Diablo isn't really my area of expertise and beyond playing through the first quest line in the beta a couple of times I had no interest in the game. However, many of us in the WoW community felt that the RMT auction in Diablo was a test bed for the possibility of getting some form of RMT system in WoW. Clearly this development does not bode well for WoW gaining any sort of comparable system. (Which is a shame because I'm currently sitting on 1.5 million gold --- just KIDDING!)
Honestly I never expected Blizzard to implement any serious form of RMT in WoW. If nothing else, the tax implications of such a system would be horrific. I know I have a deadly fear of the IRS and I'm sure Blizzard's accounting peeps have a healthy respect as well. Also, the idea that you could even remotely earn a living playing online games would open the floodgates for all sorts of cuckoos. Our social environment is polluted enough as it is without adding more fuel to the culture clash fire.
While it seems like an appealing idea for my WoW gold to be translated into real cash, I'm fairly certain I wouldn't sign on the for consequences that would go with it. It would bring hordes of non-gamers into our game lives and create a whole new level of angst. We thought the overfarming was bad in the early months of MoP and CRZ, that would be nothing compared to the massive farming that would come as a result of a real world "get rich quick" invasion.
What about you guys, what do you think of this development?