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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:00 AM

Blizzard Entertainment has published an article on the topic of gold purchasing in its popular MMO, World of Warcraft. The feature explores some of the dangers for purchasers of gold, as well as the negative impact on other players and server stability.

What many people don't realize when buying gold is the large impact it has on the game economy, and also how the companies selling gold obtain it. Our developers, in-game support, and anti-hack teams work diligently to stop the exploits these companies use and help players who have become victims of their services. We regularly track the source of the gold these companies sell, and find that an alarmingly high amount comes from hacked accounts. These are the friends, relatives, and guildmates you may know who have gone through the experience of having characters, gold, and items stripped from them after visiting a website or opening a file containing a trojan virus. Our teams work to educate players and assist them in avoiding account compromise, but the fact remains that the players themselves are often these companies' largest target as a source for gold, which the companies then turn around and sell to other players.

Through our normal support processes and the assistance of players, we also find that many accounts that have been shared with power-leveling services are then hacked into months later, and all of the items on the account are stripped and sold off. Basically, players have paid money to these companies, sometimes large amounts, and they're then targeted by these same companies down the road. We come across stories every week of the aftereffects of players using these services, and some players now have to deal with long-term repercussions -- in addition to consequences such as possible account suspension or closure, in many cases the companies they paid use their personal information to perpetrate identity theft and credit card fraud. These are long-lasting effects on players' personal lives that can take years to recover from.
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#2 J'nathus

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 08:21 AM

I never understood power leveling services...   I mean, if you don't want to play the game.... then don't! :)

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 10:25 AM

My impression is that power leveling is not for people who don't want to play the game, but for people who do want to live it.  I think the correct analogy for the mindset is not that of somebody playing a game for you, but of somebody taking over your life temporarily and handing it back once they've made you rich and famous.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 10:43 AM

View Postbadger2d, on October 22nd 2009, 09:25 AM, said:

I think the correct analogy for the mindset is not that of somebody playing a game for you, but of somebody taking over your life temporarily and handing it back once they've made you rich and famous.
I reached Level 80, and I'm neither rich, nor famous...  People who power level - assuming their accounts aren't pirated - are in for a bit of a shock, as the game gets harder after 80 if you want to do raids and get epic gear / mounts.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 10:52 AM

Idiots.
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Posted 22 October 2009 - 11:29 AM

View PostJ, on October 22nd 2009, 09:43 AM, said:

I reached Level 80, and I'm neither rich, nor famous...  People who power level - assuming their accounts aren't pirated - are in for a bit of a shock, as the game harder after 80 if you want to do raids and get epic gear / mounts.

I didn't say they get what they wanted. ;) I'm just saying that I think that's the idea they're after.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 11:41 AM

While at times, I can see the appeal of not having to run out and collect 25 owl's noses or whatever for that guy/girl with the yellow exclamation mark over their head, it's still more about the journey for me rather than the destination.  For power levelers, I'm guessing they are all about the destination.  Hopefully, this article will make some people stop and think about the consequences of their decision to buy gold/power level.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 01:04 PM

If anybody wants to power level your post count, send me your credit card and pin number and I'll get right on it.
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Posted 22 October 2009 - 01:47 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on October 22nd 2009, 03:04 PM, said:

pin number

:lol:  I assume you use that with your ATM machine?

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 05:18 PM

View PostEric5h5, on October 23rd 2009, 06:47 AM, said:

:lol:  I assume you use that with your ATM machine?
Which has an LCD display.

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 04:15 AM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on October 22nd 2009, 09:04 PM, said:

If anybody wants to power level your post count, send me your credit card and pin number and I'll get right on it.

Ah ah ah genius.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:00 AM

View Postikir, on October 23rd 2009, 03:15 AM, said:

Ah ah ah genius.
It takes genius to recognize genius!  What say we ditch these dummies and go compute Pi to a jillion places.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:08 AM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on October 23rd 2009, 10:00 AM, said:

It takes genius to recognize genius!  What say we ditch these dummies and go compute Pi to a jillion places.

Shut your Pi-hole!
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