Too early to put a intelligent thought into this thread... wait until patch 1.1 + comes in, a lot of changes people want will be added in these patches. Wait a few months then create threads like this.
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Playing Diablo since 97. I know nothing and having nothing good to say, I be a troll.
I've got enough time and enjoyment out of the game to probably justify buying a expansion pack. Now if I spend 50$ on a expansion and only get another 10 hours of enjoyment or something I'll be a little let down but I still want to see where the plot goes and some interesting new systems, mechanics and possibly a new class a expansion would bring.
I have yet to do anything on the RMAH other then SELL items. Me making money while having fun is quite a nice bonus.
Yes, but what the RMAH has done is pushed the item curve forward; which has let people finish inferno -way- faster than intended. The side effect of this is; is that other see it being done and feel like they have to buy items as well to complete it; so they do. Then the predominant advice on forums for progression is "buy xxxx items at the Auction House." Read this site, or any other fan site. Does anyone ever say, "hey farm for this type of item?" Nah, cuz it's readily available on the AH with no effort at all.
So, what the AH has done is taken away the investment of time and "effort" for quick reward - at a price. While I could launch into a "this is the problem with the world today" rant; it is a problem for this game. People "claimed" to love the item hunt in D2 for perfect items. Apparently, this was a lie, because they've abandoned the item hunt for the Auction House search function. Which they've found far more enjoyable.
So this "problem" didn't exist for around a decade in D2?
Because it did, in fact, its the ENTIRE reason Blizzard put the AH's in the game in the first place.
People have been powerleveling/glitching to 80 in a day and using FG on D2jsp for many, many years in D2.
It did not seem to hurt the longevity in that game in the slightest....... (if THAT is not a clear indicator for the effect such a marketplace has on a Diablo game, I don't know what is.)
But..But...it wasn't a Blizzard approved feature and...shady sites...and greedy corporations!
I've never really been able to understand the argument against the RMAH/AH ruining the game, as it's a personal choice whether or not to use it. Oh well, it clearly didn't have a large impact on sales.
I may consider buying an expansion if they fixed the game before it comes out with a patch and the expansion added actual content (rather than the content that they cut probably just to add it later for the first expansion, like the Mystic, Runes, Gems, and PvP and a story that's actually good)