Originally Posted by Rayleyne
People really need to get over the RMAH, It doesn't effect your gameplay, it doesn't effect the game,
it's just there, If you don't like it don't use it but seriously quit your bickering over it.
I disagree wholeheartedly.
River of Ice broke it down nicely just a few posts up from you:
If you are playing with only 4 people at a time and have no auction house, a drop rate of 1/10,000 is pretty rare. But if you have 1 million people, the market is now 10,000 of that item for sale at any given time. So you have to up the odd of that drop to 1 in 1 million, now you have 4 of them available at any given time. Now the only real way to get that item is to bid for it on the auction house because there is really no chance to get that item with only 4 people, 1 million kills is pretty insane for a maybe.
Every time the devs put ANY item in the game they have to stop and ask themselves, "Since this weapon can be traded easily on the auction house, will this break the game? Could this be a risk that could get us in legal trouble because people could pay REAL MONEY for this item? If we have to heavily rebalance items, how many builds would be effected? How many people would it piss off if they spent their real money on a "broken" flavor of the month item that we then have to nerf into oblivion?"
How about drop rate of gold vs AH tax vs number of people playing? Since blizzard takes a cut of real money transactions, how do you appease the finance people by encouraging real money trading while making sure not to make it so obvious that the fan base is alienated? Blizzard isn't stupid and the auction house could not be designed in a vacuum. Even if you never trade a single item, every item you touch is designed to fit into the auction house system.
Now that stuff is pretty easy to reason out, but think about how far you take those design changes. No stat placement. Why do you think that GAMEPLAY ideas is in the game knowing completely that people could be using the AH? Stat points were moved off your character and onto gear. Why? Because the auction house puts all the gear you need for a new build at your fingertips. If only 5% of people break out a credit card and "respec with their wallet" Blizzard gets a nice fat check for moving around some digital property. I could speculate more, but I can't prove anything, and I don't want to get into tinfoil hat territory.