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Diablo III May 15th

Blizzard announces a May 15th release date for Diablo III, saying this is when the action/RPG sequel will be available at retail in many territories, and digitally in others. They have kicked off presales of the game on this page, offering the game in either form, as well as in a USD $99.99 alabaster-white retail Collector's Edition. They also offer a reminder that a free copy of the game is to be had for those who sign up for a World of Warcraft annual pass. Here's word:

In Diablo III, players take on the role of one of five heroic characters -- barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter -- and engage in pulse-pounding combat with endless legions of evil. As they undertake an epic quest to rid Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells, players will explore diverse and perilous settings, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll join them in battle or aid them in other ways.

Diablo III was built from the ground up to leverage the full functionality of the Battle.net platform, which delivers powerful matchmaking and communication tools, allowing adventurers to seamlessly join forces for exciting cooperative play. Battle.net also provides a secure infrastructure for the Diablo III auction house, a feature-rich marketplace that Sanctuary’s heroes can use to trade their hard-earned treasures. Players will be able to buy and sell weapons, armor, and other valuable items in the auction house in exchange for in-game gold. Players will also have the option to receive real-world currency for auction house sales, which they can apply to their Battle.net Balance for the purchase of a variety of digital products through Battle.net, including Diablo III auction house items, or cash out through a third-party payment service such as PayPal™ in most regions. Further details related to the auction house will be announced in the coming weeks.

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73. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 15:23 Krovven
 
Verno wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 15:09:
It's a totally valid concern and I suggest those affected vote with their wallets

Certainly is, but only to those it effects. Considering this is an issue that these individuals would have with literally hundreds, if not thousands of online only games....I could care less about their internet stability woes when it comes to one game, Diablo 3.

People keep throwing out Paths of Exile as an alternative...but it's F2P, microtransaction driven and I believe is online only as well. I don't hear people crying about that when they throw the name out there in response to not buying D3. It's a double standard, driven entirely by the mindset that D1/D2 had offline and D3 doesn't.

 
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72. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 15:22 Bhruic
 
Try this guy:

I see stuff like this a lot, which for me is weird. My problems are always with my left (ie, wasd) hand. My mouse hand never has any problems.
 
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71. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 15:17 Krovven
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 15:06:
Then it should have a different title than Diablo 3, as it is a substantial change from Diablo 1&2 based on your statement above.

It's not a substantial change. And certainly shouldn't warrant an entirely different name. It's a continuation of the same story, but with more of an online focus. Features and game modes change all the time in game sequels. Particularly 10 years after the last game. Get used to it.

Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15:
Should have been called "World Of Diablo" or something to set correct expectations.

Thanks for making my point that peoples issue with this is almost entirely due to their own mindset of how things should be and their resistance to change. They were VERY clear from the start, this is online only. End of discussion. How would changing the name to "World of Diablo" would change sweet fuck all other than your narrow minded perception? Name change and suddenly all the features make sense to you? /facepalm

Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15:
What a guy.

Someone else's internet problems aren't my concern. Do I care that some people can't play online games? No. Do I care that some people can't play video games at all? No.


 
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70. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 15:15 Dev
 
Verno wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 15:09:
Thanks Dev I'll order one!
NP. I also edited in a link to amazon since its a little cheaper. It has 4.5/5 stars there

Most of the other solutions I haven't tried, but I have tried the mouse wrist rest.

Just to be clear, this is a mouse wrist wrest. They sell a keyboard wrist rest, but I prefer my MS natural keyboard with built Naugahyde rest (natural keyboards with split keys aren't for everyone though, some people hate them). It took MS years, but they finally came out with a natural keyboard that didn't screw up lots of keys (like they used to have non standard arrow block, non standard pageup/down block, etc).

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Oh BTW, if you were talking about keyboard wrist instead of mouse wrist hurting, I've found that a logitech g13 really helps. You can move that around anywhere while playing, including onto your lap. Plus it has so many ways to program the buttons its better than a normal keyboard. It feels like the left part of a keyboard, so no need to retrain for different buttons either. Plus, some people use them for apps too, so its not just a gaming device.

Link to a g13:
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-G13-Programmable-Gameboard-Display/dp/B001NEK2GE
I know its not cheap, but its WELL worth it, and not just for the wrist. It really enhances PC gaming. I'm a bit of a cheapskate if you haven't noticed, and I feel I've really gotten my money's worth out of this. Make sure to d/l the driver package from logitech website, they've done some upgrades to it that help.

Link to my specific MS natural keyboard:
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Natural-Ergonomic-Keyboard-4000
I've done a lot of research on MS natural keyboards, this is one of the few that don't screw up things with non-standard key blocks. And I've found some of the keys at the top are quite useful (like the mute and calculator button). Plus you can do a quick config edit and make the zoom slider work as a scroll up/down slider. The zoom functionality is useless, but if you change it its pretty useful.
I've seen this keyboard go on sale for $20, last time it did I picked up a spare.
Some people hate split keyboard designs, but this natural keyboard is incredibly comfortable with the Naugahyde wrist wrest.

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69. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 15:09 Verno
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 15:06:
Then it should have a different title than Diablo 3, as it is a substantial change from Diablo 1&2 based on your statement above. I played Diablo 1/2 about 50/50, so I disagree with your assessment that Diablo 1/2 were SP focused games. Should have been called "World Of Diablo" or something to set correct expectations.

For some with unreliable internet, oh well

What a guy.

It's a totally valid concern and I suggest those affected vote with their wallets. The concept that they are a minority or do not matter is just glorified opinion suppression. Diablo might sell millions but they want every dollar they can possibly make and it's important to let companies know how you feel through every avenue you have.

Try this guy:
http://www.imakproducts.com/product.php?c=Wrist+/+Carpal+Tunnel&s=16
Its a wrist rest by the guys who also make a little glove thing with built in cushion. Its filled with these little balls that adjust to your hand and cushion it at the same time. Thats the cheapest easiest thing you can do to adjust. There's other solutions such as changing the level of your chair or desk (or install a keyboard/mouse drawer). I've even seen a mouse shelf that bolts to a chair arm rest.

Thanks Dev I'll order one!
 
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68. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 15:09 Dev
 
Verno wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 14:45:
Haha no shit man, getting old sucks. I have to take a break every 30 minutes in BF3 or my wrist starts to hurt.
Try this guy:
http://www.imakproducts.com/product.php?c=Wrist+/+Carpal+Tunnel&s=16
Its a mouse wrist rest by the guys who also make a little glove thing with built in cushion. Its filled with these little balls that adjust to your wrist and cushion it at the same time. Thats the cheapest easiest thing one can do to adjust. There's other solutions such as changing the level of your chair or desk (or install a keyboard/mouse drawer). I've even seen a mouse shelf that bolts to a chair arm rest.

Here's the same thing on amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Imak-Black-Mouse-Cushion-1-ct/dp/B000VBLF7K

However, I still recommend taking breaks if you can, it doesn't just help your hand, it helps things like your eyeballs (that don't tend to blink enough when working on the computer). Even just taking a few seconds, turning head and looking around and blinking and stretching helps.
 
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67. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 15:06 Undocumented Alien
 
Diablo 3 is primarily a coop/multiplayer game that is far better served by having a closed system to maintain more control to prevent cheating and duping... ;but it's mostly a mindset issue because Diablo 1/2 (the last being released 10 years ago) had a separate single player mode for a time when online play was not the focus.

Then it should have a different title than Diablo 3, as it is a substantial change from Diablo 1&2 based on your statement above. I played Diablo 1/2 about 50/50, so I disagree with your assessment that Diablo 1/2 were SP focused games.

Should have been called "World Of Diablo" or something to set correct expectations.

For some with unreliable internet, oh well

What a guy.
 
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66. removed Mar 15, 2012, 14:56 amy thompson
 
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65. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 14:48 Creston
 
Yakubs wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 14:11:
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:17:
That's never happened to me yet, in roughly 20 games delivered. To be fair, Amazon SHIPS the game the day before, and it's not really their fault if UPS or Fedex fuck up.

You're assuming Amazon ships the game at all. With Dark Souls, they failed to ship my copy until the day of the release. I ended up buying a copy at Gamestop and returning the Amazon copy. Amazon gave me a $5 gift certificate in compensation even though the customer service representative on the phone claimed they'd give me $20.


Okay, yeah, that'd suck. At least they took it back without question.

Creston
 
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64. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 14:46 Creston
 
Hoop wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 14:42:
My head loves the whole idea of this game but the tendons in my hand scream NO!

Yeah, Diablo 2 definitely caused some pretty serious RSI for me.

Creston
 
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63. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 14:45 Verno
 
One important question I forgot to ask on the beta boards, the pay2win auction house garbage is totally separated from the PvP arena, right? Normally I take such things for granted but in this day and age of buying uber combos in Street Fighter and shit like that it's always good to check.

I'm actually pretty stoked to see how the PVP arenas are, it's the one area of the game where the longevity isn't going to be tied to ratmazing for items ad nauseum.

My head loves the whole idea of this game but the tendons in my hand scream NO!

Haha no shit man, getting old sucks. I have to take a break every 30 minutes in BF3 or my wrist starts to hurt.
 
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62. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 14:42 Hoop
 
My head loves the whole idea of this game but the tendons in my hand scream NO!  
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61. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 14:38 Bucky
 
Dev wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 13:56:
Bucky wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 13:21:
I might make a run at it this week, since I'm pretty close already. I just need to find a bunch of suckers willing to die so that I can revive them.
Maybe we can get together, I'll be needing to do that as well with all the classes.

Friend me in Steam, or drop me an email (listed in the profile). I need to do the revives, plus the Matriachs Bones event. I've also got to finish leveling up a few characters; I had to create a new monk since the last patch rearranged all the skills and broke the monk that I had.
 
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60. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 14:19 Cutter
 
Online DRM = no sale.
 
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59. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 14:11 Yakubs
 
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:17:
That's never happened to me yet, in roughly 20 games delivered. To be fair, Amazon SHIPS the game the day before, and it's not really their fault if UPS or Fedex fuck up.

You're assuming Amazon ships the game at all. With Dark Souls, they failed to ship my copy until the day of the release. I ended up buying a copy at Gamestop and returning the Amazon copy. Amazon gave me a $5 gift certificate in compensation even though the customer service representative on the phone claimed they'd give me $20.

 
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58. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 13:56 Dev
 
Bucky wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 13:21:
I might make a run at it this week, since I'm pretty close already. I just need to find a bunch of suckers willing to die so that I can revive them.
Maybe we can get together, I'll be needing to do that as well with all the classes.
 
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57. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 13:32 Krovven
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 13:19:
Your 100% correct, people are only "OK" with this because it is a Diablo game, this has been proven by Assassins Creed which got HAMMERED for having an always on, persistent connection to play SP.

Assassins Creed isn't primarily a coop/multiplayer game. In-fact it has no coop at all, and has an entirely separate multiplayer pvp mode.

Diablo 3 is primarily a coop/multiplayer game that is far better served by having a closed system to maintain more control to prevent cheating and duping. I get people don't like this, but it's mostly a mindset issue because Diablo 1/2 (the last being released 10 years ago) had a separate single player mode for a time when online play was not the focus. For some with unreliable internet, oh well. It's not like it's the first or the last persistent online coop/multiplayer game they won't be able to play.

Don't be so naive as to think that people are "ok with this because it is a Diablo game". I've been playing online only games for over 10 years now. The concept of online required for a multiplayer game does not bother me in the slightest.


 
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56. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 13:28 briktal
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:54:
If this were any game but D3(and it IS good, unfortunately, from beta experience) I would bypass it because of the DRM

I total understand that for sure. Being a HUGE D1 & D2 fan, this is very difficult as I don't want to support this behavior by a game company (and most didn't let Assassins Creed get away with it).

Rewarding bad behavior is always a struggle, especially when your a parent and you know you shouldn't, but sometimes it's just easier.

Blizzard is just following Arenanet's example.
 
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55. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 13:21 Bucky
 
Dev wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:38:
I wonder if its worth replaying the beta to get the achieves again and to see what the state of the game is. Like will they give any of the full achieve beta players anything in the real game (like a unique flag symbol, etc).

They've said multiple times that none of the beta achievments will carry over, though I'd be surprised if they don't do something for those that pull off Betamaxed Overachiever.

I might make a run at it this week, since I'm pretty close already. I just need to find a bunch of suckers willing to die so that I can revive them.

Edit: Achievement confusion.

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54. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 13:20 MattyC
 
Krovven wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:51:
Dev wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:38:
I wonder if its worth replaying the beta to get the achieves again and to see what the state of the game is. Like will they give any of the full achieve beta players anything in the real game (like a unique flag symbol, etc).

I would guess that if you complete the achieve or completing the selected beta achievesthat will result in a Feat Achieve in the final release.



IIRC this was not done in any other beta (WoW expansions, SC2) so I would imagine you won't get anything. The beta is short enough that it wouldn't take long to just do it either way.
 
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