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Op Ed

The Armchair Empire - An Open Letter to Mike Morhaime.
Ubisoft may have set the precedent, but there is a rather different set of factors involved with Diablo III. The most obvious is that the community was not strictly locked into the PC as the platform for titles like Assassin's Creed II, and public comments in the past from Yves Guillemot and other executives at Ubisoft have expressed a strong desire to divest of themselves of any presence in the PC market. Blizzard does not have that degree of flexibility. The days of The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne are long gone. The PC is the only platform you have invested in, whether that's Windows or Mac, and there is no other place to go. For better or worse, you've tied yourself to a single platform, and forcing this scheme onto the community without the benefit of alternate platforms will not result in millions of fans falling in line like good little sheep to be fleeced. You may get some, but nowhere near what you were expecting. The rest will either forsake the game, and Blizzard by extension, or they will turn pirate.

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32. Re: Op Ed Aug 12, 2011, 14:20 Prez
 
While my son and I count for two lost sales, and there will be others like us who are steadfastly against this new (for Blizzard) and insulting DRM scheme, I still think that Diablo 3 will easily meet and probably even beat expectations. Most people aren't like those of us who think back to a time when something like this would have been suicide for any publisher and/or developer and refuse to accept it now.

EDIT: Conversely, I could have just let the words of the supremely more intelligent Mr. Creston that he hath spake when he said:
They're going to sell millions upon millions upon millions of copies. The idea that the average PC gamer is this stalwart Champion of Principles is very cute, and utterly, utterly wrong. Most people will buy it because they don't care one way or another about having to be online (which is fine, to each his own), a large amount of people will buy it because they don't even realize they HAVE to be online, and the rest will buy it "BUT... BUT ITS BLIZZURD!"

I should have just posted 'QFT', 'QFMFT', 'THIS', '+1', '+10000' or whatever the cool kids say now.

This comment was edited on Aug 12, 2011, 14:26.
 
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  1. Aug 12, 11:07 Re: Op Ed MajorD
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  29. Aug 12, 13:54  Re: Op Ed Creston
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