Diablo III Has Sold Over 12 Million Copies, Diablo III Lectures on GDC 2013, Poll: Who's Your Favorite Diablo III Villain?, Witc

Diablo III Has Sold Over 12 Million Copies
ActiBlizzard have published a press release for today's Conference Call and the numbers are in. You can read the full report here.
  • Diablo III was the #1 best-selling PC game at retail, breaking PC game sales records with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide through December 31, 2012
  • As of December 31, 2012, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG, with more than 9.6 million subscribers



Diablo III Lectures on GDC 2013
Gamasutra has reported that Blizzard will be attending GDC 2013 and Jay Wilson will be giving a lecture on Diablo 3! Read below for the details.

Shout at the Devil: The Making of Diablo III
When building any game, but especially when it's a sequel to the beloved Diablo series, it's critical that you have a series of core design goals, or pillars, that you can use as a guide to making decisions and defining what you want the final vision of the game to accomplish. In this postmortem, we'll explore the pillars that guided Diablo III's development and how well we felt we accomplished each of them. We'll focus specifically on the ones we feel we struggled with and the game design lessons we learned during those struggles. Examples of specific challenges of living up to these values will be provided, prioritizing them against one another, and evaluating how well they were accomplished after Diablo III was released.

Takeaway
Attendees will receive insight into the value of defining the core design elements that will drive their game development. In addition, they will learn the importance of measuring their game against those values, and using that knowledge to iterate on the final product, both pre- and post-release.

Intended Audience
This talk is intended for a general audience, including those who are interested in game design as well as project leadership. Project leads of all levels will also gain the benefits of good lessons learned on driving and iterating a game's vision. The intention is for the talk to be general enough that specific knowledge of the Diablo series is not necessary, but such knowledge will be beneficial.




Poll: Who's Your Favorite Diablo III Villain?
This week's poll asks which of all the bosses in Diablo 3 is your favorite.

[blizzquote author='Blizzard' blue='http://www.diablofans.com/blizz-tracker/topic/252992-poll-whos-your-favorite-diablo-iii-villain/' battle='http://us.battle.net//d3/en/blog/8636015']From cleaver-wielding brutes to gluttonous lieutenants to scandalous, araneidan concubines, Sanctuary's villains are as varied in appearance as they are in purpose.

But of the all the dastardly evil-doers your heroes must face in battle, who is your favorite? Put a different way: in your opinion, which of these malevolent miscreants do you think deserves the title "Best Bad Guy," and why?




Witch Doctor Fan Art
This very awesome Witch Doctor fan piece was created by Deviant Art user Ziom05 and featured recently on Diablo's official Twitter account. Check out Ziom05's gallery for lots more very detailed art, including more creations with a Blizzard theme.

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