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I wasn't scammed, but scam was part of the game, you can't deny that. If they remove auction houses, trade will move to forums. There were good,reputable forums back in the day but the main bulk of tradables and the good ladder drops were done through d2jsp. Once a good unique or rare or a perfect charm would drop, guys over there would offer hundreds of high runes for it. D2 economy was horrible, a total failure.I am all about fixing D3 but removing AH is not the answer. Yeah, I've made a few hundred euros off the rmah as well, but in game terms it doesn't really offer anything. It is more of a cash flow technic for blizzard.

I would rather go back to D2's economy if it meant bring back the social aspect that was achieved through trading. Scamming was not part of the game. Parasitic snakes and careless/stupid people are the only people responsible for scams. That has nothing at all to Blizzard. Why should they need to protect people against their own stupidity or carelessness? If someone gets scammed in D2/D3, oh boohoo! Live and learn, then move on. It's not as is scams only happen in D2 either. Scams still happen on D3 because people are STUPID. The AH really hurt this game. It needs to be put down and since its too late to do it for the casuals and dual credit card wielding pay 2 win folks are all so high level, but ladder needs to happen and neither GAH or RMAH should be allowed to be in it.
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Warcraft IV would be nice but its just going to end up like SC2. Yes SC2 is a good game but in theory is still very similar to SC unlike WC II vs WC III. WC III was huge with custom maps which gave birth to 2 of the biggest games Dota 2 and LoL. You can steal that player base any more with WC IV unless they can make something amazing but looking @ SC2 custom map even with much better integration and better tool then WC3 is not even close. WC3 still has way better custom maps.
couldn't agree more. SC2 is basicly just a better version of SC graphics wise. But it's hard to change a game like that, which is based entirely on pvp and most people played it for that reason sololy.
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they need to just fire the whole d3 dev team and hire dota's creators/community. they actually know how to create balanced builds, where itemization makes a real strategic difference (ie active effects that change the game). they are obviously different genres, but it just seems like d3s creators didn't play rpgs at all to begin with

then we can go beyond having 1 or 2 builds for each class and having items make more of a real difference. though as it is they might have to throw out the current classes, considering 90% of their skills are useless filler. wizard signature spells anyone (yeah i know they don't cost resources-which is a dumb mechanic to begin with-but if they're basically universally useless regardless, that seems like doubly bad design)
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couldn't agree more. SC2 is basicly just a better version of SC graphics wise. But it's hard to change a game like that, which is based entirely on pvp and most people played it for that reason sololy.
Uhm, go to teamliquid (biggest starcraft site) and say that Brood war and SC2 are the same, they will lynch you so hard you don't know what happened tongue.gif
If anything a ton of people wish it was MORE like Brood war then anything else.
Edited by Assirra - 7/27/13 at 11:20am
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I see little other than anti-French bigotry here. Wow has a declining popularity. Blizzard had repeatedly said they act independently. Now they suddenly found the boogeyman to throw all their dirty laundry on it? Please.

I more than agree. Personally I think Bliz is in a world of trouble. We all know all their eggs are in the wow basket and it's declining rapidly. Real money AH lost them a lot of support and now they're putting a real money "Pay-to-win-esque" Clothing / experience boost shop on a subscription based game. Tells me they're hurting for munnies. Not only that but they've scrapped Titan and re-made it from the ground up, it almost seems like Bliz is flamboyantly throwing around money in-house without a direction to head into. Lets face it, what is their "World leading portfolio" ? Diablo, Starcraft, Warcraft. Since 1994 they've been riding on the coat-tails of these 3 Ip's ( Starting with Warcraft in '94 ) and they haven't changed really all that much since Warcraft 3 back in '02. Starcraft 2 was disappointing as was Diablo 3 and as for World of Warcraft .. the less said the better.

They need to take chances on new things. I mean, if they did have 8 mill subs @ £8.99 per month that's at least £71 mill a month ( From those numbers that we do know ) in reality it's probably a lot more than that given those numbers are more than likely the west only. I know they have their card game "Hearthstone" and their MOBA "Blizzard all stars" in the making with Titan, but it's all still those 3 franchises.. I guess they believe they can do no wrong with the re-hashing of the same old things.

Great potential for them but they're too focused on the money now for my liking.

I beg to differ.

StarCraft 2 isn't disappointing, it was always meant with eSports in mind and everything that happens to the game (patches for example) is based on the background they get from pro gamers and players that rank high in 1v1 & 2v2.
As for WoW, it used to be great, until they started to listen to casual gamers too much around the end of TBC, and due to the amount of them casual gamers, well they saw the opportunity to make a killing, and boy did they seize it....
But still, Vanilla WoW (& TBC up to the Black Temple) still is the best MMO I've ever played, and I've played a lot of them, dare I say most of them. But yeah, once they saw how much they could milk their IPS they went for it hard, and succeeded. But you know, it's pretty much like the theory of gravity, whatever goes up has to go down at some point and now that they've turned WoW into nothing more than a really easy game for super casual gamers, I doubt they're ever going to release another game that has some actual challenge in it, because it would just mean their potential sales would be lower than what they could get with an easily accessible game, so yeah....
I'm actually glad they decided to delay Titan to upgrade its gfx engine (because that's what they've talked about, nowhere have they said they were scrapping everything done up til now, they just talked about the graphics part) as it was a given that the engine would become obsolete at some point. Remember ArenaNet pulled the same move with Guild Wars 2, and I'm glad they did because it has great graphics now.
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My expert analysis says age of conan will literally destroy wow.
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My expert analysis says age of conan will literally destroy wow.

I lol'd.

Anyway back on topic this because the other day they were talking about Vivendi was going to just start taking money from Act/blizz. In fact it was rumored they were going to take 3 billion from them in a special dividends cash grab. Like others said Vivendi needs the money now, they're 17 billion in debt.
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