Blizzard on Grammatical Loot

A fan goes sarcastic about the missing commas in the Auction House issue, and gets back what he put in.

I am a genious. Super easy fix to the comma dilemma

Make commas have a 50% drop rate chance from elite packs. Players then can use them in either the trade window or AH. Of course commas must be bound on account to encourage play time.

Comma drop fan art. (No, really.)
Comma drop fan art. (No, really[.)
Vaeflare: Ah, the rare and elusive comma!

We agree that the lack of commas in both player trade windows and the Auction House is not ideal and that is can lead to some very bad experiences for players, and it’s definitely on our radar as something we would like to change. We have concrete plans to do this (seriously), but we don’t have an ETA on when we’ll be implementing this change just yet. As it stands, it’s something that is likely to coincide with other changes relating to the Auction House and itemization, so hang in there!

Other suggestions include commas generated by salvaging brimmies, introducing a punctuation affix that generates random commas, periods, semi-colons, tildes, etc, or adding a scientific notation passive for more mathematically-advanced users.

As we’ve heard many times, any fixes that involve programming take a long time to occur, since the programmers cover all Blizzard games and online infrastructure and it’s a perpetual “rebuilding the ship while we’re still afloat” sort of problem. On the bright side, we’ll probably see commas at the same time that max prices increase above 2B, so not only will you have larger numbers, but you’ll be able to read them too!

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    • I’m pretty certain the misspelling of genius was intentional. Lots of people on the internet post about grammar and typo a word or two or purpose to let people know they are just joking around and not serious about it.

  1. This thing again. I remember people bringing up this very issue a year ago.
    And nothing has happened yet.

    But on the bright side, there are definitely plans for scheduling an office meeting to discuss what to do about this. Just need another meeting first to decide a date 🙂

  2. It’s these sort of issues that make Blizzard look incompetent. Seriously, commas. Shouldn’t take more than a week at tops to implement, test and rollout.

  3. Honestly commas are not even required. Just put a space between every third zero.

    So it looks like this: 1 000 000 000 000 instead of 1000000000000.

    • The ‘rolls royce’ solution is to let the player choose what separator they want to use: commas, spaces or periods, as is the fashion in Europe.

  4. This issue is really the canary in the mine shaft.

    Translation: Blizzard does not care about patching D3 to improve game integrity. Of course, if anything stands in the way of RMAH revenue, that’ll get an emergency patch job. WoW subscribers dipping? Let’s increase gold stack sizes in the AH to further devalue gold and expedite the transition to RL money being the dominant currency in D3.

    This game is going nowhere fast.

  5. I have a feeling that internally they’ve give the commas thing a lot of thought but they ran into a couple issues. They probably have a psychologist or 2 on staff (ya know, to make sure the game is addictive) and they asked them what they thought of the issue.

    Some places use “.” To separate every 3 numbers, some use “,”

    A “,” person sees a 5 million number as 5,000,000. But a person from the “.” area will see 5-point zero-zero-zero point zero-zero-zero and think to themselves: wow, this number is extremely low. There’s psychology behind seeing these gold values as super high numbers. (wow 20 billion, that’s a lot) but if you see the number as a single digit and a large fraction (2.009) it looks like a small number. No?

    So what’s the best course of action if half your player-base sees gold values is a weird way? They’ve talked about having you select how you see it (. Vs ,) as a menu option or an option based on your region, etc.

    Stop for a moment. You see what I’m doing? I’m going into great deal and over thinking the entire thing (like Blizzard). Let’s just use spaces and be done with this stupid issue.

  6. Everything is a huge deal to Blizzard. From itemization (huge and potentially game-breaking), to hot fixes (like comma’s and rubber-banding).

    P.S. I’ve seen multiple patch-notes allegedly ‘fixing’ rubber-banding, but I experience it constantly. I don’t live in flyover country and subscribe to a high-speed fiber optic network.

    Meanwhile Dota2 has fantastic servers (and offline play):

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