Tobold argues that once you play with the Auction House on Diablo 3, you can’t go back (sorry, I can’t make that rhyme). After a long night of some fun coop action, I decided to take my first look at the this feature, and I think I see his point.
The discrepancy between Gold cost for crafting and buying items on vendors in-game, and some of the prices being practiced on the AH is just abysmal. Crafting “blue” items for my level 14 character can cost between 300 to 600 Gold plus up to 10 Subtle Essences depending on the item, and that will make usually level 10 equips with 2–3 magical properties that are just okay. At the same time if you play it smart you are able to buy level 14–15 Rare “gold” items for as low as 200 Gold (from personal experience).
Will I care much for dropped loot in-game or crafting when I can buy better stuff on the Auction House? I’m not sure. I think perhaps only for their resale value. Will this make me enjoy the game less? I don’t think so. I like the game because I get to kill demons non-stop, and because I enjoy the story, not because I get tons of loot. And I do get some satisfaction from buying awesome things as well, so I’m not worried about that.
What do you think? Does the AH make you value your loot less, and does that make the game less enjoyable to you? Let me know on the comments.
On a second note… dear Blizzard,
Pretty please, with sugar on top: let us filter and order auctions by Time Left, and use the Auction interface in-game so I don’t have to choose between tracking my purchases and dealing with getting outbid, or play the game.