Diablo 3 Economy Obliterated by Gold Dupe Exploit

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And noone cared...
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Blizzard tries to save dying game! More news at 11.
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Wrong call on this one: they should have rolled back. Blizzard succeeded in creating an economy in which the default currency had some value...that's gone now for all practical purposes. People will be back to swapping items manually, which will be interesting...I'm not even sure a "trade" window exists.
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If they didn't have an RMAH there would be no value on gold, and since the only ones who really benefit from the RMAH is Activision no one should be banned. In effect whether or not someone has 400T or not should not matter in a single player game.This is why it is sad to ban anyone, it goes to show everyone that the core of this game is indeed the RMAH, and the pushing to the use of it. If everyone had 400T then no one would ever use the RMAH, which is why this is an exploit, because in a single player game it wouldn't matter if you had 400T and I only had 1K.It is sad that Blizzard has designed a game that is entirely dependent on them making money off of it at some point. If GAH and RMAH sales go down then the drop rates in the game are reduced. This happened weekly in the months following the game. Exploits ranging from finding legendary items in pots, to reloading games to open chests and take a chance on good fortune. One of the best was nerfing attack speed shortly after the RMAH went live, citing the nerf being done because players were to dependent on attack speed based on GAH/RMAH tracking. Meaning all items bought on RMAH were reduced in actual monetary value (USD), with many becoming worthless.(despite having been purchased for real currency.)This is why the bannings are sad. What should be a single player ARPG, is entirely dependent on an the RMAH, and Activision will do anything they want to preserve the overall dependency on it, because they are all about those USD's and they can make anything in this game valuable or invaluable at anytime, they can suck gold out, put gold in. Anything to keep those RMAH sales churning...buts its ok they Tax you in the GAH too, while the sell Gold in the RMAH back into the game.D3 is shit, and the RMAH is why, and these bannings just go to show you how far Blizzard has succumbed to the greed pit of Activision.Its ok to have 400T, but please buy it from the RMAH, not through and exploit. Thanks, Activision Share Holders.Its sad. Blizzard was awesome, now Activision is eating their soul.
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While (Diablo3) is a (shit) game, I must (infact point out) that you are a fucking (moron) if you think that (blizzard) wasn't pushing for an AH (from the beginning) . They milked (World of Warcraft) for so long (and got so many messages (asking for microtransactions to overide BIN prices)) that they (just) decided to center their one (absolute) remaining cash cow around it. We all grew up with diablo 1 and (2), mid-20 year olds (generally) wont think (twice) about dropping a few dollars at the AH if it means you (have to) do 60 less bhaal runz.
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nowadays i'm never quite sure wether EA or activion blizzard is the worst gaming company on the planet. while EA certainly has an evil-world domination-touch to it, blizzard is responsible for WoW, the worst thing to happen to MMORPGs...
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LOL Nice....Death to Diablo 3 and Greedy Blizzard.
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so gold in diablo 3 now has as much meaning as gold in diablo 2 had?
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Im not suprised they wont roll the server back. This game was already so bad that none of their actual target audience (im talking diablo 2 players, not the recycled WoW players they tried to pull in) actually played the game. I played diablo 2 for 5 years fairly hardcore, and when d3 launched I decided to find a new game (thank you ccp for eve!!) due to the glaring failures in the launch, the gameplay, replayability and general workings of the "market" (RMAH wasnt online when I tried it, but I could see exactly where it was headed). For them to spend any more time on this pile of junk just pulls people away from their next steaming pile of commercialism, so a rollback is out of the question. Im so sad right now I may actually shed a tear, getting nostalgic about the good old days of grinding up a character with buddies over a few days, bartering like a madman to try out items for a new build, failing at said build in pvp, creating a new toon, magic finding, grinding, trading, pvping, trading, grinding, pvping some more, testing "fittings" vs friends toons and repeating the whole thing until I had to get a better paying job to pay for carpal tunnel surgery. <-- check out that nuclear run-on sentance I just unleashed upon humanity. Anyway, I never found a suitable replacement for D2 and I know blizzard will never have a good rpg again after the glaring mismanagement of d3 and WoW. If anyone has a suggestion on a good online game to play with friends that has the same appeal and replayability of D2, hit me up on D2JSP.org, my name on there is sndviper. Until then, 1v1 at the sun!!
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I can't prove it, but Oldsmeller had a hand in this!
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They have done it on purpose so they van make money out off the cash transactions as they will ban any one who did the exploit and then there is nothing in The ah so people will start to sell for real money as gold will still be worth nothing
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"The Blizzard we all grew up with has long been put in the ground." Truer words have not been spoken. Well said, good sir. A sad truth to be sure.
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You're an idiot
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Even luckier.. I never bought it...
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Regardless of what WoW has become, it did make MMOs a lot more popular. I think a majority of eve players at one point played (and dare I say enjoyed?) WoW. For a month, for a year, it was fun. Sure its a theme park, its too casual, its too easy, boring, or repetitive... but for a while it was fun. It was a good thing for MMOs.
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Diablo 3 would matter if it was as good as Diablo 2.Which it's not. Blizzard died when Roper left, not when Activision took it over.
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Try Path of Exile, the real Diablo 3
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They're banning the wrong accounts too. Get two accounts, On first account dupe gold, get second account to list an item no one will want for billions or trillions, buy that item. Gold is transfered to a new account. The old account is banned but the new account is safe. Sell gold & profit.
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A fail cascade if ever there was one. It's Blizzard, they know what is best for you, even if it is your cash they take. Another nail in the coffin for MMO's designed to milk players by selling junk pixels for real money in order to afford players an advantage.
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(Amen.)
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Blizzard making shit games / expansions since 2008.A once most respected game studio turned into a hungry money grabbing wolf milking and draining every bit of money from poor addicted souls.In WoW servers died left and right.....in the old days free transfers where given, now you need to pay 10x 25 euro to transfer your chars to the next ghosttown.Its retarded...if they would be a poor company one could say yes, but with the money they made they could have shown the loyal playerbase at least some love with discounts...Once Ghostcrawler took over the lead it was time to abonden ship :PDiablo 3 was not even worth mentioning tbh.....8 hours of gameplay for a game with 10 years of development....lulzWho even taught this game would be good must have seen the end of the rainbow.
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Blizzard has always been hungry money. The difference now is that they are too big. The exact same bug would go unoticed in Diablo 1, 2, Starcraft, Warcraft 3 and maybe even WoW. It's not the companies fault people are taking game so seriouly now to the point they put money into it. Sure the company must be more responsible... but dude... games with responsability... where the fuck are we heading? Diablo 3 is a great game if you don't take it seriously. It's fun. That's what games should be about.
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Yes, they will never notice that after they pour over all the data trying to fix everything. Foolproof.
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Parentheses. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.
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Blizzard is a bunch of dollar store quality programmers with no vision.
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People still ask this question?
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Ever heard of an e-sport called Starcraft II? So yeah that's a thing.
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I just want to point out that US AH is still down as they perform a complete audit of all post-patch transactions.Rollback is not the only way to go.
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There's a thing called 'refund'.
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Sure, rolling back isn't the only way to fix the problem, but it could've been fixed two days ago if they had.
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Well they see the full picture so they decided to not go for it.
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>my superior officer said multiple times how Diablo 3 was unplayable on nightmare and hell without getting highest-grade itemsI'll put it bluntly: he's bad at the game.
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So having the problem fixed and the damage undone in a fraction of the time it will take to manually audit the entire economy isn't worth the rollback to Blizzard? A nice full picture, that is.
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It will also rollback accomplishments of people who didnt cheat which i assume are far larger part.People actually were worried about a rollback and started posting good (account bound) crafts they got in that timeframe. And even more people just had no idea about what happened and why their 6 hours of new patch experience would suddenly be gone.
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congrats. This article is at the top of the goggle search page for "Diablo 3 economy" results
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gold has no value in diablo? news at 11
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Unfortunately, Eve-O devs learned their lesson with number boundaries in a tracking issue in wormholes. I'm pretty sure they crawled through their code to make sure it doesn't happen on anything else.

In what should have been a routine patch on Tuesday, Blizzard is now facing a storm of criticism and what can only be described as a community in full panic after a gold dupe exploit was discovered. Through a series of steps involving the gold auction house and the sale of gold, it was possible to dupe massive amounts of gold in a very short time. One player was reported to have procured 470 trillion gold within an hour of using the exploit.

The massive influx of gold immediately impacted the rest of the auction house as players used their ill gotten gains to purchase anything of value. The price for virtually every item on the auction house crashed over the span of several hours. The news travelled very quickly as some very high profile Diablo 3 streamers began to take advantage of it. Twitch TV streamer GoodIdeaGaming was quoted to have said, “This is horrible for Blizzard. This is a nightmare.”

High profile D3 streamer D3_inigomontoya repeatedly flaunted the exploit on his stream, even going so far as to clean out the auction house of valuable items and spreading them on the ground for all to see.

 

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Blizzard acted within a few hours to bring the auction house down and shortly thereafter the banhammer fell upon many of the streamers, including D3_inigomontoya. At this point however, the damage is done.  The serious question remains as to what response Blizzard can do to restore the economy. It’s not just a matter of handing out bans and moving on as many players who had items up for sale were victims of gold becoming valueless.

The Blizzard forums are awash with angry players demanding a server rollback, and it’s hard to imagine a good solution where this does not happen. However, as of this article’s posting, the servers remain up and with each passing hour a rollback becomes less and less likely. As one player succinctly put it, “If there’s no rollback, gold will have no value.”

 

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At 12 PM PDT, Blizzard released its official response.

At this time (and after careful consideration), we've decided to not move forward with rolling back the servers. We feel that this is the best course of action given the nature of the dupe, how relatively few players used it, and the fact that its effects were fairly limited within the region. We've been able to successfully identify players who duplicated gold by using this specific bug, and are focusing on these accounts to make corrections. While this is a time-consuming and very detailed process, we believe it's the most appropriate choice given the circumstances. We know that some of you may disagree, but we feel that performing a full roll back would impact the community in an even greater way, as it would require significant downtime as well as revert the progress legitimate players have made since patch 1.0.8 was released this morning.

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