As I assume everyone knows by now, since there has been a lot of talk and hype about these changes for quite some time now, the new mini-patch (6.1.2) came with a bunch of extra insiginificant updates and the WoW Tokens. Again I will be assuming that you all know this so I will not go on ahead and explain your the whole process and the idea behind these items (cause Blizzard has a pretty simple and straightforward article that does exactly that right here), but I will go on ahead and discuss a little the implications of this for gaming in general and adress the more important issues of what does this mean to WoW and to you (and me for that matter) as a player.
The whole idea of the token in a nutshell is that you are only allowed to buy them from the in-game shop for a fixed amount of cash (20$ or equivalent in local currency I think) and then sell it on the Auction House (once bought from the AH it seems that you cannot resell it). Now for the start Blizz will set a fixed price to test it, however I cannot possibly see how did they manage to do that since the whole idea takes real currency and transforms it into in-game money (gold that is) which should be able to provide good players with extra play time “free of charge” and not so good players – beginners who are in need of in-game gold for whatever they might be using the gold for these days – with an easy way of spending their hard earned money on virtual shiny money!
There were plenty of dicsussions on the forums which placed the price of the Token anywhere between 15k to 100k, however for starters it would seem that the damned thing will be going for about 20k to 30k and then will move from here. That seems like a ton of gold coins, especially for starters, however as a veteran player I can easily buy myself one whole year of game time from my main character’s gold alone and I would still have some change left to last me through up until the next gold runs which I sometimes do when awfully bored nowadays. For everyone out there seeking ways of making gold, allow me to point you once again towards Zygor’s brand new product for making gold because quite frankly it makes the job easy enough for it to actually become boring. Or you can just use whatever other addons or guides or means you can find around as long as they get the job done if you are a cheap twerp. Still don’t expect to pay for your subscription with in-game currency pretty soon if you’re just starting out, regardless of what you are using, because it was proven time and time again that building a fortune (even if it is a virtual one) takes time and effort on everyone’s behalf.
As such I would say that the only downside to this whole idea is that veterans and gold hoarders will be “free of charge” forever from now onwards (or at least until the tokens are taken out at some point) and people who just started playing and bearly have enough gold coins to cover their riding training will still have to pay with cash to play. Also people are talking that this signifies the fact that Blizzard is running out of money and that they basically head inevitably to the “free to play” MMORPG graveyard, after 20 years of heritage and history, but for now I would think that this is still pretty far away and this whole Token concept must have been nothing more than a spin-off of the “level 90 boost” which apparently made a lot of high level noobs and pissed off plenty of pro-players and made a lot of dough to the company in the process. But then again I could be wrong and maybe pretty shortly everyone will be filthy rich and no one will pay anymore for the subscription, cause everyone will use tokens …
Either way I am very curious to see how everything will turn out and how this new imporovement will actually manage to change the gaming community by making beginners rich and veterans free players, certainly free used here with the basest meaning of them all from the subscription point of view at least. And as with any market the prices might go up and down from day to day or hour by hour depending on a lot of factors, but we’ll see either way.