Originally Posted by Zulli85
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.
He stepped down not too long ago, heard he moved to WoW but I cannot confirm that.
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.