It’s 2am in the morning
Your all snuggled under your blankets ( Cold in Sydney atm)
You reach for your Iphone charging on your bedside table – I wonder if my Auctions sold?
On the Train in comming home from work – Tired, and someone’s stinking armpit in your face,
you reach for your Iphone – I wonder if Glacial Salmon are cheap by the stack right now?
At a Pub Drinking Bier with a friend that Plays horde who says - “I need 25 Primordial Saronite ” but they are so freaken expensive. Me: “they go for 800 odd on my server. Let me check.”
Ok I’ll be honest – none of the above has happened in RL. but it could! I updated my WOW Armory app today and saw the Auction house box – and for the sake of curiosity I clicked on it, wanting to see.
The search function was quite easy to use
I ran in to several problems when it came to posting an auction.
After logging in with my Battle Net details - I realised that my Banking Alt is level 1 – much like most banking alts are, so of course armory doesn’t see them, so Remote AH couldn’t look in her bags, which is where all the stuff I intend to sell, but not posted is.
The other stuff of mine worth selling was in my guild bank – and not accesible. It only lets you access your own bank.
So I was left with what ever spare stuff in mains bank that I didn’t need to play with. I scrolled through, and found a glyph. So after Selecting the Gylph, and noticing that if you scroll down the page it tells you what other Auctions are similar to give you so you can work out what price you want to make it.
I entered in something a little less then what was current,
And then went to confirm.
Where it asked me to Log in again, and my Authenticator number.
I don’t mind having to type my password again for security reasons, but If I was posting more then one Auction it would annoy me. I do understand from a security point though the need.
The Request for the Authenticator annoyed me the worst. No I lie it’s worse. It just made having a remote Auction house useless to me. My Authenticator does not leave my desk. It means I should not lose it. It even has a little plastic hook on the side of my 22 inch monitor where it dongles. If I changed to a Iphone App Authenticator then I still need to leave the Wow armory app, get the number from a 2nd Application and then complete the auction. Because I did not get past that point, I don’t know if it will ask for my password, and my code for each auction.
In addition, When I was Playing with the remote AH feature on my phone ( was syncing to get the screenies off it. I tried to log into my Wow account on my PC, and got an error message. You can’t be in your Wow game, and the remote AH at the same time.
So why the Remote AH Does not work for me.
- I have to level a bank alt to use it , or change my bank alt.
- I can’t access my Guild Bank
- I have to take my Authenticator with me to use.
- You can’t connect a auction house mod to it so your manually typing and calculating prices
- It looks like I will need to confirm my Auctions with passwords / authenticators.
And a note on the Auction house remote access and its impact on extending my game play to that extent..
I have an iphone – that is distracting enough, with 8 pages of apps and a 3g connection *hums “Theres a zombie on your lawn….. ” I already fiddle with my iphone on the train, on the street, at work, at the pub, at my mums for dinner. I don’t want to feel the need to be so connnected to my auctions, and to wow that I need to being doing my Auction Housing remotely.
I can see benifit in being able to access guild chat, or battlenet chat if that feature becomes available.
But is our gaming so economy driven that we need to be so connected to it to this extent to play. The social benefit, being connected , I can understand that – if that’s your thing, and while some of us may enjoy playing the auction house is your Ahing that much part of your wow experience you need to be so plugged in?
Sure the $3 a month is maybe a minor cost ( unless your dollar is now 80 cents to the US dollar again. Fail !) but at this point, not something I shall use.
It is however a little exciting, at what technology Blizzard is able, and willing to use to integrate with game.