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No LAN for Diablo III Too?

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Looks as though Blizzard is sticking to its guns in regards to making Battle.net the multiplayer destination for all of its games.

Recently Blizzard revealed that StarCraft II will not offer LAN support when the first installment hits the market by the end of the year. Although the company cited piracy and security problems, Blizzard's overall plan is to make Battle.net the multiplayer destination for all of its games. With that said, the news that Diablo III may not offer LAN support should not be quite as shocking. In fact, gamers should count on Blizzard not supporting LAN from now on.

Strangely enough, the comments made by Blizzard Community Manager "Bashiok" in regards to LAN support were deleted from the Blizzard forums. However, this website managed to grab the discussion before mysterious forces magically eradicated the topic. His response was actually sparked by one commenter complaining that removing LAN support only hurts legitimate buyers. After all, pirates will take the time to reverse engineer the game and enable LAN support anyway. Bashiok didn't seem to agree.

"More so than overbearing/invasive anti-piracy measures that would affect everyone who buys the game regardless of how they're going to play it instead of just those that may want a LAN feature?" Bashiok responded. "I would doubt it. I don't know a lot about it, Diablo III isn't really facing the brunt of the Battle.net 2.0 features just yet, but I think that removing LAN in an attempt to avoid more severe anti-piracy measures is pretty cool. We're saying 'Hey, we're pretty sure you're going to love our game. The multiplayer is really the best part though. In order to get in on that that we'd just like to make sure you bought the game. Cool?'"

While LAN is highly unlikely, Activision Blizzard made it perfectly clear that consumers who purchase StarCraft II (and more than likely Diablo III) will have the ability to play on Battle.net with no additional fee. Although Diablo and Diablo II offered LAN support, consumers who purchased either title could play multiplayer games online via Battle.net free without an additional fee.

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    Raidur , July 8, 2009 12:11 AM
    NOT cool. What about those of us who LAN w/o internet? I have been to a number of LANs which didn't have an internet connection. And the 2 most anticipated games by us are only going to be playable on internet capable LANs only??? (not to mention those stuck on dialup and have a LAN at home) NOT cool at ALL. That smells like 5 sale losses right there, and 1 download from the pirate community. Marvelous!
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    stromm , July 8, 2009 2:53 AM
    I've played computer games since the late 70's. I think it's pitiful that kids would rather play sitting all alone in a dark room than with a group of friends in a LAN party. I much prefer LAN parties because of that social interaction. Much the same reason I liked D&D. I still play Diablo 1&2 over LAN because it's more fun that way. Tried online many times and got sick of hackers, cheaters and just plain aholes who screwed with everyone instead of being serious about the game.
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    the_one111 , July 8, 2009 12:12 AM
    First the butchering of the Warcraft world by the greasy claws of greed and now this?

    So much for me buying starcraft 2/Diablo 3. Stop smoking the weed blizzard.

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    christop , July 7, 2009 11:59 PM
    That sucks......
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    BeAuMaN , July 8, 2009 12:02 AM
    If I recall correctly... wasn't there a newsbit a while back about how Battle.net was going to start "monetizing" certain features? I'm curious as to what features they're going to monetize... because if it's anything related to what we now consider basic online play from WarCraft III and Diablo II... cutting out LAN is a real good way to get everyone to pay for it.
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    Raidur , July 8, 2009 12:11 AM
    NOT cool. What about those of us who LAN w/o internet? I have been to a number of LANs which didn't have an internet connection. And the 2 most anticipated games by us are only going to be playable on internet capable LANs only??? (not to mention those stuck on dialup and have a LAN at home) NOT cool at ALL. That smells like 5 sale losses right there, and 1 download from the pirate community. Marvelous!
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    mcnuggetofdeath , July 8, 2009 12:12 AM
    Screw Blizzard. Not buying that game. Wanted to, but I shouldnt have to rely on someone else's server to enjoy a product I purchased.
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    the_one111 , July 8, 2009 12:12 AM
    First the butchering of the Warcraft world by the greasy claws of greed and now this?

    So much for me buying starcraft 2/Diablo 3. Stop smoking the weed blizzard.

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    h0llow , July 8, 2009 12:30 AM
    uhh correct me if im wrong but can't people just make a dummy server out of a pc somehow anyways? even though it'd take work to do it, a pc, and probably some hair yanking. then surely can't be too bad.. hm.. don't know. never truly played on a LAN before really so i can't speak out. has to be some sort of way though.
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    ph3412b07 , July 8, 2009 12:35 AM
    First there's no LAN support, then eventually Battle.net is going to have a monthly fee. Obviously they'd lose everything if they didn't offer free Battle.net play at first...to hook in the suckers. I'm done with Blizzard, they're not getting a cent more out of me.
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    tayb , July 8, 2009 12:37 AM
    Congratulations pirates. You managed to convince Blizzard that in order to secure revenue from these two games and fight piracy they need to force customers to use Battle.net to authenticate each game. I find it even more ironic that the people here at Toms Hardware get mad at this while at the same time admit and boast about their illegal downloading habits whenever TPB or RIAA articles come up. You keep breaking into my house I'll get a nice fancy alarm. You don't have the right to get pissed about the alarm. Only the neighbors who get woken up by the alarm have the right to get pissed. You thieves need to sit here and reap what you sowed. You've ruined it for the legitimate buyers.
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    The_Blood_Raven , July 8, 2009 12:57 AM
    So no starcraft 2 for me and now no diablo 3 for me either? Oh well.
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    efeat , July 8, 2009 1:05 AM
    Well, at least this makes my game purchasing decisions rather simple. Every couple weeks, me and 4-5 other guys get together and spend a day lanning. If Blizzard no longer supports LAN games, then I have no choice but to no longer support Blizzard. It's as simple as that.
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    IronRyan21 , July 8, 2009 1:09 AM
    I wonder if Activision has anything to do with this? hmmmm....
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    IzzyCraft , July 8, 2009 1:12 AM
    Whats the fun of Diablo lan anyways? no ladder no fun. Closed battle.net all the way for diablo
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    chripuck , July 8, 2009 1:16 AM
    taybCongratulations pirates. You managed to convince Blizzard that in order to secure revenue from these two games and fight piracy they need to force customers to use Battle.net to authenticate each game. I find it even more ironic that the people here at Toms Hardware get mad at this while at the same time admit and boast about their illegal downloading habits whenever TPB or RIAA articles come up. You keep breaking into my house I'll get a nice fancy alarm. You don't have the right to get pissed about the alarm. Only the neighbors who get woken up by the alarm have the right to get pissed. You thieves need to sit here and reap what you sowed. You've ruined it for the legitimate buyers.


    They're not doing this for anti-piracy. If that was all they were worried about they could add an internet authentication method to the code but still allow LAN play. You'd still have to have an internet connection to LAN but once you authenticate you'd be fine. I agree with another poster, this is the first step towards some sort of pay service.
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    hemelskonijn , July 8, 2009 1:18 AM
    Leaving out the LAN feature means i cant run any 50+ LAN any more since the place where i host them has a really crappy internet connection which really should not be used for anything at all if possible.

    I get that it is a way to make pirating software harder but cant they just force you to i register at battle.net and verify before you are able to setup a local server?

    This just forces me to create a dummy battle.net server and run from there which would be against the eula i guess.
    However there is no way i want to stop hosting my LAN's and i would prefer to play (and therefore host) at least starcraft 2 there.
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    Anonymous , July 8, 2009 1:20 AM
    When Blizzard spend some of their billions made with Wow on a server in Australia so the ping's aren't 200+ then it 'might' be worthwhile, until then I wont return to battle net or purchase anything new from them. I'll continue to play D2 on a LAN with mates

    Anyone remember you could play starcraft with 1 cd for 3 players on a lan
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    rockabye , July 8, 2009 1:25 AM
    I agree with mcnuggetofdeath.
    I wanted to get it too, but it's been so long that I first heard about it that I just don't give a crap anymore.
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    matt87_50 , July 8, 2009 1:27 AM
    i haven't been to a LAN cafe in a long time, but the ones I went to charged you extra for a computer with net access. IT DOESN'T NEED THE NET, so why make it DEPENDENT ON THE NET! shall we make pocket calculators require A NET CONNECTION TO FUNCTION?!?!?

    taybCongratulations pirates. You managed to convince Blizzard that in order to secure revenue from these two games and fight piracy they need to force customers to use Battle.net to authenticate each game. I find it even more ironic that the people here at Toms Hardware get mad at this while at the same time admit and boast about their illegal downloading habits whenever TPB or RIAA articles come up. You keep breaking into my house I'll get a nice fancy alarm. You don't have the right to get pissed about the alarm. Only the neighbors who get woken up by the alarm have the right to get pissed. You thieves need to sit here and reap what you sowed. You've ruined it for the legitimate buyers.


    what if your alarm went off every time you came home? no matter what? yet when a burglar came, they just switched off your power and stopped it from going off? would you be pissed off then? we get angry about DRM cause in general, it has more negative effects on legitimate buyers than pirates, at the very best, it just puts everyone in the same boat as pirates, effectively treating us all like criminals. most DRM solutions are the equivalent to "whats that? someone murdered someone with a gun? well, guns are illegal now. huh? a drink driver caused an accident? fine, will ban drinking... and cars..."

    even more infuriating in this case, is that blizzard - which must be the richest company in the world cause of WoW - just wants everyone to connect to battlenet so they can make money off advertising, and control, or at least keep an eye on what everyone is doing. i mean, they are as bad as apple.
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    zaam , July 8, 2009 1:27 AM
    Dang. I remember the original Starcraft let you use 1 copy to install it onto 8 PCs so you could LAN with your buddies. Ah... those were the good ol' days.
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    Quitoman , July 8, 2009 1:43 AM
    Who the hell ever plays Diablo games over LAN anyway? It's hilarious to read comments like "So no starcraft 2 for me and now no diablo 3 for me either? Oh well." when really they're just crying inside and are going to buy it when it comes out anyway.
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    wasteoftime , July 8, 2009 2:13 AM
    ZOMG NO LAN?!?!?!?!?! HOW COULD THEY!!!! What year is it? They're probably not going to provide glide driver support for 3dfx cards either.

    The twelve of you that might not buy it because it lacks LAN support will be far outweighed by the ten million people that are going to buy it regardless. It's not like they cut the real multiplayer or single player out. Blizzard learned a long time ago (when they released WoW) where the real cash is.
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