Diablo 3 is one of the most eagerly awaited games of the year as it has managed to create a lot of hype around it since the first announcement came in the March of 2008. Since then Blizzard, the gameís developers have continued to play with the patience and loyalty of diablo fans with their periodic news releases and even a couple of Beta demo playable versions.†
And since itís been in production for so long, fans expected the introduction of a number of new features in the series and one of those features is the Auction House
. Diablo 3 will provide its players with a fully-fledged Auction House where trading of money or items will be made possible.
The Need for an Auction House
This feature was not available in Diablo 2 but the fact that many MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) include it in their titles probably forced Blizzard to do so as well. A very good example of such a title is the World of Warcraft series. The inclusion of an Auction House is seen by many experts and fans as an additional inlet for attracting newer players who have stayed away from this series.
Means of Dealing in the Auction House
The Auction House built into Diablo 3 by Blizzard will have two varieties. The first one will conduct all its transactions with gold as the currency. Players will be able to sell crafting materials, items and in some cases even their characters for gold.
The other type of Auction House will base all its transactions on RMT, aka Real Money Transaction. So the players can trade in the Auction House
for the above mentioned stuff but can pay only through currency used in the real world. This means currency in Dollars, Euros, Pesos, Pounds etc. Both these systems have their own share of fans and the inclusion of both has given Diablo 3 an edge over its competitors; not to forget its advantage in attracting more first-time players.
Why Is It a Good Idea?
Inclusion of an Auction House is one of the best additions to Diablo 3 over the previous versions. Such a system gives players the freedom to conduct an item sale on a system that is completely automated. They are free from the compulsion of staying online to complete their sale apart from not being forced to spam all the chat channels with ads of their sale.
In case a player is looking for only a trade then this system makes a lot of sense as well. This is because you can browse through such sale or trade offers even when other players are not online. To maintain the benefits of the feature, Auction House will be limited to the Softcore (SC) and Hardcore (HC) characters.
Hardcore Vs. Softcore
The Auction House trade will be limited to within the HC and SC characters. This means that softcore characters cannot use hardcore difficulty auction houses and vice versa. Additionally, hardcore characters can trade only in the auction house that is based on gold.
Functioning & Interface
Diablo 3ís Auction House is quite similar to real-life auction houses. Players are able to bid for a particular item or can even choose to go for a complete buy-out. This mechanism is applicable for transactions based on gold as well as RMT.
Players can call upon the Auction House anytime they want during the game. Besides it can also be accessed in the main menu, Battle.net menu and even the lobby. The various items that have been put up for sale are classified as per their category. The variables within all the items are also accounted for in this listing of items.
In spite of a few controversies, most industry experts see the inclusion of an Auction House as a positive move that will only further cement the popularity of the Diablo franchise. read