Remember back in the bad old days when gold sellers were everywhere in game?
Oh, those evil gold sellers! Just waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting account, hack it, loot all your stuffs, and all your guild banks belong to us!
It’s so nice that all that went away, right?
Or, at least it all got a lot quieter. Subtler. Whispers and Battletag friend invites and calendar hacking.
Of course, with all the hate directed to gold sellers over the years, funny how little rage or attention I see get directed towards gold buyers.
Without an eager market with money in hand, services that cost money to provide go away. Like website hosting and the buying of WoW accounts to spam people with gold seller crap.
It’s a time honored formula. People have websites and accounts that collect gold (or are receiving accounts where hacked characters can send gold), and there are the mules farming gold making items and the people hacking the accounts to loot.
You want to buy gold? Then you find a website (following the link from that spam you got in your friends list yesterday will help) and if you trust them enough to give them your money, your real money, and your character name and server, maybe they mail you golds.
Or maybe you are tired of being level 34 on your main, or on your alt, and you want to be level 90 right now to raid with your friends. Or maybe you suck at PvP, you’re so bad you’re ashamed, and you wish there was a way you could just be famous for PvP without having to actually DO the PvP.
You go to one of those websites, and now comes the true moment of faith. You give them your real monies, and your account name and password, and trust that they will play your character FOR you, winning in random battlegrounds, earning loots, making levels.
All supposedly without trolling everyone on your server, joining guilds to try to loot their banks, using your character to farm golds for their other customers, whatever.
There have to be people who think that sounds good, otherwise how are these people still in business? And make no mistake, they are still in business.
But they’ve gotten smarter about it. We’ve gotten smart, we’ve gotten authenticators, closed off some of the more outright larcenous ways of getting something for nothing by hacking our accounts, so they have to entice customers by addressing the biggest concern you can have;
Faith that they’re not using your account for evil shit.
I got an email from someone looking to advertise, looking for a marketing partnership, as I often do. A good rule of thumb for me is, if someone contacts me thinking they can advertise on my website, that means they’ve never visited my website. Um, no ads. No paid reviews. You either haven’t visited my website, or you really think highly of your gold making guide, don’t you?
So the email I get today is for one of these marketing ad partnership blah blah blah. As usual, I don’t reply to it, but I do check out the link.
Prepare to get your mind blown.
They aren’t really gold sellers, they’re more than that.
They focus on the whole “we take over your account and play your character for you” market.
Want to own in rated battlegrounds? Buy their service and they’ll hook you up. You’ll be leet in no time!
Want to be level 90? They can power level you!
Want to have that ultra rare mount that takes a complete raid achievement of all heroic modes and achieves? They’ll get it for you!
Just make an account, give them all your infos, no problem they’ll hook you RIGHT up!
And while they’re doing it…
They provide you with a link to the live stream of them playing your character.
Yep. That’s right. So you can have absolute faith in them, they live stream everything they do while on your character, and you can watch on your special channel and see everything they do, everywhere they go, when they’re pretending to be you.
JUST WHAT THE ‘SQUIRREL FLYING OUT THE NORTH END OF A SOUTH-BOUND MOOSE’ IS GOING ON OUT THERE?!?!
I can’t even… I’m trying, and I can’t believe it.
There is so much to discuss on this, and I’d love to delve deeper into the whole idea, maybe we can do that in the comments, I don’t know.
What I do want to know is, who out there doesn’t have the time to play their character, but does have the time to watch a live stream of someone ELSE playing their character?
How have we finally gotten to the point where someone is willing to pay someone else to have fun playing their character, ans watch them do it?
Holy bacon on a stick, Batman!
Oh my God, is this how professional sports got started? First we enjoy playing the sport, then we got older and had free time, money and careers but didn’t have the athletic skill to play anymore, so we started sponsoring other people to play at higher skill levels while we watch and drink beer and admire the game we used to play ourselves?
What comes next?
Do we start betting with other non-player spectators on our favorite PvP players that we’re already paying to play for us? Is that it?
Where do I find my cyber-bookie, and what are the odds on the DeGei vs Gulvan pet battle deathmatch? Can Rades and Vidyala host the event with AngryOrc giving color commentary?
Just WTF, people?