The Diablo game franchise has some of the most passionate fans out there, and those passionate fans have been waiting over a DECADE for the newest installment in the series, Diablo III, which finally reached their hands this week.
But where you would expect pure elation from said passionate Diablo fanbase, there’s an unexpected amount of anger mixed in with some of the praise.
In the game’s first days out, servers have crashed in an apocalyptical fashion only Roland Emmerich would appreciate. Most think it’s just because the game is brand new and that things will be fine in time, while others, knowing the reason it’s happening in the first place, aren’t happy. Not at all.
So we the Geeks of Doom ask thee, Diablo players, which side are you on? Speak your thoughts below!
See, Blizzard—the same company behind the mega-popular World of Warcraft—decided to bring a little of that MMO flare to Diablo III. And by “flare” we mean “hassle.” And by “hassle” we mean that the game would always be connected to the internet and every player who acquired their copy of the game (the most pre-ordered game of all time on Amazon) would have to log in every time they wanted to play, just like you would for an MMO. The issue here is that Diablo III is not an MMO; Diablo III is a single-player game that includes co-op play.
And so all of these players who have waited over a decade to finally get this game—many of which disappeared from work and their general social lives to dedicate their time solely to playing—have sat around looking at error messages waiting for Blizzard to fix the issues. You can understand why they’re a little heated.
Being a neutral party who’s never played Diablo I can see both sides of the coin. Sure, big games like this come out and sometimes it takes some patience before they’re running at top speed. Hopefully, before long, the game will be easily accessible by all with only the simple chore of logging in to deal with.
On the other hand, it seems stunningly useless for Blizzard to force fans of this single-player game (especially those fans who have been waiting since Diablo II) to log in and constantly be connected to the ‘net, effectively forcing them to deal with all these server issues, whether they’re OK with it or not. And speaking of server issues, it seems strange that Blizzard wasn’t better prepared for this, one of the most anticipated and most pre-ordered games of all time.
But again, I’ve not played the game and my admitted lack of knowledge renders my opinion useless. It is you the Diablo faithful we want to hear from.
Are you okay with the early problems Diablo III has had and can you wait patiently as they hopefully get them sorted out? Or are you frustrated and angry by the way this game you’ve waited so very long for has finally arrived at your door?