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Op Ed

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Why The Problem With Diablo Isn’t Diablo.
We have to demand a standard of quality and dedication from these things. If we try to paint complaints about Diablo III’s loudly reverberating server-side-down bellyflop as entirely immature, wrong, and entitled, we’re basically saying, “Look, everyone else! We’re totally OK with this.” I mean, Diablo III’s almost assuredly sold millions of units by this point. If widespread rage then proves relatively short-lived, I have to imagine that looks like pretty much all upside to, say, Tim Willits or even devs/pubs whose intentions aren’t quite so benevolent or design-focused. Piggy banks are happy, and customers are happy. What more do you need?

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26. Re: Op Ed May 18, 2012, 16:58 Creston
 
StingingVelvet wrote on May 18, 2012, 15:46:
Creston wrote on May 18, 2012, 11:47:
It's the exact same thing they did with the initial DRM. Everyone fucking HATED the Securom bullshit with limited activations and having to talk to a server etc etc. And now when a game has that, it's considered "mild DRM."

And when Half Life 2 came out everyone HATED Steam, both the service and in principle, but now it is the savior of PC gaming.

That is a somewhat fair point, but Steam has gotten a TON better over the years, and without Steam the whole idea of "I'll just buy it when it's on sale" really wouldn't be such a phenomenon as it is now. So while Steam initially was fucking shit, it improved its product enough to the point where people wanted to use it.

So far, always-online DRM is only getting worse. At least when Ubi's servers were up (for those few minutes a week), you could play without any hitches. Ask the people who are suffering lag out the ass how their play is going when the servers are up.

In the end I think DRM only annoys most people when it doesn't work, frankly. If you just put the serial in and play no one really gives a shit, no one thinks of the long term issues. Diablo 3 is getting bad press because the DRM broke the game at release. If it didn't, no one would complain outside some hardcore DRM haters.

Diablo 3 is getting bad press? Where? All I see is articles that say "yeah, it's annoying the servers are down and I have to replay stuff when my connec.... IT'S DIABLO AND I HAVE SO MUCH FUN CLICKING STUFF!"

Today's article on RPS about it is about the first genuinely negative article I've seen, that doesn't devolve into yet another Blizzard strokefest two paragraphs in.

Creston
 
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  1. May 18, 10:36 Re: Op Ed InBlack
  2. May 18, 10:40 Re: Op Ed Creston
  3. May 18, 10:54  Re: Op Ed ASeven
  5. May 18, 11:37  Re: Op Ed briktal
  7. May 18, 11:41   Re: Op Ed Creston
  17. May 18, 14:38    Re: Op Ed briktal
  19. May 18, 14:44     Re: Op Ed Creston
  6. May 18, 11:40  Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  8. May 18, 11:47   Re: Op Ed Creston
  9. May 18, 12:41    Re: Op Ed xXBatmanXx
  10. May 18, 12:44    Re: Op Ed space captain
  12. May 18, 13:26     Re: Op Ed Creston
  13. May 18, 13:59      Re: Op Ed PHJF
  21. May 18, 15:00    Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  22. May 18, 15:19     Re: Op Ed {PH}88fingers
  23. May 18, 15:23     Re: Op Ed Creston
  24. May 18, 15:46    Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
>> 26. May 18, 16:58     Re: Op Ed Creston
  27. May 18, 17:07      Re: Op Ed xXBatmanXx
  30. May 18, 17:47       Re: Op Ed Creston
  32. May 18, 18:51        Re: Op Ed Pigeon
  33. May 18, 19:03         Re: Op Ed Flatline
  36. May 18, 20:20          Re: Op Ed panbient
  37. May 18, 21:16           Re: Op Ed Flatline
  39. May 19, 02:03            Re: Op Ed xXBatmanXx
  40. May 19, 02:12             Re: Op Ed eunichron
  31. May 18, 17:52       Re: Op Ed Slashman
  34. May 18, 19:06        Re: Op Ed Flatline
  35. May 18, 19:35         Re: Op Ed LArac
  38. May 18, 21:19          Re: Op Ed Flatline
  4. May 18, 11:36 Re: Op Ed Cutter
  11. May 18, 13:22  Re: Op Ed Pigeon
  14. May 18, 14:03 Re: Op Ed space captain
  15. May 18, 14:07  Re: Op Ed ASeven
  16. May 18, 14:31  Re: Op Ed Slashman
  18. May 18, 14:42  Re: Op Ed Draugr
  20. May 18, 14:45   Re: Op Ed Creston
  25. May 18, 16:18   Re: Op Ed space captain
  28. May 18, 17:20    Re: Op Ed Draugr
  29. May 18, 17:34 Re: Op Ed Dades
  41. May 19, 04:36  Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  42. May 19, 04:48   Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  44. May 19, 08:47    Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  43. May 19, 05:36   Re: Op Ed Jerykk


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