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Last month in this column, we discussed in-game inflation. Inflation is an inevitability in any economy — a natural (albeit controllable) erosion of the value of money.
Usually, Blizzard falls over itself to do everything it can to promote balance. Are too many people dying to a certain mechanic? Slash the damage that mechanic inflicts by 10%, or change the frequency at which it occurs. Is a certain class struggling in PVP? Boost one of the bursty attacks by 8%. It’s a subtle back and forth that goes on all the time.
With all the emphasis on balance, you’d think that Blizzard would micromanage the in-game economy to the nth degree. This quote (or this paraphrasing) from Lead Designer Tom Chilton from Gamescom stuck out rather prominently in my mind when I read it:
What in the heck are they thinking?
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