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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 5:02PM Mynsc said

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@thade Stop writing facts! They are not interesting, they do not build a story and they do not generate lots and lots of comments. Get in line!
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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 4:04PM engrey said

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Sounds like the Steam Wallet to me. Now if Blizzard started adding items (Weapons/Armor) to a shop and for you to buy, that would be different. I do not really count D3 in that example though.

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 4:08PM Utakata said

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When I see the word "balance" in connotation with Blizzard, all I can think of is Ghostcrawler nerf batting to the ground any class/spec that's doing well in the Arenas that month. I think they really should change the name of brand...it already comes with a bad stench. :(

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 4:11PM doublerainbow said

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At least you can play the crap out of their games, and get something in return. Which you can use to buy more guardian cubs with, buy a new mount, or get that epic mouse you always wanted. Not really a bad deal honestly.

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 8:29PM Vanir said

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@doublerainbow

This man has it right!

Basically, what Blizzard is offering each and every one of us is a chance to cash out on time spent. How many other games can say the same?

Sell a few items in Diablo 3, Head over and get your faction change you wanted. Or that sparkle pony. Or a Winged Guardian.

Regarding the "non refundable transaction". Basically, when you obtain the money in the RMAH in Diablo 3, it's "real money" not Blizzard Bucks. Once you "Purchase" the Blizzard Bucks with money from your own credit card or money from your Diablo 3 RMAH, it's non-refundable.

So, if you don't need it, don't buy it. It's giving those D3 players a way to cash it in for Blizzard stuff without all the fees. \o/

This is win
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Posted: Dec 10th 2011 7:24PM Valkesh said

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@Vanir

You seem to have mistaken "win" with "monitization garbage" that is becoming ever increasingly pervasive within gaming.
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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 4:12PM eLdritchZ said

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hehe "certain regions"... so basically Germany and any other country with rational trade laws where one way conversions of real world currency into fancy space dollars is absolutely frakkin illegal ^^

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 6:35PM Eamil said

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@eLdritchZ

So Microsoft doesn't make Germans buy 800 MS points instead of just paying $10 straight to whoever's selling what they want?
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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 4:14PM Mikx said

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Yes, because "charging" something, like a battery on a game controler, sounds more fun and has a lower psychological barrier than buying it.

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 4:37PM Warsyde said

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Keep in mind that the Diablo 3 auction house has the option to use the B-Balance or Paypal. You can keep your sales outside the closed system of B-Balance if you choose, but you'll get less money by doing so (due to Paypal's transaction fee).

According to the FAQ it does look like B-Balance is going to be a closed system in most parts of the world -- once you put cash in, it's not coming back out as cash. Period. BUT, nothing says you have to put your cash in it. As long as they keep it optional, I have no problem with it.

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 5:20PM (Unverified) said

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Sorry, but this has Bobby Kotick written all over it. Blizzard people before the merger did not want any part in the microtransaction space. And the talk about WoW being involved, well, looks like WoW will ultimately become the first pay-to-pay-to-play game. I had a feeling when they floated the idea of Real ID grouping at a premium that they would not give up the idea of microtransactions inside of WoW even when outcry over Real ID grouping at a premium forced them to give up on that idea.

Posted: Dec 10th 2011 10:18PM ImperialPanda said

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Blizzard would've done this regardless of whether they merged with Activision. Microtransactions are inevitable.

Companies make so much more money with microtransactions that pretty soon you literally can't afford not to. You'll simply not be able to compete with those who have microtransactions. Companies whose games have microtransactions make more money, and hence can make better games and hire better developers.

There are many ways to incorporate microtransactions into a game. There are better methods than just selling vanity or stats for $$.
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Posted: Dec 10th 2011 11:58PM (Unverified) said

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@ImperialPanda
Blizzard was actually VERY firm about not wanting into microtransactions. That didn't change until after the merger and Vivendi made Bobby Kotick CEO of the ActiBlizz division. Then all of a sudden they were taking about charging for in game content with WoW, which would have been a first for a subscription based game.

Let's also not forget Blizzard has been the money maker and Activision the money loser. The microtransactioning of Guitar Hero shut that franchise down.
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 7:59PM ImperialPanda said

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It doesn't matter what Blizzard said. Like I said it's inevitable.

Nothing you say will change the fact that the sun will rise tomorrow morning.

All developers who make non-trivial for-profit online games will go microtransaction or go out of business. The end.
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 10:34PM (Unverified) said

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@ImperialPanda
Sorry, but once again, you fail to note that Guitar Hero flopped BECAUSE OF the microtransactions. Many SC2 players are upset about the $5 per map Blizzard wants to do.

And there is no disputing that this didn't "just" happen at Blizzard. It happened only after Vivendi installed Kotick as CEO of Activision Blizzard. He's the man who made Activision's reputation the miserable thing it was.

It is also interesting to note that since WoW started the microtransactions, the game has not grown in the slightest. Blizzard's stock went from buy, to neutral and now is at sell. The outside merchandise, something that is a very good gauge to determine the popularity of something within it's main care fanbase, has tanked. The comics and magazine have been cancelled because sales became awful. The novels are doing poorly as is all the other Warcraft related merchandise.

So you can say they have to go micro transactions or die, but honestly, it seems as if the microtransactions actually are causing a slow death. Yes, it may give an immediate short term boost, but if it destroys a franchise, then no more money can be made from it.
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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 5:31PM Mystal said

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Every time I see an announcement of anything from Blizzard, it makes me even more glad that I quit WoW and don't plan to play Diablo 3.

This soulless automaton has no relationship at all to the visionary game studio that was loved by gamers for providing unparalleled value.

I'm sure they make more money now than they did back then, so um, hurray for money?

Posted: Dec 9th 2011 5:38PM Averice said

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@Mystal

Every time I see an announcement I wonder what it's for and when D3 is going to be released :o
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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 5:38PM (Unverified) said

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@Mystal
I couldn't agree more.

This is not your fathers Blizzard folks.
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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 5:52PM (Unverified) said

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@Mystal
I couldn't agree more. Unsubbing from WoW was probably the best thing I ever did. I was sad because I loved the Warcraft story, but that hasn't really been in the game for a few years now.

I probably would still have bought D3 bought the online requirement killed it for me. I have never had interest in multiplayer Diablo and the idea that I have to be tethered to an ISP to play single player just doesn't sit right with me. Not to mention with it being controlled by the server, single player has to compete with all the farmers and botters going after drops to sell in the AH which means fewer drops of good items for legitimate players. Just too much hassle.

Although I don't really hold Blizzard accountable on ideas like this. There is little doubt this is from Bobby Kotick. To many times in the past Blizzard people have been against this type of thing, of course thatw as premerger. Now, they probably just have to go silently along with it because if they don't they will end up like the Infinity Ward people when they tried to stand up for the integrity of their Call of Duty franchise when Activision bought them out.
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Posted: Dec 9th 2011 8:29PM (Unverified) said

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@Mystal I don't get this line of thought. Not that I agree with everything (or even most things) that blizzard does anymore, this change is obviously requisite for making the D3 RMAH function, which has been announced for what, years now?

The entire video game industry is rapidly moving towards an RMT system. Different games will use it for different things, but it would be sheer folly to think that having a system in place to make sure your RMT is ready to go when (and if) you need to deploy it.

If you've paid any attention at all, you would know that in MOST places, you will be able to send your D3 RMAH money either to your blizzard "point" account (which is the same as EVERY other "point" system used for electronic distribution in the game industry) OR to a paypal or equivalent account to send it to your bank account.

If you vigorously disagree with this announcement, I sure hope you don't play Riot, Turbine, Microsoft, Sony, EA or any other game company's games either, because they all have the same thing. Have fun not gaming with your principals intact.
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