Rob Pardo: “Why Do I Need To” Differentiate Between Real Diablo 3 Players And Profiteers?
At last week’s on-site visit to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, we participated in a casual press conference with Rob Pardo, Blizzard’s Executive VP of Game Design (and according to Time Magazine, one of the 100 most influential people in the world). The conference was focused on the just-announced Diablo 3 auction house, and attendees bombarded Pardo with questions ranging from regional segregation to accepted currencies. However, a big concern, raised more than once, seems to be that the auction will permit not only unfair profiteering that drives up the price of items, but also allow gamers to essentially purchase their way to victory.
When asked outright how Blizzard intends to differentiate between players willing to put in the time it takes to get good at Diablo 3, and those other people, Rob Pardo had this to say:
Why do I need to? I think that even beyond the auction house, people play for all kinds of reasons. They play for status, some play to kill some time, some play to keep up with friends. Certainly, there may be some people that might want to play Diablo (3) to make some money on the side, but hopefully it doesn’t have a negative impact on other players. If it allows more people to play and enjoy the game, then that’s fine.
This isn’t to say Blizzard intends to make Diablo 3 a wild west shootout where only the richest prevail, but they’re pretty confident the auction will mainly function in a way that enhances gameplay for all players. At the very least, they have no intention of turning the search for ‘real’ Diablo players into a digital witch hunt.
For the reasons why they feel this confident, more Pardo quotes and even more information, visit GameFront tomorrow for our deeper analysis of the new Auction House.