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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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5. Re: Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses Mar 29, 2013, 08:59 Cutter
If Actiblizz wasn't taking a cut of every transaction I might actually believe him, but as it stands it's the shit of the bull. Their online DRM was the only thing that hurt really hurt them and they know it.
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4. Re: Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses Mar 29, 2013, 08:47 InBlack
Lies, sprinkled with a hint of truth? Or truth liberally smeared over with lies??

Honestly, the AH is the least of Diablo3's problems. The utterly horrible decision to limit character customization to ITEMS only as well as the doubly fucked up decision to build the game from scratch and not on top of systems which have been balanced and perfected for the past ten years is the main reason why this game will be rememberd as mediocre by fans of the originals.

I wont even touch the B-movie 'storyboard' production, or the attrocious level design.
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3. Re: Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses Mar 29, 2013, 08:43 nin
Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses "Really Hurt"

No fucking shit????

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2. Re: Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses Mar 29, 2013, 08:39 Mr. Tact
I'm sure they are crying all the way to the bank with the money they gleamed off the RMAH. Annoyed  
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1. Re: Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses Mar 29, 2013, 08:30 Frags4Fun
aaaawww. Poor Blizzard. Liars. Crash and burn bitches. Crash and burn.  
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