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Diablo III Open Beta Weekend

Following indications yesterday that more accounts were being granted access to the Diablo III beta test, the Diablo III Website announces the beta will indeed be opened this weekend to anyone with a Battle.net account for stress testing. The open portion of the beta will begin at 3:00 pm EDT today and will run through Monday at 1:00 pm EDT. The accompanying FAQ explains how this will operate, and notes that while Korean players cannot participate, they will be holding a separate invitation-only event in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The invitation only closed beta will continue as planned until May 1st. To get a head start, you can download the client now from Battle.net.

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94. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 22:32 RollinThundr
 
eunichron wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 21:50:
loomy wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 20:20:
the game design is obviously simplified for console (and maybe wow?) players. it is simplified pretty well, but still. please nobody degrade yourselves arguing against this galactic truth.

I have to ask this seriously though, have you even played Diablo 1 or 2, or any other ARPG? Complaining about Diablo being simplified is like complaining that rocks are dense. In the history of computer gaming there hasn't ever been a game series more simplified than Diablo.

To be fair, yes Diablo was always on the simple side, With Diablo 2 however they at least expanded the classes, gave very distinct skill trees that allowed for many different builds of the same type of class. Honestly I don't see that is even possible here. I realize it's a beta and stuff is locked but it almost looks like you only have 4 skills a class, with a defensive skill tossed in here or there for good measure, things that were previously attack skills using D2 as the example. Like the Wizard gets a frost nova as a defensive skill and it appears to do no damage just freezes enemies.

I realize they had to further simplify the game for the consoles, I get that, but what's here, at least in this beta is so simplified to the point that I'm amazed it took them this long to get this game out the door.

Considering work on Diablo 3 originally started in 2000, it makes one wonder just how many times this project was rebooted between their shift to WoW development and the closure of Blizzard North in 2005. Hell I wonder if any of those Condor folks who pitched Diablo 1 in the first place are even still at Blizzard at this point.
 
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93. other half = red lasers + blue lasers Apr 20, 2012, 22:26 space captain
 
eunichron wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 21:50:
In the history of computer gaming there hasn't ever been a game series more simplified than Diablo.

yeh angry birds is fucking complex as shit

did you know that generalizing and absolutism are the hallmarks of dumbassery?

well, now you do

and knowing is half the battle
 
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92. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 22:22 xXBatmanXx
 
Been reading a lot of comments and forums, since previously I hadn't been able to play or get an invite. I loaded the BETA loader and went to bed after it stuck at 10% for about 20 minutes. That was at 0800 this AM. I hope I get to try it this weekend, but I am still confused as to why this is a $60.00 game.

It is my understanding this is going to be a heavy microtransaction game....so why the $60 tag? I know I will own the game at some point...but it will have to be discounted pretty heavily for me to buy it.

Still play D2, Torchlight, Titan Quest, etc.
 
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91. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 21:50 eunichron
 
loomy wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 20:20:
the game design is obviously simplified for console (and maybe wow?) players. it is simplified pretty well, but still. please nobody degrade yourselves arguing against this galactic truth.

I have to ask this seriously though, have you even played Diablo 1 or 2, or any other ARPG? Complaining about Diablo being simplified is like complaining that rocks are dense. In the history of computer gaming there hasn't ever been a game series more simplified than Diablo.
 
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90. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 21:33 GayBlade
 
Quinn wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 18:26:
Been playing it for an hour.

The hype around this game still boggles the mind...

Agreed...we waited how long for this thing? It looks so dated and it feels like a step backward, not forward.

I am grateful Blizzard is giving me the chance to play for free however; it will save me any impulse purchase I might have had otherwise.

Next up: Guild Wars 2 beta weekend in a week. Let's hope it is better
 
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89. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 21:28 HorrorScope
 
The hardest thing for me is that this game is $60 and games playing very similar are much less. I had good fps but there is some micro-stutter, which does bother me. 2 camera angles, only one good one. They added a bit of destructible envrios and some traps for enemies, is the later even needed?

As with most of these games, they start out stupid easy. I don't know, Bliz takes so long, they do something like Legend of Grimrock, update graphically an old forumla, because it's been sooo long. If they made one every few years, they could be advancing a bit more in game depth imo.

Bottom line, why is theirs worth $60 over the competition other then name?
 
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88. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 20:44 ASeven
 
Has krovven come to tell you all that if you lose your internet connection it's not his problem?  
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87. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 20:20 loomy
 
the game design is obviously simplified for console (and maybe wow?) players. it is simplified pretty well, but still. please nobody degrade yourselves arguing against this galactic truth.  
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86. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 20:15 RollinThundr
 
Alamar wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 20:06:
RollinThundr wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:08:
Quinn wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 18:26:
Been playing it for an hour.

The hype around this game still boggles the mind...

Agreed, it's diablo 2 all over again with slightly better graphics and an auction house with people trying to sell mundane white items for 500k gold.

Not only that but no longer can you build a character with stats, that's removed, and skills are unlocked for you as you go along, limited to a couple damage skills active at once? So much for skill trees and different builds. No lets just streamline it down so the masses of below level intelligence won't have to work for a decent set up.

Why does anyone still give a fuck about Blizzard? I just fail to understand.

Your comment fits, well, your comment, pretty well... Is this really the first time you've heard about the game?

I'm all for varied opinions... But this is like me talking about how bad hockey is, because of blah blah blah - I don't know anything about hockey ; )

-Alamar

Why would I follow development on a game I don't really care about? Though I was a little shocked to see just how immensely streamlined it is to the point of ridiculousness. As for hockey, shut your whore mouth. Hockey is awesome. Yousaidwhat
 
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85. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 20:06 Alamar
 
RollinThundr wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:08:
Quinn wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 18:26:
Been playing it for an hour.

The hype around this game still boggles the mind...

Agreed, it's diablo 2 all over again with slightly better graphics and an auction house with people trying to sell mundane white items for 500k gold.

Not only that but no longer can you build a character with stats, that's removed, and skills are unlocked for you as you go along, limited to a couple damage skills active at once? So much for skill trees and different builds. No lets just streamline it down so the masses of below level intelligence won't have to work for a decent set up.

Why does anyone still give a fuck about Blizzard? I just fail to understand.

Your comment fits, well, your comment, pretty well... Is this really the first time you've heard about the game?

I'm all for varied opinions... But this is like me talking about how bad hockey is, because of blah blah blah - I don't know anything about hockey ; )

-Alamar
 
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84. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 20:03 Quinn
 
RollinThundr wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:27:
deqer wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:13:
RollinThundr wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:08:
No lets just streamline it down so the masses of below level intelligence won't have to work for a decent set up.
Yeah, because we're all dorks with no life that love to WORK at a video game like it's a job... That's real fun...

Um yeah, I work 45 hours a week sometimes more, that doesn't mean I need my hand held when playing an RPG. Some of us do like to use our brains during downtime.

It does seem rather mindless, yeah.

Shame on the people who are excited about the online auction house. It means Blizzard got you right where they want you through shear manipulation. Let me break it to you: The online AH is NOTHING but a way of making the game pirate-proof by needing to be online all the fucking time and get away with it. Where at other games who pull the online crapjoke people moan "I'm a soldat and wantz to play on my laptop damnit!", with Blizz' mindtrick they're like "Oh cool! *<8-D"

That was a retarded smiley with a party hat, btw.
 
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83. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 19:55 NKD
 
RollinThundr wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:08:
Why does anyone still give a fuck about Blizzard? I just fail to understand.

You got me. They haven't innovated in a long, long time.

Unfortunately WoW players and some deluded PC gamers who would chop their dicks off with a rusty spoon if it were a PC exclusive activity make up the majority of their customer base.
 
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82. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 19:31 Somnambulator
 
"The accompanying FAQ explains how this will operate, and notes that while Korean players cannot participate, they will be holding a separate invitation-only event in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau."

WTF is Macau and does anyone care?
 
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81. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 19:27 RollinThundr
 
deqer wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:13:
RollinThundr wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:08:
No lets just streamline it down so the masses of below level intelligence won't have to work for a decent set up.
Yeah, because we're all dorks with no life that love to WORK at a video game like it's a job... That's real fun...

Um yeah, I work 45 hours a week sometimes more, that doesn't mean I need my hand held when playing an RPG. Some of us do like to use our brains during downtime.
 
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80. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 19:13 deqer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 19:08:
No lets just streamline it down so the masses of below level intelligence won't have to work for a decent set up.
Yeah, because we're all dorks with no life that love to WORK at a video game like it's a job... That's real fun...
 
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79. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 19:08 RollinThundr
 
Quinn wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 18:26:
Been playing it for an hour.

The hype around this game still boggles the mind...

Agreed, it's diablo 2 all over again with slightly better graphics and an auction house with people trying to sell mundane white items for 500k gold.

Not only that but no longer can you build a character with stats, that's removed, and skills are unlocked for you as you go along, limited to a couple damage skills active at once? So much for skill trees and different builds. No lets just streamline it down so the masses of below level intelligence won't have to work for a decent set up.

Why does anyone still give a fuck about Blizzard? I just fail to understand.
 
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78. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 18:34 space captain
 
yeh i'll wait till its been properly cracked to work offline  
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77. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 18:26 Quinn
 
Been playing it for an hour.

The hype around this game still boggles the mind...
 
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76. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 18:26 Jdrez
 
Beta, and Stress Test.
These words do not mean "Demo"
I am sick of people like you.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Sorry charlie, but since there are no demos any more, a beta is the only form of "try before you buy" we get until games go F2P.

If there's no try option, I sure as hell won't buy.
 
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75. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 20, 2012, 17:55 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Orogogus wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 17:40:
They probably have the money to pay for the spike even so, but I really doubt that the ill will generated from people forced to play on day 2 would be greater than that cost. Otherwise, just from an environmental standpoint I'd be kind of put off by the power load forced onto the environment. I mean, seriously, "fucked over" if it's not maxing out your bandwidth on the same day a million other people are working the same servers?
Maxing out my bandwidth? No. Allowing me to even play the game that I've already downloaded? Yes.
 
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