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Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More

There's a burst of new Diablo III information available today, as Blizzard brought some folks in to get a look at how their upcoming action/RPG is shaping up. IGN has a preview of the beta, as well as word that the game will require a persistent internet connection. "In both Diablo and especially in Diablo II, I think the intuition for a lot of people when they're playing the game is 'I want to make my character offline away from that scary battle net environment. And then once I have this powerful character, I'll jump online.' But the problem with that concept is we can't really detect if they're cheating. They might have the capability to hack their character, things like that, so at that point we can't really allow that character to be in the battle net environment. Then they're going to have to restart their character, which is exactly what happened in Diablo II, which was really unfortunate," explains Blizzard's Rob Pardo. "Your character will be online on battle net the moment you start playing. You can play a solo experience like you would in Diablo II, it's just your character is on Blizzard's servers and authenticated."

There's a post on DiabloFans.com with a big rundown on their experiences along with a FAQ, photos, video, screenshots, and interviews with the developers, taking extra effort to let you avoid major spoilers. There are many revelations, perhaps the most significant of which being the ability to buy and sell in-game items in the auction house for real money. Here's a bit from the FAQ on how this will work:

Don’t Need It? Put It Up For Auction!
Nearly everything found in the game, including gold, can be exchanged with other players directly or through the auction house system. So say you’re a witch doctor and you’ve just found an incredibly rare, incredibly powerful axe that only barbarians can use. In the previous Diablo games your best option might have been to sell the axe to an in-game vendor, but in Diablo III, you now have the ability to list that axe in the auction house for your fellow barbarian players to bid on. And you know another player will probably appreciate the true value of that axe more than some heartless vendor who’ll likely just melt it down for scrap….

Amazing Search Functionality
The auction house’s "smart search" functionality can automatically sort items in the auction house based on which upgrades would be most beneficial to your character. Also, searching for the best gear for multiple characters on the same Battle.net account can be done all from the same interface without having to log out.

The Choice Is Yours
Use of either the real-money or gold-based auction house is completely optional -- that decision can be made on a per-item basis, and both versions of the auction house are functionally the same. In addition, players have the option to simply sell the items they obtain to in-game vendors for gold. They can also trade items to other players through a direct character-to-character trading system in the game in exchange for gold, other items, or just an overwhelming sense of goodwill.

Players Only
Blizzard does not plan to post items for sale in the auction house. The driving purpose of the auction house is to provide players with a fun additional in-game option for what they do with the items they obtain in the game. Items sold in the auction house will be posted by players and purchased by players.

Safe and Sanctified
The real-money auction house provides players with an easy-to-use, Blizzard-sanctioned way to collect money for items they obtain while playing Diablo III. It also helps protect players from the scams and theft often associated with questionable third-party sites by providing a secure, completely in-game method for purchasing and obtaining the items they want for their characters.

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391. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 17, 2011, 09:28 Sepharo
 
The Opera Ghost wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 04:33:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 8, 2011, 18:59:
Totally worth $15!

But not in Tumbler dollars.

And we're literally talking about dollars here. Tumbler will not purchase a game unless he only has to spend the minimum amount implied by using the plural of the word dollar.

Boy doesn't know how to use the word "literally."

(He's not "literally talking," he's typing. Probably meant "literal dollars.")

Sorry but you're the one who's confused here. This is one of those things that people tend to hypercorrect.

I've used it correctly both as an intensifier and to make the distinction that I'm not being figurative.

Take the sentence, "He's literally talking out of his ass." This is an example of "literally" being used as an intensifier for a (I hope) figurative statement but it also illustrates how adverbs work, which I suspect is where your confusion is stemming from despite the literal/figurative issue which set your broken alarm off.

In the example "literally" is describing the phrase "talking out of his ass" not just the verb talking. You're right "literally talking" doesn't make sense that's why the sentences are "literally talking out of [...]" and "literally talking about [...]".

"literally talking about"

And making a semantic distinction between "typing" and "talking" ... Come on

So in summary:
This is not "literally" being used as an intensifier for a figurative (this sets the hypercorrectors off).
The adverb modifies more than just the immediately following verb.
"Talking" versus "typing" ...

English is what we make it and if you claim otherwise you're wrong.

Are you going to pick apart this post too now?
 
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390. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 17, 2011, 04:33 The Opera Ghost
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 8, 2011, 18:59:
Totally worth $15!

But not in Tumbler dollars.

And we're literally talking about dollars here. Tumbler will not purchase a game unless he only has to spend the minimum amount implied by using the plural of the word dollar.

Boy doesn't know how to use the word "literally."

(He's not "literally talking," he's typing. Probably meant "literal dollars.")
 
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389. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 9, 2011, 00:15 Agent.X7
 
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388. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 8, 2011, 18:59 Sepharo
 
Totally worth $15!

But not in Tumbler dollars.

And we're literally talking about dollars here. Tumbler will not purchase a game unless he only has to spend the minimum amount implied by using the plural of the word dollar.
 
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387. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 8, 2011, 15:00 Tumbler
 
Blizzard sucks, Steam sucks, Battlefield sucks, CoD is awesome, indie games are trash.

Who is this supposed to piss off? Blizzard's decisions as of late have been equally awesome and suckage. The always online crap is what bugs me the most, the gold auction house actually makes me more comfortable buying diablo 3 as I might be able to recoup the cost of buying the game by playing the game. (I've filed this under "too good to be true")

Steam sucks for new releases and is awesome for $5 specials.

I'm beginning to think Battlefield 3 is going to suck...

CoD...meh, for some it's awesome. Sales don't lie. Will be interesting to see what they deliver.

Indies, meh, plenty of them are trash. Not all, but plenty. I don't find myself wanting to spend a lot on them. Bastion got nothing but praise, totally worth $15!, most amazing game I've played this year, buy it buy it! Pshh, not my $15. Drop it to under $10 or it's as good as trash to me.
 
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386. Re: Will Require False Flags Aug 5, 2011, 00:36 space captain
 
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385. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 4, 2011, 22:24 Creston
 
For fuck's sake, more crackpot conspiracy theorists. THANKS, TEDDY!

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384. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 4, 2011, 21:30 Beamer
 
The "proof" is always in the form of youtube videos, often made by idiot 18 year old state school film majors.



This is the same proof offered for why income taxes are illegal, haha.
 
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383. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 4, 2011, 18:27 Teddy
 
Bhruic wrote on Aug 4, 2011, 16:31:
It's funny, of all the silly statements that Teddy made, that was the last one I expected to get a bite on. But if you check Bard's post history, he does seem to be heavy on the crackpot theories, so...

Actually, I can't say I'm surprised. Fill a room with 10 people and at least one of those will have "proof" that it was an inside job, and that person will be DESPERATE to tell you all about it.

Of course, that "proof" is in the form of links to websites that say it's all true.

It sure is a good thing that everything written on the internet is true. Would make it a lot harder to tell fact from fiction if people could just lie about stuff with zero reprecussions.
 
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382. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 4, 2011, 16:31 Bhruic
 
It's funny, of all the silly statements that Teddy made, that was the last one I expected to get a bite on. But if you check Bard's post history, he does seem to be heavy on the crackpot theories, so...  
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381. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 4, 2011, 16:22 Overon
 
Bard wrote on Aug 4, 2011, 15:57:
Teddy wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 18:21:
Bush planned 9/11.

No he didn't. The zionists of PNAC did the plan, Cheney did the legwork, Israel supplied the manpower. Bush knew - he was 'shitting bricks' during his press conference - you only need to watch his expression during his upside-down my pet goat episode to realise something was up...

They used Mossad personnel through Mossad fixer Jack Abramoff. The front company Ace Elevator (the owner fled to Israel just prior to 9/11) planted the explosives during an elevator upgrade of the WTC buildings that a Freedom of Information Act request has just shown was never real (ie none of the legal paperwork that is required to get permission to do the upgrades was ever done).

The US military KNOWS Israel did it - and they're pissed. I'm waiting for them to hit back at Israel like they did after Israel attacked the USS Liberty and tried to drag the US into a war against Egypt.

http://tinyurl.com/3nev7v8

Yep - the truth is out there - just not being served up on a platter by CNN and Fox.
You make a lot of bold assertions. These bold assertions require equally bold evidence to support them. Without this support you become just another crank.
 
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380. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 4, 2011, 15:57 Bard
 
Teddy wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 18:21:
Bush planned 9/11.

No he didn't. The zionists of PNAC did the plan, Cheney did the legwork, Israel supplied the manpower. Bush knew - he was 'shitting bricks' during his press conference - you only need to watch his expression during his upside-down my pet goat episode to realise something was up...

They used Mossad personnel through Mossad fixer Jack Abramoff. The front company Ace Elevator (the owner fled to Israel just prior to 9/11) planted the explosives during an elevator upgrade of the WTC buildings that a Freedom of Information Act request has just shown was never real (ie none of the legal paperwork that is required to get permission to do the upgrades was ever done).

The US military KNOWS Israel did it - and they're pissed. I'm waiting for them to hit back at Israel like they did after Israel attacked the USS Liberty and tried to drag the US into a war against Egypt.

http://tinyurl.com/3nev7v8

Yep - the truth is out there - just not being served up on a platter by CNN and Fox.
 
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379. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 3, 2011, 18:21 Teddy
 
Dear god, we're stalling out and we haven't even hit 400 yet? Time to roll up my sleeves...

Blizzard sucks, Steam sucks, Battlefield sucks, CoD is awesome, indie games are trash.

<Insert Game Company Here> is entitled to do whatever they want, anyone who disagrees is just a fanboy of <Insert Competing Company Here>.

Dragon Age 2 deserved the 94% it got from PC Gamer.

Duke Nukem Forever was an awesome and true sequel to Duke 3d.

Bush planned 9/11.

Bin Laden is still alive.

So is Saddam Hussein.

Every new version of Call of Duty gets more original than the last.

Activision is the best publisher in the world with the most handsome and most intelligent CEO that ever existed.

Oh yeah, and you're all stupid. Every one of you. Yes, even you.

That should buy a few more.
 
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378. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 3, 2011, 16:32 Dev
 
Paketep wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 06:00:
Dev wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 22:14:
Did blizzard add in LAN play to SC2 which had offline single player? NO. That would have been a far easier decision and far easier to patch, and it hasn't happened.

Yeah, the suits of ActiBlizzard would need to be intelligent for that to happen.

Luckily, the Chinese seem to have fixed that. Perhaps they'll also fix D3 when it's time.

You talking about that program that lets you do LAN play through some sorta emulator? The one that REQUIRES you to have a taiwanese version of Starcraft 2 to even USE the emulator?

Yeah, that surely does sound easy to use.
 
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377. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 3, 2011, 10:56 Creston
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 23:05:
"Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

-- Andy Dufresne

"Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment."

-- Librarian Dude, Warhammer 40K:Dawn of War.



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376. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 3, 2011, 10:31 Verno
 
Agreed, a huge part of the game is the loot metagame. If you just do that at the AH then I can see people burning out fast.  
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375. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 3, 2011, 10:10 Bhruic
 
Well, then you'll like all the news then, as they've said they'll definitely have some gold sinks (runes, etc), and that there is no binding at all.

Personally, I'd never buy anything whether they had an AH or not (for real money that is), so that particular aspect I'm neutral over. Most of the fun I have is looking for loot, if I just went and bought it, what would be left to do with it? But I know some people want to buy things, so more power to them.
 
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374. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 3, 2011, 09:16 InBlack
 
Ive changed my mind. This is good news. I had a discussion with a couple of HARDCORE Diablo2 friends about the pros and cons of a gold/money auctionhouse and the benefits far outweigh the cons.

But (and this is a big but) for this to be totally workable a very useful and good gold sink will be required for gold. Maybe something to do with the horadric cube item recipies etc. etc....Something that makes gold valuable at all character levels.

Also another thing is necessary. None of this bind-on-pickup bullshit from WoW should leak over into this game. The BEST ITEMS in the game should be obtainable for gold and cash. (For those that can afford them, same as for those who want to grind the gold to get them).
 
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373. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 3, 2011, 06:08 Luke
 
Dev wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 05:41:
Luke wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 04:49:
They are NOT going to do offline SP with D3. Give up all hope about it now.

And i am pretty sure YOU know that

Yes I do, based on what blizzard has said. Such as the quote I linked a few posts ago about a blizz employee complaining he couldn't play d3 on an airplane flight since its NOT playable offline. That article was also linked on bluesnews front page.

In addition to blizzard saying this is the case in multiple places in multiple ways (such as even this very story this thread is about), I also gave logical reasons why this MUST be so if they are to continue on the course of unified SP & MP characters and want to have real money involved.

ok , well guess we have to wait and see how it all turns out
 
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372. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 3, 2011, 06:00 Paketep
 
Dev wrote on Aug 2, 2011, 22:14:
Did blizzard add in LAN play to SC2 which had offline single player? NO. That would have been a far easier decision and far easier to patch, and it hasn't happened.

Yeah, the suits of ActiBlizzard would need to be intelligent for that to happen.

Luckily, the Chinese seem to have fixed that. Perhaps they'll also fix D3 when it's time.
 
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