Happy Birthday Diablo

GOG.com is wishing Diablo a happy birthday, saying the classic hack-and-slash action/RPG arrived 25 years ago today on December 31, 1996. This disagrees with Wikipedia, which says the game's initial North American release came on January 3, 1997. We'd like to corroborate this in our archive, but in the earliest days of this site games that were not first-person shooters (at times specifically Quake) were still off topic. It was also much harder to pin down these things in those days as there were shipping dates and shelf dates for these things we used to call "stores." But either way, we're right onto the quarter-century mark for this seminal game. GOG.com is offering a sale on Diablo + Hellfire to celebrate. Here's word:
Diablo, the game that changed the RPG landscape forever, was released 25 years ago – on 31st December 1996. This anniversary is a great opportunity for you to find out that even after a quarter of a century this unique game still holds up to its huge legacy.
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Memories!!!
Jan 2, 2022, 16:26
Ant
 
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Memories!!! Jan 2, 2022, 16:26
Jan 2, 2022, 16:26
 Ant
 
I still remember downloading and playing its 50 (EXE)/56 (zipped) MB demo file that took several hours in my college dorm back in (19(96/97)). It was worth it since I got addicted! And then, I had my suite mate buy it for me from Fry's Electronics (RIP :~() store! Again, worth it and oops addicting again.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 21:38
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Jan 1, 2022, 21:38
 
Osc8r wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 19:13:
And who needs Marvel when you had the likes of Matrix, Gladiator, Braveheart, Terminator, Last of the Mohicans etc.
Okay, time for some randomness.

Interesting selection of movies. I have a question for you about "The Last of the Mohicans" -- I have a buddy who thinks it is a really bad movie, but he thinks "Out of Africa" is a fantastic movie. I say, they are basically the same movie. Yeah, OOA has Meryl Streep and Robert Redford which really helps, but LOTM has Daniel Day-Lewis... what do ya' think?
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 19:13
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo Jan 1, 2022, 19:13
Jan 1, 2022, 19:13
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 12:20:
roguebanshee wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 05:29:
Also no Google, Android, iPhone, Youtube, legal movie streaming service, good Marvel movies beyond Blade 1, non-Remastered Warcraft 3, Civilization 3+, LEGO Star Wars, Bayonetta, 2B or big vampy mommy.

No surveillance capitalism? You say that like it's a bad thing.

Nostalgia is nice and all, but the past was not all that great and belongs in your memory only.

I firmly disagree. There are many aspects that made the past better than today. The future isn't all it's cracked up to be. And with the track humanity is on the past will certainly have been way better than what's to come. I'm glad I won't be heading into it. I'll be utterly amazed if WWIII doesn't happen before 2050.

Hey, I actually enjoyed going to Blockbuster! And Civilization 1 was still the best Civ, stack of catapults for the win

Back then people were present, instead of being glued to their screens. Dating was as simple as talking to a woman at bar, plus i was more than happy with my 3470.

And who needs Marvel when you had the likes of Matrix, Gladiator, Braveheart, Terminator, Last of the Mohicans etc.

Altavista got me by for all more warez and other questionable content, though i would DEFINITELY miss fibre interwebs and modern cars.

Yep, fire up the time machine, and best to do it before China's space nukes come online!
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 13:41
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Jan 1, 2022, 13:41
 
Shock wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 12:38:
Diablo was the game that made me upgrade to Windows 95.
Ha! It was one of the Doom games for me. Doom II maybe? Don't remember.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 12:38
Shock
 
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo Jan 1, 2022, 12:38
Jan 1, 2022, 12:38
 Shock
 
Diablo was the game that made me upgrade to Windows 95. I'm not sure if that's a positive or negative.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 12:28
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo Jan 1, 2022, 12:28
Jan 1, 2022, 12:28
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 12:20:
I'll be utterly amazed if WWIII doesn't happen before 2050.
Well, all you have to do is survive another 28 years and you'll know if you were right. It could happen. I have no good idea what percentage chance to put it at. The mostly likely thing of that nature I can see happening is a major conflict at some point over water. Unless we get fusion, meaning "free energy" which would mean we could desalinate all we need.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 12:20
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo Jan 1, 2022, 12:20
Jan 1, 2022, 12:20
 
roguebanshee wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 05:29:
Also no Google, Android, iPhone, Youtube, legal movie streaming service, good Marvel movies beyond Blade 1, non-Remastered Warcraft 3, Civilization 3+, LEGO Star Wars, Bayonetta, 2B or big vampy mommy.

No surveillance capitalism? You say that like it's a bad thing.

Nostalgia is nice and all, but the past was not all that great and belongs in your memory only.

I firmly disagree. There are many aspects that made the past better than today. The future isn't all it's cracked up to be. And with the track humanity is on the past will certainly have been way better than what's to come. I'm glad I won't be heading into it. I'll be utterly amazed if WWIII doesn't happen before 2050.


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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 10:37
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Jan 1, 2022, 10:37
 
So was release date December 31 1996, or January 3 1997?

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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 08:14
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maddog wrote on Jan 1, 2022, 02:18:
Mine as well. Played with my girlfriend at the time. We connected our two machines together with crossover cables.

Zirthimon wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 21:02:
I played via direct modem with a friend. It was my first experience with multiplayer. We would actually call each other to play over the phone lines. My phone was always busy back in those days.

I'm sure that that was more fun then playing Diablo
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 05:29
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Osc8r wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 19:04:
Where's my time machine... who knew how good we had it back in the 90's.

Diablo, Quake, Asheron's call, Warcraft 2, Baldurs Gate.... then pop into my mates house for some Mario Bros.

Oh yeah, and no covid.
Also no Google, Android, iPhone, Youtube, legal movie streaming service, good Marvel movies beyond Blade 1, non-Remastered Warcraft 3, Civilization 3+, LEGO Star Wars, Bayonetta, 2B or big vampy mommy.

Nostalgia is nice and all, but the past was not all that great and belongs in your memory only.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 03:06
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo Jan 1, 2022, 03:06
Jan 1, 2022, 03:06
 
IIRC Direct X 3.0 (which Diablo required) came out in September of '96. My original box for the game also has a copyright date of 1996. That release date checks out in my memory with the release of StarCraft being in '97, so I guess my vote is 1996. EDIT: This also lists December 1996.

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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Jan 1, 2022, 02:18
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Jan 1, 2022, 02:18
 
Mine as well. Played with my girlfriend at the time. We connected our two machines together with crossover cables.

Zirthimon wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 21:02:
I played via direct modem with a friend. It was my first experience with multiplayer. We would actually call each other to play over the phone lines. My phone was always busy back in those days.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Dec 31, 2021, 23:58
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Dec 31, 2021, 23:58
 
I was working at an Electronics Boutique in Rochester, NY at this time period when Diablo came out. For what it is worth, I didn't see the game on the shelf until January of 1997. The demo had been out for a bit so there was plenty of anticipation for it.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Dec 31, 2021, 23:48
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo Dec 31, 2021, 23:48
Dec 31, 2021, 23:48
 
I remember playing Diablo and enjoying it, but I didn't hooked on it as if it were heroin the same way that many of my peers at the time did.

1997 had some great games released that year:

  • Star Wars Jedi Knight Dark Forces II
  • Fallout
  • The Curse of Monkey Island
  • Total Annihilation
  • Age of Empires
  • Blood

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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Dec 31, 2021, 22:21
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Dec 31, 2021, 22:21
 
I remember doubling ram to play it. 16 MB!
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Dec 31, 2021, 21:02
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Dec 31, 2021, 21:02
 
I played via direct modem with a friend. It was my first experience with multiplayer. We would actually call each other to play over the phone lines. My phone was always busy back in those days.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Dec 31, 2021, 19:31
Jivaro
 
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Dec 31, 2021, 19:31
 Jivaro
 
I am old dude as well, can I play too?

Since Dragon Slayer was the first ARPG according to the Guiness Book of World Records, I am going to say I blame it for everything I don't like about that genre. It was very early in the evolutionary chain of ARPGS and Bokosuka Wars definitely didn't take the ARPG in the direction I personally liked so fuck that game as well. I am not even sure everyone agrees it was an ARPG anyway either since the definition seems to change with who you ask. Ultima VII was nothing to write home about so the ARPG didn't exactly get off to a roaring start. I also blame Cavedog Entertainment for DLC, FIFA 15 for Denuvo, Matt Mihaly for everything Free-2-Play ever, and Starcraft 2 for the existence of MOBA

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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Dec 31, 2021, 19:04
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Dec 31, 2021, 19:04
 
Where's my time machine... who knew how good we had it back in the 90's.

Diablo, Quake, Asheron's call, Warcraft 2, Baldurs Gate.... then pop into my mates house for some Mario Bros.

Oh yeah, and no covid.


Now, where'd i park my wheel chair.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Dec 31, 2021, 19:00
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Dec 31, 2021, 19:00
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 17:38:
Diablo didn't ruin RPGs. There have been hundreds of traditional grognard RPGs released since Diablo came out.

Hey. I love traditional and non-traditional grognard RPGs!

Honestly though, I did rage against Diablo 1 and 2 a bit when they came out, and practically everybody was playing them. I enjoyed D2 quite a bit though once I started using it like IRC with extra gameplay, and then later with mods. I never really got insanely deep into D1 like a lot of people did at the time, however.
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Re: Happy Birthday Diablo
Dec 31, 2021, 17:54
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Dec 31, 2021, 17:54
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 17:38:
RogueSix wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 13:14:
Bill Borre wrote on Dec 31, 2021, 12:05:
Same here, but I was never a fan. I remember my impression was that it was a dumbing down of the RPG mechanic of the games that existed at the time.

Exactly. It had a very disruptive effect on the RPG landscape. Why make deep, complex RPGs if the masses are yearning for simplistic clickfests? Diablo invented the so called action RPG genre and it ushered in an era of massive dumbing down.

I still kind of liked Diablo for its production values. It had amazing sound at a time of MIDI effects and music. The graphics were good and atmospheric for its time. But the gameplay was as simple as it gets. Real RPGs at the time came with manuals and rule books the size of War & Peace. Diablo simplified everything to the bone and brought RPGs to the casual masses. Even Baldur's Gate was sometimes referred to as Diablo meets AD&D at the time because it had the same casual friendly top down perspective and real-time combat.
Diablo didn't ruin RPGs. There have been hundreds of traditional grognard RPGs released since Diablo came out.

That’s hindsight 20/20. It “ruined” RPGs back then because everyone was trying to make Diablo clones for years just like everyone was trying to make Baldur’s Gate clones for years when that was successful. The game industry started to follow the Hollywood model of chasing after the latest blockbuster fad or movie of the month flavor around that time.
Sure, there have been many more “real” RPGs over the many years since Diablo came out but things were looking comparatively dire in RPG land between Diablo and Baldur’s Gate. The latter is often times even referred to as the savior of RPGs which is hyperbole imo but many people apparently felt that RPGs were a dying species back then.
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