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118. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 24, 2012, 01:16 Doombringer
Prez wrote on May 23, 2012, 23:05:
I have mixed feelings about this amazing success. It's by no means a surprise of course, but the sheer magnitude of its success is astounding. On one hand it's awesome to see a PC game proving that PC gaming is alive and well. On the other hand, I worry that other publishers will extrapolate erroneous information from this and use it to further screw up singleplayer gaming. Diablo 3 was not a success simply because it can't be pirated; Blizzard is one of the biggest names in gaming and Diablo has a one-of-a-kind pedigree. Always-online singleplayer is a horrendously bad idea (and offensive to gamers) that needs to die, but I expect other publishers will feel this is a successful proof of concept for the hated practice.

We'll definitely see more of 'online authentication' and DRM-style locks, especially on consoles. As others here have said, publishers despise the secondary market that used games creates -- they see zero revenue from it. And really, I can't blame them for that.

The best solution will likely be to cut down on distribution/packaging costs and move toward the download model (even allowing gamers to bring memory cards into stores to complete their downloads there), if games are going to be locked to an 'account' and no longer tradeable. Lower the cost per game to close the gap and gamers will have less to complain about. It's the $49-$59 pricetag that drives a lot of players to buy used or go the rental route, after all.
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