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Posted: Dec 11th 2011 10:01PM (Unverified) said

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The people you call Blizzard/WoW haters are actually people who are big fans of the OLD, pre-merger Blizzard. If you don't think they have become a different company, you're blind.

As for hit, of course D3 will be a hit. Cataclysm was a hit...at first. The issue is going to come in a few months after the games release when the results of the RMAH and the tethering of single player mode is seen. Let's be honest, the online requirement for single player is not something that will entice a single player to the game. Who is going to look at that and say "YES! I have to be connected to the internet to play single player! That makes me want to buy this game!"? Not a single person. For someone like me, that makes it worthless. Diablo is not an MMO. I always preferred the single player aspect of it over multiplayer. Being tethered to an internet connection means I can't take my laptop to the park and play or play when I have a few minutes at class. Restricting how a person plays the game is not a positive.

As for the RMAH, only time will tell. But let's be honest about some things. Gold sellers and farmers were a huge issue on WoW and even on D2 and they were not allowed on those games. With D3, selling items for real life money is not only allowed, but encouraged. Not to mention the recent announcement to those in beta where they said you can only withdraw money if you have at least $200 to withdraw pretty much is an indication that the RMAH is geared a lot more to those big sellers. I think it will be safe to say you will have tens of thousands of them online playing constantly. This will be a drag on the servers. Not to mention since Blizzard has already said they will be controlling drop rates, the more botters and farmers for items to sell in the RMAH means less of a chance at drops of items for legitimate players.

I loved the Diablo story. I was a very big fan of the Warcraft story. I love the pre-merger Blizzard. However, I left WoW this past June after playing since the start because they abandoned the Warcraft story in the game. In the betas for both Wrath and Cataclysm they talked about all we could expect to see in each expansion, and both had less than half of what was talked about. Cataclysm even had FAR less than half. But of course they had plenty of time to make pets and mounts for the Blizzard store. They even had time to originally decide to make Real ID grouping be an extra fee on top of the subscription. Fortunately so many players threatened to leave that they backpedaled on that. And now, instead of trying to get back to the story in the game, we are getting Pokemon style pet battles.

Many people talk about these issues not because they hate Blizzard or any specific title, but because they want Blizzard to once again be the company they were, the company that was wildly popular because they made great games with great storys that expanded choices for gamers, not restricted them.
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Posted: Dec 12th 2011 8:50PM Razomir said

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@(Unverified) I am afraid you simply do not see the long-term consequences of this. If you think about it you will see your epic pants will be worth about a sandwich's worth over the first few months and about a lolipop later on. This will become a lot like a stockmarket where gaming is only a side effect. There will be auction exploits, attempts at monopolyzing certain branches etc. If you dont see that, and think on only surface level I hate to tell you but you are the one that isnt so bright.
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Posted: Dec 14th 2011 3:37PM Sukiyaki said

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Yeah everyone's going to "make money", yet no one at Blizzard leaves a word about where that money is coming from.

I tell you: you legit players are going to fork it out ....to the professional farmer who don't have any bit of fun grinding through the game for all that stuff who are happy to sell the epic loot you see yourself drop twice in a lifetime for a bucks because thats enough to pay their supper and they see it drop every few days next to all the stuff they will flood and destroy your economy with as they do in every unpoliced F2P game.

Enjoy your PAY2WIN AH. You fell for it and thought it was a "new feature" for you, not a loophole for Blizzard to introduce Pay2Win into D3 and soon as obvious into WoW either and just make profits by taxing the RMT business at your cost.

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