Welcome back! This is the 91st attempt at this column. 

91 is the sum of the squares of the first six integers.  Is is also the international calling code for India.   If you have one penny, one nickel, one dime, one quarter and one half dollar you have 91 cents. 

I’m John Hoskin and I’ll be your MMOG guide today.   

“Stay hungry.  Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs

Let’s go with this…

Steve Jobs -- 1955-2011

Thanks for taking some time out of your day to read this column.  I truly appreciate it.    If you happen to use Twitter, you can follow me @BoomjackTTH.   I rarely use Facebook, but I do occasionally post gaming related tidbits on Google+ where you can find me under my real moniker John Hoskin. 


I apologize for the lack of updates last week.   I was flying half-way across creation and back dealing with the advertising side of this industry.  


Fortunately, I’m back, doing a much more enjoyable aspect of my job this morning, writing this column.  


A generation of human beings lost a great mind while I was flying around the world.   Steve Jobs, a visionary and creative thinker will be missed by every industry that uses a computer.   His impact on our world, especially those of us who rely on computers was ground-breaking.  


If you have time, watch the video that I have linked above.  It will give you a very personal glimpse into the mind of a man that many of you will now never be fortunate enough to meet.   


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Small fortunes may also be made from a vanity pet that Blizzard is introducing to World of Warcraft.   David explains his take on WoW Allowing Gold Selling, but I thought it was important enough that I also share my thoughts on the subject. 


In a nutshell, Blizzard is going to let a pet that can be purchased through their online store with real money be sold on the auction house for virtual gold. 


This isn’t the first time in MMOG history that something like this has been condoned by a developer.  EVE players have long sold Game Time Cards for ISK (the virtual currency in EVE). 


On the surface, it seems tame enough.   A player with lots of gold in the game can use some of it to purchase a vanity pet that has no effect on gameplay.   The player with real money and no gold can acquire some gold without grinding, using professions or any of the other in-game methods of acquiring currency. 


Given the glut of gold in the current WoW economy it is unlikely to have a dramatic effect on the auction house, but it does give players with more real world funds an advantage.   They can spend more time doing what they enjoy and less time “working” for gold in-game.   They will be able to bid on items that they previously could not bid on, winning them over someone who built their gold bank account through in-game means.


How many people will actually pay for one of these pets is uncertain and how long the market for them will last is even more unclear, but at least for a short window of opportunity, there will be advantages to be had for someone. 


What are your thoughts on this issue?  Would we have even believed this was not an April Fool’s joke just two years ago?


That’s it for today.  Thanks again for reading and as always, may your dreams be big and your worries be small. “


As always, you can contact me a number of ways:

Until we meet again,

John “Boomjack” Hoskin

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About The Author

Jeff joined the Ten Ton Hammer team in 2004 covering EverQuest II, and he's had his hands on just about every PC online and multiplayer game he could since.