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    posted a message on Beta Key Contest
    Flawless victory!

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    posted a message on Question for Bashiok(and everyone else) for us Mac users
    One thing to remember is that Apple takes a 30% cut of anything sold on the Mac App store. With that in mind, Blizzard would have to be out of their minds to offer that as an option when they have their own digital distribution platform in Battle.net 2.0.
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    posted a message on Diablo 3 & Kinect?
    I have a Kinect and it's awesome, but this video is an on-rails first-person game... how is it even remotely possible to liken it to Diablo 3?

    Playing D3 with a gamepad would be hard enough, don't be ridiculous.

    And btw, "INB4 NO!"? If you knew your idea was so terrible why did you even post it?
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    posted a message on Battle.Net 2.0 Update Any Minute Now...
    Bah, and here I thought I was the great discoverer...

    Delete this thread please Mods :spam::spam::spam:
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    posted a message on Battle.Net 2.0 Update Any Minute Now...
    Starcraft2.com just got updated with a Battle.net 2.0 preview which states "Battle.net is about to undergo the greatest update in its long and storied history as one of the world's most successful online gaming services."

    Full (and very interesting) article: http://www.starcraft2.com/features/misc/battlenet.xml
    Get ready guys, the update is about to come... And the Battle.net update was the force holding back Starcraft 2's release, so maybe the beta is also right around the corner?
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    posted a message on Starcraft 2 Beta Coming Soon...?
    Check out this screen grab from The Jace Hall Show...

    "These are Jace Hall, Dustin Browder and the Starcraft II team, starting with straight shots and then popping bottles. But right there in the background is a hint. The StarCraft II Beta may be approaching."

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    posted a message on Starcraft 2 Beta Coming Soon...?
    According to Tomshardware.com (very reputable computer hardware news site) several Starcraft 2 sites are receiving what appear to be warnings that the SC2 beta will arrive soon, with the official announcement possibly coming as early as Feb 10th at the announcement of Activision Blizzard's fourth quarter results.

    Here's the article:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/blizzard-starcraft-warcraft-diablo,9515.html

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    posted a message on Console Collaboration
    Diablo 3 isn't coming to consoles. Sorry to burst bubbles. In the most recent quote they mention that it's something they could do in future games, and they also recently said they're going to start entirely new IPs after finishing Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, and WoW: Cataclysm.

    In other words, the new IPs have the potential to be on consoles, but not Diablo 3.
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    posted a message on Making Torchlight Run Faster
    Torchlight runs perfectly fine on my fiancee's laptop which barely has the power to run Vista. If you're computer isn't even powerful enough to run Torchlight you're gonna need a new one to play Diablo 3, so you might as well start investing now.

    If you have a newer video card it's most likely an issue with your video drivers. First off, make sure they're installed :cute: If that's not the issue, try uninstalling and re-installing the drivers, use Driver Cleaner Pro to make sure you get a clean uninstall.
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    posted a message on "MF, additional XP, additional gold, speed increase, etc. on items"?
    You don't actually kill 4x faster with 4 people. You can only walk so fast, and a lot of times you're killing nearly as fast as you walk, whether you have 1 or 4 people.
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    posted a message on "MF, additional XP, additional gold, speed increase, etc. on items"?
    What's wrong with having uniques or other items with MF? If no items were considered "the best" for certain purposes then you're severely limiting the number of valuable uniques. There should be plenty of MF items, both magic, rare, and unique. The problem isn't that there are "best" items for MFing in Diablo 2, the problem is that the economy is so top heavy that the only acceptible MF gear nowadays is the super-expensive runewords that are only a little better than the cheap uniques/set items.

    I do agree that spamming MF games is a problem, but again it's just a mistake that was made in Diablo 2. First and foremost, teleporting has to go. It was bad enough that Sorceresses could traverse a map in a matter of seconds, but then enigmas came out and everyone could do it. On top of that you have a ton of waypoints, with one very close to each boss. These 2 factors combined results in people making a game, teleporting to a boss, killing it, and then making another game. It's gotten so familiar and refined that people do it in under a minute. You're right, that's no way to play the game.

    How do we fix it in Diablo 3? NO TELEPORT PLZKTHX! That right there solves most of the problems with Diablo 2's farming atmosphere. Additionally, throw in a lot of obstacles in front of bosses to slow the player down, so that you can't open a game and kill a boss and get phat lewt in less than a minute. Last but not least, have a lot of minibosses throughout each act that drop pretty good items, that way you're rewarded for playing through entire sections rather than just skipping straight through to the boss.
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    posted a message on "MF, additional XP, additional gold, speed increase, etc. on items"?
    akse, all those were problems created by excessive duping. If all the best items/runes in the game weren't duped like crazy it would be a lot harder to get those uber top-of-the-line items. It's plenty possible to get decent MF gear without being rich, while still being effective. It's really easy to find MF rings/ammys, throw Perfect Topaz's into some decent armor...

    Everyone just has this mindset that you can't MF without perfect MF gear, and that's just not true. You can very easily get 400 MF on decent gear without spending a single HR. Blade of ali-baba, that's 200 or so right there and I found 2 of those in 2 days. I wasn't even MFing, I was just in Chaos runs.

    What I'm getting at is that the MF system isn't messed up, Diablo 2's economy is messed up.
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    posted a message on Diablo Emoticons
    That one looks awesome, but I have another problem with it :D It's only a minor complaint, but whenever he flashes brightly (and when the top rune appears) you can see the edge of the picture. That's not really a big deal and it's more of a personal preference than a complaint.

    Also... there's an advertisement for your site on the bottom... that makes me a sad panda :(

    EDIT: I thought that transparency looked to good to be true... If viewed against anything other than a black background you get a black "halo" on the transparencies. Unfortunately partial transparencies don't work on gif image files, only png. Good luck animating a png though!

    (You can see what I mean if you right-click the image and click "View Image", that'll put it up against a white background)
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    posted a message on Diablo progression sign
    That image where they slowly reveal Arthas is entirely different from Tyrael's wings. When that picture showed up everyone knew they were announcing a new game, it had nothing to do with "progress indication".

    As for the wings, the old animation didn't look right. In the books Tyrael's wings look like white fire. The old animation looked like tentacles, not fire. All they did was update the artwork to make it look better. Now it does look better and more accurate.
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    posted a message on "MF, additional XP, additional gold, speed increase, etc. on items"?
    In one of his recent blue posts Bashiok mentioned that "MF, additional XP, additional gold, speed increase, etc. on items" was placed in the BlizzCon demo so that people would talk about them and discuss whether or not they should be included in Diablo 3 so... let's discuss them!

    Essentially the argument is this: if there are "farming" stats on items then people will gear up with +MF, +XP, or +Gold items and spend hours farming various things. This is pretty much how it was done in Diablo 2 and Blizzard is wondering if that was a good system.

    My opinion is that farming equipment is a good idea, but it has to be implemented better than in Diablo 2.

    +MF Items:
    The MF system in Diablo 2 was done pretty well. It was a challenge to find gear that you could MF with and still be an efficient killing machine. This is how it should be done in Diablo 3!

    +Gold Items:
    The main problem with +Gold items was that in Diablo 2 gold served almost no purpose in the game. It poured out of monsters like a flood and there was nothing to spend it on. If there were good reasons to collect gold in Diablo 3 then I think +Gold items would be a great idea.

    +XP Items:
    Probably the most controversial and hard to balance is +XP items. I think +XP items would be good as long as they make it harder to leech than in Diablo 2. Personally I think all XP should be based off of damage dealt. After all, every class in Diablo 3 is a DPS class so it's not like there'll be a healer who gets jipped. If you suck and/or you don't participate, you get less XP. Kind of like it would be a challenge to find MF gear where you're still effective, if you can find +XP gear and still deal lots of DPS then more power to you! However, if XP can't be based on how much damage you do then you'll just have a ton of people decked out in +XP gear leeching on the sidelines. If that's the case then they just shouldn't include those items at all.
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