originally posted by Caliber
what bugs me, and what people don't realize, is that you purchase the game, but in reality you don't really own it, as many people who purchased world of warcraft realize. i have 3 separate wow accounts. over the last 6 years every one of them has been shut off by an adminstrator. most of the time it was for people trying to log into my account i suppose using bots or something to try and brute log and pass but some of the times it was for against EULA policy this or that which when you contact them, they cannot say exactly what it was or how they flagged you. for instance you buy 2 or 3 things in the auction house using gold you have stockpiled up for the last 4 years when BoE gear becomes available. suddenly you are flagged as a gold farmer or some such thing. you have to call them and then they look at your history and the logs and can see that you were actually legit. but i wonder how many people got banned or whatever for a blizzard reason that was incorrect. in other words, you pay for the game, but your characters and all the effort and time you put into the game is stored on a Blizzard server, and you are at their whims. if the server is down, so are you. if they think you did something illegal or inappropriate, you could be banned and lose your character. it's totally understandable with something as multiplayer as WoW is, to some degree. but a supposed single player game where your character is locked away on a separate server... the game will probably sell like crazy, but some of the nostalgic people who actually played diablo 1 and 2 years ago don't like this, and for good reason.