Then I start thinking well I can use the RMAH. Then I realize I have no desire to do my real life job for my in game rewards. When my wizard is awesome I want it to be because I got an awesome drop or I performed an awesome feat. I don't want to have it just because I happen to be part of the working class of america.
Then I start to try an convince myself, you'll find something worth billions. Then you can relish in all the awesome gear you can afford. Then I remember all the entirely useless items I've ID'd. I'm not talking about an item that was 1 property away from a decent item. I mean junk utter garbage 95% of the gear is useless to even a beginner. Someone fresh to inferno would laugh at 95% of the items I ID.
At this point I log and check the forums. Looking for some hint that my hope for Diablo 3 has not been killed. Lately I've had some hope. Jay Wilson leaving in my mind is a good thing. Don't get me wrong he is very good at his job. It's only this is not his genre. I don't think he even liked D2 to hear him talk about it. There are more hopefuls but that's the biggest to me.
Right now my hopes are resting with the expansion. The kind of changes I feel would be necessary for this game to turn around are not coming in a patch. Not even multiple patches. We need an expansion that changes some of the core mechanics of the loot system. We need an AH that is much more user friendly one that isn't so easily taken advantage of by those in the know. While the ones like me who don't know look at items way out of our price range and cry.
A class or two and a more complex interaction of skills is required in my mind. Fights with more than a fight or flight mechanic would be great. It would also be nice if you could flea easier. Travel between acts without losing NV would help a lot too. It would open the world up and make the gaming experience more immersible. Monster density would change the experience for the better as well.
I guess in closing, I want to play this game. Problem is however every time I log in I only think of what the game could have been, what the game can still be. The things I can't do in the game are fore front in my mind. My biggest issue comes from the fact of feeling like I'm 10's if not 100's of hours away from any meaningful progress. In other ARPG it feels like right around the corner is my jack pot. In this game I feel like I'm playing the state lottery. Maybe if I keep at it before I die I might get lucky.