August 02, 2011, 1:44 PM —
Those in the gaming world have been waiting for Diablo 3, an update to a popular game franchise from Blizzard, the folks that do World of Warcraft. The game should have been out by now, but unnamed delays (software) rule in the gaming world (as opposed to commercial software that always ships on time, right?). But Blizzard released some screenshots and news to keep their public happy, but it didn't work as expected.
Diablo 3 requires constant Internet connection, even in single player mode. That's new. Also, rather than using some in-world currency, Blizzard announced items can be sold and bought for real US dollars. That's a big difference, and speculation abounds. Could Wall Street start rolling Diablo 3 transactions together and sell them to their best dupes, er, customers? Stranger things have happened on Wall Street (see global financial meltdown).
Amazingly, the shy and retiring gamer community spoke up (/sarcasm).
Kaching$$ for me
Holy crap, imagine a Hardcore character that has > $30 of items in it getting swarmed and decimated. That makes it all the more exciting with real money on the line, poker style.
Rory_O on arstechnica.com
Greedy Blizzard going too far
You must pay Blizzard a listing and sale fee for selling your items through their Auction House. Granted it's a smart business move, similar to legalizing protitution and finally getting a taste of the action through taxes.
kWhittington on 1up.com
Does Blizzard demanding real money for game items strike you as genius or greedy?