It’s just after 3AM which can only mean that my sleep schedule is once again screwed up because I’m unemployed. I tend to be a night person anyway so this isn’t that surprising and it does give me an opportunity to sit with the laptop in the living room and ponder blog entries in relative quiet. So long as I can keep the cats from jumping into my lap and rendering me unable to reach my laptop’s keyboard.
Anyway, one of the things you tend to notice more than usual this late at night is all the craptastic products that are being advertised on TV of which around 60% tend to be “herbal supplements” that promise to do everything from help you lose 200 pounds in a week to give you a huge penis so long as you keep taking the pills. These claims are trumpeted loudly despite the fine print that says those claims “haven’t been evaluated by the FDA” and the product “isn’t intended to prevent, cure, or treat any disease.” I always have to wonder just who it is that buys this stuff thinking it’s actually going to do what it claims it will do.
So it was with no small amusement that I came across the Griftah, which should have been a clue. It turns out that the clever developers at Blizzard have put in an NPC that sells craptastic products just like what you see on TV in real life, only the claims made by Griftah are all completely true. The example listed above in the forum post—the “Polished Pendant of Edible Energy”—doesn’t claim in its description that it allows you to regain health and mana at a faster pace while eating and drinking (for those not into WoW, one of the game mechanics is that you can eat food to regain health and drinking to replenish mana faster than you would if just standing around waiting).
Griftah sells a number of similar products too such as the Marvelous Madstone of Immortality that allows you resurrect after running back to your corpse for a mere 40g or the Stone of Stupendous Springing Strides that lets you jump for the bargain price of 35g. Of course you can do both of those things in the game without purchasing these items.
Now I’m inclined to think that the guy who made the original post knew it was a joke and is just playing along, but following the thread on the forums it seems he might have been gullible enough to fall for what is, really, a pretty obvious scam if you know anything about how the game works. Considering he’s level 60 you’d think he’d have a clue, but some people may just be stupid enough to fall even for the obvious scams. Fortunately for him the money he’s out of doesn’t really exist in the first place.