07/03/2012 11:03 AMPosted by Lylirrawhat actually happened is that some players got caught in the crossfire -- players who didn't really enjoy gear swapping or want to carry around an extra set of MF gear all the time, but felt like they had to in order to be as efficient as possible.
I honestly don't believe this. The claim is that Blizzard knew that by allowing gear swapping, certain players would do it and benefit from it, and other players wouldn't want to do it for whatever reason and would therefore choose not to do it, and not gain the benefit. Now, Blizzard's saying that certain players were "caught in the crossfire" (wrong terminology to use there; nobody was caught in any crossfire; what does that even mean?) and ended up gear swapping because they "have to" even though the don't enjoy it.
So if players are doing things they don't enjoy but CHOOSE to do in order to progress in the game, Blizzard is suddenly standing up to help these players? I'm sorry, but there are many things in D3 that players don't want to do but have to in order to progress. The game is designed this way. Why focus on MF gear swapping as your virtuous challenge to make the game better for players?
The reason: Because messing with gear swapping is in NO WAY actually benefiting the players. Blizzard has a different reason for doing it, and they aren't being forthcoming.
Here are some comparisons:
1) Drop rates: Many players feel that, although they don't want to, the only way to be "most efficient" is to purchase items on the RMAH or GAH. However, Blizzard isn't making any changes to the game to try and give players more options so that they don't have to do something that don't enjoy.
2) Repair costs and overpowered elites: Many players feel that, although they don't want to pay repair costs, that the only way to get better gear is to farm in acts that contain ridiculously overpowered elites that can one shot in the blink of an eye. It's a grueling chore to fend off these elites, die, respawn, pay high repair costs, wash-rinse-repeat, but it's the only way players can be "most effective" lest they go back to a lower difficulty level or act and have no chance of getting good drops. Is Blizzard concerned about this enough to make it better for the players "caught in the crossfire"? No, they're making it more difficult.
I don't buy the "we're doing this for the players who don't like gear swapping but feel they have to do it in order to become more effective". Last time I checked, this game is becoming less fun and more of a chore, and the reason why is that Blizzard is making the game worse under the guise of "we're doing it to make it better".
tl;dr - Justifying the complete removal of gear-swapping with "certain players don't want to do it but feel they have to in order to be more efficient" is logic so flawed I can only assume it's a lie. What's the real reason for doing this?