Thu
May 17 2012 3:30pm

Diablo III Went Live This Week: The Burning Hells Rise Again

As we mentioned last week, this past Tuesday, May 15, marked the official launch of Blizzard’s Diablo III, and the Internet, as always, runneth over with feedback that runs the gamut from praise, to complaints, to out-and-out trolling. Good times for all! Sadly, as a victim of a delayed pre-order, I am one of the many gamers still waiting to set foot onto Blizzard’s servers; however, at least my wait isn’t due to Blizzard’s server issues, so I won’t belabor the point. With that said, if you, like me, are stuck at work and are looking for a way to satiate your clicking finger, here’s some news to tide you over.

Throughout the course of its launch week, Diablo III has brought us Error 37, angry gamers in full nerdrage mode, another Metacritic controversy, and millions of hours of reduced productivity around the globe. Impressive!

  • As has happened with every Blizzard game release in the past, as is now happening with Diablo III, and as will happen with every game Blizzard releases from now until the end of time, the official game servers are being hit hard by a mad onslaught of nerds. Predictably, this has led to the servers crying uncle and shutting down frequently in the first few days since launch, and has also vaulted Battle.net’s Error 37 into Internet meme infamy. The furor has also created a rallying point for those who have been advocating for an offline single-player experience for Diablo III from the start (an argument which has merit). However, some perspective is needed here. Server protest was inevitable for one of the biggest game launches in history, and Blizzard rarely lets connectivity issues hang around longer than a week or so after release. I have to admit, though, all the complaints have made waiting for my copy to come in somewhat less painful. I remember the frustration of Battle.net outages all too well.
  • In other outage-related news, gamers are complaining of lost in-game Achievements, sowing outrage and discontent amongst players who feel robbed of what basically amounts to Internet respect points. Blizzard QA quickly assured the hard-done-by masses that Achievements were not lost, but simply lagging due to the pressure on the servers, and the issue would be resolved in due time.
  • The official specs for a number of the game’s Legendary and Set items have made their way onto the official Game Guide webpage. Browse around and plan out which items you can base your build around.
  • Metacritic trolls are out in full force again for Diablo III, once more highlighting the flaws of gauging the worth of a game (or anything, really) by the word of the masses.
  • If you’re looking for some extensive, spoiler-free first impressions of the game while you wait to play it, Diablo IncGamers has got you covered.
  • Finally, a few preliminary reviews of the game are now filtering out, although frankly, I don’t see how anyone can make any kind of a complete assessment of the game without completing at least one entire playthrough and making their way into the higher difficulty levels.

 

Tor.com’s review will be coming in a week or two after we’ve had an opportunity to make a full evaluation. See you then!


Pritpaul Bains is an avid gamer and an alum of the 2008 Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. He may or may not return from the lands of Sanctuary sometime in the next year.

14 comments
chosen
1. chosen
Oh my goodness that Boromir pic has me in stiches. Server issues aside, when that game is running it is awesome.
David Thomson
2. ZetaStriker
I thought online only was a terrible decision, especially once server trouble began starting up. If anything it seems worse now than it was in beta. I'm sure the rest of the game is perfectly fine, but this whole debacle makes me really regret the way WoW has changed Blizzard's thinking in how they design new games.
Pritpaul Bains
3. Kickpuncher
@1 Absolutely agreed - I'm really enjoying it right now. Taking my time and trying to take everything in, rather than just trying to rush to the end, and everything is just top-notch thus far.

@2 I understand the sentiment, believe me. But Blizzard is pretty familiar with launch week server issues. After a week or two I'm pretty sure things will be ironed out and running a lot more smoothly - which is usually par for the course for a Blizz game.
Charles Moore
4. Shadeofpoe
I too enjoy the Boromir pic, but I am slightly put off with the rather derogative use of "Nerds". I mean this is a game post, presumably targeted towards gamers, hosted on a site that regularly discusses genre in it's many forms, including Unicorn riding Boba-Fetts and lengthy discussons about being REALLY into WoT. It's not exactly fair to call eager fans of the franchise a "a mad onslaught of nerds".
Pritpaul Bains
5. Kickpuncher
@4 I use the term both self-deprecatingly and with love. ;)

I fully consider myself one of the very same, and included it with moreso a tongue-in-cheek intent, rather than with any sort of derogatory meaning.
Charles Moore
6. Shadeofpoe
Understood, and apologies for being overly sensitive, now back to the clicking...

You know I think it was around Diablo II that I had my brother convinced that he was going to "use up" the clicks on our home computer's mouse. I did get more play time...good memories.
Theresa DeLucci
7. theresa_delucci
I prefer the term nerd to geek, myself. I see it as taking the word back and making it ours. And, yes, with self-deprecation and love. I love talking to people who are hugely passionate in their fandom interests.

(This is also how many of my friends and co-workers label themselves, jokingly or not, so in my Tor-bubble, I never saw it as a demeaning thing.)

Ahem. *clickclickclickclick*
Pritpaul Bains
9. Kickpuncher
@6 Hah! Good times. My best friend in elementary school broke 3 mice on the first Diablo. My own mouse broke just prior to DIII's release, so being the corporate shill that I am, I bought the official Diablo mouse. What's neat about it is it has a click counter so you can see exactly how many times you've clicked the mouse in its lifetime - it also has a 10 million click guarantee, which I thought was kind of hilarious.

@7 Perhaps someone can define for me the differentiation between the terms nerd and geek. I've often wondered.
Stefan Raets
10. Stefan
We should have a Tor.com D3 session one of these days! Despite the server issues and a number of Tor.com deadlines, I've still found the time to get my wizard up to level 12 so far. The game's definitely got its hooks in me. The first Diablo was the first game I played online regularly (aside from text-based MUDs), and I've followed the series ever since.
Pritpaul Bains
11. Kickpuncher
@11 I'd be down with that! I've managed to squeeze my witch doctor up to 12 as well so far. Meandering my way through Act 1 still. Lack of time is frustrating me atm, also.
Brandon Lammers
12. wickedkinetic
@9 I've heard 'geek' was originally the term used for the circus sideshow performer that bit the heads off of small live animals.

From my perspective

geek: someone who is interested in things the general populace has decided are uncool or strange
nerd: someone who is socially oblivious (beyond awkward) and athletically and cosmetically ungifted - and may also mean book smart but street dumb, essentially

however, these words have been reclaimed and redefined over the last 15 years to mean bright people into sci-fi/fantasy/horror/comic book movies/TV/books/graphic novels and or games, games including tabletop/video/live action/etc......

just my thoughts, no offense meant or intended, etc etc
chosen
13. J.Wiley
Here's a modern rational and quip we had at school... I'm a geek not a nerd, because you can't spell geek without "double-e". We were Electrical Engineering students. :-)
Sanctume Spiritstone
14. Sanctume
You know that you can move around by just one click and holding the button down... less clicks but will probably wore down the spring in that left button.

But to play on 50" + monitor in full surround is fun compared to playing D2 with 17" vga and good ole SoundBlaster

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