Thank you for the link. I read the contents with interest. Obviously although I joined Diablofans some five years ago I've been away from the community for some time.
Thank you for your replies folks. The rabid attacks I was expecting have not yet materialised. If my personal situation were different I'd look at the game but with things as they are...
Of course another similar game (PoE) is also closed to me and I have not yet tried Torchlight 2 although I'm not happy personally with what little I have seen of the graphics.
- 1/31/2013 1:20:01 AM Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
1/30/2013 7:25:26 PM
OK let me clarify things a little for myself.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Diablo III sold extremely well initially. The game then drew some attention from both those who loved it and those who disliked it. The forums seem replete with both excessive praise from those who liked it and vitriolic condemnation from those who didn't. A marked polarisation. Since I haven't played the game obviously I cannot state any personal preference either way.
Before I continue I should point out that I'm in agricultural research and spend a lot of time in areas without internet connectivity (Yes Virginia, they DO exist!). Therefore any game that requires a constant internet connection doesn't work for me.
Diablo I, Diablo II and the L.O.D. expansion (which I'm still playing) rapidly became, despite some problems, the standard against which all similar games (and there were many) were judged. Hence many players of the early titles felt that Diablo III would follow the same general path. According to its detractors it has failed to do so.
This doesn't mean that Diablo III is a bad game. It indicates only that many people who purchased the product felt that the product should have been other than it was. They were disappointed and felt betrayed.
There are apparently issues with botting and with players of questionable integrity. These problems will always be a feature of any online game. If there are opportunities for profit then people will take them. Offline play or LAN games are mostly free from this sort of problem.
How and why?
Well, despite what many people claim, they don't like large amounts of change. They want the book they buy to be pretty much like the others in the series with maybe a couple of extra chapters and a new cover.
This brings us to the point. The developers of Diablo III have stated that the game they produced was the game that they wanted to produce, but the question is did they produce the game that the client base wanted to buy?
Initial sales figures are not a reliable indicator since a proportion of those sales would doubtlessly have been based on the high reputation of previous titles in the franchise.
The mantra is client focus, client focus, client focus.
Since I don't support either faction I now expect attacks from both.
1/22/2013 4:38:43 PM
O.K. let me make one thing clear at the beginning. I have NEVER played Diablo III.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I joined this forum back in 2008 with the hopes that DIII would allow me to continue to feed my habit.
It soon became apparent that DIII did not meet my requirements so I stopped monitoring the forums and posting. Obviously I didn't buy the game.
Now, Jay Wilson has left. I cannot comment on his performance or the game for the reason previously given but with a possible change in direction the game may one day meet my needs. Therefore I'll monitor the forums again but probably will post infrequently.
1/23/2012 12:59:07 AM
@ C_zyPosted in: Diablo III General Discussion
You're absolutely right. Let's kill it now and move on to more important things Didn't ever see it lasting this long anyway and I don't see it serving any useful purpose. I've said what I wanted to say and so has everybody else. I've got the burn scars to prove it.
OK folks, play amongst yourselves. I won't be posting in this thread again.
1/22/2012 11:34:08 PM
@ jaclashflashPosted in: Diablo III General Discussion
No worries mate
Have a good day
1/22/2012 10:58:33 PM
@ #49 jaclashflashPosted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Introduced species charlie. It happens. We've got rabbits too, and cane toads, European foxes and even camels in Australia. Not to mention introduced fish like carp destroyng our waterways and some introduced bird species.
Cats aren't native to Aus. either but the domestic cat gone feral is a major predator of our birdlife. This is why we shoot 'em on sight out here. Pigs were introduced too and now we've got a large population of ferals all happily infecting our waterholes with brucellosis
Oh, and as for the non-existent deer try this URL
Of course Wikipedia COULD be aiding and abetting me in trolling. Why don't you ask them?
Suggest removing foot from mouth and checking before posting LOL!
1/22/2012 9:49:42 PM
@ GekkelokoPosted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I'm sure that you know and have probably played games with, many Austalians but you may not be aware of some facts.
Let me enlighten you.
Most (90%+) Australians live in cities situated along the coast.
I'm one of the 10% who doesn't.
Sure, the people in the cities and towns have everything but out in the bush (which is what we call the rural areas) the situation is different.
For one thing the population density (and hence the market) in a lot of rural areas is too low for governments to worry about infrastructure let alone private enterprise. Therefore we don't get many of the services you take for granted. Nobody's fault, it's just the way things are.
I'll tell you a few things about the place where I live.
Trip to the mailbox - dirt road then another dirt road with 4 hills 4 gullies and 2 kilometres of dust.
Trip to the nearest branch of my bank. 160 km.
Trip to a larger city. 320km.
Trip to the closest fence of my back yard. 5km.
Small general store? Yes. 30km.
Wireless internet? No.
Mobile phones work? No.
Town sewage? No. (We use septic systems)
Piped water from mains supply? No. (We collect rainwater. When we can't we buy water by the truckload from a supplier in town)
Television reception without special equipment (boosters etc.) No.
Landline 'phone? Yes if you're prepared (as in my case)to pay for a 2km. trench plus cabling plus setup.)
Any public transport of any sort? No.
And guess what?
I wouldn't trade it. Couldn't possibly live in a city. Too crowded, noisy, messy restrictive etc.etc.
So, it's difficult/impossible for me to play online games. Big deal.
I can do anything I want here. If I need a deer for the freezer the rifle's behind the door. Fish? No problem. We have a stocked dam on the property. The trail bike and the 4 wheel drive live behind the shed.
Wildlife? Place is crawling with it. 'Roos, wallabies, deer, feral pigs ringtail possums, you name it. Kookaburras, wedgetailed eagles, parrots wood ducks on the dam... if it has feathers we've probably got it. Do-it-yourself? (which it has to be) well there's a complete workshop including a forge.
Why would I want to play online computer games when I'm home? Even if I could I wouldn't, and if you were in my position you wouldn't either.
1/22/2012 8:03:57 PM
@ FreddyBenson No worries mate. She's right.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
You're dead right about the stars too. There's no atmospheric pollution here so what we get looks like black velvet with a handful of sugar thrown on it. Beautiful stuff.
Gets a bit cold at night though.
1/22/2012 7:16:21 PM
LOLOL this is quite amusing.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I'm NOT military
I'm NOT in Afghanistan (Rajasthan is as close as we get)
Try finding an internet connection in somewhere like for instance central Australia somewhere north of the Alice. Cable and standard wireless internet is out. Satellite internet just isn't good enough.
Is Australia a 3rd.world country? Perhaps so...
So why do I post in this forum? Well maybe... MAYBE one day things will change. I really don't see it happening though.
You're not going to convince me and I'm not going to convince you (not that that matters overmuch) so I'll leave it there.
Or you could all complain to the appropriate moderators and get me banned from the forum... Just a thought.
So, I'll leave you all to your lifestyle and I'll stick with mine.
You're not going to understand my situation and I've no personal gripe with you folks OR with Blizzard
1/22/2012 5:48:30 PM
<sigh>Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I've been a member of this forum now since July 2008, long before D3 took its present direction.
I was enthusiastic then, I looked forward to playing it - I even attempted to pre-order it at a later stage.
At the time I first created the account the LAN situation was still not clarified and we (my team) thought that we had a really great way to de-stress in our off-duty hours. There isn't much else to do out there when you're not working
Additionally my kids were younger then and I didn't allow them to play online games because - well, they're kids, with all a kid's trust and openness and I wasn't prepared to take the chance they'd run into some jerk so LAN looked like the way to go and some of the other parents in my area agreed.
Then I found out that even If I bought D3 I wouldn't be able to play it very often. Let me restate IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO CONSISTENTLY PLAY D3 IN ITS CURRENT FORM.
This isn't a matter of like/dislike. It's because I spend a great deal of time in areas with little or no internet connectivity.
I'm home at the moment but in a month's time I'll be away again and I'll maybe return at the end of November.
We DO have laptops because some of our equipment interfaces with them and some of our mobile camera equipment is also controlled via a radio link to the laptop
What I actually do doesn't matter. What matters is no internet = no game.
Oh, we can play solo or lan provided we don't actually need to connect to the net. This is why some of us take D2 or Sacred or whatever. Later we'll be taking TL2. because it's LAN capable. Skyrim is O.K. because it can be played offline.
This isn't a value judgement. It's just a reflection of the fact that our needs are just a little away from those of the normal suburban lifestyle.
Play it at home?
Home time is for friends and family. It's for going fishing and out for dinner and maybe even going to a movie or spending a couple of days in an actual shopping centre or at a real beach without having to worry too much about what might be in the immediate environment.
There IS a world outside suburbia and some of us spend time in it, so it might not be a good idea to try to project the norms of your environment onto us. It doesn't work.
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