A lot of WoW gold bloggers have been chiming in about Diablo 3 lately, so I thought I’d throw my own views out there. The biggest thing, obviously will be to clarify my own personal position with the Diablo 3 gold-making community. Hopefully, you aren’t too disappointed by this, but I’m not going to have a position within the community. Here’s why:
The Diablo 3 Gold-Making “Community” is essentially an elaborate Pyramid Scheme
Yup, you heard right. While we don’t know everything about the D3 economy thus far, we have seen glimpses and I’ve seen enough to form that opinion. While there seem to be some similarities to the WoW economy, there are also some glaring differences. This means there will need to be some glaring differences between the 2 “communities” as well.
The most obvious difference is: $$$. The WoW economy is both free and fantasy-based. As such, a free, fun-based community has flourished around it. The D3 economy is going to be about RL money, plain and simple, so any “community” that pops up as a result will be about RL money whether they intend to or not. You can’t separate the two.
So where’s this “pyramid scheme” then? Well, knowledge is power, right? In WoW, the end goal isn’t worth anything in RL, so the knowledge used to get there doesn’t hold any RL value. In D3, any insider knowledge or anything that can be used to gain an advantage will have legitimate financial implications. As such, its value is also linked to its exposure. The things that make you the most money in D3 will see a significantly diminished value the moment you share them with anyone else. So, any blog or website that sells itself as offering tips, strategies, and secrets will essentially be shooting itself in the foot, and it’s readers’ feet as well, but exposing any information…
Unless, that information isn’t really all that useful to begin with. General, vague information will both be safe to share, but at the same time not very helpful for very many people. It will serve as bait, though. If it is compelling enough, people will take that plunge and risk their RL money at this latest opportunity to “get rich”.
The biggest opportunity I can see with the D3 economy is in taking advantage of other people’s mistakes or people that don’t really know what they’re doing in the first place. The “success” of the D3 gold-making community will be in generating as many of those people as possible and getting them active and interested in the D3 economy. The people at the top will be feeding their own businesses by increasing the pool of “average” gold-makers to feed off of. Any information they will be able to share will either become less useful once it is shared, or start off less useful in the first place. The best information you’ll find will be just enough to get you interested, but not enough to actually do much damage.
Based on that, I really don’t think a healthy D3 gold-making community is all that viable, and I don’t have much interest in being part of an unhealthy one, so I’m out. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll play the game. I just don’t plan on talking too much about it with people I don’t really know or have established trust with.
What does everyone else think? I’m quite interested.