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http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/122980-Blizzard-Admits-Diablo-III-Auction-House-Was-a-Mistake
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"I think we would turn it off if we could," former game designer Jay Wilson said regarding both the gold and Real Money Auction Houses.

Despite overwhelming player complaints that the Auction House went against the spirit of the game, Blizzard insisted that it was a necessary feature. But it now looks like former game director Jay Wilson has admitted defeat, telling Joystiq that both of Diablo III's Auction Houses "really hurt the game."

Now apologize for killing Starcraft Ghost.
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That says former game director, when did he get fired? If someone else is directing the game maybe I will re install.
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http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/122980-Blizzard-Admits-Diablo-III-Auction-House-Was-a-Mistake
Now apologize for killing Starcraft Ghost.

That's Never going to happen.
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The auction house is the sole reason I quit playing the game. I played Diablo 1 and 2 till my eyes fell out. I just hated the whole process of researching and saving dropped items because they might be worth something in the auction house.

I also defeated the entire thing through Inferno and it was extremely disheartening when they nerfed the thing in future patches. After the patches it was no big deal to run through inferno.
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i don't really see how it was a mistake. people sell items in diablo games, now they don't have to worry about getting conned by people. yeah you can make money by manipulating the system, but that's true for any market like this (look at the real life stock market, all those short term investors who make millions and contribute nothing to the overall economy). saying it shouldn't exist is like arguing for Prohibition, you won't stop the "problem" you'll just make it go underground and shady
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I spent more time playing the auction house than the game. redface.gif It's the only place you actually got a rush of adrenaline.
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I'm a LONG time Blizzard fan and gamer and am willing to admit DIII is pretty broken. But to be fair if the auction houses weren't around d2jsp and other third party sites would be used a lot more. Seemed like a good idea at first (to me) to include a feature that eliminated the need for such websites but it ended up having such a huge impact on the game that it has made it undesirable to play. Not to mention all of the other issues like hacking, dupes, bots, the old server issues, etc. Just a mess.

As a matter of fact I recently reinstalled DII and started playing that with friends again. rolleyes.gif
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That says former game director, when did he get fired? If someone else is directing the game maybe I will re install.

He stepped down not too long ago, heard he moved to WoW but I cannot confirm that.

http://kotaku.com/5976857/diablo-iii-director-jay-wilson-has-quit
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Not to mention all of the other issues like hacking, dupes, bots, the old server issues, etc. Just a mess.

all those problems are a bigger issue in dII, besides the always on requirement on d3
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all those problems are a bigger issue in dII, besides the always on requirement on d3

Except the always on requirement doesn't work to prevent anything in DIII. Also in DII you are impacted far less by these things in my opinion. I dunno, for some reason it just seems plain wrong for them to exist in DIII which came out just last year as compared to DII which came out in 2000 or whenever it was.
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I'm a LONG time Blizzard fan and gamer and am willing to admit DIII is pretty broken. But to be fair if the auction houses weren't around d2jsp and other third party sites would be used a lot more. Seemed like a good idea at first (to me) to include a feature that eliminated the need for such websites but it ended up having such a huge impact on the game that it has made it undesirable to play. Not to mention all of the other issues like hacking, dupes, bots, the old server issues, etc. Just a mess.

As a matter of fact I recently reinstalled DII and started playing that with friends again. rolleyes.gif
He stepped down not too long ago, heard he moved to WoW but I cannot confirm that.

http://kotaku.com/5976857/diablo-iii-director-jay-wilson-has-quit

3rd party sites were "use at your own risk" type sites and the loot system was not designed around the actions and possible actions of said sites. Whenever the D3 dev team made or considered a loot system, they would have to ask themselves "How would this affect the AH and how should that affect the tweaking of drop rates?" The AH is bad because it allows gamers to essentially bypass the the actual game and jump straight into "end game." By itself, the AH wouldn't have been that bad. However, when you combine the AH with the fact that the itemization process and really, entire loot system is complete garbage, gamers quickly realize how broken the entire system is and especially early on, felt compelled to use the AH to progress. There is also the fact that the difficulty jump from Hell to Inferno initially was more of a drop off a mountain as opposed to any logical and natural progression. What I find really sad though, is even with all the dupes, hacks, botters, ect... D2 was still a much better game than D3 ever was and will probably ever be. mad.gif
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