My wife, walking by my office door, casually asked, “You’re not going to pay $500 to play this Lich King thing, are you?”
As I was expecting something more along the lines of “are you coming to bed?” “is the house locked up?” or “don’t forget to set the dishwasher,” I was a bit taken aback.
As usual, several separate thoughts rushed for my mouth and got jammed in together like the Three Stooges in a door way, leaving me muttering, “Who? What?” (Which sounds like “hooowhaa?” when I am in that state.)
She had already passed by and settled down in front of her computer. I walked over and she showed me an article on Yahoo! about Warcraft testers paying big bucks for access.
Yikes! People paying for beta access? Paying to test somebody else’s software?
Okay, it boggles my mind, but I get paid to test software, not the other way around.
But sure enough, we went to eBay and searched on “lich king beta” and found more than a few auctions up selling beta keys.
I have to wonder what the Blizzard stance is on that?
That and how many of those codes for sale are just scams? I mean, PayPal is good on giving you a refund if you do not get something tangible from an auction, like LEGO minifigures (don’t ask), but if all you are buying is an n-digit code number, how do you get your money back if it did not work? PayPal is NOT good at refunds when it comes to intangibles. They used to explicitly exclude such things from their refund policy, and may still, I’m just too lazy to check.
So, in answer to my wife, I said that if I had a beta key, I would happily sell it for $500 and just wait for the expansion to ship.
I went back to my office while she headed down the hallway. Arriving at our bedroom, she called out to me yet again.
The cat had just thrown up on the bed.
Reality was back to normal at our house.