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Blizzard President Admits to Botched Diablo 3 Launch

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July 20, 2012 4:38:40 AM

How about a botched game?
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July 20, 2012 4:50:28 AM

Stopped playing myself, a while ago actually. I didn't even hit lvl 60, why? because there was nothing to it... all I did was kill monsters in the same levels over and over again just to get gold so i can buy yellows and continue to grind.

There was no work at it, just repetitive slashing for gold.. yellows i broke down, VERY rarely sold and for what? Gold? to buy more yellows? to farm yellows? to buy yellows?

Same monsters over and over, just more abilities. It was just.. too little.

Oh well.
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July 20, 2012 4:56:03 AM

sacreStopped playing myself, a while ago actually. I didn't even hit lvl 60, why? because there was nothing to it... all I did was kill monsters in the same levels over and over again just to get gold so i can buy yellows and continue to grind.There was no work at it, just repetitive slashing for gold.. yellows i broke down, VERY rarely sold and for what? Gold? to buy more yellows? to farm yellows? to buy yellows? Same monsters over and over, just more abilities. It was just.. too little.Oh well.



Couldn't agree more, the game felt far too anaemic.
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July 20, 2012 5:05:50 AM

i stopped playing it after a month, regret that i jumped the Diablo hype...
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July 20, 2012 5:07:02 AM

Meh
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July 20, 2012 5:10:35 AM

that is the old school diablo with new graphics! why do you complaint about it?
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July 20, 2012 5:20:05 AM

I've been playing the game for a few weeks now casually and am lvl 21. My girlfriend also plays and is the same level. Having never played Diablo before, I didn't know any of the story but we are enjoying it. Yes the latency can be annoying 5% of the time but the game works and it's interesting and fun. We don't farm, we just play the game and progress through the story.

All I want to do is finish the game on Normal and that's it, I see no reason to repeat it another 3 times... And before you ask, it was a bday present from friends, so I didn't actually buy it, winning :) 
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July 20, 2012 5:57:28 AM

"We’ve never gone from 0 to more than 6 million players across multiple continents within a few days with a brand-new Singel/forced multiplater player game,"
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July 20, 2012 6:13:15 AM

Played it for 6hrs and somewhat enjoyed it. But I binned it cos I refuse to support games that require me to be online just to play single-player. It's patronizing and dangerously Orwellian.
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July 20, 2012 6:19:03 AM

sacreStopped playing myself, a while ago actually. I didn't even hit lvl 60, why? because there was nothing to it... all I did was kill monsters in the same levels over and over again just to get gold so i can buy yellows and continue to grind.There was no work at it, just repetitive slashing for gold.. yellows i broke down, VERY rarely sold and for what? Gold? to buy more yellows? to farm yellows? to buy yellows? Same monsters over and over, just more abilities. It was just.. too little.Oh well.


I'm not sure what you expected, that is pretty much what Diablo 2 was. Well except that to get better gear you need to use the AH in D3 because crap for your class rarely drops, which is super annoying.
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July 20, 2012 6:25:07 AM

I stopped playing a long time ago. At first, I saw it as a waste of $60, but now I see it as the last time I'll trust in Activision+Blizzard so I am now SAVING $60 from Mist of Pandaria + $15 a month! Now that is a DEAL!
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July 20, 2012 6:50:11 AM

how about stop trying to passing it off as an MMO and drop this online requirement crap? does nothing but make the game frustrating to play and increase security risks.
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July 20, 2012 6:53:17 AM

Quote:
"We’ve never gone from 0 to more than 6 million players across multiple continents within a few days with a brand-new game,"


Don't worry, it will never happen again !!
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July 20, 2012 7:08:24 AM

zeratul600that is the old school diablo with new graphics! why do you complaint about it?

actually, no. I know quite a bunch of players that have more fun going back to D2...
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July 20, 2012 7:14:05 AM

Im still upset at them for doing a server restart when I got Diablo down to 10%... Not Cool.
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Anonymous
July 20, 2012 7:29:05 AM

why is there diablo 3 news on this site? leave the fucking shit game alone and move on. this game is horrible. its outdated graphics, low content.... the act 1 of titan quest has more content. the items are shit, the broker is shit, the lag is shit, the hacking is shit. customization is shit, and this game is COMPLETELY SHIT.

i bought the CE in anticipation of something the same or beter then d2... which turned out was a big let down... lets just say that i played more d2 on launch day then d3....

can somone please explain how we can get that SHIT, when there was 4-5 years worked on it?

someone buy me a full fledge fucking engine and il make something hundred times better then that crap. not that i think much of myself, just that i dont think i can make something that shit.

the ONLY thing diablo 3 did that was good/unique is the character attack animations. rest is bullshit...
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July 20, 2012 10:17:46 AM

being a diehard diablo 2 fan, i cant wait for torchlight 2
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July 20, 2012 11:09:56 AM

I stopped playing a month ago, after hitting the "inferno wall". The only available way to proceed is to farm items or spend (a lot) of gold/dollars at the action house. And I refuse to spend more money. I expected to pay 60 dollars and play the entire game, but blizzard made it in a way you can't finish the game without spending more. Developers and the useless game masters will tell you it's totally possible to finish the game without using the action house, but this is a big fat lie. Dear Blizzard, do not count on me to future Diablo releases or expansions. I know I'm only one, but I also know thousands of other players feel exactly the same. We expected Diablo III to be Diablo II with better graphics and mechanics, but all we got was an unfinished and unpolished product, lots of bugs, with the stupid always online requirement to single player.
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July 20, 2012 11:22:10 AM

So the first 2 Diablo's were very similar to D3 in the dungeon crawl experience... and I loved those games. The big difference is that in the first two I could expect to adventure my way into the best gear, part of the fun was hacking and slashing for loot. These days the only way to get the best gear for a gamer that can't spend his every waking hour playing d3 is the Auction House... and that's a game crushing deficiency. I played through the first difficulty level and essentially there's nothing left for me to do, nothing new to see, no expectation that I can get cool loot in the amount of time I've got to play... so I stopped playing.
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July 20, 2012 11:25:28 AM

I'm also a diehard D1 & D2 fan like panderaamon... so it's kindof sad that now I'm looking forward to Torchlight 2 with only a handful of hours into D3. I won't be buying D4, and letting go of a franchise that's been on my top ten list for over a decade sucks.
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July 20, 2012 11:26:11 AM

Well to be fair, blizzard hasn't made a truly good video game in a very long time. Their big cash cow WoW, was designed to generate sales, not innovate or be cutting edge. They know if they make an extremely complex game, or a game with high system requirements, sales will suffer.

Then look at D3, it was just a re skinned (poorly done too might I add) D2. It brought nothing amazing or innovative. More like D2.5

Same thing with Star Craft 2. It was just a "slightly" better graphics version of SC1 with a couple extra units. Meanwhile, other strategy games made by real companies are innovating. Look at Company of Heroes, with at the time great graphics, and a combat system that focused on manuvering your troops into advantage spots (multiple units firing on enemies from different positions *flanking* does more damage, tanks and anti armor do more damage from behind, strategic use of artillery and assets, infantry fighting in the open take more damage than infantry fighting near stone wall or sandbag cover, etc etc)

All I'm saying is that this is blizzard's model. Make an un-innovating, simplistic rehash of another similar game and shove it down fanboi's throats. They never try anything that hasn't been done before. It's almost as if they are incapable or afraid to do something different.

Oh well, money talks and they move a lot of units, so who cares right?
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July 20, 2012 11:29:55 AM

D3 is pay to win single player game just think about it, that is why i never bought it in the first place.
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July 20, 2012 12:20:21 PM

I played D3 right up until I couldn't play my single player game for 6 hours because the servers were down. It's ok though, it's just taught me that Blizzard is now one of the bad guys and to avoid them from now on. :D 
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July 20, 2012 12:51:12 PM

I never played much of D2, but the consensus among my friends that did seems to be that Diablo 3 simply isn't rewarding enough. Legendaries and set pieces drop too infrequently and the rare (yellow) items are almost always useless for your character, so the auction house becomes the source of your upgrades instead of the monsters dropping loot, which really kills the drive to keep farming. I felt this pretty quickly too and I'm not motivated to play anymore. That being said, I definitely got $60 worth of entertainment out of the game, and if the expansion can solve the problems from the main game, I'll buy it on day one. The gameplay itself is a lot of fun, they just need to stretch out the item hunt some more, add some more interesting affixes, and maybe balance some of the abilities so that they can all be more useful. They're very close to another addicting game.
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Anonymous
July 20, 2012 1:39:32 PM

Another pay to play beta...glad I passed on this one and pre-ordered Torchlight 2 and Guild Wars 2 instead.
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July 20, 2012 3:14:10 PM

I was very disappointed by Diablo 3. The stripping out of character design was pretty bad, but they also made the game pretty boring. Diablo 3 was a phoned in cash grab by Blizzard.
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July 20, 2012 3:35:26 PM

I just hope that the sales figures encourage more PC-exclusives (or at least "developed for the PC, dumbed down for the console" games), and the eventual decline in active players discourages AH-like stuff and always-online requirements.
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July 20, 2012 3:51:14 PM

I haven't played in a month...
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July 20, 2012 3:55:28 PM

"It's patronizing and dangerously Orwellian."

I read that in the comments and didn't know if I should laugh because it's so absurd or to cry because the comment had six thumbs up with other people agreeing with it....

For a laugh I would love to hear any theories on how Diablo 3 is being used to control people through the spreading of propaganda and/or misinformation.
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Anonymous
July 20, 2012 5:38:35 PM

A friend had really hyped Diablo 3 to me so I ended up buying it. Beat it on normal with a wizard. Had fun but it was kind of a short game. So then I tried nightmare and found it a lot more difficult, and boring since it was basically the same thing with just tougher monsters. So finally beat nightmare and then tried Hell. Couldn't get very far. I had never used the auction houses, but I have a feeling that's the only way most people can beat the game on Hell and Inferno, especially with a wizard. Seems like all of the gear that drops is either not for my class or not any better than the stuff that dropped on normal and nightmare. By the time I got to Hell level I was still wearing one item from normal.
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July 20, 2012 6:00:47 PM

hubbs_67"It's patronizing and dangerously Orwellian."I read that in the comments and didn't know if I should laugh because it's so absurd or to cry because the comment had six thumbs up with other people agreeing with it.... For a laugh I would love to hear any theories on how Diablo 3 is being used to control people through the spreading of propaganda and/or misinformation.


"It's a great game. You're having fun. You'd have more fun if you gave us money via the auction house." - Actiblizz.

There ya go! ;) 
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July 20, 2012 6:01:43 PM

hubbs_67"It's patronizing and dangerously Orwellian."I read that in the comments and didn't know if I should laugh because it's so absurd or to cry because the comment had six thumbs up with other people agreeing with it.... For a laugh I would love to hear any theories on how Diablo 3 is being used to control people through the spreading of propaganda and/or misinformation.


You are missing the point. You are talking about is one type of control, which in the case of a bloody video game does not really apply, does it?

But when a company directs when you play your single player game, then yes. If they are able through any means to prevent you from using your own property (that you paid for)...well...what do you call that?

Limit the scope enough and hopefully you'll see what the poster meant.

I don't know if I made any sense whatsoever though...
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July 20, 2012 6:20:21 PM

Everyone disappointed with D3 needs to check out Path of Exile's open beta next month. I paid the $15 to be in the closed beta, and have been having a blast with it.

And I preordered TL2 already. :D 
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July 20, 2012 10:40:12 PM

The bosses in D3 were a laughing stock past normal mode... I was very impressed with Act 1 and 2 bosses, but Act 3 and 4 were garbage. I feel like they could have done a lot better with the last 2 bosses...
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July 21, 2012 10:24:34 AM

no pvp and no xp to gain(max lvl after 24 hours), the only two reasons to go item hunting.

the game failed big time.
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July 21, 2012 5:00:07 PM

ZingamDiablo II was a shit. Diablo (the original game) was amazing when I played it back in 1997. Diablo II was like a shot of some great drink (Diablo) with lots of added water, lots of water.

Must agree that D1 was 1 of the best games ever but that doesn't make D2 bad.

I still have a saved Hellfire profile, last changed 12 years ago xD
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July 23, 2012 4:19:56 PM

"utter pleasure in the sales numbers" Hook.
"we will work hard to conquer for future releases" Line.
"we’re committed to delivering an awesome game experience" And sinker.

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