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Blizzard Re-Enabling Diablo 3 Game Limits; Duping Returns

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While Blizzard is re-enabling game limits in Diablo 3, players have found a new way to dupe items.

On Monday night Blizzard announced that it would re-enable game limits in Diablo 3 in the near future. The studio said the limit is meant to help stamp out bots and exploits, and that anyone who is locked out of Diablo 3 for making too many games in a specific time period can contact Blizzard and explain the situation in order for Diablo 3 to be unlocked.

The news arrives after Diablo 3 players have reported that item duping seems to have returned despite Blizzard's best efforts. "[Item duping] is still occurring, as indicated by screenshots showing items with identical stats here, here and here," reports GamingBlend. "The items also sold quickly, which a player was able to screenshot before the items were completely gone from the auction house, which you can view here. What's more is that the duped items were also spotted on a live stream at Twitch TV, just fast forward to the 2 hour 25 minute mark."

According to the report, details on how to dupe items on the Battle.net forums were deleted by Blizzard. However Team Vietnahm has reportedly stepped forward to claim the duping, and is actually selling the instructions for 1 billion in-game gold. Additional screens and more info about the new duping process can be seen here on d2jsp.org.

As for re-enabling game limits, Blizzard said it's tuned and tested to ensure that it only affects those abusing the Diablo 3 game service in a way that violates the Terms of Use. An example would be using bots that create games in rapid succession.

"The use of bots not only impacts the stability of the game service, but it also has an impact on the player-driven economy," the company said. "While we regularly take action against accounts for the use of unauthorized third-party programs and bots, this additional measure will help us further preserve and protect the integrity of the game and economy in between ban waves."

Once the change goes live, Blizzard will be looking for feedback to help ensure that the limit is working as intended. "If you encounter the 'Input limit reached' message and feel you should not have, please let us know how many games you were creating and why," Blizzard added. "This information will help us ensure the limit minimally impacts legitimate players while still protecting the game against bots."

Blizzard also warned cheaters and botters that it will continue to pursue them "in other ways" without elaborating any further. Maybe the studio could use that rare 2-handed Sovereign Zeal bow item dupers are passing around -- it does 1244.8 points of damage per second. Then again, the Blizzard Banhamer probably does more than that by a long shot.

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    rohitbaran , July 18, 2012 12:17 AM
    With money getting involved even after you buy the game, I miss those days when gaming used to be a DRM free pleasure.
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    wildkitten , July 18, 2012 2:04 AM
    So cheaters and botters affect everyone's game? Gee, I thought I was told time and again that the online only would get rid of the cheaters, botters and dupers.

    You know, if Blizzard would only allow an offline component, not only would they increase sales of D3 as those who didn't buy it due to the online only requirement would then buy the game, but these measures that inconvenience players would then only inconvenience the people who wish to play the multiplayer portion of the game, not every player. But I guess Activision Blizzard is afraid that would decrease the amount of people who would be tempted to use the RMAH.
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    mindistortionz , July 18, 2012 12:19 AM
    I haven't played this game since week two after release, I'm not surprised about all the bots or dupes. The amount of players actually playing this has dropped off big time.
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  • 34 Hide
    rohitbaran , July 18, 2012 12:17 AM
    With money getting involved even after you buy the game, I miss those days when gaming used to be a DRM free pleasure.
  • 21 Hide
    mindistortionz , July 18, 2012 12:19 AM
    I haven't played this game since week two after release, I'm not surprised about all the bots or dupes. The amount of players actually playing this has dropped off big time.
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    dcompart , July 18, 2012 12:20 AM
    These limits will mainly reduce the efficiency of the vast majority of legitimate players that must rely on farming to either acquire good gear or enough gold to buy new gear. All this is another attempt by blizzard to force players into buying from the RMAH in order to advance through the higher difficulties.
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    magnumfinger , July 18, 2012 12:24 AM
    I can't believe you guys used gamingblend as a source of this info. That website is biased and most of its D3 articles are based from opinions or assumptions -- Imagine using its source from any random dude who posted from battle net?

    As for the item duping, it was hotfixed by blizzard long before anyone manage to profit from the said items.

    the whole process of duping was really a glitch and it's now useless.
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2012 1:00 AM
    I imagine rather than using a legendary bow, they're going to use lawyers...
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    bebangs , July 18, 2012 1:07 AM
    >> the original thread detailing the item duping process was deleted by Blizzard

    is trolling... http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/6079782262

    this is the pic on the thread - http://s8.postimage.org/6sag5mq7p/a7_01_lg.jpg
    jelly?
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    apr01 , July 18, 2012 2:02 AM
    I just can't believe the effort these people go to to cheat... in a FREAKING GAME!!!! Jeez, just play it an have fun and then go outside and have a life!
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    wildkitten , July 18, 2012 2:04 AM
    So cheaters and botters affect everyone's game? Gee, I thought I was told time and again that the online only would get rid of the cheaters, botters and dupers.

    You know, if Blizzard would only allow an offline component, not only would they increase sales of D3 as those who didn't buy it due to the online only requirement would then buy the game, but these measures that inconvenience players would then only inconvenience the people who wish to play the multiplayer portion of the game, not every player. But I guess Activision Blizzard is afraid that would decrease the amount of people who would be tempted to use the RMAH.
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    xerroz , July 18, 2012 2:14 AM
    Wasn't avoiding the possibility for duping one of the main justifications for having DRM? Yet another Blizzard fail
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    Yuka , July 18, 2012 3:16 AM
    I, for one, haven't bought D3 for the real-money involvement in it. Not because I don't like it, but because is a new system and D3 is the guinea pig of it. The one side effect of it, is this (stupid I might add) artificially imposed time before you can play after the legitimate purchase. If I can't call Blizzard (over seas) then I'm screwed? And in that same note; if someone wants to buy multiple games to farm it and make real money, why the hell is the feature even in the game in the first place? =/

    The idea behind it is not bad, but the execution and conception of it... Ugh... 10 years for this? Really Blizzard? Really?

    Cheers!
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    Tanquen , July 18, 2012 3:31 AM
    It’s kind of sad when tweaking a keyboard and mouse macro to get in and out the game after grabbing some gold that they have appear in the same spot over and over is more fun than the game. It’s not that bad but I’ve really had more fun and been more challenged working out the code. I’ve just been sharing the gold with my friend and buying some stuff to mess around. We played through the game ages ago. It’s ok for me to spend a bunch of time mindlessly farming for gold but I can’t have a macro do it small scale?

    Good thing there is no offline LAN option. It’s what lots of people wanted and would allow folks that just want to see some of the cool gear off line to um well, do that. But then they could not forcefully funnel people passed their online store and (try to) make some more money off you.

    The game is ok but it’s not $50-60 ok. If you are forced to play online and they are going to try and make more money off you the game should be free or like $10.
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    therabiddeer , July 18, 2012 3:37 AM
    This is highly likely not a dupe. If it was a dupe, why would he dupe a low end bow for 2 million? He could EASILY spend $50-100 on gold and get an item, or if he is smart several items worth 10 times that, then dupe those. Then he could proceed to only sell 1 at a time to avoid this attention and use a bot to automatically list another when one sells. Why in hell would he list 10 bows with the same stats and the same name and the same price if he could dupe? Why would you want to alert blizzard that there is in fact a dupe, especially when they can likely track the auctions back to the owner very easily. It is literally like throwing away tens of thousands of dollars.
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    buckcm , July 18, 2012 4:30 AM
    Torchlight 2.
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    fb39ca4 , July 18, 2012 4:40 AM
    If you had just kept this game offline, you wouldn't have to worry about cheaters because they would just be editing their save files.
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2012 5:11 AM
    Hell, people probibly try to cheat on purpose just in spite of what blizzard has done to our beloved diablo 3. I give these people a big high five. Stick it to the man. They deserve it.
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    aggroboy , July 18, 2012 7:17 AM
    dcompartThese limits will mainly reduce the efficiency of the vast majority of legitimate players that must rely on farming to either acquire good gear or enough gold to buy new gear. All this is another attempt by blizzard to force players into buying from the RMAH in order to advance through the higher difficulties.

    The 1st part is completely made-up statistics. How do you know what player base is affected? Will you be affected if you do heart of sin runs or warrior's rest?

    2nd is random conspiracy theory that doesn't measure up to basic reasoning. Can you predict human behaviour? Would players rather stop playing instead of going to RMAH?
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    kathiki , July 18, 2012 7:20 AM
    Yet another post about Diablo3. It seems this site is becoming too affiliated with this game or company. Are you really out of information?
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    thecolorblue , July 18, 2012 8:23 AM
    diablo 3 is an unmitigated disaster wherein corporate greed is singularly focused on pushing through continual game adjustments whose sole purpose is to make it more and more frustrating to play the game...

    and they want players to be frustrated so that players will be more likely to spend real world money on virtual items... the RMAH has destroyed the Diablo franchise and is destroying the Blizzard brand
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    The_Trutherizer , July 18, 2012 8:50 AM
    You have a good thing.
    People who think money is the best thing feels the warmth.
    They gravitate towards it trying to make the warmth their own.
    They suffocate the flame.
    Very sad.
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    damric , July 18, 2012 9:29 AM
    d2jsp

    Ruining Diablo since 2001.
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