Interesting read on that but what is really threatened or eliminated here when relating to the AH. First of all, there needs to be a supply in the market in order for anything to be bought in the first place.
Exploiting the economy is a phrase that gets thrown around very often but like trading on the stock exchange/forex, it still has a very large risk associated with it, arbitrage opportunities are really just lucky breaks sometimes, nothing more.
To all the pay2win haters, if you have sold things on the RMAH, then you are really no better. You are essentially enabling the very thing that you dislike. If it is 'what everyone else is doing' mentality that justifies it then you simply lack the principles that you so dearly hold on to. Essentially, your ego is hurt and you just can't hack it.
It is just a feeling but I dont think people outright "hate" the RMAH. I mean microtransactions have been around for quite some time and people are used with it, in games which have been clearly designed around it, like World of Tanks, Leage of Legends etc. and a lot of more or less successfull facebook games.
But those games usually are about well ... microtransactions, powerfull items which you would buy in D2 have been usually in price ranges of a few dollars, it was pretty rare to have items more worth then lets say 50$. In D3 though there are quite a lot of items which go for far more then 250$. And I am not so sure if all those "gold" they pay for the items was got in ways intended by Blizzard, like simply playing the game, I doubt that someone can really get several billions just by playing as long he isnt a really addictive person who spends pretty much most of his time inside the game almost like a bot. Mots players might get 50 or 100m in a decent time. And I think that is the prices range which the items should go. Not 500, or even 1 or 2 or more billions.
But thats just me.
12/01/2012 02:14 AMPosted by FizzywinksPay to win. Going to be difficult to find much fun in competing against players with a lot more disposable income than the rest of us.
Delicious whine. The amount of people who spend their lives being angry, envious and jealous of everyone around them is incredible.
P.S You don't need that Echoing Fury to progress in the game, or as you simpletons like to put it "Pay to Win". A !@#$ty echoing fury can help you win
depends how you see it. What is "progress" in some item based hack and slay game where you always repeate the same things over and over again to get more loot?
Its part of the mechanic! Eliminate it, and you remove something which makes the game. It has a reason why many games dont go with something similar. Because people dont feel to well about it, as they expect a certain experience from the game. I am sure not blaming people which buy their content, if that is what they chose.
Its more that the price of the content as we see it in D3 is completely out of this world ... this AH and particularly the RMAH are a nice experiemt in my eyes. But the more time is passing, the more I think it is not really a good thing in the long run.