One of the first things most players notice while using the Diablo III Auction House is that it’s really hard to tell how many zeros you’ve typed in. There aren’t any commas or periods to break up longer numbers, and with the small font you literally have to count arrow clicks to tell if the price you’re setting is one milllion, ten million, one hundred million, etc. A fan brought up this long-standing issue in the forums, and got some not-very-useful blue replies.

    Blizzard’s first sample AH screenshot.

    Commas when listing items

    Why can we not have this simple thing hotfixed into the game. I dont design/code games at all so i really do not know how hard this would be to implement so correct me if im wrong when i say it seems like it would be an easy fix. While this has not happened to me personally but i have had friends and other people on the forums have stated that they have posted items for less than they meant to because of the fact they cant see commas. It seems that Blizzard has waited till patches to release these simple updates to the game like searching for 6 affixes on an item instead of 3 just for an example. I think alot of people would like this hotfixed into the game sooner rather than waiting till patch 1.0.6.
    Lylirra: One thing to keep in mind is that Diablo III is a global game, available in multiple regions around the globe. And, across those regions, the decimal style varies.

    In the US, for example, decimals are identified with periods (ex: 1.23). Whereas in a lot of places in Europe, decimals are identified with commas (ex: 1,23). This means that a number like one million would look a bit different in each of those regions. In the US, it would look like “1,000,000” and in Europe it would look like “1.000.000”.

    So, which decimal style do we use? That question is actually one of the main reasons we chose not to include commas initially, since it could be confusing to players in other regions outside North America.

    That said, we do agree that not having any method of breaking out values in the auction house isn’t ideal, so we’re currently discussing how best to address the issue (without hopefully creating MORE issues for players in other countries).

    You know which decimal style you should use? Any style at all that lets players tell the difference between 5 and 6 and 7 zeros!

    I don’t care if they use periods, commas, spaces, My Little Pony heads or just make every three digits a different color — put something between the long numbers to break them up, so players can easily tell how many digits they’re using when setting prices, making bids, setting parameters on searches, etc. It’s really not that complicated.

    Click through to read more of the blue excuses and vague suggestions about possible eventual improvements.

    Isnt the game split into regions??? use the correct decimal style for the region…
    Lylirra: It’s actually not that simple, but fair suggestion even still.

    (We are also considering spaces, yes.)

    Make it region-specific. It’s frankly pathetic that this hasn’t been implemented already.
    Lylirra: There are three gameplay regions for Diablo III:

    North America

    Many countries within those regions use different decimal styles, so unfortunately it’s not as simple as making it “region-specific.” Also, making a change apply to only one region and not another isn’t always ideal or an available option.

    Now, like I said, we agree it’d be nice for players to break out values in the auction house (at the least the values that they enter themselves). In the end, we may just add commas, since that’s what the service already uses in a lot of places. We’re also considering other options (like spaces) that are more universal.

    Hey guys, this discussion is getting a little out of hand. =/ If you want to figuratively shoot the messenger (that being me), that’s fine, but let’s please try to keep the conversation as civil as possible.

    Also, it looks some of my follow up posts may have been missed in the excitement, so I’m going to quickly reiterate a few points:

    – We agree with your feedback and want to make it easier for players to tell the difference between 1000000 and 10000000.

    – We have considered simply adding spaces.

    – We have also considered just adding commas, since it’s what the auction house already uses.

    – We didn’t originally add commas to begin with, because we were concerned about regional differences and didn’t fully realize how not having separations would impact players. That may have been the wrong call, but we’re looking to amend it.

    Remember this issue, and the fact that much about the AH wasn’t working very well at launch, when someone lazily vomits out one of those “Bli$$ard sucks D3 sux b/c RMAH!” comments. As the saying goes, never blame evil when incompetence is a more obvious explanation. I bet Blizzard thought 10000 was a big bid during their internal AH testing, and they could read the numbers easily on their 28″ monitors, and just never considered the issues that players would have with an AH rapidly going into 9 and 10 figure prices, viewed on monitors that cost less than the items being viewed on them.

    Bonus points if anyone can find the old quote (I think from Bashiok) where players were joking about the traditional Diablo problem of, “I can’t tell l from 1 from | in spammer names and that makes them impossible to ban/mute” and Bliz assured us it wouldn’t be a problem in Diablo 3.

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