02/02/2013 10:48 PMI am claiming that while there are a few benefits to it (helps the economy and pay 2 win), there is more harm to it that affects those that will feel obligated to farm this game to death, then quit, because of how this mechanic works.
Posted by Lammy
What point is there to play a game if you can pay money and beat it right out of the box?
I thought the entire point of a game was to play it?
The real issue is when the time invested does not equal the expected reward (Which is the case in this game) where you have the "illusion of choice" to either spend 1,000 hours hoping for a drop, or shelling out money to buy gold so that you can buy that expected drop on the Auction House.
$10 spent buying gold from someone vs 1000 hours spent farming the game. Saying there's an actual choice there would completely contradict your entire argument as you naturally gravitate towards the path of least resistance.
Which in this case would be to mow your neighbor's lawn, spend an hour flipping burgers, or whatever you need to do to make $10.
I can be pretty certain that you will spend a greatly shorter amount of time earning $10 than you would playing a game for 1,000 hours.
With the new crafting system, you only need to spend a couple hours farming up the crafting materials to make a single item.
Or, if you want to go with your route, just buy everything save the Demonic Essences on the Auction House and craft them in a shorter period of time.
Making an argument based on "Illusion of choice" then stating that you would rather just buy something on the Auction House makes the entire statement a stark contradiction of itself.
The only way to make the game balanced in this aspect is to balance all 3 methods of acquisition so that they all take the same amount of vested time. (Which is practically impossible)
You still have a choice, just the new changes don't coincide with your preferred method of procurement.
MVP's are not employees of Blizzard Entertainment. We are players just like you.
Nothing I say is Official word from Blizzard, everything is of my own conjecture.
I don't have moderation powers and I am not a Blizzard Representative.
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