1.0.3 Still This Month
still targeting June-ish for 1.0.3? No bad news on that front, I hope.
Still planning to hit this month, yes. (Source
How Blizzard Does It
Well, that took an unexpected turn.
For people who are actually curious (and don't believe in space magic):
Is it just a lot of forum grinding and flagging as useful, or do you have some sort of systematically superior method that simply extrapolates useful critisism?
No methods. Mostly just madness.
It's typically a combination of:
Temporal quantum-warp magic is better.
- Lots of reading. We try to review as many threads as we can (including each and every reply). We will frequently go back and re-read threads to make sure we haven't missed any critical feedback or reported issues.
- More reading. We also keep an eye on other Diablo communities (Reddit, Diablo Fans, Twitter, etc) and look for feedback trends. If we're seeing a lot of discussion overlap, or frequently asked questions, we pay attention and will try to respond whenever possible. At the very least, we'll pass on the information to the development teams.
- Personal game experience and knowledge. Understanding how the game works, of course, makes it easier to tell the difference between a post that's providing useful feedback and a post that's just there to let off steam. (We all need to vent sometimes.)
- Practice. Most of us have been a part of the Blizzard forum community for years, and over time it just becomes second-nature. While you might see "whining" and "crying," we see players with legitimate concerns. It's all just a matter of perspective, I guess.
So you're trying to say that each and every single person on here is being heard?
I said that we try to read as many posts as possible, not that we read them all. As you've pointed out, that's just not feasible. (We still give it our best shot, though.)
Also, please keep in mind that we may not be able to respond to a specific concern for a number of reasons. Sometimes we don't have any information to share, sometimes we're not in a position to comment, and sometimes we want to see how a discussion progresses on its own. Whenever we post in a thread, the conversation will inevitably change, and there are times when it's important that we don't get involved. Usually, when a thread gets a "blue post," it stops being a discussion between players and turns into a some sort of modified Q&A. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's not always the best way to get valuable feedback.
I did like that he mentioned reading reddit and twitter and not primarily focusing on the people who use their forums.
You're being awfully selective. Please re-read the first bullet point (here's a link to the post
). Our primary focus is and always will be the official community site, but it'd be remiss of us to ignore other sources of feedback. The forums are one location among many where Diablo III players are talking. (Blue Tracker
/ Official Forums
We have not made any recent changes to item drop rates *. We have not recently increased drop rates, we have not recently decreased drop rates -- in any difficulty level, for any class, at any item quality, etc.
If you or any other player happen to have tangible evidence of some kind of specific issue with drop rates, though, please post in the Bug Report forum so we can investigate. Again, we have not made any recent changes to item drop rates, which means if there is a discrepancy, there might be a bug that we are as of yet unaware of.
* Editing for clarity: Please see the hotfixes blog
for changes made to gold drop rates and chests. (Blue Tracker
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Kaivax's Awesome Post
It was truly amazing to see my name in the credits for Diablo III, but what really blew my mind was the slow realization that came over me, as the credits kept rolling and rolling, that I know these people. The developers and writers and testers... I know them. I like them all so much. I know Bashiok's first, middle, and last name. I know which of those PR reps is crazy about the San Diego Chargers. I ran into that Lead Designer at Specialty's the other day, ordering a sandwich. I complimented him on his personal blog. He said I'm probably the only person in the world who reads it.
I love Diablo III. I loved it when there were just a few hundred of us internally testing in the Spring. It was hard to see those characters of mine wiped out, but I immediately recreated them when the game went live on May 15. I've spent as much of my free time playing Diablo III as I could for the last month.
The Diablo series is the reason I'm here. Well, it's certainly large among the reasons I work here, the reason I'm so happy about gaming, and the reason I feel like an incredibly lucky gamer.
I can't think of anything I'd rather do professionally than try to share that joy with as many people as possible. Yes, that sometimes means taking disciplinary action on people in these forums. Some just want to be disruptive and mean. Some have really good ideas. Some have a take on things that we've not seen before. Some just want to be heard. Most want to share their experiences with the game, propose something, and see positive steps taken. I'm right there with them.
Every single time I suspend someone, I hope that they'll come back like you did, understanding that there is a gradient of what people do here. On one end, there is harassment and abuse of other posters, on the other end, there is respect and favorable discourse. Mind you, not wonderful "feelings" all the time. We can disagree in every way and still be respectful and positive.
I love Diablo III. Playing the game for the last month has reminded me of how it felt to immerse myself in other games that I've loved over the last 30 years. I hope that I'm fortunate enough to get to play Diablo III for many years to come. That's one of the ways that I'd define myself as prosperous. (Blue Tracker
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