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HoboMaster 05-16-2012 02:12 PM

Diablo 3
Anyone played it yet? Mines in the mail, I used to play D2 like crazy in 6th grade, was the main reason I learned how to type well ;)

I've heard of some issues with getting it to run and server instability... Really hoping I don't have to download a typical 20GB Blizzard patch once I get it installed...

jojoinabox 05-16-2012 02:25 PM

I'm getting it...and I'm saying goodbye to the last little bit of my social life...

Plan for summer: glacier riding + beach + skateboarding + diablo 3 = perfect :p

CheeseForSteeze 05-16-2012 02:28 PM

From what I understand, the game content is not on the CD you get. The CD just contains installation client and the serial key you link to your BNet account. You have to download all the game content.

HoboMaster 05-16-2012 05:49 PM

Great, typical fucking Blizzard. I have a data cap on my internet here - which means I won't be able to DL anything to the computer which can actually play the game - AKA not my laptop :/

CheeseForSteeze 05-16-2012 09:24 PM

I agree. I'm not quite sure what the point of shipping a CD/DVD set with only a serial key but leaving the content to be retrieved from the server. The game client already authenticates with in order to combat single player piracy. The whole point of an on-line distribution model is to eliminate physical distribution and retail overhead and the whole point of still having physical retail distribution is to reduce bandwidth consumption for both the users and game developer's servers. It saves them no money to not include the majority of the game content with the retail package.

This model literally takes the worst of both but gains hardly any of the benefits of either.

Nefarious 05-16-2012 10:30 PM

The even bigger problem, which people are complaining about, is that Blizzard is cutting out all the businesses that could potentially sell the full game client. The lost revenue for small to medium business is pretty substantial.

I don't know all the details, so this may be completely inaccurate. I read something about it today and was pretty disappointed in their poor choice of economy stimulation considering they're one of the biggest game developers out there.

snowklinger 05-16-2012 11:08 PM

why would you not just order the digital copy?

I had it DL'ed completely like 2 weeks ago, fully installed at 8am like 18 hours before servers went live.

They had alot of downtime yesterday, and servers were extremely busy for the first 4 hours of opening night.

I've still had PLENTY of time to play, plus Blizz has gotten REALLY good at this kind of stuff. Very soon downtime will be to regular maintenance only, they know what is expected. They've been doing multiplayer games (not single player games put on the internet) for like 20 years.

Nothing is out of the ordinary for Blizzard on this one.

*pretty sure you can still go dL the whole game client and then just authenticate it when your key gets here.

LordOrion 05-17-2012 05:18 AM

I'm freakin'out for Diablo III, beside the installation issues and the problems on B.Net during the first 2 days, it's great! If you loved Diablo 2, you're going to get mad for the D3!

HoboMaster 05-17-2012 08:28 AM

I bought it with an Amazon gift-card I got for my birthday, so a digital copy wasn't really an option. It is really strange how they decided to launch it - if they're not going to put content on disks, why the hell are they even selling physical copies? They could have successfully initiated the first all-digital release of a videogame. It seems like the far-future of game sales is going to shift away from retail anyways.

Either way, I'm still pretty excited. I'm fine with getting Blizzard games a few days late because the first few days are a clusterfuck anyways with launch bugs. I'll just bring my tower to a friend's house in town and let it download.

Rider161 05-17-2012 08:49 AM

It's good.. better once you hit level 10 with any character. I would agree with some that no skill points to spend is a bit saddening as I do enjoy different builds in Path of Exile, however each game is enjoyable to play for their different aspects for a dungeon crawler :)

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