So in the off chance the Blizzard team sees this I wanted to share my story of how I became a blizzard fan and how it brought my brother and I together as best friends.
My brother is ten years older than me, when I was 8, he was 18 and like all 18 year olds he wanted nothing to do with his 8 year old brother. He would hide in his room and play his video games all day and never let me in. One day I kept hearing a high pitched ringing sound from his room, so when he went to the bathroom I snuck inside. I found that my brother had been playing this game called Diablo II, his favorite character, named Joshua, a high level paladin dressed with the most fantastic armor and weapons imaginable. I was mesmerized. My brother came back in the room and was pissed that I had come in. He started to rush me out and before he slammed the door I asked about the ringing sound, he paused and looked confused. He asked ‘you heard a sound?’ And quickly brought me back inside. He pulled a chair next to his and sat me down.
‘I want you to tap my shoulder whenever you hear ringing sounds.’
my brother was born with significant hearing loss and was unable to hear the drop sound of rings, amulets, gems and many other items. So it became my job to tell him when these items dropped, and instantly be shared a bond, a connection that too this day we still talk about. This game gave me the brother I always wanted. Soon he even let me create my own characters!
if the Blizzard team ever reads this, please, keep the sound effects of dropping items unique. You never know the importance of such small details. And if an elderly deaf paladin named Joshua and his three daughters would show up as a chanced NPC, it would be an amazing tribute to my brother and all he introduced me too.
Fantastic! My brother and I became real close after sharing the family compaq PC to play Diablo as well. We kept taking turns and man, it was the best experience. I remember it was raining outside out house and raining in game, and we were running around in this eery world. Couldn't wait to get back to town to feel a sense of relief. I have always loved the sounds of the items in D2
Back in 1994, my very young son ran crying into the kitchen saying, Mom...they killed me.
Having no clue what he meant I said...but you told me you were playing a game with characters killing monsters. He said...no...the players told me to go down this portal and see the loot. When i got there, they killed me and stole my armor and weapons--- (obviously the game was being hacked).
Long story short: I decided to learn about player killing, hacking, and started a guild which became many guilds and many people. The ULGD United Legit Gaming Guilds Of Diablo. Many of us were alpha players for D2 and D3
Former players still write to me and ask if I am playing certain games. I am certain that many of us will get together again after many years of time off to play this together. I am sincerely looking forward to it.