Blizzard axes Diablo 3's RMAH - fans rejoice
The real money auction house (RMAH) for Blizzard's third iteration of its once well-respected Diablo series is destined for the chopping block.
Diablo 3's mismanaged launch left a bad taste in the mouths of many hardcore fans of the series, mostly due to the restrictive always-on DRM that prevented those that purchased the game from playing it offline. The hits kept on coming when it came to Diablo 3's mis-steps; and many gamers that had fond memories of Diablo 2's PvP gameplay were sorely disappointed to see there would be no competitive play in its long-awaited sequel. However, for many Diablo fans Blizzard's cardinal sin was the inclusion of the RMAH, which pushed the focus of Diablo 3 away from the "kill monsters, get loot" treadmill and instead created a culture that revolved around hoarding in-game gold (or spending cold, hard cash) in order to buy and sell overpriced in-game weapons and gear.
However, this dark era of Diablo is slated to come to an end. The RMAH is being brought down for good on March 18, 2014, and many fans are relieved to see it go. Blizzard developers Josh Mosquiera and John Hight (members of the Blizzard development team working on the upcoming expansion, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls) even took the time to post a video on YouTube to explain their position.
So far the fan response has been overwhelmingly positive, both on Diablo's YouTube channel and also the Blizzard forums. Cries of "there truly is a God" and "thank you Blizzard" have been resonating through the Internet like the second coming of the Flying Spaghetti Monster; the announcement of the demise of the RMAH seems to be breathing new life into many gamers' interest in the Diablo series and its upcoming sequel. Could this be a glimpse of the old school Blizzard that, prior to shifting its focus to flogging its cash cows for as much money as it possibly could, had a sterling reputation for making fun and challenging products with rewarding gameplay?