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Blizzard on Diablo III

The Diablo III Forums have a Message from Mike Morhaime reflecting on Diablo III in the two months since the action/RPG sequel launched. He recaps and explains the game's growing pains after launch, and goes on to discuss its future, saying they are working on a way to make the game playable without playing Diablo tycoon on the auction house, reducing issues related to the game's always-on requirement, and they are "also working on a gameplay system that will provide players who have max-level, high-powered characters new goals to strive for as an alternative to the 'item hunt'." Here's a bit:

You’ve seen some of that work already in patch 1.0.3, and you’ll see additional improvements with patch 1.0.4. On the game balance front, this update will contain changes designed to further deliver on the team’s goal of promoting “build diversity,” with buffs to many rarely used, underpowered class abilities. Another topic we’ve seen actively discussed is the fact that better, more distinct Legendary items are needed. We agree. Patch 1.0.4 will also include new and improved Legendary items that are more interesting, more powerful, and more epic in ways you probably won’t be expecting.

We’re also working on a number of interface updates, including social improvements that will allow players to more easily view their friends’ achievements, more quickly join games, and more efficiently communicate with each other. In addition, we’ll be making updates to the auction house in the future to provide players with better information through tooltips and notices, offer improved search functionality, and more.

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52. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 18:38 MadBoris
 
The game that everyone says gets fun the second time around of playing it...

mmm, ok


Is there something subliminal that Blizzard interlaces into the video frames, or into the game, for mind control?


THAT, would at least explain some of this to a degree so that I could understand...

/not really serious, but just in case...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng6hQfGzQig&feature=related
 
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51. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 18:38 Dades
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 18:29:
avianflu wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:48:
D3 might serve is a warning sign to other developers wanting to make mandatory-on-line, real-money-auction-house type games. Time will tell.
In what way? It sold 7 million copies.

It's a Blizzard game, they had almost two decades of good will and brand power to work with. It would have sold no matter what. Other companies might not have that same kind of power to force online requirements or get away with putting real money features into the game.
 
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50. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 18:29 Mr. Tact
 
avianflu wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:48:
D3 might serve is a warning sign to other developers wanting to make mandatory-on-line, real-money-auction-house type games. Time will tell.
In what way? It sold 7 million copies.
 
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49. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 18:20 Paketep
 
deqer wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 10:08:
Does anyone care about any news on D3 unless the news is "Online-only DRM removed."

...

I don't care anymore about Blizzard EVEN if it is "online-only DRM removed". Greed just took over there.
 
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48. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 18:03 ASeven
 
Prez wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 17:30:
Krovven wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 17:11:
Prez wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:21:
I think most would agree that ActiBlizz could have taken a shit in a box and slapped the Diablo sticker on it and it would have sold 7 million plus copies.

That isn't what they did for Diablo 3?

Sorry - can't help myself lately. Having a serious hate-on for Blizzard with how badly they fucked up my Diablo. Maybe I'll eventually get over it, but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

So we can continue to see you acting like a self-entitled little baby in D3 threads? Good to know.



LMAO! Talk to me again when you get your panties unwadded there, sparky. Jesus dude - is Diablo 3 your mom or something? Lighten up.

Oh oh Krovven is here? I want to join in the fun!

Diablo 3 is the most mediocre Action RPG ever made and 83's ET is far better than this piece of shit.

Now let's see Krovven have a mental breakdown because he's such a fanboy he identifies itself with a fucking game.
 
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47. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 17:39 Silicon Avatar
 
I think gaming took a nosedive when developers figured out they could get people to play their games for an adrenaline fix or a gambling fix.

It's kind of messed up really.

 
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46. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 17:31 Dades
 
Krovven wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 17:11:
Prez wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:21:
I think most would agree that ActiBlizz could have taken a shit in a box and slapped the Diablo sticker on it and it would have sold 7 million plus copies.

That isn't what they did for Diablo 3?

Sorry - can't help myself lately. Having a serious hate-on for Blizzard with how badly they fucked up my Diablo. Maybe I'll eventually get over it, but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

So we can continue to see you acting like a self-entitled little baby in D3 threads? Good to know.

Go back to whining about how much you hate it here and keep getting totally irrational because someone insults a brand you identify with in a really creepy way.
 
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45. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 17:30 Prez
 
Krovven wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 17:11:
Prez wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:21:
I think most would agree that ActiBlizz could have taken a shit in a box and slapped the Diablo sticker on it and it would have sold 7 million plus copies.

That isn't what they did for Diablo 3?

Sorry - can't help myself lately. Having a serious hate-on for Blizzard with how badly they fucked up my Diablo. Maybe I'll eventually get over it, but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

So we can continue to see you acting like a self-entitled little baby in D3 threads? Good to know.



LMAO! Talk to me again when you get your panties unwadded there, sparky. Jesus dude - is Diablo 3 your mom or something? Lighten up.
 
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Goodbye my Monte boy. May you rest in the peace you never knew in life.
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44. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 17:24 Cram
 
Krovven wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 17:08:
There seems to be this fantasy land where you and several other losers live, where D3 was a bomb and didn't sell 6+ million copies (last known number) and doesn't have millions of people still playing and enjoying it.

Try joining reality for a change instead of making shit up.


I think the same hate posts in every D3 thread from the same people on these forums has gotten old, but that some of them are seemingly getting off on the hate with glee is absolutely pathetic.

That said, there are two ways to look at Diablo 3's success, IMO. Sales is one, but being a "Diablo" game is another. Sales, that's great for Blizzard. A timeless classic that the previous two games were, this is not. Maybe it's partly my fault, I built up so much hype for this game over the years it was probably impossible for Blizzard to meet my expectations. But I have no desire to play it anymore. There's nothing there for me, it seems to be missing too much of what made the previous games more replayable and actually enjoyable in those replays. I have come to realize I only really had fun playing this game once, the first time through.

There is too much wrong with the actual game right now. To me, this game has bombed. It might be salvaged, but it will take a long time and I have waited long enough. I am moving on, and unfortunately so are a lot of other people. I don't have the numbers, obviously, but I suspect "millions" of people are not still playing this game or at the very least not enjoying the game anymore. They're just hooked on the pointless grind.
 
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43. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 17:11 Krovven
 
Prez wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:21:
I think most would agree that ActiBlizz could have taken a shit in a box and slapped the Diablo sticker on it and it would have sold 7 million plus copies.

That isn't what they did for Diablo 3?

Sorry - can't help myself lately. Having a serious hate-on for Blizzard with how badly they fucked up my Diablo. Maybe I'll eventually get over it, but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

So we can continue to see you acting like a self-entitled little baby in D3 threads? Good to know.


 
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42. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 17:08 Krovven
 
Julio wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 16:56:
Diablo 3 is dead in the water now.

There seems to be this fantasy land where you and several other losers live, where D3 was a bomb and didn't sell 6+ million copies (last known number) and doesn't have millions of people still playing and enjoying it.

Try joining reality for a change instead of making shit up.

 
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41. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 17:02 Dades
 
That Diablo II with less features joke turned out to be pretty accurate.  
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40. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 16:56 Julio
 
Just fire the people who did such a poor job on the design for Diablo 3 and start the ten year cycle for number 4.

Diablo 3 is dead in the water now. You can only polish a turd so much to make it shine.
 
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39. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 16:40 loomy
 
Rikevis wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 15:32:
When they do the end of the year game summaries ... like best RPG, best MMORPG ... if they have a spot for Biggest Disappointment of the Year (and probably decade) Diablo III should win it hands down.

I can't speak as much of an expert, since none of my characters got higher than mid-40s, and I think I ended with less than 100 hours on all combined. But that was more than enough for me to find D3 just doesn't do it for me.

About the best I can say for it is, it kept me busy long enough to finally kick WoW to the curb.

when you put it that way it sounds like guild wars 2 is walking to a massive set of ripe melons. ripe for squeezing. so very big
 
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38. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 16:24 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:21:
I think most would agree that ActiBlizz could have taken a shit in a box and slapped the Diablo sticker on it and it would have sold 7 million plus copies.

That isn't what they did for Diablo 3?

Sorry - can't help myself lately. Having a serious hate-on for Blizzard with how badly they fucked up my Diablo. Maybe I'll eventually get over it, but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

Maybe that's the end game
 
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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell (I think...)
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37. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 15:32 Rikevis
 
When they do the end of the year game summaries ... like best RPG, best MMORPG ... if they have a spot for Biggest Disappointment of the Year (and probably decade) Diablo III should win it hands down.

I can't speak as much of an expert, since none of my characters got higher than mid-40s, and I think I ended with less than 100 hours on all combined. But that was more than enough for me to find D3 just doesn't do it for me.

About the best I can say for it is, it kept me busy long enough to finally kick WoW to the curb.
 
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36. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 14:51 nin
 
avianflu wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 14:48:
D3 might serve is a warning sign to other developers wanting to make mandatory-on-line, real-money-auction-house type games. Time will tell.

Like Epic?


 
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35. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 14:48 avianflu
 
D3 might serve is a warning sign to other developers wanting to make mandatory-on-line, real-money-auction-house type games. Time will tell.  
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34. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 14:31 LgFriess
 
Remember the days when a future Blizzard release would get your gaming mojo flowing? Those days are gone. As a long time gamer, I'm truly sad about this.

Everything they release now I'll be looking for what way they're trying to scam me.

Titan? D3 expansions? SC2? No thanks. There are far too many great games being made by great people to bother with the money grab scam $$AH$$ Blizzard.
 
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33. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 14:26 wonkawonka
 
The Pyro wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 13:54:
Admittedly I haven't played much D3 (open the open beta), but AH complaints remind me of several other multiplayer RPGs I've experienced. There's just too many items for sale. Too much supply forces prices downward, and the result is that players can buy items in the AH long before their characters could have found similar gear by just playing the game. Half the game is basically an item hunt, though, so half the enjoyment just evaporates as the player continues to get item drops that are consistently below the quality of stuff he can afford in the AH.

The current problem in D3 is much much worse: there are essentially 2 classes of players: the regular people and the fanatics (including cheats, bots...).
The whole game right now is tweaked for fanatics. If you are a fanatic, then indeed the above fully applies. If you are a regular player, then you can neither get good drops nor buy anything because to you gold is at a premium and you can barely get any. For the fanatic, 35MM gold pieces is nothing. For me, it's damn impossible.
 
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