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This is my conspiracy theory:
Blizzard won't comment about internal hiring practices, but working in the video game industry myself, I am pretty sure that while testers are usually temps, coders are not.
For example, adding a socket to an item as the result of a one-time quest reward feels really awesome, but over time it starts to become more of a burden instead of a benefit. When you have to level a new character through the entire game just so you can socket the new cool weapon you want to use, the shine starts to wear off really fast.
Leveling a new character is called replay-ability.
Why would I NOT want to level a new character to get a bonus socket. That would be basically the only reason I would currently start a new character, and is a HUGE bonus for doing so. Starting a new character in D2 was the best part In my opinion, now in D3 there is simply no reason to.
If low lvl sets and legendaries were actually attainable through play instead of the AH, this could be a huge reason for people to keep playing the game. The beginning of the game is a lot of fun.
Having an "add socket" through this means would also be a great way for those of us that don't win the 200m slot machine to be able to actually get some gold to buy gear as well.
Time invested=Pay out instead of Time invested=Jack S***
Edited by BlankEclipse#1945 on 4/8/2013 12:02 PM PDT
Q. Can class-specific items please have guaranteed class-specific stats?
I get this for non class specific items I really do. Unfortunately the only time you want Stats like that are on items that have a desirable other stat like AS on chest (Tal's)and pants ( Inna's movement speed)comes from a set designed for a certain class and other classes want them. (should be fixed with more desireable affixes IMO) you want those str/vita rolls or dex/vita or int/vita. But really and I mean it should be obvious you never ever want to see Str/Int rolls, or Dex/Int rolls for anything. Until you make those stats more beneficial to classes outside of the ones that use them you just don't want to see them ever. I may rather see Dex/Str affix over +Armor, but +Armor should be of more benefit to remove that.
When you look at class specific and you have to choose between the many undesireable affixes you can randomly roll the best thing that you can do is eliminate the ones that are just plain terrible. It doesn't take a comittee to see that it doesn't make sense. You simply have too many undesireable affixes among a few that are almost always necessary to make an item alright.
Try as I might to make a character that doesn't rely entirely on stacking the TRI stats you simply have to in order to get to the higher game difficulties in order to Paragon level at a non-insanely slow rate. Look I may have preached it a time or two in the monk forums, but there are clear and easy improvements to be done to existing stats to make them more desireable and they will also make builds more viable.
Look at my monk either here or http://d3up.com/b/454693#gear (have to activate blazing fist, foresight, overawe, combination strike, enchantress to really see what my dmg is like and look at WotHF dmg specifically because of the affix stacking)
What I've done is use an uncommon affix to make something almost as viable as I can without stacking crit damage or going with too insane an amount of crit or attack speed. Buff those affixes. Buff the spirit regen affix or other affixes and maybe for non-class specific items make a new affix that adds +X% to resource generation and make mods that are either/or, either crit/or +%weapon damage, either crit damage/or +% to max dex/str/vita(along the same lines as +%life), either attack speed/or +%to Resource generation.
Stop having these debates and discussions and have an actual solid answer for something. Stop trying to pander to us by saying something in a round about way. Just say we argue too much and we can't make up our minds about anything as developers and be done with it.
Edited by Duskmourn#1569 on 4/8/2013 12:03 PM PDT
In full agreement with the above poster.
This is precisely why valuable items become valuable--not just the actual value but the sentimental value that item might have to any given player. Lets say you finally find a weapon with high dps, crit damage and life steal. Do you think playing up to inferno with a new character is going to stop someone in their right mind from putting a socket in that item?
I cannot say anything else... this is kinda ridiculous.
We are waiting for some PTR for features they we were supposed to have or tested way before.
And in the case of itemization, I just think they aren't enough people working behind the desks... even if they could bring us good changes to make the game better, these changes are far from being enough. So many features and simple additions to the game should have been there like 7 months ago. I thing they should hire some streamers or known players to get real feedback and start working on the important things that could make the game a GREAT game. This game as so much potential but there are so many issues that makes it boring...
And the worst in that is that I must play if I want to stay efficient but still...If I don't play the AH I will just find useless legendaries...
I got a great example for you, yesterday : one litany ring and 2 tal chests back to back... I couldn't believe it because I've never found tal chest before...
so the ring had minimum damage +21, worth of 450k gold
first tal chest - % gold
second one - rege life 183
How can I invest my time in farming when I find so much garbage even if those items have good chances to be good-godly -.-
all you whining babies are so annoying
at least we don't sit around all day discussing whether or not we'd like to actually cry, and how implementing crying might affect things in unforseen ways, and how we're really looking forward to crying but can't actually promise to do it yet
If I may not-so-humbly ask: Can you please answer my two questions:
I spent a good amount of time thinking up some ideas in this thread: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8087089823?page=21#410 and created a "new" wizard set. Will there be new set and legendary items since the consensus there is currently not a big selection to choose from in the near future?
Second Question: Concerning the expansion, are there currently plans to bring back runes and/or charms a la diablo 2? Is that even being considered? There seems to be a lot of fans that would like to see them back (see http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8156095894#6)
edit: since it seems that there will be new legendary and set items, when will we see them and about how many will there be? And will any of the ideas we gave in this thread: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8087089823?page=21#410 be incorporated into the new set and legendary items?
Edited by Balthazar#1650 on 4/8/2013 12:13 PM PDT
I'd love for this to happen. All the damage can stay roughly the same, and have each have an additional effect.
Arcane: slows attacks/reduces attack or cast speed
Fire: additional short DoT(burning for 2-4 seconds) that can stack, or disarms
Poison: additional long DoT(poisoned for 10-12 seconds), or increased damage debuff
Lightning: chance to stun
Cold: snare, maybe chance to freeze
Holy: chance to heal
Physical: chance to knockback, or bleed
buff buff buff buff buff. Your dps sucks.
Blizz, Blizz, Blizz.
Well, i really dont know what to say here. Really , what i see, is the same thing we have seen over the last year already. Buncha talk, buncha indecision, and a buncha nothing.
And that close to three weeks to post?
Cmon guys. Im finding it very hard to believe you guys really care about the game itself, as much as you claim, when a company as big as yourself, is being outshined bya 20 man dev team, by the name of GGG.
These guys dump out two, three patches a week, with new content, bug fixes, balance changes, new microtransactions, etc, etc.
I like this game Blizz, but it could be so much better. You need to shelter your ego, and just get it done.
Quit a while ago but came to see the circus after reading a post on FB, just to make you guys aware they are spending more time taking stupid pictures that probably took 20 tries to get right rather than working on your game... see for yourself...
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