A great article was posted on Edge-Online about the making of the RPG that started it all - Diablo 1. The piece includes interviews with the Schaefer brothers and David Brevik and explores the inspirations for each of them, the help they got from Blizzard and some technical aspects of the design of the game. Read the whole thing here and check out an excerpt below.
Erich agrees: “We didn’t want anything to get in the way of what some developers dismiss as ‘the grind’. Instead we focused almost solely on the grind, trying to make it fun to kill the same monsters over and over again. What we cared about was the tactile feel of smashing skeletons and constant sense of exploration. Mouse control seemed natural, although there was a lot of iteration. We noticed that anyone could pretty much play, even people’s moms.”
“Making a game simple for the player is actually harder for the developer,” suggests Max. “One of our philosophies was to make it a reward-based rather than penalty-based game. A lot of RPGs fell into the trap of penalties: you don’t eat and you die, everything you find is a penalty. With us, it even feels good to pick up a potion in the inventory and put it back down.”
[blizzquote author='Blizzard']Act IV Yet to be Buffed
We are indeed working on improving the monster density across all Acts, but we have not yet been looking into Act IV though: http://eu.battle.net...c/7257016797#13
:-) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Community Commentary: Why Can't We Be Friends?
[blizzquote author='Blizzard' blue='http://www.diablofans.com/blizz-tracker/topic/260091-community-commentary-why-cant-we-be-friends/' battle='http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/9647264/community-commentary-why-cant-we-be-friends-5-2-2013']This week's community commentary shout out goes to thebabaghanoush over on /r/Diablo for a great thread focused on finding multiplayer groups in patch 1.0.8.
Patch 1.0.8 offers a lot of great buffs to co-op games in Diablo III, and it's no surprise that some players are looking forward to finding like-minded individuals with which to join forces and kill demons. Teaming up against Diablo's minions can go a long way to enriching your experience (both literally and figuratively), so if you're interested in locating a few heroes to kick ass and takes names with, be sure to drop by /r/Diablo and leave a post here.
Are you excited about the multiplayer buffs in patch 1.0.8? Did thebabaghanoush's post help you make a some new BattleTag friends? Leave us your thoughts and feedback on the subject in the comments section!
Mephisto's Visage Fan Art
Battle.net forum member xEvernightx has created this awesome Mephisto skull and has displayed a few pictures of it! He has used a few different materials for the different parts to get that proper Hatred feel. You can check out the rest of the pictures in his thread, which even got a blue response!