World of Warcraft: It devours time, leads one's finger's down the road to repetitive strain injury, and according to a recent Pew Research poll, is responsible for 90% of beards grown out of neglect. Arguably the most popular MMO in history, WoW is not alone in the virtual realm; BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic is the new kid in town - donning the latest bling/pixels, a fresh environment, and the general feeling of "new" - and as such, carries with it the implicit threat that it will convert former WoW players, along with their precious, precious dollars.
As an enticement, Blizzard is employing a strategy - one standing in stark defiance of God, nature, and the linear flow of time. The "Scroll of Resurrection," allowing current WoW player to lure their comrades back to the hive mind, will include additional benefits for both parties.
The person sending the scroll will receive a new Spectral Gryphon or Spectral Wind Rider mount if the friend accepts and pays for at least a month of subscription. The person receiving the invite gets even greater prizes. In addition to a week of free game time, they will get a free upgrade to the most recent Cataclysm expansion pack, the ability to switch servers or factions on a character for free, and -- here's the awesome part -- one character instantly lifted to level 80.
So what do you think, gamers? Are you a former WoW enthusiast, and if so, does Blizzard's latest offer tempt you to to rejoin the fold? Sound off in the comments section below!