Blizzard Introduces Buying in-Game WoW Items

It had to happen eventually: Blizzard implemented the microtransaction scheme into its crazy-popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. This means that players can purchase in-game goods via Blizzard's online store using real-world cash. But in order to use the pet, players will need to merge their WoW account with a Battle.net account.

Generally, microtransactions are used in free MMORPGs, offering basic gaming without a subscription fee but offering premium items for a cash price. However, today Blizzard introduced two items WoW subscribers can now purchase: the Pandaren Monk and Lil' K.T., a miniature litch. Both items will cost $10 each, however Blizzard is donating $5 of each monk sold to the Make-a-Wish Foundation until December 31, 2009 at 11:59 PDT.

According to the forum post, the Pandaren Monk is a martial arts expert "who's here to help celebrate the upcoming fifth anniversary of World of Warcraft." As for the miniature lich, this pet supposedly resembles the legendary lord of Naxxramas, Kei'Thuzad. "Lil’ K.T. has a diabolical laugh and wields true power at his bony fingertips, randomly wreaking icy havoc on critters who dare to cross his path," the description reads.

Currently the pets are located in the Collectibles - Pet Store section.

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  • insaneclowngod
    I can see the next update to this being "Gear For Those Who Don't Want To Raid, Stop Wasting Time Playing BUY GEAR NOW!"
    I think this is fine as long as the items that can be purchased remain inconsequential to actual game play.
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  • insaneclowngod
    I can see the next update to this being "Gear For Those Who Don't Want To Raid, Stop Wasting Time Playing BUY GEAR NOW!"
    I think this is fine as long as the items that can be purchased remain inconsequential to actual game play.
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  • Glorian
    Kinda scared me a bit, cause buying in game item would severely imbalance the game in something like WoW, but its useless things that have no bearing on player outcome, so it shouldn't be a problem.
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  • lucuis
    Meh, they wreaked the game when they added the Deathknight. Before that that the game was awesome.
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