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8-01-2011 @ 1:26PM
I have no real issue with this in Diablo 3 - because it's not an MMO and also because it's not really something I care about generally. However, putting this idea into WoW as suggested by this article just seems a bizarre and horrible idea which would completley wreck the game. I'm again bemused by Mat McCurley's rampant and blind enthusiasm for giving Blizzard more and more money on top of the subscription fee.Even with the completely underground market of gold selling that exists today, Blizz has shown no real ability to stem the activities of gold-farmers and botters within WoW. It is non-sensical to sugggest that their numbers would somehow be reduced by giving them an in-game mechanism to get cash directly from their activites rather than go the indirect route of having websites and cash payments etc. It would allow WoW players to buy directly from botters and gold farmers without the risk of giving over their credit card / paypal / account details to some dodgy far-eastern website which is surely a massive disincentive for man who might otherwise consider it. This in turn would massively incentivise account hacking etc. for those wanting to sell to this market. Apart from that, the kind of gear-buying that is happening in Diablo 3 would completely and utterly shatter Blizzard's promise that WoW would never allow people to gain meaningful gameplay advantages through the application of real cash. This would lose them subscribers in their droves (myself included). Also, it may become impossible to obtain certain items for in-game currency since rarer items may end up becoming worth so much RL cash that noone will sell them on the normal AH.They could maybe manage to get away with this in WoW some time down the line if WoW became free-to-play. However, while it still retains a subscription based system, no way.
8-01-2011 @ 1:34PM
I agree. It's been pointed, out, though (maybe by Blizzard themselves but I'm not certain), that because WoW's treasure is gained based on what you do to get said treasure, while Diablo's is completely random, that Blizzard wouldn't put a system into place where people can get items without having done what's necessary to get said items.I think the D3 AH will probably turn out to be a good idea, but I really wouldn't want to see this in WoW.
8-01-2011 @ 1:43PM
"Apart from that, the kind of gear-buying that is happening in Diablo 3 would completely and utterly shatter Blizzard's promise that WoW would never allow people to gain meaningful gameplay advantages through the application of real cash. This would lose them subscribers in their droves (myself included)."And the sky will fall and I will catch it and resell it to you.And you will be powerless to not buy it? Really?
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