The Lazy Person’s Way To Gaming

It’s amazing how many convenience products and services there are out there. Too lazy to shop, got no time, out of ideas: get a personal shopper. To lazy to cook, tired of cooking, or have no time to cook? Microwaveable TV dinners is your answer. Too tired to get your mail from your mailbox in front? Back the car out, get your mail, and park back in the garage. Easy. Work smarter not harder. So what do you do when you have a full time job, a significant other, kid(s), TV time, and at the same time have to play MMORPG (Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game) so that you can be cool, hang out virtually with your friends, and beat up on wussie level 1 players? Enter BuyMMOAccounts.com where you can purchase your wow account and be playing in 24 hours.

Cheating? Sure, but remember, work smarter not harder. With everything else going on in life, how can you expect to level up to level 70 to join your friends in wicked epic quests. Sure there are people who want to play the game from beginning to end without cheating, others prefer to use a strategy guide “for reference”, and some prefer to just get to the good stuff. Let’s look at what it will take to just to get to the good stuff.

BuyMMOAccounts.com is one of many websites that sale World of Warcraft (WoW) characters. Technically, a violation in Blizzard’s Terms of Service (ToS) and End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), it is a thriving black market that probably makes a considerable amount of money. These are the same kinds of services as the gold selling, websites where you can purchase in-game gold in exchange for actual cash.

Website Design

My first impression of visiting BuyMMOAccounts is that their website is certainly decently designed. For the most part, things appears where they should. There is one painfully annoying problem, when viewing the site from FireFox 3 on the Mac with the website and that is their left navigation bar. There appears to be some padding issues which is causing a huge white space in between the header and the left navigation bar. In all other browsers on the Mac and PC (Safari, FireFox 2, Internet Explorer 7) all seem fine.

I took a look under the hood, and for the most part, the code seems pretty clean and well laid out. My only complaint is the mixing of divs with tables are unnecessary. Everything that the web designer is trying to accomplish can be achieved through just divs and CSS. HTML Tables aren’t bad, it should only contain tabular data and not HTML layout. Also not sure if the web designer is using a WYSIWYG editor, but a number of places in the code needs to be cleaned up, for example:

<h3><font color="#000099"><font color="#000099"><font color="#000099"></font></font></font></h3>

There is a level 3 heading (h3) there with 3 identical font color tags but no text inside! I’m sure this was a mistake. Another example of messy code:

<h1 style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt" align="left"><font color="#000099"><font color="#000099"><font color="#000099"><font style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt" color="#000099"><font color="#ff0000"><font color="#000099"><br/>We are the only World of Warcraft account retailer with live phone support. Phone support is available from 8A.M to 8 P.M PST Monday thru Friday and 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M PST Saturday & Sunday. <br/><br/><span style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt">866-519-1188 <br/><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Give us a call and speak to a representative today! <br/><br/>

That’s just a mess to read. It’s also formatted semantically wrong. The H1 header should be reserved for the title of the page, the title of the website, or the most important thing of the page. Also the font color is declared multiple of time, not necessary. There’s also a screwy font size tag in there. By using correct semantic markup, divs, and CSS, we can form:

<div class="live-support"><p>We are the only World of Warcraft account retailer with live phone support. Phone support is available from 8A.M to 8 P.M PST Monday thru Friday and 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M PST Saturday & Sunday.<p>
<p><span style="phone-number">866-519-1188<span> Give us a call and speak to a representative today!<p>

And then in the stylesheet, we just make an entry as such:

.live-support p {padding: 3px 0; font-size: 0.9em; color: #000099; }
.live-support p.phone-number {display: block; font-size: 1.2em; }

Now doesn’t that look prettier and more manageable in the long run? Anytime you want to change the font size or color, you just go back to the stylesheet and make the changes as opposed to opening up 2, 3, or 20 HTML pages to make 1 simple change. Another example, very painful.

Services

Looking at the guarantee that BuyMMOAccounts.com offers would definitely make me feel more safe and confident in purchasing an account from them. They have a 100% account guarantee against reclaims (original owner taking re-possession of their sold account) and bans by Blizzard. They claim that if an original player attempts to retake their account, BuyMMOAccounts will do whatever possible to re-reclaim it and if it’s unrecoverable, they will compensate the client with another equal or greater value account. That’s very impressive!

I can’t really comment too much on how good or bad their service is, as I no longer play World of Warcraft or wish to spend ~$800 to find out. I did do a Google search to see if maybe BuyMMOAccounts.com could be a scam and came up with a few mixed results. It’s worth mentioning that they have “purchased” a number of paid reviews.

I do like the in-depth view of the character you wish to purchase. It’s well laid out and easy to see all the important stats in one place and equipment. Kind of like window shopping.

Conclusion

I can understand the appeal of being able to pick up a game and be a high level character. The MMORPGs are designed to consume a person’s life as much as possible, it’s what makes the game infinitely “interesting” to play. On the other hand, you lose a lot of game play experience. You don’t make friends along the way as one would playing from level 1 to level whatever. You don’t gain the experience of working in teams, which is necessary to progress to the higher levels.

On the other hand, if you already have played before and understand the game play, but don’t want to spend all of eternity to level a character to play with your friends, then purchasing an account is the next best thing. For the most part, it seems like BuyMMOAccounts is legit. They seem to have a few issues as evidenced by Google searches, but that’s not unlike any other companies. Can’t make everyone happy. Their 100% guarantee does offer some confidence, but until we can see reviews on more trusted review sites like Yelp, it would be difficult to pluck down almost $1,000 for an account.

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