Gold Dupe Bug Forces Diablo 3 Auction House Offline

Andy Chalk

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Gold Dupe Bug Forces Diablo 3 Auction House Offline


A bug in the latest Diablo 3 patch has reportedly left many players with billions of gold, but Blizzard says a rollback isn't going to happen.

The Diablo 3 1.0.8 patch that went live yesterday introduced an economy-breaking gold duplication bug that allowed many users, according to a Battle.net forum post [http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8769238195], to acquire billions of illegitimate gold; one particularly industrious player apparently racked up 371 trillion. Those numbers are unconfirmed but the bug is definitely real, and Blizzard has taken both the gold and real money auction houses offline as a result.

"After the release of Patch 1.0.8 this morning, we found that some players were exploiting a bug that enabled them to duplicate gold through the Auction House," Diablo 3 Community Manager Lylirra explained. "We're working on fixing the bug right now, and bringing the Auction Houses offline helps us troubleshoot in a more stable environment while preventing further exploiting."

Blizzard has since come up with a fix and is now in the process of testing it, and has also announced that despite calls for it from many players, the servers will not be rolled back. "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," she wrote. "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."

The fate of those who took advantage of the bug remains unclear; Blizzard said in its initial announcement of the auction house shutdown that it has begun the process of "reviewing the accounts involved and taking appropriate actions, including temporary locks, suspensions, and/or bans."

Source: Battle.net [http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8770118014]


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josemlopes

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We cant let them roll on their fake money after all.

Im not totally sure of how the auction house works and all but does the fact that some guys no longer have to grind for gold mean that it breaks the whole system?
 

Andy Chalk

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You know what the difference between playing Diablo 3 and playing Diablo 2 is?
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS!
MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS DOLLARS!
 

Aeshi

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Does this mean the bad players are going to have to go find something else to blame their lack of basic spatial awareness on?
 

Slash2x

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Hold it I think everyone is missing the real news here....... People are still playing that turd?
 

Canadamus Prime

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Um... Blizzard, why would you ban players for taking advantage of your screw up? Oh yeah, and also does it really break the game that they now have a huge fuck tonne of fake money? And if so, who does it break the game for? Well them obviously.
 

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josemlopes said:
We cant let them roll on their fake money after all.

Im not totally sure of how the auction house works and all but does the fact that some guys no longer have to grind for gold mean that it breaks the whole system?
Because if you have 371 trillion dollars, would you really care if paid a million dollars for a 1 dollar Snickers bar?
 

Andy Chalk

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josemlopes said:
We cant let them roll on their fake money after all.

Im not totally sure of how the auction house works and all but does the fact that some guys no longer have to grind for gold mean that it breaks the whole system?
The whole big deal behind D3 and the reason for many bad decisions (game pacing, difficulty curve, always online) stem fro the AH and specifically the RMAH. You see you had a choice of either buying items there with gold or real world monies.

Needless to say gold grinding is tedious so the idea that there now a couple 1000 players with McDuck level wealth sorta bum screws the entire economic system (in addition to the fact that they're losing players).

See when a scarce resource suddenly becomes very unscarce anything that was based on that resource gets screwed value wise. It's like if scientists developed a way of transmuting any metal into gold... that'd pretty much create a short term surge in wealth followed by an immediate decline. Gold's value is tied to scarcity after all and the idea that it is a finite resource. Gold would rapidly drop in value and as a side effect all currencies that are wholey or partially weighted by the precious metal (like say the US dollar) would suffer a proportional decline. In value.

As for why no rollback. It's a mystery. Although they claim concern for player's loss of progress... uhm I I'm not buying it. how much progress can you make in a few hours. The conspiracy nut in me says this may have been somehow deliberate. the sudden in-surge of gold is going to seriously screw up the gold side of things (ie people who preferred to grind gold to buy the AH stuff as opposed to spending real money). It makes sense if you think about it. the surge will drive up the price of that +25 item from 100gold to 8000 gold. However the Real Money value will likely go unchanged. So before this it was $5 or 100g for that sword. now it'll be closer to $5 or 8000 gold.

That's all speculation however since I have no idea how the RMAH and in game AH actually work. Didn't see the point of buying it what with my shoddy wireless connection. I'm basing this on the fact theat blizzsrd likes money and with their player base shrinking they have to find some way to squeeze more sweet sweet lucre from those people that are still playing. Them servers aint cheap after all.
 

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BigTuk said:
Gold would rapidly drop in value and as a side effect all currencies that are wholey or partially weighted by the precious metal (like say the US dollar)
Sorry pal, Nixon took the US$ off the gold standard in 71, its a fiat currency along with other other currency that was underwritten by the dollar at the time. As for the rest, your pretty much on the mark :p
 

Andy Chalk

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Man way back when I used to dupe items in Final Fantasy 2 all the time on the SNES. Hell I remember when these sorts of things were considered cool and there used to be entire sections of gaming magazines dedicated to them (I sent that item dupe code to EGM every month for a year and the fuckers never printed it. Bastards!)

If we were to apply the gaming environment of today to the gaming of yesteryear then the warp whistle in Super Mario 3 would only be available via microtransaction and I probably would have lost all access to my Final Fantasy 2 game for duping all those pink tails various other items like I did.
 

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Super Not Cosmo said:
Man way back when I used to dupe items in Final Fantasy 2 all the time on the SNES. Hell I remember when these sorts of things were considered cool and there used to be entire sections of gaming magazines dedicated to them.
sorry, can't hear you, I'm too busy stealing an old man's name and swimming along the side of this island until eldritch horrors appear and give me 1024 of whatever is in my 8th inventory slot :p

I miss MissingNo, although he did turn my pokemon blue cartridge into the source of ALL the glitches on earth (seriously, even the relevant data is garbage data now, the whole cart is a goddamned mess that even restarting the game won't fix) :p
 

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The saga of the Diablo 3 auction house continues! It's almost like a soap opera character, causing trouble and mayhem but never going away. Next week it will get amnesia and father an illegitimate child with Sim City.
 

DTWolfwood

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haha awesome it means stuff on the auction house will no long be affordable and people will actually have to play the game to get better. :p

Assuming it works like a real economy and this influx of gold creates a rampant inflation event.
 

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You have to wonder about the QA practices of something in which a loophole can be found and thoroughly exploited within a day of release.
 

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CriticalMiss said:
The saga of the Diablo 3 auction house continues! It's almost like a soap opera character, causing trouble and mayhem but never going away. Next week it will get amnesia and father an illegitimate child with Sim City.
This is more a saga of the douchey than the saga of the AH.

I'm fully expectin bans for the more blatant offenders. Its been said time and time again. If you find a bug, test it a couple times to make sure its repeatable. If you can, report it and move on. If it isn't, still report it, but mention that you couldn't get it to happen more than once.

If you continually use a bug to your advantage, dont report the bug, and then go so far as to brag about it someplace I hope you get banhammered so hard you aren't allowed into any multiplayer games ever again.
 

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CriticalMiss said:
The saga of the Diablo 3 auction house continues! It's almost like a soap opera character, causing trouble and mayhem but never going away. Next week it will get amnesia and father an illegitimate child with Sim City.
Awesome, just awesome. I so hope to see this news story on here someday.

I never picked up Diablo 3. I loved #2, but being in the military without a consistent internet connection and limited time to play games = no D3. Perhaps someday, when it's in a used bargain bin at one of the game stores... (remember those days of PC gaming?)
 

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DTWolfwood said:
haha awesome it means stuff on the auction house will no long be affordable and people will actually have to play the game to get better. :p

Assuming it works like a real economy and this influx of gold creates a rampant inflation event.
It should.
Infinite Supply + Finite Demand = Exponential Inflation.
 

Andy Chalk

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josemlopes said:
We cant let them roll on their fake money after all.

Im not totally sure of how the auction house works and all but does the fact that some guys no longer have to grind for gold mean that it breaks the whole system?
put it this way, it ruins the economy.


prices suddenly rise drastically by players knowing there is the glitch, thus making it so that the people doing said glitch are the only ones buying it.

entire item categories can be wiped clean and put back up for millions.


While a rollback would be the easiest choice, that would make a few legitimate players a bit pissed. The saying "Only takes one to ruin it for everyone" comes to mind.

plus, with that much gold you could of bought out everything and put it on the real money auction house and made a killing.
 

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I'm sure most if not all of the people smart enough to figure out the dupe (since it wasn't widely spread around) were also smart enough not to use it on their primary account, and just transfered it to other accounts. While Blizzard could go back and monitor which characters/accounts entered games with them, the obvious answer to a situation where trillions of gold was able to be made, is to simply roll back the servers a few hours. If 1000 players found the dupe and gave out money to just 20 different friends etc, that is 20k different accounts blizzard is going to have to review. By the time they do that, those 20,000 accounts could easily have given money to others etc.

I stopped playing this game 2 weeks after it came out, and haven't looked back yet. Path of Exile, and later Torchlight 2 both were far more enjoyable to me. I am really amazed there are so many people still playing D3 after all this time.