the first person i replied to said ah was not something that gave people a purpose/reason to play. that is false. its not hard to avoid at all. what do other peoples loot have anything to do with you? if someone CHOOSES to join a public game to get carried by people who use ah and have inevitably better gear, thats on him.
Of course opinions are not unanimous. But I definitely think RMAH/AH distorted the game more, and was harder to ignore, for people who hated it. Hate seasons? Don't play season. End of story. Your non-seasonal game is completely untouched.
There was no "non-AH" mode you could play if you hated the way it distorted the game.
you literally had to press a button to get to ah or rmah. if you didnt want to, you didnt have to click that button. people felt compelled to ah to be competitive.
Exactly. You could not play a multiplayer game without it being distorted by the AH. If you only ever want to play solo, then you could ignore the AH if you wanted to. Then you only collided with the fact that the difficulty and loot drops had been tuned around the assumption of AH usage.
negasaurus rex. you can easily play a multiplayer game with people who hate ah and refuse to use it which should not be very difficult since apparently you all claim EVERRRRYONEEEEEEEEEEE hated it. i dont know what collided with the fact means, but loot drops were tuned around a ten year idealogoy. ah was PART of that not the source. the problem is their ten year ridiculousness. stuff that contributed to the ROOT problem include but arent limited to ah, lack of "smart" loot, bad legendaries with no abilities worth their legendary status, and bad item design (requiring socket on weapon or its trash). they, along with the general public, threw ah under the bus as a scapegoat then slowly started to fix their other problems. HOWEVER, imagine the game NOW with AH. you can find your own gear relatively well, but all the less-than-perfect items you find can be sold (assuming gold is not as easy to come by as it is now because gold is straight up worthless at this point with no sink) to possibly add up to something usable instead of 100+ souls.
1. I never claimed that everyone hated the AH. I claimed that for those people who did hate it, it was hard to avoid.
2. Play a multiplayer game with people who feel the same way? So, you mean, abandon any possibility of joining a random game, only being able to play multiplayer with like-minded friends / clanmates? Sounds like a massive distortion of the game to me.
i dont even understand what youre saying. what you choose to do with your character is on you. if you refuse to use ah then youre playing a gimped character. stick to normal or get carried by ah people. its not like there was competition with no leaderboards/gr/adventure mode. if you couldnt kill diablo in inferno, then grind a3 in a lower difficulty.