When I was a child I loved dungeons and dragons. I had a huge infatuation with buying the pewter characters setting up the board and reliving epic quests through the dungeon master dialogue. Many of you have no idea what I am talking about but D&D was a powerful game that took your mind on adventures that were extremely thrilling and masterfully written. I played this game when I was in elementary school at my neighbors house. He was much older than me but he introduced me to a life of admiring the fantasy realm. I was always assigned the dwarf and to this day am still fascinated by that classes idiosyncrasies and ability to fight ferociously in the dungeon with a sharp axe.
In middle school I fell away from D&D and started playing another game with my friends it was called heroquest. This game was not as intensive as D&D but the developers at Milton Bradley delivered a board game that conquered the imagination. Much like D&D their was an epic story line that pushed the boundaries of your imagination and forced you to relive many epic battles and adventures not just on the board but in your mind. The board and plastic pieces were simple....but the simplicity of it all was what engaged and captured out attentions for hours on end....my friends and I would even take advantage of the dark gloomy fall season and go on many adventures in our back yards yielding sticks and exploring unknown territories reliving the adventures brought to us by the board game itself.
Halfway through my eight grade year I stumbled upon a surprise at local video game store, a PC game that upon examination looked like it was cut right from the dialogues and battles found on the D&D and heroquest boards....of course this game was Diablo. I installed it on my Cybermax 686 and never looked back.
I loved Diablo and still do. No other video game not Mario, not TMNT, not anything captured my attention like Diablo did. It captured all of my childhood fantasies and brought them to life on the screen for the first time ever.
To me if you want my opinion on how Diablo and Diablo 3 are different is the simple fact that it strays away from taking the player through an epic and gripping adventure. Of course the graphics and gameplay are extremely well done but when it comes to the the transformation much like Bastian Bux vicariously living The Neverending Story it falls flat. Diablo was simple. The story was simple. It allowed the imagination to travel and it filled in the gaps with epic and unforgettable music along with daunting game play and architecture tone. An ARPG is more than just killing monster and getting loot its about the entire experience....its about mind travel...and living the game not only on the screen but in your conscious. Diablo will always be a powerful and masterful piece in my mind.
My message to the developers is simple: break out a game of D&D or heroquest and relive the epic adventures through your mind as many of us did years ago. Embrace the simplicity but at the same time complex nature of the games and find a way to apply this to your vision for D3 and future projects. These games laid the foundation of Diablo and any other RPG out there....simply stated, "these are our roots." Therefore, please revisit them as this will allow you to find a way to deliver, once again, an unforgettable adventure.
- 11/3/2013 6:55:04 PM Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
9/8/2013 9:09:14 PM
Loot 2.0 will be released before xpac. Should we be expecting all items 60-63 to be rolling higher stats? Or will current "good" items just be expected to drop more often. For example, should we be expecting EFs to be rolling 2000 dps with 200+ main stat????Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
6/21/2013 9:02:49 AM
umm. spreadsheet + misc. data entry = legitimate gripe. I think not grasshopper.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
4/12/2013 6:45:30 PM
What ever happened to OWE change???? Baking it in or was that just a bunch of talk. What are you waiting for. Whats the point in waiting just do it now.Posted in: News & Announcements
4/12/2013 6:45:30 PM
What ever happened to OWE change???? Baking it in or was that just a bunch of talk. What are you waiting for. Whats the point in waiting just do it now.Posted in: General Discussion
2/11/2013 5:25:08 PM
move along nothing to see here. Go play PoE. I like D3 and so do millions of others. Ive played this game more than any other I have ever had.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
2/6/2013 8:26:40 PM
this is awesome, blizzard take notes!!! PS you should get into game designing.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
1/26/2013 3:45:33 PM
not interested in POE at this point....too many games not enough time.Posted in: Off-Topic
1/20/2013 7:47:44 AM
I posted this topic last night on the D3 forums. It WAS ERASED and I was banned for 72 hours.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Real nice they have time to delete threads and ban paying customers but cant fix the f^%$^ 395015 error on the PTR.
Slowly starting to dislike this company....
1/6/2013 2:53:45 PM
How about some life steal belts for other classes other than barbs.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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