Jun 08 AT 2:44 PM Eric Weiss 26 Comments

Blizzard releases World Of Warcraft Remote Auction House

Blizzard Entertainment, the giant video game developer responsible for such hits as Diablo, Starcraft and a little MMORPG called World of Warcraft, have released their first real Android app (their actual first app was an authenticator code generator to make logins to World of Warcraft more secure).

For those of you who aren’t avid World of Warcraft players (is there any other kind) I’ll spare you the minutia of the game but along your journeys you acquire lots of in game items. These items range in rarity, quality and in which player types can use them. When you get items you don’t need or can’t use you are faced with the decision to give them away, sell them to non-player characters for a small amount of gold or you can try to auction the item off in the Auction House, a simplified in game version of eBay.

The Remote Auction House app allows you to keep track of your auctions while not logged into World or Warcraft. It also allows you to create auctions from items your character is carrying or has in the bank.

When I first heard about this app I thought it was ridiculous. I thought the type of person who would use this app is someone who is logged into WoW all the time anyway. As a casual WoW player I thought I would find very little in this app. Man was I wrong. Like people who get obsessed with eBay, I find myself checking my auctions constantly and dreaming of the possible of in game riches. The app is very well laid out and intuitive to anyone who has logged in a few hours of WoW. Being alerted when my items are sold via a buyout (WoW’s version of “Buy It Now”) was very cool and definitely communicates to you that the world of WoW is still active even when you are not logged in.

Now for the downside: the additional fee. Playing WoW involves paying a monthly fee which varies from $11 – $15 depending on the plan you choose. To access the Remote Auction House you have to sign up for an additional $2.99 per month. That is ridiculous. Yes, you don’t need this app to enjoy WoW but that’s kind of my point. This app adds nothing to WoW’s gameplay. It would have been a nice bit of fan service for this to be free, instead it feels a bit like extortion.

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  • http://Website Daniel

    …no screenshots? Or even info on how to get it (Market link/QR or whatever), for that matter.

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    Appbrain is your friend! http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.blizzard.wow

    You can BROWSE it for free, whatever that’s worth.

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    That would help a lot. If you’re a beginner and want to learn how to use the auction house check this out:

  • http://Website Eric

    It is dumb you have to pay monthly to use any functions other than browse. Unless you pay the fee, the only benefit of the app I see is you can check the auction house when not in a main city. Will be a time saver, but would be nice if it were not on a subscription charge.

    • http://Website jotarun

      In fact, you cannot use this service if you’ve logged in.

      However, this feature is still useful for some people who is in fact running a “trading company” in the game.

      BTW, the iphone version is better than android version, as usual…*sigh*

      • http://Website Eric

        Whoops. Didn’t try it while online. Thanks for the info, unfortunately that seems to make it nearly useless for most player.

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    Oh god im gonna relapse

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    One bug I have noticed since this review went up is that when you start the app it sometimes pops up a window saying that the beta period is over. One click and it goes away but a little annoying (and something that should have been caught before release).

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    Yup, I’m really going to pay and extra cash to blizzard for this… NOT!!!
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  • http://Website parknet

    Well. I don’t want to pay but I get to save a buttload of game time by taking care of auction house stuff while away from my pc. (at work anyone?) Totally worth it for me. I can really work the auction house tasks without rushing and save my home game time for more fun things.

    • http://dr3amcast3r.wordpress.com/ dr3amcast3r

      Yup, it’s good to save home time for gaming, but isn’t the money we pay monthly enough for Blizzard? Haven’t they notice that there’s a major economic crisis in the world? Cut a little on their profit and gains the good graces of gamers, that would be a very smart move.

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        I dont see how $11-15 a month is a lot considering a movie is 2 hours of entertainment for the same price considering you get 30 days of awesomeness.

        Another $3? Inconvient yes, but they could be charging higher.

  • http://Website Michael

    I actually just downloaded the Remote Auction House for my Motorola Droid and GLADLY paid the $2.99 to be able to use it. I’m going on vacation where the only internet access I’ll have is on my Droid, so if I’m bored I will spend some free time buying/selling for profit on the Auction House. Great investment, and I would’ve paid $10 this month to access the service simply because I need it – three bucks is nothing.

    • http://Website john whitt

      I subscribed to the remote auction house on my Droid. The last step is supposed to send a verification email. I can never get the email. I checked the email address ands it correct. Did u have any problems like this?

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    I mean, if your a very active player but can’t be on the computer all the time, and if its a good app that can do multiple things with the Auction house, then i guess it wouldn’t hurt but to be able to do that you have to be good at making gold, visit my website to learn gold tips.

  • http://Website James

    You only get to do 200 transactions per day.

  • http://Website john whitt

    Does the remote auction client actualy allow the user to subscribe to the service? I have tried unsuccessfull to subscribe online with a correct email address.i was never sent the email.

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    ıs ıt work for all phones wıth androıd OS

  • http://Website Sebastian

    Cant find it on my wildfire tryed alot of way now but i cant find the page to DL it from, anyone got some advisement?

  • http://Website Brian

    Just saying but this could lead to other things. with how everything is evolving its only a matter of time to people who have this app start getting there accounts hacked. remember people make apps for the android and iphone so whose to say none of them will have your information sent to them? better hope its not you cause thats alot of time gone down the drain. and the next step would be to put an authenticator on your phone to login to the app, but what if you use your phone for the authenticator?

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