while there are some who can distance themselves Diablo Immortal’s experience of his economy, there are plenty – myself included – who can’t. And sure, we could just to talk about how crappy that economy is, but would be a funnier and more effective way for someone to put some really serious money into the game and see what happens.
I am not that someone† but Twitch streamer Quin69† He put money into the game, $25 each time† to see what he can get for his expenses, and at the time of posting he has spent just over NZD$10,300 (or about USD$6600).
For that he has… well, I’ll explain it to him (you just have to watch the first 14 seconds)†
You would think that after a while you would eventually get the best gear in the game, a legendary 5 star jewelBecause that’s how the law of averages works, right? Wrong! As Quin69 has clearly proven here the law of averages is inherently cruel and unpredictable, which is why bookmakers have been exploiting it since the dawn of time, and why games like Diablo Immortal are based on predatory economic models designed to exploit people’s most dangerous and vulnerable psychological impulses.
(Let’s note that you can simply buy your way to these items) isn’t the only way to get themand is indeed the worst way, but again having it as an option is one of the reasons predatory gaming economies suck!)
Making things worse here is that while Diablo Immortal has a “sorry pull” system, designed to eventually distribute quality items to those who are unlucky enough to spend a lot of money but get none, even this has extremely low odds, with approximately 1% chance of a Legendary 5-star gem†
this stunt follows estimates that if someone just wanted to buy their way to take full advantage of the game, it would cost $110,000, an amount normally associated with luxury cars and housingnot a video game character.