By Tyler James
I’ve finally had the opportunity to sink my teeth into Diablo III, and completed normal mode last night. Not a great feat, I know, but I’m having a blast, so I don’t care. I’m looking forward to it getting more difficult, I’m looking forward to the secret level, more co-op and more items. In short, it’s a game I look forward to playing every day, I’m excited when I start up the game, and I have so much fun while playing, not to mention the fact that I get to play with old friends that I probably wouldn’t see as much of otherwise.
I know there are complaints about later difficulties and gear balancing and all that, but I’ve not experienced it myself yet, so I don’t feel that It’s my place to comment on those issues.
So right now, there’s only one problem.
I visit the official Blizzard site for Diablo III fairly often; to get news about the game, look at the guides, and to get a feel for what’s going on in the community. But I’m going to stop the latter. In fact, I’ll probably take all of my business elsewhere, and that’s in no part due to Blizzard or any of its employees.
I am so sick of the fanbase. Regardless of the region (EU or US) they are horrible, whiny ungrateful little shits. Sure, there are exceptions, and I commend them for trying. But the fact of the matter is that they are alone in the dark, pitted against hordes and hordes of rabid opponents. Sounds familiar? Unfortunately these gems of common sense and tact do not possess nephalem powers, and can’t possibly hold the fort agains the aforementioned hordes.
So I’m going. Bye battle.net. Hello Diablofans.
One of the most anticipated and criticised features of the upcoming Diablo 3 is the Real Money Auction House (RMAH) where players can buy and sell in game items for real money. The potential to cash out while playing the game is appealing to a lot of players, but may cause problems for some due to the random nature of the loot that drops in the game.
Korea Times reports that this particular feature has met resistance in South Korea as it is entirely random whether the items that drop from monsters in the game will be valuable or not. Gambling in any form is illegal to Korean nationals and if it is decided that the RMAH falls into the gambling category it will not be able to receive a rating in the country and will thus not be sold. There have been instances in the past where games have been denied classification for very similar features (Emperor Online).
Blizzard’s CEO Mike Morhaime refutes the claims, stating that since there’s nothing at stake other than time spent collecting the items put up for sale, the RMAH can not be considered gambling.
(In Diablo III), you’re not risking anything. You’re just investing your time (to win items to sell). It is an important distinction.
Sources: The Escapist, Korea Times
We all knew there was going to be a post about this. The D3 closed beta has just commenced and the beta live streams are abundant. Sadly though, I’m confined to the long aisles of YouTube to get my beta fix as I’ve not (yet) received an invitation. And to be honest, chances are slim any of us will get one, but a girl can hope.
I’m so excited though, mailbox is being checked every 10 minutes and forums are thoroughly read every day. I was bouncing in my chair while watching some of the beta footage, exclaiming “You HAVE to come look at this!” to my quite disinterested boyfriend every time something particularly cool happened – which was pretty much all the time.