Just saw an article on IGN with a Blizzard gentlemen working on Hearthstone describing why the game will not allow players to trade cards. This post is not so much being mad at not allowing card trading, although I do think it would be a very good thing, but mainly his reasoning. I'm really not trying to be asinine but can anyone give me logical thoughts as to Blizzard's excuses for not allowing it?
Short version before quoting him (tl:dr version)
1. Players may willingly trade off their good cards for crap cards (um...really? That's your reason?)
2. ???? I seriously don't understand it. Digital cards are not infinite? Wtf?
(Article quote on subject)
“What it comes down to is our guiding principles and our philosophy for Hearthstone. We want to make Hearthstone a game for everyone, and part of that is that it needs to be very accessible. Another way to say that is that we want it to be very safe for all types of players to come in and have a great experience playing the game,” he said. “Trading is a good way to build out your collection, but it comes with some down sides. One of those down sides is that as a new player, I don’t always know what my cards are worth. Maybe I got a legendary and it looks really cool, but I’m not really interested in playing this particular legendary because I’m not playing priest. Somebody comes along and says, ‘hey, I got these two rare cards, I’ll trade them for your one.’ ‘Two for one, that’s a great deal!’ There’s a chance there that I’m not really getting the best deal in terms of the trade I’m making. So that’s one down side to trading that we want to protect our players from.”
“Another reason we went down that path is because, with a secondary market through trading, you’re not always guaranteed an infinite supply,” he continued. “You can try to get a particular card that you’re really excited about – say you finally accumulated enough cards to trade for Onyxia – but it’s sold out. There are no more Onyxias. Our crafting system allows you, once you’ve accumulated enough dust, you can craft that Onyxia. Obviously, because you’re getting it through the game, you’ll always have a chance to get that. So those are two of the reasons why we went down that path. It just aligned a little bit better with our philosophies for the game.”