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8-01-2011 @ 1:16PM
I think it's brilliant. There are still a plethora of sites making a brisk business in the sale of illegitimate/duped/authentic items... ...11 years after launch of Diablo ][.Shutting down these sites is like trying to kill an ant colony with an icepick, ignoring the fact that many are outside of enforceable jurisdictions.The fact that these sites still exist, proves that there's still a market for it, and will be when D3 hits.This is the only way Blizzard could've possibly combated the grey market. They're going to strangle it to death.Some fools are still going to buy from these sites, for whatever ignorant reason (sticking it to the man, Blizzard's auction cuts are unfairs, etc...), but the sites are going to see very little revenue coming in from D3, and it will likely not be worth their time.Diablo's loot system is nothing like WoW's. It's all luck-based. You can't farm a specific item.There will be the complaints that multiplayer will be a ninjafest with people snapping up loot to sell (wrong, all the drops in D3 are specific to the player, you don't see anyone else's drops). ...and any number of other reasons against this, but I think it's the right direction to go.
8-01-2011 @ 1:39PM
Blizzard has control over the game design, and they could obviously avoid those sites by changing how loot is handled in the game. Instead they decided to become those sites so they could get their piece of the pie.
8-01-2011 @ 1:48PM
Ah, except that ninjas are going the way of the dinosaur as well. All loot that you see drop will be explicitly for you; any loot that another player sees drop will be explicitly for them. Example: you kill a boss with a friend and you see the boss drop 3 items, say 2 pieces of armor and a weapon. Your friend will see the boss drop entirely different items, maybe a gem and 2 weapons. And they're not BoP either; once you pick up the items, you can now trade them freely with other players.
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