So … Diablo 3 is going to sell pretend items for real money, I'm not entirely comfortable with this, but it's not what I'm writing about. What I'm writing about is people's reaction to this news.
I'll skip straight to the point, calling for a boycott is a bloody stupid idea.
Why? Remember when you were a teenager and somebody told you “don't do that!” and got the idea into their head that a half-hour lecture about whatever the evil of the day was just what you needed? Well I'm assuming that worked just about as well on everyone else as it worked on me, in other words not at all.
Like a lot of people I don't always react well to being told what I should and shouldn't do by others(especially when it comes to my free time), even if their intentions are good.
I often feel that the best way someone to get me to change my mind, is to put the situation where I have the time and opportunity to form my own insights.
There has been a good few high-profile “ boycotts” of various services and games in the last few years but rarely have they made any significant impact.
Or to rephrase a old saying: people need time to practice, not to be preached at.