Content of the article: "The illogical obsession of D2 players with item color. In reality, they don’t affect the affix rules, only the time spent reading tooltips."
David Kim writes:
- We’ve also had very mixed team feedback regarding core itemization. We’re currently looking at how to best differentiate our various item qualities. For example, should Magic quality items have higher affix stats than Rare items?
Consider a D3-like item system:
- Blue items roll with 2 affixes in the range 50-80.
- Yellow items roll with 2 affixes in the range 80-105 or 3-4 affixes in the range 80-100.
Consider a D2-like item system:
- Blue items roll with 2 affixes in the range 50-105.
- Yellow items roll with 3-4 affixes in the range 80-100.
Which item system is better?
D2 fanboys will say the second system is better, because all item colors have a use, blues are not necessarily better than yellows. They will further argue the first system is bad because blue items are worthless, useless and can be completely ignored as yellow items are better, which is true.
But, wait, both systems are EXACTLY THE SAME. They generate exactly the same items. This is obvious if you ignore the colors and only look at the affixes: 2 affixes in the range 50-105 or 3-4 affixes in the range 80-100.
The problem with the D2 fanboy argument is an emotional attachment to colors over functional clarity: they don't like the idea of coloring the items to reflect the affixes that were actually rolled after the fact, they want to color the item to reflect the affix rules about what item could have rolled before the fact.
Their goal is to make every item color worth looking at. The first system only requires you to look at yellow items. The second system requires you to look at every item. Given that is the goal, why not just remove all item colors? Then all items will be judged purely on their affixes, no colors, and we can all enjoy the great pleasure of having to read 500 items per hour instead of killing monsters.
Returning to David Kim's question: should Magic quality items have higher affix stats than Rare items?
- Critical Hits in Diablo 4
- Diablo 4 Some things I’d like to see.
- Generic affixes on legendaries should not be randomized
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