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10-11-2011 @ 1:50AM
They're clearly testing the water for something.Maybe it's just the D3 money-grab, maybe they're seeing how gradually to RMT WoW without being too obvious.. either way, I hope it sinks like a stone.
10-11-2011 @ 11:53AM
D3 money-grab? Diablo III will have a cash Auction House for the security of the players. Any money Blizzard makes off of it will be laughable and at its best a little bit of financial help to support patches and avoid subscription fees. Most of the money made on the Auction House will be made by the players. I don't know about you, but I'd love to one day earn back my $(50) I'll be dropping on Diablo, essentially making playing it free for me. And IF I do make $50 over my span playing the game, Blizzard would make (rough estimate) $2.50 (assuming I sell 50 items at $1.00 each, with Blizzard taking $0.05 per auction).Also remember, auction posting will be a flat fee. So whether I sell an item for $1 or $10, Blizzard still only gets (as per my guess) $0.05.
10-11-2011 @ 2:47PM
Security of the players? No offense to you, but that's a crock.Given how many accounts are cracked for imaginary gold, does anyone really think involving actual money will improve that? "Security" is just their catch-call, as they said the same thing about their always-online DRM.
10-12-2011 @ 6:07AM
Seriously if you can't see the next big thing in MMO land is the real money Auction House, then you know nothing about human behaviour.FACT one: the MOST successful mechanic in a video game from the last 20 years was: ... progression of the avatar you play with. Be that level based, gear based, stats based, avhievements based.The basis of WOW's success is basicly one thing: gear chase to better the avatar.Now they are going to add real money value to that already crazy gear chase mechanic..You'll no longer yell "WOW, I got me the Quel'delar mace item, look ,look it is EPIC !" (or similar thing)Next time in Diablo 3 you'll yell "WOW, I got me the Queldelar item (5th from 6 pieces) to make me an epic. That's worth at least 20 dollars ! You'll be happy to sell it for 10...Hastely going to the club and bragging that you found that piece and sold it for 100 bucks.That's how poker works and Blizzard just put an extremely good gear chase game on top.Go figure why the Activison Blizzard stock rose 20 % in 2 months despit everything else dropped ....
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