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Battle.net Adding "Appear Offline" Mode

The Diablo III Website announces that a pretty basic feature is soon being added to Battle.net; the ability to appear offline. This will actually be patched into each game individually, starting with the upcoming version 1.0.5 patch for Diablo III:

In the coming months, we're planning an update to Battle.net that will give you more control over your online presence when playing Blizzard games. Soon, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III players will be able to select "Appear Offline" as one of their Battle.net social-status options (along with Available, Busy, and Away) for those times when they want to wander Azeroth by their lonesome, dominate the galaxy in radio silence, or slay demons in solitude. When you choose this option as your status, all of your Real ID friends, BattleTag friends, and character-level friends will see you as “Offline” in their friends list whenever you’re logged into a game.

The “Appear Offline” status option will be added to World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III separately in future updates for each game. For Diablo III, we expect to add the feature in a patch after 1.0.5. For World of Warcraft and StarCraft II, we expect to add the option sometime after the release of each game’s upcoming expansion.

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43. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 15:30 nin
 
keithnyc wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 15:25:
Old news. This was implemented a week after D3 went live. All my friends appear offline.

See, now that's a quality post!


 
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42. Re: Battle.net Adding "Appear Offline" Mode Sep 21, 2012, 15:25 Texas Jake
 
Old news. This was implemented a week after D3 went live. All my friends appear offline.  
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41. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 11:09 BobBob
 
El Pit wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 00:39:
WHAT?! But you can be logged in to Steam AND "appear offline" since the first life forms left the sea. What are you talking about?

Wondering the same exact thing.
 
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40. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 09:38 Verno
 
Alamar wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 08:51:
This has half worked on Steam for ages...

Just the other (work) day, I went offline in my steam friends list, and they couldn't see me playing Borderlands 2... Too bad my boss saw the achievements I got : )

-Alamar

The trouble is that going "offline" in friends disables all community related functionality (MP basically) in several Steamworks games. What he wants is an Appear Offline toggle that doesn't also disable any functionality.
 
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39. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 08:51 Alamar
 
Bhruic wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 21:22:
The sad thing is that as slow as they were to implement this, and as minor a feature it is, they are still adding this functionality before Steam is. Seriously Valve, how hard would it be to put this in place?

This has half worked on Steam for ages...

Just the other (work) day, I went offline in my steam friends list, and they couldn't see me playing Borderlands 2... Too bad my boss saw the achievements I got : )

-Alamar
 
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38. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 07:11 SM0k3
 
Bhruic wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 06:52:
El Pit wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 00:39:
WHAT?! But you can be logged in to Steam AND "appear offline" since the first life forms left the sea. What are you talking about?

No, you can be logged into Steam and be offline. You can't appear offline. Appearing offline allows you to continue to monitor your friends list, communicate while "offline" with a specific person if you choose to, etc. Steam does none of those things. If you choose "offline", that's what happens, you go offline. No viewing your friends list, and definitely no communications with anyone.


They should just call it "Invisible" to avoid confusion then.
 
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37. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 06:52 Bhruic
 
El Pit wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 00:39:
WHAT?! But you can be logged in to Steam AND "appear offline" since the first life forms left the sea. What are you talking about?

No, you can be logged into Steam and be offline. You can't appear offline. Appearing offline allows you to continue to monitor your friends list, communicate while "offline" with a specific person if you choose to, etc. Steam does none of those things. If you choose "offline", that's what happens, you go offline. No viewing your friends list, and definitely no communications with anyone.
 
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36. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 06:48 rist3903
 

The reason I stopped playing Starcraft II was because of this. People would get on and start talking to me while I was playing a game and I could not respond to them while the game was paused. the game had to be in motion to be able to chat for some reason. It was utter bullshit.

 
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35. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 05:28 Fantaz
 
This is pretty useful for account sharing.  
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34. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 21, 2012, 00:39 El Pit
 
Bhruic wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 21:22:
The sad thing is that as slow as they were to implement this, and as minor a feature it is, they are still adding this functionality before Steam is. Seriously Valve, how hard would it be to put this in place?

WHAT?! But you can be logged in to Steam AND "appear offline" since the first life forms left the sea. What are you talking about?
 
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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33. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 20, 2012, 23:10 Creston
 
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 17:24:
Blizzard Logic - You always have to be online to appear offline.

HorrorScope wins the thread for the most elegant summary of the entire Blizzard retardedness.

Creston
 
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32. Re: Battle.net Adding "Appear Offline" Mode Sep 20, 2012, 21:58 SM0k3
 
thank god for TL2  
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31. Re: Battle.net Adding "Appear Offline" Mode Sep 20, 2012, 21:22 Bhruic
 
The sad thing is that as slow as they were to implement this, and as minor a feature it is, they are still adding this functionality before Steam is. Seriously Valve, how hard would it be to put this in place?  
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30. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 20, 2012, 20:43 BobBob
 
Here is a great guide on using the Diablo 3 offline mode:

http://tinyurl.com/d3offlinemode
 
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29. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 20, 2012, 20:26 deqer
 
BobBob wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 20:13:
Speaking off-line was there a problem with BluesNews today? I couldn't refresh for awhile.
Yes, it was down for about an hour. Pretty bad.
 
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28. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 20, 2012, 20:13 BobBob
 
Speaking off-line was there a problem with BluesNews today? I couldn't refresh for awhile.  
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27. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 20, 2012, 17:25 Julio
 
I'm going to 'appear' to buy the D3 DLC and D4. But I won't really.  
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26. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 20, 2012, 17:24 HorrorScope
 
Blizzard Logic - You always have to be online to appear offline.  
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25. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 20, 2012, 16:32 deqer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 15:22:
I think you're being optimistic, I totally expect Blizzard to embrace the console in a big way at some point. Millions of sales and your fans will tolerate pretty much any abuse, publishers wet dream. I'm assuming the only thing holding that back is battle.net.
Why the **** does your signature not have Torchlight 2 in it?
 
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24. Re: Battle.net Adding Sep 20, 2012, 16:22 sauron
 
TheEmissary wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 13:21:
This is really just a feature to stop people from getting pestered by their guild when they're supposed to be raiding but don't feel like it / are drunk...

Fixed that for ya. Everyone who's ever raided knows this is the real reason.
 
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