WoW.com is reporting that Blizzard is working on a way to allow the Auction House be used through an iPhone app from outside the game. Some of you may remember my doom-and-gloom post from a while back. It turns out that I hadn't thought of even half the things Blizzard can do to milk more money from the game and perhaps screw it up in the process.
This new development shouldn't come as a shock, really. Activision, or whoever the hell is pulling the strings now, is figuring out new ways in which to milk this fertile cow. I'm sure an offline AH will have a lot of success. As a commenter under the WoW.com article said: many people would be willing to pay any amount of cash for this ability.
While at one point I was also wishing for a way to manipulate the AH from outside the game (heh, on a smartphone from work for example, though I don't have a smartphone), now I don't think it's a good idea anymore.
For one thing, it looks like the new "feature" will be a premium one, meaning that people will have to pay in order to use it. For another, you will probably need an iPhone to use it, or at the very least a smartphone. Not everyone has access to one, me included. These two factors alone will put everyone who's not willing to 1) pay for the app and 2) own a compatible smartphone, at a disadvantage.
Why is this important? Because by this, Blizzard is kinda hinting that it's ok to buy gold. Mind you, it's a backdoor way of doing it because you are not actually buying gold, let's face it, but it will allow certain AH junkies to continually make use of the AH on an almost 24/7 basis. Whether in the crapper, or having lunch, or at work, whether thousands of miles away from their computer, these people will have the opportunity of conducting business as if they were logged into the game.
In other words, Blizzard is saying this: if you pay us some real money, you will have the opportunity of making even more WoW gold. Neah, huh? Yeah, I know, I'm a selfish bastard for hating this proposed feature but I believe it would be fair for everyone if AH manipulation would be impossible, unless logged into the game. If Blizz goes this route, they might as well just sell us the damn gold.
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