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Game Breaking Bug Already Spotted in Diablo 3

By - Source: Kotaku | B 93 comments

Diablo 3's launch has been a tale of server outages and player woe...

You’d think that after successfully launching a game that’s been hyped for well over a decade, Blizzard’s Diablo III team would be sitting back to relax. Apparently not. Every Diablo III developer I spoke to at the game’s launch party at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Blizzard’s home city said that they’d be right back at work the next day.

Between all the Error 37s I’ve encountered through the 15th and 16th, I can definitely see why. Blizzard’s got their work cut out for them. Diablo III players know what I’m talking about. For most of the first day of the launch, Diablo III servers were overloaded and under maintenance, much to the sorrow (and sometimes wrath) of gamers who had ditched work or school in order to play the game.

Despite those hoops and ladders to jump through in order to play Diablo III, gamers have other concerns to worry about when playing: game breaking bugs. The trigger for the bug is fairly easy to trigger too. After acquiring the Warrior companion, if Diablo III players decide to equip the NPC party member with a shield, they will be kicked off of the server with an Error 3006.

Blizzard’s already been made aware of the issue and actually has compiled an entire list of game breaking bugs on the community forums. It's currently in the process of addressing each of these bugs.

It’s sad to see a game that’s been so highly anticipated be plagued with such launch issues. Then again, at least it’s not Duke Nukem Forever.

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    Nightsilver , May 17, 2012 12:23 PM
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    delaro , May 17, 2012 12:16 PM
    Yeah sure looking like it was worth $60, glad I didn't waste my money on it.
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    Nakal , May 17, 2012 12:42 PM
    We are yelling at Blizzard about login problems because you should not have to login to play the single player side of the game.
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    hallowed_dragon , May 17, 2012 12:09 PM
    Wow...what a game breaking bug /sarcasm.
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    wasteoftime , May 17, 2012 12:15 PM
    This game is nothing but disappointment. Even when you can log on the graphics are terrible, they've (practically) eliminated character customization, and the lag is awful. If you're trying to play hardcore the lag is a huge disadvantage.

    Also, this is a game breaking bug. You are bound to try to give your NPC equipment, and when you do you get booted from the game entirely? With all the other problems it's ridiculous.
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    delaro , May 17, 2012 12:16 PM
    Yeah sure looking like it was worth $60, glad I didn't waste my money on it.
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    lordcrazex , May 17, 2012 12:20 PM
    "Then again, at least it’s not Duke Nukem Forever."

    well....not yet....
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    Nightsilver , May 17, 2012 12:23 PM
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    Anonymous , May 17, 2012 12:27 PM
    Not that I'm not playing it, but it really seems just like a "repainted" version of DiabloII with somewhat better graphics and essentially all the same areas and mobs (at least in Act I and II). Lots of new stuff under the hood and there are bound to be bugs - I would like to see any of the whiners do better.
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    absorber , May 17, 2012 12:28 PM
    Everyone's acting like 5 year olds yelling at blizzard for bugs and login problems. As Nightsilver rightly points out, it's been two days. I mean come on people, what would you expect? And a temporary bug preventing login isn't game-breaking, that's nonsense. I've played almost all of normal difficulty and it's a good game. Reviewers with more experience know this and have generally given it good press, deservedly so.
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    Fabel , May 17, 2012 12:28 PM
    With all the negative comments everywhere I feel like I'm the only one enjoying it. Only lvl 26 barbarian and a couple tens but... I like it. I did not try to play al oo:o o on day one, but I've been playing a couple nights with no problems. Btw gave my follower a couple shields already...

    On the other hand I miss the DII necro... a lot. And at least at low level the Wizard sucks big time.
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    Anonymous , May 17, 2012 12:31 PM
    The bug only happened with one class, under specific circumstances. Also, I think it's already been patched, so your reporting on something 2 days old and already fixed.
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    Cy-Kill , May 17, 2012 12:33 PM
    Funny thing, I've equiped the Templar with a magic spear & shield and I didn't get kicked off, no error showed up.
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    NuclearShadow , May 17, 2012 12:36 PM
    I'm not terribly surprised that there are issues like this. I do wonder however how this certain bug somehow slipped under the radar as it sounds to be like a common action a player would do.
    I decided it would be best to wait it out and not buy at launch to not have to deal with issues like this and hopefully pick the game up on sale. I waited 12 years, adding a little more time to that isn't going to change anything.
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    memadmax , May 17, 2012 12:38 PM
    The more complex a system, the more prone to errors it will become...

    This applies to all forms of systems: Software, Hardware, Automotive, Social, Government, Economic, Academic, Infrastructure, Mechanical, Mathematical, Environmental, etc, etc, etc......
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    elbert , May 17, 2012 12:40 PM
    I had pre ordered 2 retail games but canceled them after the boring run during the beta weekend. Unlimited resets resulting in ever player of my class having the same skills sucks. One of the things that made diablo 2 so re playable not to mention stat points that made diablo 1 stand out. This game is limited to single path that will require many expansions to keep players. Think ill look for a game with more modern graphics. This old style graphics design needed ever advantage possible which clearly it doesn't.
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    Lord Captivus , May 17, 2012 12:41 PM
    It keeps amazing me how all game companies can "test" games with a lot of users that cant find a "easy to trigger" bug.
    Why does this keep happening?
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    Nakal , May 17, 2012 12:42 PM
    We are yelling at Blizzard about login problems because you should not have to login to play the single player side of the game.
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    brett1042002 , May 17, 2012 12:42 PM
    I have yet to come across this "game breaking bug." I've equipped my Templar with a few different shields and weapons so far. I never crashed because of this specifically.

    My crashes have been random and in different locations. No consistency to them.

    Very annoying though. I gave up last night after getting disconnected 7-8 times in a row.
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    abalis , May 17, 2012 12:51 PM
    Templar shield bug? What templar shield bug? Oh, you mean the one that was fixed on launch day? Yeah, because I'm a Demon Hunter (the primary class affected by that bug) and I've been equipping shields on my templar all day long without a problem. Because, as Blizzard announced, they fixed it. Way to try and capitalize on old, outdated news.
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    maxinexus , May 17, 2012 12:54 PM
    Was kicked out yesterday..." server client has disconnected..." anyway it was time to sleep. So far not impressed with D3. Took me like hour to connect error 37.
    Now after 3 espressos and exciting win of SVK over CAN ...I'm pumped!
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    hallowed_dragon , May 17, 2012 12:57 PM
    I really like how people try to overstate the importance of some things in order to get page hits. I also like how others downvote people who actually play the game and enjoy it. I pre-ordered Diablo 3, and I couldn't play at the 12:00 when the game was release. I could not play the next day for that matter and I am still enjoying the game now. I don't have nothing against Blizzard and I feel like this game brings back the feeling I had in D2.: very nice story and loads of fun.
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    d_kuhn , May 17, 2012 12:57 PM
    There are 3 of us playing in my home (me, wife, son) and so far (huge knock on wood) we've had zero issues, no bugs, no server full, and fun multiplayer mayhem. It's definitly true to the Diablo name gameplay wise and I'm disappointed they dumbed down levelling... but so far it's been just as fun to play as the first two.

    Having said that... I so far see absolutely zero value to the customer in having a sp/lan mp game require hosted servers to play, Diablo is one of the VERY few titles I'd tolerate it with... other games I just wouldn't buy (until they're $9.00 bargain bin on steam).
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