that makes folks happy, they charge a price on something entirely optional that you can basically get free in game, so why buy? Well perhaps you want to save some time, because you'd like to get straight to what you enjoy. Or perhaps you like collecting mounts. Or perhaps you are an autonomous being that doesn't need some stranger belittling their hobbies just because they aren't your hobbies.

At any rate, I don't know if I'm getting one, but my father in law is :).

I hate that it's for sale, because it makes this amazing mount less impressive in terms of obtaining, but I'm sure as hell gonna buy it.

Currently in Queue...

Position: 61997 - Estimated time: 4 hours

/sigh

As someone who was pretty close to getting the 100 mount achievement (about 70 i think) before i stopped playing last year i can savely say that i would have bought the thing without thinking a second about it would i still play WoW...

Some complain that it's unfair that they had to grind for ages for their special mounts while any Joe Average can grab this just by spending real money. That's BS, Someone flying around on Algalons horse wouldn't lessen my pride and joy riding my Chopper or my Black Proto-Drake.

I really don't see how this is bad in any possible way. You want it you buy it. You dont? You skip it.

EDIT: 50th post! Go me!

Jiraiya72:

Liberaliter:
Looks like MW2 isn't the only game with crappy overpriced content for purchase.

You say that and yet you have no idea of the actual value to someone who actually plays.

Quite a bit judging by the type of people who play WoW. Hurry up Blizzard and release a decent game.

John Funk:
When you think about it, the people who got the TCG items probably spent a whole lot more than $25 on their respective mounts.

Edit: Also, that thing looks cool as hell. Kinda want.

Pretty much this. Besides getting one on every toon and future toons made it a definite buy for me, and I'm guessing many other alt-oholics as well.

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