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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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99. Re: Jay Wilson: Auction Houses Mar 31, 2013, 00:06 Asmodai
 
Dev wrote on Mar 30, 2013, 07:38:
Jivaro wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 18:21:
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.

He's talking to people like this (one of the comments on the linked article):

This post made me think more about Blizzard. I'm glad to see that they realise the mistake they went. I tought Activision affected them so bad.

+1 Blizz in my book.



Those kinda people will use this as a rationale that blizzard has surely improved, so we should buy their next expansion/game right?

If anyone wants to see the fanboism you only need a brief peruse of the D3 bnet forums to see rabid people continually coming up with new and interesting permutations to explain away what is patently obvious to anyone with eyes.

They don't want to admit the truth so they ignore it. The same fight you'll have with any group who denies something in the face of overwhelming evidence (anecdotal or actual) to the contrary.

If they enjoyed D3, great, more power to em, but it's a hard sale to conclude that it is a good game objectively, or that it lives up to it's franchise in any way shape or form...
 
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