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Diablo 3: "The Hell?"
Posted: Thursday June 21st, 2012 by

I've had my issues with the way Blizzard has decided to handle Diablo 3. I make no bones about the fact that I think it's stupid that internet connectivity is required to play a game that is, at its core, single player. And now, characters made on digitally purchased Diablo 3 accounts will be handicapped in the first 72 hours to an Act I, Level 13 cap? [more info] That's bullshit.

I can (begrudgingly) understand if Blizzard wants a player who intends to play online, pvp, sell items, etc. to have played their intended character 100% on Battle.Net. But, having bought the game, I would like to be able to play it on my laptop if the internet goes out. Or if we go on vacation where we have no immediate access to the internet. The DRM is so heavy handed that offline play not an option though. And now, if you opt into the idea of buying the game digitally, you're limited so severely in your first 72 hours? How the hell is that a good idea? Blizzard says this is required " to combat fraud and other malicious activities that can weaken everyone's play experience". But what about the "play experience" of a completely valid, new buyer? They're punished the same way a hacker/cheater is?

Big heaping piles of bullshit Blizzard. Big heaping piles.

----- Update -----

There has been some assertion that the post made by the Blizzard employee was poorly written, that it should read "up to 72 hours". The reason offered is that it's a measure to prevent gold sellers from using fraudulent credit cards and that the waiting period is just the amount of time it takes to validate the card. That would be fine if that was how the Blue Poster described the situation. But it wasn't. Neither was that how a Blizzard Agent "clarified" it. [more info] And, I still haven't gotten word from Blizzard, but they did conveniently email me 25 Mists of Pandaria beta keys to give away.

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