Diablo III Stumbles

Yes, Diablo III is the fastest selling PC game of all times, but in all honesty, that doesn’t mean anything in terms of quality and depth. People bought it without doing any research and it has been proven that games can sell massive numbers based on their names and developers alone. And it looks like this was the case for Diablo III.

I spend a fare share amount of time reading gaming forums and talking with other gamers to stay up-to-date with current events all over the world. And one of the hottest topics right now is Diablo III’s failure in terms of delivering the sequel to one of the best games of all times. It has become known as “error 37 the game” and a “Korean grinding simulator” and a virtual “eBay grinding simulator” and it is riddled with connection problems and hatred towards the DRM requirements of constant internet connection and a massive patch that has broken the game even farther. The future certainly doesn’t look bright for Diablo.

What many people seem to forget is that Blizzard has lost a lot of its key employees. The guys that made Warcraft III, Diablo 2 and World of Warcraft are mostly gone. They have jumped the ship. Blizzard is no longer this behemoth with geniuses that make perfect games as the previously mentioned games. Those days are long gone and Blizzard can no longer ride on their reputation, at least not for me and hundreds of thousands of people as myself that predicted that Diablo III would suck.  At least not with the educated hardcore masses. Sure, the casuals will buy their games and even some hardcore gamers as well as they are fanatic zealots that will buy shit if Blizzard sold it to them, and call it the best shit ever. These are the people that pay €19.99 for mounts in World of Warcraft and whatnot. They are a massive number and that is why Diablo III initially became a massive success in terms of sales and why Blizzard will continue to be such a large company.

The success of Diablo III’s sales is diminishing rapidly though. I see people quitting Diablo III daily with numerous complaints and more and more people joining them in bashing the game rather than praising it. I mean, it has gotten to the point where the most fanatic players cannot defend the crap anymore. The game has been out for over a month and only recently was the Real Money Auction House (RMAH) released which the entire game is balanced and structured around. And don’t even get me started on Player versus Player, there has been no word of that coming out any time soon. People who used to nag me on weekly basis saying “buy it!” and no longer bothering with it, and many of them also quit the game.

I only played the game on Normal difficult from act one to four and finished it. And you already know what I thought. I’d probably give the game a 6/10, something like that. Barely passable and a complete failure for being called a Diablo game. But what other players that have been playing it daily for numerous hours are saying is more fun to read for me. They are saying the game is becoming increasingly more deserted. They are saying that the RMAH ruins the game’s balance and purpose and it imposes such a strong factor that other aspects of the game suffers. It has become an unrewarding grind fest for few items that don’t sell well on the RMAH and with no PvP in sight, there is little reward for that monotonous grind. People are already tired of grinding like Koreans. And still over a month after release it is a single player game with DRM requirements.

So what did Blizzard do? Well, Inferno was too hard for a lot of players so they made it easier in order to “make the game last longer” as that has been a big complaint for many players. But that doesn’t really cut it, does it? It just gives you more grind. And trust me, in 2012 grinding is not cutting it. Especially not when consumers feel entitled and are coming from titles such as World of Warcraft and Star Wars and never played Diablo II before.

Reading hundreds of these threads daily on how Diablo III is progressively becoming a worst game than it was upon launch despite its massive error 37 problems and unstable servers, and reading how players are already bored and quitting the game faster than The Old Republic players did, makes me smile. I am happy that I am an educated consumer who could see this coming miles away based on interviews and playing the beta. It was obvious. Will Blizzard learn? I don’t know. But one thing is certain, Blizzard aren’t Blizzard no more. They are now developers that have to wow me and prove to me that their games are even worth considering. Will I pick up Heart of the Swarm? No chance. I’ll have little spare time because of Dota 2 and Guild Wars 2 as it is, and Blizzard are on my endangered developers list now, only Project Titan can save them now.

What are your thoughts on Diablo III? Do you still play it or do you think it has become too boring with the RMAH problems, errors, and countless hours of monotonous grinding? Comment below!

Based on how many players are quitting the game, I am sure this is how lonely Diablo is beginning to feel.


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