Mixed feelings #735
I don't like bots, like most people here already commented.
But let's face it, you start playing some class of toon, you learn it, you grow in experience AND YOUR PLAYSKILL with it, playing honestly, you join a Guild, great; you have enjoyed the game.
But now, you want to create another toon, of a different class, but you want to play the game around your beloved Up-level friends and not stay around newbieville for long. They won't wait your grinding until you reach their level with another toon. You don't have that much friends to give you XP gifts (whatever, I play other MMOs besides WoW), but still... you already have plents of in-game currency...
Hmm... see a need... fill a need. You have a fat virtual wallet and an unlevelled toon.
How about Blizz selling XP directly to people that already reached high levels, gobs of $$$, earned respect, collected merit badges, whatever?? Two choices:
Oh, Blizz has it? My bad, carry on, bots suck.
Oh Blizz doesn't have it? What are they waiting for? If you manage some form of lazyness for those that already proved their worth, they won't risk getting near a bot. As of playskill, it is your choice if you don't want to grind another toon just to party with your regular folks.
On other MMOs, there are some equipments that have no bottom limit of usage, so you can equip a freshly created toon with TOP GEAR and power-level in a flash. We called them "golden babies". No special grinding, and you get to follow your friends easily from the get-go.
It is a win-win-win scenario.
Blizz wins, it got a player hooked for a while longer, paying monthly fees.
Your friends win, they now can count on you for more than one class.
You win, TWICE. You keep playing with your friends and made yourself a favor of learning versatility, making your hobbies more enjoyable.
Ops, it is a 4-win scenario.
But in the end, they want you to keep grinding, since logged time counts as addiction and ensures you will be a loyal monthly source of real cash. They should know when they are pushing the grinding too hard, when that sort of things happen.