Unless you have had your head in the sand for a few days, it’s impossible to have missed the quite staggering amount of drama that the celestial steed has generated. There have been people threatening to cancel their accounts right through to this gem of a post.
The micro transactions have been around for a few months now albeit only in the form of pets. Evidently the introduction of mounts to the system is clearly more offensive to a certain segment of players. I have always collected pets and mounts and prior to the Blizzard pet store, I used to chase the TCG offerings. I’ve bought every single one of the in game vanity items currently available from the store.
I’m honestly amused and somewhat perplexed by the flaming regarding the Blizzard Pet Store. If they were selling epics or items that were offering players a distinct advantage in game then yes, I could entirely understand the objection. They’re selling fluff items that some players (and not all) feel enhance their game play. There are literally hundreds of pets and mounts available in game. Their sources vary from extremely hard PvE content (such as Invincible and Mimiron’s Head) through to reputation based rewards, PvP grinding and simple gold layouts.
The related achievements, Lil’ Game Hunter and Mountain O Mounts can be obtained without the need to spend your hard earn, real life, money also. Should they add another tier to the pet achievement (which seems obvious) requiring 100 vanity pets collected, you can still reach it easily.
To the people arguing that the celestial steed is one of the more visually appealing mounts to have been implemented recently, I say one word; Invincible.
I will never own Invincible. I am part of a ten man strict guild and Blizzard, in their wisdom, have decided that such mounts should only be rewards for twenty five man content (this is another argument entirely). It’s my choice however to be a ten man raider and forgo such potential rewards. In the same way it is another’s choice to spend £17.00 on the celestial steed.
Simply put, no one is forcing you to spend any money, aside from the required subscription free, on addition vanity items. For those that do, is it honestly such a huge deal to you personally? Wowhead produced an amazing comic based around exactly this subject base and in lieu of time today to finish the post I had intended, I’m reproducing it here.
(Image courtesy of http://www.wowhead.com)