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8-01-2011 @ 1:31PM
I think what people are forgetting (or have no clue on the server structure for Diablo) is that Diablo is not like World of Warcraft. World of Warcraft is a persistent online world... Diablo is not. While having real-world auctions in WoW would ruin the game and the server's economy, in Diablo it won't because each person's game is completely separate from each other... it's not an always-on world with it's own economy that people can jump in and out of like you can with WoW.The only advantage (or disadvantage) of using or not using the real-world AH will only affect YOU and the people who jump into your game.
8-01-2011 @ 1:35PM
I know that, I for one, will probably only sell things on the real-money AH to pay for my WoW sub or for a little bit of extra cash, and will probably never buy anything from it.
8-01-2011 @ 3:15PM
Perhaps in of itself this is a workable idea, but when a mega-popular game does this it becomes socially acceptable. The more socially acceptable something is the more people try to stretch the limits and call it innovation. Eventually it stops being a game.By doing this Blizzard isn't controlling gold-farming. It's bringing it into the mainstream and even taking a cut of the action.The thought of cash in your pocket is a tempting one, but where are you going to draw the line? Will it be here before things get out of hand or will it be after we have honest to god corporations based around controlling every aspect of what was supposed to be a game.Games are simulations not reality. Give me back my imaginary world!
8-02-2011 @ 4:06AM
I heard that Diablo 3 will have a PvP component (at the last Blizzcon). In which case, it can make a difference.And @ Scooter. Right on!! In our world, the wealthy (or those with dad's credit card) can get all the cool toys. In games, you have to earn things and that's part of the fun. So, if you work hard, support kids (or pay for school) and squeeze out enough money to buy a decent system to play the game and then enough to buy the game, that's all that matters. The other part of the world is left behind. But with real cash system, it brings all that (often depressing) reality into the game. The game should be its own world, with you getting what you put into it, and nothing more. When you get out from behind the comp, you can see the difference between those with a lot of disposable income and those without. I don't need to see it in game.My friend, a long time Blizzard fan (originally introduced me to Diablo) sadly stated that Diablo 3 was no longer on his list of games he wants to get, and he'd been looking forward to it for a long time. It's not just the AH thing but also that you have to stay online, even if the ONLY thing you EVER want to do is play solo.
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