MMO Champion had a news update today that brought a tear of joy to my bloodshot eyes.
Check this blurb out;
Real time guild chat on your phone. Keep in touch with your guildmates and always be in on your guild’s discussions with the new mobile Guild Chat feature. With a subscription to World of Warcraft Remote, you can view and participate in your guild’s chat in real time, engage in one-on-one conversations with other guild members, and more!
That just made me stop dead in my tracks, as my mind spun with the implied potential awesome involved here.
Let’s contemplate for a moment the entire WORLD of ‘are you freaking kidding me’ that we just got a peak at.
What we have just been told is the technology has been developed and is on the cusp of being implemented to allow us to not only follow a designated chat channel LIVE, but to actually interact with it. To post to it. And even better, you will be able to send instant messages from your mobile device to a specified individual within World of Warcraft!
Oh my God.
Envision with me for a moment, if you will, the inevitable decision a cost-conscious executive at Blizzard Activision will be forced to make.
Do you release the functionality as is, a benign tool that will possibly bring guild members even closer together?
Do you go for the big money, and release this as a for-pay service to allow people to follow, interact with, and post to the Trade chat channel?
That’s right. I said it. Somewhere in Blizzard Activision, someone is going to think of it. They may not be serious, and they may know they’ll be shouted out of the meeting room if they dare to suggest it, but SOMEONE is going to consider, however briefly, just how much money could be made unleashing a mobile trolling app to the World… of Warcraft.
Tell me you think I’m lying. I dare you.
A Mobile Trolling App.
Now, this is an amazing development, but… I can go one better.
You knew I could.
If you’re gonna go this route, why not go the rest of the way?
Why not implement Google Map and Google Latitude technology, so the person on the mobile app, AND the person playing WoW, can both ping their actual, physical location?
Come on… it’s where we all want this to go.
You know damn well that you WANT to be able to find out where in the world that damn Troll is living, track them down, and give them a good old ass kicking.
You know you do.
Admit it. You’d pay for that service, wouldn’t you?
Even if you didn’t live close enough to do it yourself… I bet you could find someone in Guild that did, and who might pay the troll a little visit… if the price was right. Or if you promised to give them some of your DKP.
Now, can you follow me to the NEXT logical step in this chain of events? Do you see it coming?
I’m talking about the first ever court case that would arise from someone in a virtual MMO paying virtual gold to a person in their own guild that they never met before in real life to solicit a ‘hit’ on another person for real life revenge. Revenge… for being textually assaulted and virtually /spat on in an MMO.
I soooo want to be in the courtroom to see the look on the judge’s face as the attorney tries to explain THIS one.