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Diablo 3 Gamers Petition for Offline Gameplay Patch

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There's a petition demanding that Blizzard patch Diablo 3 so that gamers can play offline.

We actually saw this coming long before Diablo 3 arrived and proved that an online requirement to play can have a nasty, negative effect. Fans lashed out at Blizzard when the company first revealed the requirement, and now they're demanding that the studio release a patch allowing for offline play in the single-player campaign.

The petition was created by Nick Defina of Toronto, Canada and points to the game's Metacritic listing which currently shows a critic review score of 89 and a user score of 4.1. According to the site's statistics, 1,230 player scores are positive whereas 1,959 are negative -- 176 are listed as "mixed."

"[Fans] want to play anytime and anywhere without having the worry of an internet connection," the petition states. "Some fans can't afford a great internet connection."

Additional reasons of the petition include the $60 price tag which should warrant customers the ability to play the game however they want, and the need to create two Diablo 3 accounts: one for offline play and one for online.

As of this writing, the petition has achieved 199 signatures out of the 25,000 goal, including my own. The goal is expected to be achieved in no time once word of the petition begins to saturate the news channels.

"I just feel that Blizzard should be made aware of their mistakes," Defina told Tom's on Thursday. "I believe that Online DRM is constant pain for a lot of reasons. I think with the amount of resources that Blizzard posses that they are able to cater to both the online and the offline community alike. They can easily separate the Offline Community with a Gold Only Auction House and separate character built for online with the real money auction house.  After waiting 12 years, and 6.5 million people currently playing, I think that's a good indication of longevity."

"After personally spending $100 for the Collectors Edition to support their efforts for making a game I love and admired as a child, I was just hoping to play the game how I wanted to," he added.

In a related report, the Korea Fair Trade Commission on Tuesday said it launched an investigation into the Seoul office of Blizzard Entertainment to see if the company violated South Korea’s electronic commerce law.

The investigation stems from consumer complaints similar to what's said here in the States: connection issues, stability and more. Many angry customers simply want their money back, but Blizzard won't offer refunds when a product has been activated. However South Korea's relevant law guarantees a refund within seven days of purchase if problems with the product are not caused by the end-user.

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    nocteratus , June 1, 2012 2:13 AM
    If I can play Diablo 3 offline I'll get it right away.
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    wolley74 , June 1, 2012 2:12 AM
    Thank god finally
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    Energy96 , June 1, 2012 2:39 AM
    They will never cave to this. The whole design point of the game is to get people to use the real money AH. Once it is live it will be the only place to get the really good items. Who would sell a great item for gold when they can get cold hard cash instead.

    They have already gotten $60+ out of pretty much everyone that is going to play the game. They have absolutely nothing to lose if people quit and everything to gain by real money AH transaction profits. It's simple really.
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  • 22 Hide
    wolley74 , June 1, 2012 2:12 AM
    Thank god finally
  • 29 Hide
    nocteratus , June 1, 2012 2:13 AM
    If I can play Diablo 3 offline I'll get it right away.
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2012 2:20 AM
    Not sure how far this will go as its got to be more than a "patch" involved as a lot of the game processing is done server-side now and the "patch" would be a re-write of the game code to move the processing over to the client-side.
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    Unolocogringo , June 1, 2012 2:29 AM
    I will probably buy it once the always online is removed.
    Tried the beta and was able to connect to the servers once during the weekend.
    What good is it if you can not connect to the servers, or two years from now they decide they are not making enough money off of the game and shut down the servers.
    You can no longer play a game you purchased.
    I still have a lot of old games that I occasionally load up and play. But if they shut down the servers this is not possible.
  • 6 Hide
    livebriand , June 1, 2012 2:37 AM
    And of course, the people who pirate don't have to deal with this crap.

    Say, where is the petition you speak of?
  • 7 Hide
    samuelspark , June 1, 2012 2:37 AM
    They tried this for Starcraft 2. No way this is gunna work.
  • 18 Hide
    Energy96 , June 1, 2012 2:39 AM
    They will never cave to this. The whole design point of the game is to get people to use the real money AH. Once it is live it will be the only place to get the really good items. Who would sell a great item for gold when they can get cold hard cash instead.

    They have already gotten $60+ out of pretty much everyone that is going to play the game. They have absolutely nothing to lose if people quit and everything to gain by real money AH transaction profits. It's simple really.
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    Trialsking , June 1, 2012 2:44 AM
    Energy96They have already gotten $60+ out of pretty much everyone that is going to play the game. They have absolutely nothing to lose if people quit and everything to gain by real money AH transaction profits. It's simple really.


    Exactly, you guys keep paying ridiculous prices for games, so they will do whatever they want. Its the same thing with the CoD/Halo series; they can release steaming piles of crap and people keep dropping $60. When will people learn...
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    DaFees , June 1, 2012 2:45 AM
    Really, a petition for a patch to play D3 offline? I'd rather have a much more needed petition to play Starcraft II offline AND across LAN. I mean seriously Starcraft is the bigger of games even if the numbers suggest otherwise. Having to be online to play D3 isn't as bad as having to be online to play Starcraft II and trust me could you play Starcraft II offline AND across LAN it would('ve) easily sell(sold) more than D3.
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    whimseh , June 1, 2012 2:50 AM
    It really isn't that bad... lol. Not going to sign it.
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    greenspoon , June 1, 2012 2:57 AM
    This will never go anywhere. The last numbers I saw were 6.9 million copies sold. If they get the 25k sigs they are hoping for, that will equal 0.4%, yes 0.4% of the sold boxes. That is not nearly enough for Blizz to make this change.

    This is very similar to the people on the forums who have a "great idea" and make a thread about it. Then they get 50 pages of people saying they agree. In their mind that means Blizz should implement it. The problem is, the forum is not indicative in anyway of the actual population playing a game.

    Also, I love this quote.

    Quote:
    "After personally spending $100 for the Collectors Edition to support their efforts for making a game I love and admired as a child, I was just hoping to play the game how I wanted to," he added.


    The fact that you needed a connection to play this game has been known for months. If you did not like it, then DON'T BUY IT.
  • 9 Hide
    Yuka , June 1, 2012 2:59 AM
    Starcraft IIs campaign was playable offline, guys. The achievements weren't available though.

    Cheers!
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    wildkitten , June 1, 2012 3:01 AM
    Of course if Bobby Kotick wanted to be pro gamer, he would allow D3 to have offline play. But offline play will hurt the purpose it's there to server...to entice people to use the RMAH once it goes live. Blizzard can't make cash from you after you buy the game if you don't play online.
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    wildkitten , June 1, 2012 3:02 AM
    greenspoonThis will never go anywhere. The last numbers I saw were 6.9 million copies sold. If they get the 25k sigs they are hoping for, that will equal 0.4%, yes 0.4% of the sold boxes. That is not nearly enough for Blizz to make this change.This is very similar to the people on the forums who have a "great idea" and make a thread about it. Then they get 50 pages of people saying they agree. In their mind that means Blizz should implement it. The problem is, the forum is not indicative in anyway of the actual population playing a game.Also, I love this quote.The fact that you needed a connection to play this game has been known for months. If you did not like it, then DON'T BUY IT.


    Actually, that's not boxes sold. Over a million of that number got it for free with the Annual Pass.
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    iloqin , June 1, 2012 3:12 AM
    There are a few things that should need pointing out...

    One. There should be servers with Gold only Auction House, without the Real money auction house.

    Seriously, some guy wants to purchase some uber gear, that's great he spends his cash on it and does 150k DPS, but the competition factor is taken out from it...

    Two. That leads right into the "Single Player Mode" that leaves out the rest of that bunk stuff.

    Three. Refunds for South Koreans who are complaining? Well next time Blizzard shouldn't release it at the same time, maybe next time they'll just hold back South Korea release for 6 months until they made sure they hash out all of the issues with the servers. Seriously, those guys are complaining for their money back and the law that is granted there will just have Blizzard release the game in SK at a later date, so much for "opening day" anticipation. I know anything Blizzard is just the crazy in Korea, but imagine that... a company as big as Blizzard spends tons of money and time into a game, and you slam them for money back for a few hiccups? It's HAPPENED IN ALL OF BLIZZARDs GAMES I've PLAYED back from D1, D2, D3, WoW at release, Warcraft, etc.

    You should be lucky there are server problems, I for one enjoy playing co-op, makes the game less monotone.
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    husker , June 1, 2012 3:16 AM
    Everyone who bought the game and wants to play offline is part of the problem because they already voted with their wallets, which is probably the only kind of vote that Blizzard is paying attention to. Signing a petition after you already voted with you money is pointless.
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2012 3:25 AM
    Play offline they say, it will be fun to play it solo they say, we can crack it and still play it flawlessly they say

    No thanks, the game its great like this, and im looking forward to arenas and RMAH.
    The start was bumpy sure, but blizzard always fixs this errors, and they dont wait months/weeks to do it, thats also why ppl are so pissed of, they want to play it right NOW. (i wanna to!)

    But i rather wait while they are fixing things up with lightning response, than wait for months for other companies to (sometimes) do zero/squat/nothing/nada or improve in insignificant ways their games.

    "This patch will improve online response they said", 2 months later patch comes out and improves the interface to see the ping of other players in a more accurate way.

    kinda tired of that kind of bs tbh
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    aoneone , June 1, 2012 3:29 AM
    AHA IM GLAD I DIDNT BUY DIABLO 3 AND WASTED 60 BUCKS. THUMBS UP IF U GOT SKIDROW DIABLO 3 AND WAITING ^_^
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2012 3:29 AM
    Welp, that's the 3rd and final crybaby review of Diablo i'll ever read on Tom's.
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