As you might imagine, part of my job (aside from
crime-fighting) involves poring through the latest WoW-related news items on the web & deciding which are worth
pointing out. Sometimes there are some questionable items out there, but today I came across a story on PRWEB, apparently out of Halifax, Nova Scotia (Trailer
Park Boys rule!), that is essentially nothing more than a big PR release for a gold farming/powerleveling site, no
doubt trying to further bleed our beloved virtual economy dry.
I won't mention the actual site in question, as I don't want them to recieve any traffic thanks to us, but I do think that this is A: a pretty ballsy move by the company in question (although they claim not to sell gold or powerleveling, only to rate other sites that do), and B: a pretty telling comment on the state of the virtual goods market; if these businesses are making enough money to have their own community of peer-reviewed sites, then it's obviously getting to be a bigger issue than anybody intended...most of all Blizzard.