Quantcast
Why Diablo III's Auction House could welcome disaster - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Diablo III  



Why Diablo III's Auction House could welcome disaster


5:15 PM on 09.26.2011
Why Diablo III's Auction House could welcome disaster photo



Let me start off by saying that there are still a number of unknown factors when it comes to Diablo III. The items involved, the drop rates, and plenty of other elements make it difficult to pass judgment on what a real-currency Auction House is going to do to gameplay.

But I need an outlet to express how I feel this system is going to change -- or possibly even ruin -- the game from the get go, and what more perfect an outlet than here right? With the Diablo III beta going on right now, this is a nice opportunity to revisit the discussion.

Access from Anywhere/No Soul Bound

The first two scary rumors I have read so far are that there will be almost no soul-bound items, and you will also have access to the Auction House from anywhere in the game. My very first thought was "Great, now gold farmers are going to be able to sit in the same exact spot 24/7 and sell that epic item with a very low drop rate as soon as they get it."

I think what some developers fail to understand is that people are actually paid in third-world countries to sit behind a computer on their shift and farm in that same spot for hours and hours. When the next person comes in, they jump right into that same seat and go from there. These farmers literally never log off unless they have connection issues or the servers go down for whatever reason. I remember back when World of Warcraft first started and farmers would sit in Scarlet Monastery farming nonstop for certain weapons. At least then they had to leave for a period of time to get to put their items up for auction.

The whole soul-bound issue is making this even worse. For the players that actually want to earn their in-game money like a normal person, this is great considering they can play Diablo III fairly and have a lot of different options to sell gear, but this is a disaster when you add in a real-life-currency Auction House. This is just going to increase the amount of farmers and bots used in the game because they will need to cover more territory.

The biggest problem here is that items worth a couple of dollars will never be farmed. They will be destroyed or vendored. The only thing the farmers will be after are items people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for and when you add in Auction House access from anywhere, the gold farmers will be able to spike up prices extremely high simply because they will be the only ones ever around to actually get the chance at that four or five percent rate.

This is Not Second Life

You know, maybe this is what Blizzard had in mind? It's quite possible. I am not sure how many of you have ever played or researched Second Life, but it can be a money-making machine if you are good with programming. It gives developers a platform to create just about any 3D item you can think of and you're able to sell those items in-game for currency which can then be sold for real-life currency. I have seen documentaries on television and many articles online of different people that have literally become millionaires off the game.

Or maybe it is just the fact that Blizzard knows so many people are willing to pay for currency playing World of Warcraft that they want to develop a system allowing them to cash in on the sale of currency also (as if 4 million Americans paying 15 dollars a month isn’t enough money for Activision/Blizzard.) It is truly difficult to understand the thought process Blizzard has in mind for a real-life currency auction.

I am very, very scared to see how this is going to pan out for Diablo III and Blizzard. In theory, this can be a great idea for both the developers and the consumers. The problem is that for it to be successful, you need restrictions and control over valuable items that go for high prices. The average person playing the game for fun will enjoy making a couple of bucks off that epic item earned every time they run a dungeon. The real problem will be seeing how the gold farmers are going to benefit from all this. I just hope Blizzard has some plans in mind.





Diablo III sold 20 million copies worldwide photo


China can finally join the rest of the world in Diablo III photo


Diablo III Auction House closing down on June 24 forever and ever, also forever photo


Diablo III's higher Legendary drop rate is now permanent photo


Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on PS4 sure looks like Diablo photo


Blizzard enacts special anniversary bonus for Diablo III photo


Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition coming to consoles on August 19 photo


How the 'new' Diablo III brought me back in photo


Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition in the works for Xbox One photo


Closing up shop: Diablo III's Auction House is officially offline photo


Diablo III Updates, Screenshots, & Videos







Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.



DDoS attack on Sony servers? photo
DDoS attack on Sony servers?
10:50 AM on 08.24.2014





timeline following:
Diablo III



8:30 PM on 08.05.2014
Diablo III sold 20 million copies worldwide

Diablo III has been performing rather well for Activision Blizzard. Since it released in 2010, Diablo III has sold over 20 million copies worldwide on all platforms. That's combined with Reaper of Souls too. Activision a...more



2:00 AM on 07.16.2014
China can finally join the rest of the world in Diablo III

Chinese company Netease will complete its commitment to Blizzard by bringing Diablo III to China. While the release date has not been officially announced, this release will mark the last major Blizzard franchise to hit the C...more



2:00 AM on 06.19.2014
Diablo III Auction House closing down on June 24 forever and ever, also forever

If you're using or have ever used the Diablo III Auction House, you might consider claiming your items and clearing out before it closes down for good on June 24. That's less than a week away, so better get cracking. Weirdly ...more



2:30 PM on 05.22.2014
Diablo III's higher Legendary drop rate is now permanent

For Diablo III's second anniversary, Blizzard introduced a temporary one-hundred percent boost to PC and Mac players' Legendary item drop rate. Which was great -- the buff, not the fact that it was for a limited time. From th...more



5:30 PM on 05.20.2014
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on PS4 sure looks like Diablo

Have you been playing Diablo III's Reaper of Souls expansion on PC for the last two months? If so, then you know exactly what it looks like, and there's probably nothing in this video for you. Go ahead and take this dow...more



8:00 AM on 05.15.2014
Blizzard enacts special anniversary bonus for Diablo III

Were you planning on playing Reaper of Souls this weekend? Well you might want to reconsider if it wasn't in the cards, because Blizzard has added a special buff for everyone that will be playing Diablo III in the next w...more



12:30 PM on 05.12.2014
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition coming to consoles on August 19

We've known for a while now that Diablo III would be sauntering to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at some point. Today, that timeframe becomes a whole lot more clear. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition will be available ...more



6:00 PM on 03.30.2014
How the 'new' Diablo III brought me back in

I never thought I would actually say this, but I am enjoying myself while playing Diablo III. Keep in mind this is without Reaper of Souls, and is entirely about the newest patch -- Loot 2.0. After spending countless hours ...more



3:00 PM on 03.24.2014
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition in the works for Xbox One

Blizzard hasn't announced Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for Xbox One to accompany its PlayStation 4 release, but lead producer Alex Mayberry told Videogamer that it's in development. "I don't know where we are with Micros...more



2:15 PM on 03.18.2014
Closing up shop: Diablo III's Auction House is officially offline

Diablo III's Auction House has seen its last new listing. As of today, the controversial marketplace exists only as a place for players to finish up their current auctions before the tab disappears altogether. Players have un...more




Role-Playing Games

8:00 PM on 10.21.2014
Don't overplay the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo

Do you have your code for the special demo of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire? There are a handful of ways to acquire one before the games' full release on November 21. Those who missed getting a code via email s...more



10:30 PM on 10.20.2014
Dark Souls will shed Games for Windows Live next month

There were enough worthwhile PC games tied to Games for Windows Live that I was willing to put up with service, which seemed to range from mildly annoying to downright frustrating, depending on the day. For many of us, Dark S...more



1:30 PM on 10.20.2014
Atelier Shallie confirmed for western release in 2015

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will arrive in North America and Europe sometime next year, Koei Tecmo announced today. Everyone knew it was coming all along, but now we know know. Also, you can bet your bottom dollar on a Vita port turning up sooner or later. Koei Tecmo Europe [Twitter]more



View all Role-Playing Games






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more