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Jay Wilson: Auction Houses "Really Hurt" Diablo III

Former Diablo III game director Jay Wilson admitted the real-money and gold auction houses "really hurt the game," as Blizzard underestimated the number of players who would turn to auctions to outfit their characters. Joystiq has details from a GDC talk where Wilson said they thought the auction houses were a service players of their action/RPG sequel wanted, and that hosting them in-house would reduce fraud and abuse, but as in the end, they created an environment where collecting money was a primary goal over defeating Diablo and his hordes. He also says they would turn off auctions if they could, but they have "no idea" how many players this would disappoint. His contention that Blizzard thought only a small number of players would use the auction houses is hard to fathom in light of the game's design, which, for a considerable time before a series of balance changes required the very best gear to complete on the highest levels, even though such gear dropped so rarely it was impractical to try to collect it without using the auctions. Blizzard has a GDC talk scheduled for today discussing their iterative design process for Diablo III, and their preview of that mentions a number of systems that were reworked during the game's design because they were unsatisfactory, but all the examples they use are gameplay mechanics, and not things like auctions.

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88. Re: Jay Wilson: Auction Houses Mar 29, 2013, 18:21 Jivaro
The whole situation irritates me. 5 years ago I considered Blizzard one of the better developer/publishers in mainstream gaming. Today I rank them with EA and Zynga. It isn't just what has happened to the published franchises in that time, it is the reasoning behind the decisions. I don't know who Jay Wilson thinks he is talking to when he makes statements like this, but anybody who cares enough to read it is informed enough to know it makes zero sense no matter how much of a fanboy you may or may not be. I also don't think that Jay Wilson alone is to blame for this mess, but I bet having someone else heading the team when the inevitable expansion comes out will help sales.....which is just sad. Jay falls on the sword, Blizzard continues business as usual.

The whole thing is just a damn shame. It is like is industry is deliberately trying to burn out the target markets as quickly as possible by generating distrust and rage through poorer and poorer design and publishing decisions.

Thank you indie developers for allowing me to keep my hobby. The so-called AAA market apparently believes that it's consumer base is a recyclable resource with unlimited funds and a short term memory. The cynic in me can't really argue its them as the mainstream gaming consumer has so far been willing to bend over and take it. I just wish the indie developers were the ones in control of Diablo.

This comment was edited on Mar 29, 2013, 18:26.
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