I hate to just pop in and insult you, but you started it. You are a conceited, self centered, inconsiderate ego maniac.Quote fromNo, it's the only reason to play. There are two other possible reasons which have no merit:
1. To PvM, which is utterly boring and repetitive as anyone who's played can tell you.
2. To collect items and build characters. I fail to see what benefit these people get out of bothering to play bnet at all; if they're satisfied simply by improving their virtual selves and don't care about others then why don't they play single player?
In real life, self improvement is fulfilling and fantastic. After learning difficult concepts or finishing a tough workout, everyone feels good about themselves. But getting pleasure purely from improvement in a video game? Come--the fuck--on. There's absolutely no point in improving and reaching the pinnacle of power if you can't compare yourself to others (favorably, I might add) in PvP.
Really, if anyone here thinks there was any reason to play Diablo 2 besides PvP they're an utter fool, and I don't have anything more to say to them. Thus deriding D2 pvp is deriding the only purpose of D2 in the first place, and if you hate D2 then gtfo.
I DO tend to play single player. I enjoy it. You have NO right, basis, or authority to tell me why or how I should play ANY game. YOU should GTFO! I enjoy every couple of months cranking up a new character and finishing normal mode in a couple days in my spare time. I think you need psychological help for your issues. I hate to be the one to burst your bubble and crush your life, but THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU. Other people have the right to play the game the way they want to. Until Blizzard knocks on your door falls on their knees at your feet an begs you to tell them what to do keep your mouth shut. Ass holes like you are why I don't spend much time on this site. If you want to spend every waking moment playing over and over to get the best gear so you can have the highest leveled level 99 character, with exact same stuff as everybody else at level 99, with the exact same stat and skill point distribution as everyone else go right ahead. I won't tell you you're wrong, But then I've already covered what you are and thereby what I am not.
Back on topic. I think it's a little early to be worried about casualizing the game since they have already talked about keeping the difficulty levels in which is what prevented this in the first place. Normal difficulty SHOULD be casual, that's what it's for. Nightmare gets a little harder, and Hell harder then that. That's the point. As a little know saying goes: The higher the fewer. (bonus points if anybody identifies it origin)