The Real Money AH for Diablo is delayed and the Black Market AH for World of Warcraft is all through the news. Interesting, AH is the new black at the moment.
A Real Money AH is buying and selling digital assets for real money, and is something that I plan to not be using. The idea of getting $BlizzBucks is nice and all, but I feel that it is a feature that I’ve never desired. That said, I think its a smart move for Blizzard, its been a unofficial part of Diablo before, and I know some players will love it. More power to them. It breaks nothing about my D3 experience, it is present from launch (almost), and it was widely known in advance so players could make a purchasing choice with full knowledge. Detractors should shut the hell up, its an interesting feature.
The Black Market AH for wow is where rare items will be sold by NPCs via an auction system to characters. In the screenshot a really rare mount, some “lost” tier gear, and several other rares are shown. Detractors have a real reason to be concerned, and its also an interesting feature. The lever for how outrageous this is will be what makes it into the list, and how often
So what are the rules for selection for Black Market? Well we have no true idea yet, I think Blizzard is floating the concept to gauge the community uproar, much like real names in game IDs.
- Is T3 fair as you can’t get it elsewhere?
- What about other Tier tokens for old sets; or perhaps even current tier?
- Is a raid rare fair, as you tried to get it for years?
- Why then can’t I purchase a legendary, or perhaps just the Left Binding for Thunderfury?
- When can I buy my gear, and also a token that auto-levels from level 2 to level 55? The DKs start at 55, why not let other classes jump?
What happens when WoW introduces the Real Money Black Market AH?
Well its almost already here – its called the BoE purchasable gear. It is only a short trip from here to Warcraft having real money for goods in game in a planned interface, and while that would be concerning it is not game breaking either. It might make some players angry or make them feel that their beloved game has changed, but the game has changed. And it will continue to do so.
C’mon somebody throw in a casualisation comment.