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    posted a message on OP WD Corpse Spiders runed Leaping Spiders Skill
    Calling anything OP in this context is so monumentally idiotic.
    Posted in: Witch Doctor: The Mbwiru Eikura
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    posted a message on Top 10 Reasons Diablo 3 Sucks
    Lamest topic ever.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Eu beta?
    There isn't a separate EU beta, everyone is connecting to the US servers. Invites have gone out globally -- have seen forum confirmations and bug reports from EU / Canada / Australia.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Release delay is such crap... My opinion, and thouths.
    I love when the armchair game devs come out of the woodwork.

    Listen, none of us are happy about this. Also, none of us know what the state of the game really is. Would we be happy with what they've got by the end of the year? Maybe. Or maybe we'd be flooding the forums complaining about the bugs and broken mechanics and bemoaning Blizzard for delivering a poor experience and breaking their usual level of quality. It's easy to say "just give it to us" now, we might not be so happy if we got what we asked for.

    We all enjoy the bar Blizzard sets for itself in regards to quality; this is price we pay for the luxury of that.

    Blizzard only gets one chance to launch Diablo 3 and have the monstrous initial media / fan impression. Even if they zero-day patched the game into perfection, they'd catch seriously bad press for shipping a broken game. It'd be bad for us, bad for them.

    That all said, no one was a more staunch defender / believer of a 2011 launch date than myself, so trust me I'm as upset as anyone. At this point I'm just looking forward (hopefully) to beta, as like many here I've never had the opportunity to play any iteration of D3 at all, as of yet.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on No Offline Mode - No More Bot/Hacks!
    No you can't, because it's impossible to prove.

    "That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on No Offline Mode - No More Bot/Hacks!
    I will trade a thousand people calling me a selfish asshole for my complete lack of caring about no offline in order to have hundreds of thousands of players on Bnet playing D3 with few if any bots / dupes / hacks / spammers.

    If you haven't played D2 online in a few years, go run around for an hour and see what it's like when it's as out of control as it is.

    I get some people don't want to play with others / socialize / etc., and for that you can play solo in private games online. Obviously that leaves the people without the internet access for the game, and I have sympathy for them but whether you agree it's Blizzard being greedy or you agree that this is simply how more and more games are working these days and that this will give us the best D3 experience as intended, this is the reality of D3. Just like WoW, some games are simply made now to be played online.

    This client/server structure is what will give not just the majority of players the best experience but the overwhelming majority of them the best experience; not everyone can be pleased--does anyone really think Blizzard is going to risk having D3 fall into the same hacked/duped/spammed wasteland that D2 has become simply to satisfy a very small (if vocal) sliver of the player base? It wouldn't make any sense. Sure it makes them more money, but just look at it logically--the extra money is just gravy, a very happy byproduct that comes with giving the majority of D3 players what they want -- an online experience with a bedrock of genuine items and spam-less channels / games.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Hardcore and PvP
    HC PvP is going to be the most 'thrilling' duel mechanic Diablo has seen, not sure how it is seen as 'softer'. The danger actually goes up for both ends of it. Ensuring that people are allowed to decide what kind of game they want to play can only be seen as a bad thing if you're a griefer, the pleasure literally comes from ruining someone else's gaming experience. The constant reiterating of this argument has consistently shown that the community at large and the developers don't want that to be an element to the game; as you said it's a tired argument and doesn't bear any more repeating than this. The griefers were a relative minority, and they're the only ones who have a interest in allowing that mechanic to play out. The message has been explicitly clear: the 'danger' in PvE HC mode is supposed to be precisely that: PvE. I'll never understand the lament that this is being fixed.

    Considering we have almost no real idea about just how dangerous HC PvE is going to be in D3, it seems a bit silly to throw it a funereal. :P

    edit: Oh, I definitely agree 100% here with Jay Wilson, HC means HC, period. I would disagree with a softcore option here, it would remove some of the HC-ness of it. Asking someone to level/gear a SC duel character if they want to duel doesn't seem unreasonable to me.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on They are aiming for a 2011 release
    Definitely read the long posts folks! Winged and I disagree pretty loudly sometimes but he's a smart dude with lots of reasonable things to say. That's what makes a lot of this discussion so divisive, both sides (IMO) have pretty reasonable thought supporting them, I don't think anybody is going too far out on any limbs here.

    And we can all get behind the Activision sentiments I think. Blizzard has essentially maintained complete autonomy in their involvements with them, which we should all be grateful for.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on May 9th Conference Call
    That's fair enough I think.

    What's hard is that it's essentially impossible to find middle ground here; either people are seen as fanboys who think Blizzard can do no wrong and accept anything they're told without any skepticism, or as overly skeptical Blizz-haters that think Blizzard will never do anything right by the players, will always be months/years late, etc. I've obviously been open to being accused of falling into the former camp, and I realize I've been guilty tonight of leveling the latter accusation at you and others. Neither is fair.

    All I'm really ever getting at here is that the people who really know what's going on with D3, as best as anyone really does (i.e., anything can happen, something game-breaking appears last minute and they have to postpone, or internal testing goings unbelievably well and we see beta ahead of schedule, etc.) are still saying they think can do this timetable. I think it's unreasonable to think they'd set even a caveat-laden goal this prominently if they didn't think they had a better-than-not chance of hitting it (i.e., 51%+, even slightly better than even odds).

    Blizzard has had one sketchy history, we all know that. But I think we're seeing a new era of sorts, and SC2 was pretty pristine as far as living up to their timetable. D3 is a different beast (literally!) but I still believe it bodes well. They've been hyper cautious, as always, at every turn, so now that they've given us even this admittedly preliminary 'date', I'm confident.

    /steps off the soapbox
    Posted in: News & Announcements
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    posted a message on They are aiming for a 2011 release
    To be fair, they've also gotten much, much more experience under their belt a this point, common sense would dictate their estimations to have gotten a bit more sound by now.

    I understand no one wants to get caught with their hopes up, but 2011 is their goal and with internal testing already well underway does Christmas 2011 really seem so crazy?
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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