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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
27. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 13:22 Darks
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 23, 2012, 12:46:
Verno wrote on May 23, 2012, 12:25:
The Half Elf wrote on May 23, 2012, 11:57:
2) Randomization of the maps?

Yeah this one really bugged me too, the map randomization is very poor and underused in D3. It's almost like they wanted random events to replace it or something.

That is actually my only complaint as well....

I agree that this one is a little disappointing, but not as disappointing as what they did to removing boss runs out of the game completely. Even running through the game on a higher difficulty the bosses will not drop an epic or yellow piece of gear. To me thatís just unforgivable.

I get that they want to limit people from doing this. But still the bosses should be dropping better then blue gear when going through the game on a higher difficulty level. This is just another failed piece because of the real time AH. I think they removed boss runs to keep people from extorting the system and trying to sell their loot. Asinine if you ask me.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
8. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 11:36 Darks
 
Bhruic wrote on May 23, 2012, 11:19:
Verno wrote on May 23, 2012, 11:14:
Regardless of how anyone feels about DRM and whatnot it's great to see a PC game selling huge.

Can't agree there. Everyone is going to look at those sales numbers as a validation of the always on connection. I'd have much rather seen the game completely tank than pulling record sales like this.

Thatís what you get for thinking, this just shows that if you make a really good and fun game that people are willing to over look certain annoyances. This is what you call proof in the pudding.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
33. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 13:03 Darks
 
Bhruic wrote on May 21, 2012, 12:59:
As for those who are getting hacked. Iím willing to bet you right now that those are the same clowns that visit the Chinese gold farming sites. You log in and most of the time those idiots are using their same email addy and password. Not hard to figure out your pass for the game then. And some are saying that they have a security token. But Iím betting again, many people donít have one which is how and why they are getting hacked.

And not only that, but they were wearing slutty clothing!

Blaming the victim is fun and all, but this is hardly the first situation like this. Rift had a similar problem - people were getting their accounts hacked, even with a validator. People like you popped up claiming it had to be the individual people's fault. Turns out, surprise, surprise, that there was a security hole that hackers had found that completely bypassed the password as well as the validator.

Very likely they'll find some similar security hole here.

Possibly, but I do know for a fact, and Iím going to say that this is probably the case for some of these people getting hacked that they donít have the option on that says always prompt for your token. I saw this first hand with a fiendís account this weekend when he came over. He logged in and it didnít prompt him to use his authenticator. I told him, turn that on. To dangerous with it like that.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
27. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 12:55 Darks
 
ASeven wrote on May 21, 2012, 11:58:
Well, now that the lame excuse of hacking is thrown out of the window we now see why really the DRM is used for: Control over players so Blizzard can make as much cash from the AH.

Anyone who bought this game under the premise this wouldn't be hacked:

WE FUCKING TOLD YOU SO

I can tell you right now that the excuse Blizz will be making cash from the AH is ridiculous. Has anyone taken a look at the current Gold AH? There is no one making good gold off of it. The AH is flooded with items. Even the Epic items are flooded with the same ones.

People on there trying to extort others with an item for 1.5 Mill, I just laughed at that. No one has that kind of gold this early in the game, people like these ass clowns are a joke. So the next guy undercuts him, to the point where there are so many of the same items on there that the lowest item is on there for 30 or 40K. So far to me the AH is failing.

As for those who are getting hacked. Iím willing to bet you right now that those are the same clowns that visit the Chinese gold farming sites. You log in and most of the time those idiots are using their same email addy and password. Not hard to figure out your pass for the game then. And some are saying that they have a security token. But Iím betting again, many people donít have one which is how and why they are getting hacked.
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 NOT an Origin Exclusive
24. Re: Wasteland 2 May 19, 2012, 16:46 Darks
 
I could just see it now, Origin supported, mass defection of users support withdrawn, the fastest kickstarter game in history to die a quick death.  
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News Comments > Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend
25. Re: Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend May 18, 2012, 11:05 Darks
 
InBlack wrote on May 18, 2012, 10:51:
Darks wrote on May 18, 2012, 10:46:
InBlack wrote on May 18, 2012, 10:31:
I really, really hope they iron out the bugs in the Diablo3 engine. Im having a lot of fun with the game but jesus christ their engine SUCKS MAJOR BALLS....Its playable....sort of....but I cant imagine anyone making a hardcore character for D3 at this moment.

What the hell are you talking about? What issues? Other then the launch issues that have been fixed, there have been no other problems. In fact we spent the last two days playing the game 3 or more hours at a time and not once did the game crash out or boot anyone out with a problem. I think some needs to take his meds.

You are either A) a Liar B) a Blizzard fanboy C) One of the few people who can play the game without the INFAMOUS STUTTERING, ASSET LOADING ISSUE.

Iíll go with D: that your pc and ISP are a piece of shit.

Because myself and many others are not having issues. If you are then you better look at your own system for the solution. I love how when one or even two people have an issue and immediately they assume that itís Blizzs fault or when someone says they are not having issues, You like the rest of the idiots call out fan boy. Yea, whatever moron!! Got a clue for ya, get a new pc!!!


BTW, whenís the last time you defragged the pc? Do you even know what defragging means? and we are not talking about throwing granades.

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News Comments > Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend
6. Re: Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend May 18, 2012, 10:46 Darks
 
InBlack wrote on May 18, 2012, 10:31:
I really, really hope they iron out the bugs in the Diablo3 engine. Im having a lot of fun with the game but jesus christ their engine SUCKS MAJOR BALLS....Its playable....sort of....but I cant imagine anyone making a hardcore character for D3 at this moment.

What the hell are you talking about? What issues? Other then the launch issues that have been fixed, there have been no other problems. In fact we spent the last two days playing the game 3 or more hours at a time and not once did the game crash out or boot anyone out with a problem. I think some needs to take his meds.
 
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News Comments > Skyjacker Demo & Kickstarter
8. Re: Skyjacker Demo & Kickstarter May 17, 2012, 15:32 Darks
 
MacLeod wrote on May 17, 2012, 14:12:
It looks interesting... but just watching the video... what's up with the Starfield Screensaver / Star Trek Warp effect while he's moving? Obviously stars can't be shooting past the ship when he's flying by an asteroid. That really is bothering me.

They watched far too many Star Trek Episodes in their day when the ship was in warp and had that effect. I know what they are trying to accomplish. Itís to give you a feel of speed and movement. But it needs to be redone with something a little more modern.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2012, 11:49 Darks
 
Bucky wrote on May 16, 2012, 10:43:
I've been playing for most (ok, all) of the morning, and I haven't run into a single issue so far. Granted, I'm playing during off-peak hours, but the micro-stutter that was present in the Beta when an asset first loaded seems to be gone.

Then again, I just built a new, ridiculously overpowered rig last week, and the game automatically installed to my SSD--so that might have something to do with it too.

I also managed to get myself killed right after the Skeleton King, when I wandered outside and right into an elite pack I was not prepared for. If I've already died once in Act I Normal, what is Inferno going to do to me?

LOL, I feel your pain, last night we beat down the King, and I was on the beta and he was much tougher then he was in the beta. Was really glad to see that. Same thing happened to us, we got to that new area and got beat down badly. We had a three man party going with me as a Barb, and two mages. Was glad to see the added difficulty, this was something that was extremely frustrating during the beta was it seemed far too easy. We were saying the same thing last night, if itís getting this hard, whatís inferno going to be like. Shudder to think about it.

Also the servers going off line at peak time last night was really annoying, they didnít come back on line until after 11pm pacific. It really blew our whole night. Not understanding how Blizz blew this one, itís not like they havenít been through all of this in the past with several WOW add-ons and SC2.
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Free Weekend
8. Re: Pfffftttt!!! May 15, 2012, 23:28 Darks
 
Funny, with Diablo 3 out good luck getting anyone to play this game this weekend.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Diablo III
108. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 15:32 Darks
 
Wolfox wrote on May 15, 2012, 15:23:
MacLeod wrote on May 15, 2012, 15:03:
What I'm more curious about is the screenshots... apparently Diablo went on a diet or something for the past 20 years. His limbs are very thin and such, almost looks like a female demon.

I've heard people giving explanations for that, and it's WAY into spoiler territory. Not sure if any of it is true, though, as I was actively trying to avoid spoilers at the time, but still.

I think itís smart of Bliz to not make him look the same each time you beat him from past games. Think about it. Diablo is an incarnation of its host. So it stands to reason he will look different each time reincarnated. Kind of like the Aliens movies, when a different type of host is used the Alien takes on a similar type of form to represent the original host. At least thatís how I see it.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Diablo III
89. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 14:51 Darks
 
Verno wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:37:
NKD wrote on May 15, 2012, 14:34:
I got dyes off the merchant kind of off to the left in New Tristram in Act 1. Not sure what level.

Weird, he never had any for me. Oh well, maybe it was just my level was too low, thanks for the heads up.

Is the game really that short? I'm hearing people are breezing through it in a matter of hours. Wow, if that's the case. I guess they have a lot of paid content in the pipe.

There's a lot of people speed running the game for bragging rights. I haven't finished it yet but doing Act 1 took me 8ish hours. Can't login right now and it's spitting out the wrong error messages btw.

Iím really glad I didnít take the day off like I was thinking about doing. Would have been pissed since the servers are down and couldnít play. Just think about all those who did take the day off and are now sitting around stewing over this. Pretty bad on Blizzs part, they should have expected there was going to be a massive amount of people trying to get on and play. You would think after WOW, Star Craft 2 they would have this down to a T by now.

And nin, I had no issues at the time I was on, I canít comment on the past few hours.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Diablo III
28. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 12:39 Darks
 
Creston wrote on May 15, 2012, 11:01:
Twenty years have passed since the Prime Evils were defeated

Now now Blizzard, don't sell yourselves short. It's only been like a dozen!

Any news on how this plays on less-than-stellar connections? And does it actually install on Win7-64? (Since the demo wouldn't?)

Creston

I have win7 Ultimate x64 and had no issues at all installing or playing. So, not sure why you had issues. but so far none here.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
86. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 11:43 Darks
 
Verno wrote on May 15, 2012, 11:41:
Be careful with any kind of DirectX injection tool, Blizzard will have Warden turned on by now and I don't recall them ever officially saying Dark3D was excluded.

Yea, didnt think about that. thanks for the warning.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
84. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 11:35 Darks
 
Dev wrote on May 15, 2012, 11:25:
ASeven wrote on May 15, 2012, 08:17:
EDIT: Amongst the complains are too easy, looks bland, looks too much like a WoW clone in gfx terms
"too easy" they must not realize they are playing on normal first playthrough since you can't change difficulty until you beat game. "too WoW gfx" everyone with a clue who looked at even a single screenshot should have known that before, blizzard is catering to the 10 million WoW subscribers.

To be very honest about the WOW graphics, you guys have to remember that they started on this game 8 years ago. About the same Time WOW was really starting to take off. So itís really no surprise that the graphics are similar. I personally get tired of hearing this argument; to me itís really about the game play and having fun. The graphics donít bother me too much and there is an alternate solution to this. go to this link and choose your poison.

http://darkd3.com/

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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
81. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 10:31 Darks
 
Verno wrote on May 15, 2012, 08:46:
ASeven wrote on May 15, 2012, 08:44:
Holy shit, just watched someone on twitch.tv finish the game in Nightmare mode in under 8 hours.

Is this game this short?

What are you talking about? It takes that long to finish Act 1 for the first time, asian powergamers not withstanding.

I seriously doubt that the game is short. I was watching some guys on Twitch.tv playing. The one Ill play till I pass out. And they are all level 22 to 23 and in the desert area. They have been going at it all night. I think the desert is Act 2. Meaning that they have put in at least 8 hours now. So Iím betting that there is at least another 20 hours of game play left.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
77. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 10:04 Darks
 
nin wrote on May 15, 2012, 08:56:

As excited as I am for Diablo 3, it's kinda nice that my copy won't be here until sometime Tuesday afternoon--I figure by then a least a few of the server kinks will have been worked out.


I'm thinking that'll be Friday.

Also, with the mad rush and server issues, I'm laughing at anyone that took off today to play this...


There have been no issues at all, I was on this morning and it was smooth. I was talking to a few of my friends on line from our guild and they also said the same thing. No issues. Remember this is Blizz we are talking about, itís not like they havenít been there and done that before.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
76. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 10:01 Darks
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 15, 2012, 09:12:
Does anyone have any spare guest passes? I'd love to get one to see what this game is like.

Were you on the beta? I checked my account this Moring and I did the pre download and still had access to the game. A pop up is on the top right side saying Upgrade now to level 60.

Iím thinking that everyone should be able to get the game as long as you have a BNet account. Iím getting my copy later, so if you need one still Iíll give you mine.
 
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News Comments > Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Prequel Movie
7. Re: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Prequel Movie May 15, 2012, 09:53 Darks
 
That was a pretty shit hot movie. UBI finally did something right.

Cant wait until they make more of that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Re: Morning Consolidation May 10, 2012, 16:09 Darks
 
nin wrote on May 10, 2012, 10:54:
So just so I'm clear, is 2013 "The year of the playstation"? If so I'll mark it down now.

Thanks!

Sorry Nin, grammar error so I fixed it for ya.
 
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