Saturday, 6 August 2011

Pre-Release Discussion 1#: Diablo III

    Lately I have found myself surrounded in discussion of one game, Diablo III. For those who are unfamiliar with the Diablo series,  it's a fairly simple RPG as you explore dungeons, collect weapons and armour, and kill monsters to gain levels. Not a very unique game but certainly one that many people became hooked into from the start. But i'm not here to discuss the past, but rather the future of the Diablo series.

   What to expect from Diablo 3: A graphically enhanced, Diablo 2 with the option to essentially "buy" your avatar by paying real world money to buy in-game items from other players. You might be thinking, well why should I care: how does this affect me? Whether you are paying cash for items, or simply trying to play the game normally this WILL have a very negative affect on your gaming. I'll take blizzards trademark MMORPG, World of Warcraft as an example. In WoW, the selling of gold or items for real world money is against the game rules, although still on any given day you can expect your favorite farming or grinding spot to be PACKED with gold farmers, all playing for the sole purpose of making money. Now imagine how bad the problem will be on a game where selling items for real world money is not only legal, but ENCOURAGED.

   So should I buy the game?  A question iv'e been asked more times than i'd prefer, but one that I can feel confident in answering when I say; no. I'm not here to babysit people into what games to buy and not to buy, but unless you are a die-hard fan of the series, I have to encourage everyone NOT to purchase this game just to stop any further encouragement towards Blizzard that this is a good idea. Once they see the revenue this brings in, there not going to think twice about doing it to there next game. At that, I must add one last note... that if you do buy this game, as it is very likely I will end up buying it too, that you do not make use of the legal real world trading as it is simply a game ruining feature.

-Take my words with a grain of salt because that is all they are, my words, my opinion. I say this simply because I know there are alot of Diablo fans who won't be too thrilled with what I have to say in this blog.

33 comments:

  1. You make some very good points but I gotta wonder if it might be better! Without players able to make money from illegally selling stuff it might make the bottom drop out!

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  2. Yeah I agree I'm not a diehard fan and am not really interested in this one.
    +followed

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  3. I really hate when they do things like this, why pay real world money for things that only exist in the digital world?

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  4. these types of games are always addicting, i still play d2 sometimes, so this one will be even more addicting i think. but the auction house with actual money seems interesting.

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  5. I can't wait for diablo 3 to come out I am probably going to waste about 6 months of my life on that game I've already planned it all out.

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  6. Nice, i know if i started i would have continued playing, no matter how bad it was. Thanks for the warning! +followed

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  7. This may break my addiction to EVE-Online when it comes out.

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  8. I've got two weeks of vacation set aside just for this. No joke.

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  9. Think to make a fair call will need to see it closer to the finished product to make a good judgement on auction features.

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  10. if u have played D1 + 2 + Expansions and you are really in to RPG then you should definitely buy this one!

    not only because of free bnet access, but also because of making real cash online, which is pretty lucrative! :D

    last but not least ... it is DIABLO III

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  11. I cant wait for D3 to come out!

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  12. im still waiting for guild wars 2 and red orchestra 2: heroes of stalingrad, those will keep me entertained. im not really interested in D3

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  13. Afaik, this is gonna be multiplayer only. Smells like wow to me.

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  14. gold farmers have always been a problem so they're taking a new position. Seems fair to me.

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  15. I am going to stay the hell away from this one. I need to study!

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  16. It's an easy ecuation:

    Time it's money.

    Playing diablo 3 is time, and the opportunity cost say that your time (even free time) have some type of value for you, and you can translate that value in money.

    Then you have: If the value of your that time you need to achieve something that makes you have fun is less than the value of the time you need to have that money itself, then you will exchange your "work_and_get_money" time for your "free" time, because your free time has more value to you than your working time, and you want to spend it having fun, not killing a thousand mobs trying to get that sword.

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  17. i think it will be worth buying for sure. im a huge fan of the series!

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  18. Kinda sucks that they went with the WoW-style graphics... other then that it looks great :)

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  19. After this wait.. It better be FANTASTIC! I will play it no matter what though... :p

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  20. They might as well make money off of what's illegally going on.

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  21. I doubt a gamer boycott would work. Well, if it was successful it would work but does anyone remember the CoD or L4D2 boycotts?

    Yeah, people still went out and bought the games in droves.

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  22. Man, I'm still kinda on the fence about the RMAH though, but if play D3 just as much as i played D2, it could end up being pretty profitable to myself, buy other then making money off it, i would never actually buy items of it. Just not worth it.

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  23. It's shitty, but better than all the current sites that sell D2 items... plus hell, a little bit of money from running raids would be nice. I can't tell you how clogged my mules are from all the crap I've traded for, but that is also difficult to trade away for a good price.

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  24. Love rpg games. Diablo is a tad scary though! Wandering in caves with a speck of light just freaks me out. I think i'll stick with AoE3, haha.
    Followed for love of video games!

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  25. not into the whole rpg thing but got hooked on the hybrid fallout NV

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  26. I've always wanted to play the Diablo series... Never got around to it...

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  27. Never played Diablo, looks interesting and I always hear my friends talk about it though.

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  28. Well if blizzard doesn't do it some else will do it for them.
    I can't say I agree with everything that blizzard does but I can see what they were thinking when they came with this new policy.
    I just hope they aren't shooting themselves on the foot.

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  29. I dont see how blizzard expects anyone to buy a game with 0 offline support, LAN or single player, when these are EACH important features of the series.

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  30. Cant wait for Diablo the auction house sounds like a great idea!

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