The whole concept of the auction house was something that I had thought of negatively from the very beginning ever since it was first revealed to us before the game had launched. I suppose it was just hard to grasp at the time. Admitably, I am the sort of person who doesn't respond well to change when it comes to video games. Nostalgia is a prick, and it's a prick that gets under my skin in a very particular way. I had my hopes though after much un-necessary rant post about it.
Regardless, I bought the game, played it to the end, beat inferno, searched every crevice, and pretty much came to the same conclusion; I don't like the auction house one bit. Neither the gold or the real money one to be exact. In all honesty, I used it to, but I didn't use it because I liked, I used it because I wanted to find a reason not to hate it, but it didn't really work out that way.
Here is a list of mostly arbitrary reasons as to why I don't like the AH:
1. It's A Loot Based Dungeon Crawler
For a game that is designed around the concept of grinding for reward, I don't understand the reason for the AH. Sure, it gives you access to great things at the cost of either gold or hard earned cash, but to what reason? All gear in the game is designed for one reason; to kill things more effectively in some way. However, the very reason you choose to kill those things past completely the game and revealing it's story is to gain experience and obtain better gear. Once you are at the max level, the only reason you have left for killing is paragon levels and more loot, but mostly the loot. With a game that had and still has no PvP (soon to be released), buying anything in the auction house simply contradicts the very reason you choose to play, for the reward. When I bought something in the AH, I never found a single item that could compare when killing monsters (sometimes I did, but on very rare occasions). The only items that ever did compare were just other AH items. It eventually got the point where my grinding reward was gold for the AH.
2. It's Boring
This is a little bit of a side note really, but I actually like the idea of trading in person. Going out to other players in game and shopping for your items through trade was a nice experience and also gave the opportunity to pay for your gear through means other than gold. Now, I know I said that I disliked the AH for the very reason of buying gear, but trading is different. It takes more work, and it's harder to find what you're looking for. I believe in small quantities, getting your gear through means other than grinding is okay and a legitament part of the original Diablo experience. It brought the community together in an interesting kind of way. You actually got to chat with the guy you're trading with, and was able to work out deals and even make friends. That being said, the AH is really boring because it doesn't offer any of this. It's nothing but what seems to be a anti-social waiting game of selling your items or looking through a list of everything that has every been placed. No negotiations, no chatting, gold/USD trading only, and having instant access to any item (as long as you got the coin) turned the AH into a boring concept for me.
3. It Helps You Win Faster and Easier
This is obvious. Those who buy good gear from the AH will clearly have an easier time. That is just the thing though, you're first go to in the game if it was getting to hard was the AH, not continuing to grind. It seemed as if the AH was the key to fixing all of your problems. Not enough attack? New weapon (dirt cheap ones that are always better than yours are everywhere), dying to easily? Better armor is always at your fingertips. What was once a game that required building and careful planning to go forward has seemed to become a game where the door before you is locked and the key is gold. Gold + AH = Opened Path. It felt as if you bought your way through the game in some aspects. Now, we all know that we occasionally bought items from vendors in D2, but that was usually only at the beginning of acts. Speaking of vendors....
4. Vendors Are Useless Because of It
Since you can buy anything from the AH, in game stores are only good for potions/dyes and selling and nothing much else. Their inventory has been greatly reduced to a laughable state, and I think I visited one only a few times for dyes and that was it.
So, there's my list. It's a topic that has been worn out, I'm sure, but a topic I felt like discussing nonetheless. Diablo 3 really isn't my kind of game, and nostalgia will always beckon to me when I come across new games of old series. It's a good game, yea, but I guess I'm just not into the newer things these days. Now, I do know that the AH was also designed with the third party vendors in mind. If you can't beat them, join them right? Well.. I mean, I guess, but that seems more like a bow of defeat to me than anything. Sure, it worked, but it still ruined the game for me in a way.
Edited by Ghost_Sanguis, 04 February 2013 - 04:39 AM.