Things I just don’t understand: Part 1

World of Warcraft: Game of the Year, mmorpg phenomenon, and all-around cash cow.

One might ask themselves, “How could someone who spends fifteen bucks a month to play a game (guilty) spend even MORE money on said game?” Say…five hundred bucks more? The answer lies in a 2×3 piece of painted cardboard.

Blizzard partnered with Upper Deck a few months ago to create the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

It’s a simple concept:

1. Take a proven social fad (WoW).

2. Add pretty pictures and collectible content.

3. Rake in the cash.

And rake they did. But it gets better. They included a handful of cards in each series that you could redeem for in-game items. These items ranged from a tabard you could wear over your armor to the Spectral Tiger mount seen above. That particular card is going for over $500 bucks on eBay right now. Why would someone pay that much money?

To look like this guy, obviously.

Oh, and it gives you an epic %100 movement increase…just like all the other epic mounts in the game that DON’T cost five hundred bucks. Some things I just don’t understand.

Published by

Fred Smith

is the senior video games editor and is our resident grammar and punctuation czar. He prefers to define his career choice as “pending”. His hobbies include basketball, writing, and video games. He is employed by a regional chain hardware store as a salesman/peon.

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