Blizzard Uses a Pet as a Medium of Exchange in World of Warcraft

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Activision BlizzardBlizzard has introduced the Guardian Cub to its massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, significant because this is an object that can be purchased for real-world cash and sold for in-game currency. This, essentially, gives everyone an easy way to "Buy WoW Gold!" if it is accepted by players as an ersatz currency. This has some players shouting apocalyptic, world-ending nonsense, while others emphasize the inherent flaws of the Guardian Cub compared to how games like Eve Online handle the same things. Here at FI, we're in the midst of actually apocalyptic events such as exploding hardware and exhaustion rapidly segueing into ennui, so we'll just link you to someone smart who's blogging about the issue.

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