One of the thrills of Diablo and every game to have spawned from or been inspired by its loins has been the delight of finding new items on the fresh corpses of monsters, comparing stats with them, and then smacking more monsters with the new weapon until the whole process repeats.
Responding to an enormous Battle.net thread titled “How It Went Terribly Wrong, Because They Listened To Us”, Blizzard’s Community Manager Grimiku said that “We know that (for many players) it’s much more rewarding to gear up from items that you find while playing normally than it is to necessarily go through Auction House, and we’re working to make improvements in that area.”
“There are a lot of ways we could attempt to reach that goal, and choosing the best one(s) to go with is not always a fast process. I want to encourage you all to continue to post your thoughts on the subject and I promise we will keep reading and relaying them.”
Many long-term Diablo players disliked the idea of an Auction House, but just as many have used and enjoyed it. How do you feel — does it detract from the main gameplay too much?