still no ultra wide supports like 2560x1080 in true full screen! the fullscreen window is choppy and the graphics do not scale in the main menu properly. artifacts all over the place.
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Nov 7, 2016Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
The truth is they gave us something but this shouldn't be enough when blizzard said last year that in blizzcon 16 diablo fans will loose their mind from excitement. If i find the person who said that i will post it don't worry its out there.
The point is we get something really less than what we deserve. And we deserve a new expansion.
And as about what really the fans felt or not dear diablofans.com admins just make a poll on the front page with the following.
What are your thoughts in diablo 3 announcements in blizzcon 2016?
1)exactly what i was hoping for and maybe more.
2)better something than nothing.
3)too little and too late.
4)very upset i wanted an expansion announcement or even a new diablo game and those features as a free patch.
5)i don't care about diablo franchise.
So lets just make that poll and see the results after few days.
Sep 19, 2013Johnnyxp64 posted a message on Confirmed: D3 Will Stay Online, iOS Update May Reset Authenticators, Clarification on the AH, Paragon 2.0 Q&Amy dreams was crushed!Posted in: News & Announcements
the excuses are totally BS thought!
The game was built from the ground up to take full advantage of Battle.net,
bs1, no its not, and console version can prove that this game engine CAN run offline.
and many more disadvantageswhich provides a number of important benefits,
sure thats fine, but we can do it 1 time per months as StarCraft II does without problems!including persistent server-side character saves,
thats the biggest BS off all! the game still uses the damn Asterix network and not client server 100%, and thats why a fast player gets fps issues and gameplay lag, when a Slow internet player joins the damn game!a seamless PC multiplayer experience,
yeah right! lets be realistic here, call it a damn online DRM ok?cheat prevention,
we don't care actually! because if you do a simple research you will see that a very very small percent of player meet strangers online and after a game they are "friends". most of the time they don't care, they dont chat, they dont make friends with strangers they just want to loot!and Real ID and BattleTag social features.
real LAN was helping making real FRIENDS! so Real ID etc are BS marketing, when in fact players are more isolated than before, and they don't want their REAL name to be exposed (by default) to strangers online!
screw the damn stupid antisocial Facebook row models.-
Sep 17, 2013Johnnyxp64 posted a message on Diablo III Auction House is Shutting Down on March 18, 2014if you announce offline mode (just like sc2) in blizzconPosted in: News & Announcements
i will send you chocolates even if i leave in Europe :Thumbs Up: :Thumbs Up: :Thumbs Up: :Thumbs Up: :Thumbs Up: :Thumbs Up: :Thumbs Up:
Jun 5, 2013Posted in: News & AnnouncementsQuote from lMarcusl
Let's see how many people jump to conclusions right off the bat. "He worked on the console version, he is the embodiment of all that is evil and must be cleansed. We, the PC gaming master race, demand that he be locked in purgatory for a week before touching our game." So far we got one...
lets see how many user will jump to conclusions and "assume" theories and put words to other user's mouth that never said!
so far we got one!
Feb 26, 2013Johnnyxp64 posted a message on Gear Customization Coming in Future Patch, Diablo 3 Was Designed for PC, No Cross-Platform Play or Characters, Witch Doctor Suggare we actually expecting Blizzard to admit that diablo 3 was very much influenced and designed to make also console players happy?Posted in: News & Announcements
do we really believe they would admit that?
Jan 21, 2012Johnnyxp64 posted a message on Patch 10 Not This Week, Conference Call, Senior Game Producer Leaves, Blue Postswho the hell wants to leave Blizzard and look for an other company to work!??Posted in: News & Announcements
i thought Blizzard had the perfect working environment!
50% they accoused him for been way out of schedule! and stupid activation wants some heads to fall
40% he had enough with this mess and the pushing of the community and his managers, and if he has family never seen them for the past few months due to diablo3
10% true other personal reasons, like he is crazy and everything back at blizzard was working like clock. that i dought
btw here is the proof that all is about pushing the game to finish! and possible the poor guy was "fired"
the new job op has more than once mentioned that this guy will be responsible for the next release date failure!
just pay attention on how they emphasis this parts...
- Liaises with different departments to facilitate communication.
- Works with department leads to determine resources necessary to see projects through to completion.
- Coordinates, tracks, and manages the activities of personnel to ensure that project tasks are completed on time.
- Provides motivation, and direction to ensure that project goals, objectives, milestones, and deliverables are achieved.
- Facilitates team, and department meetings to reach decisions effectively.
- Contributes to a positive work environment, and ensures project forward momentum.
- Assists the production director and other producers with creative and organizational tasks as necessary.
Jan 6, 2012Johnnyxp64 posted a message on Firebats Skill Runed, Beta Key Contests, Leveling Curve, Interview with Leonard, and Book of Cain Drawingsyou are joking right? what is here to be confirmed?Posted in: News & Announcements
this is a print layout machine that print books, and there is no dought this is NOT a "fake" picture!
whats the point of waiting on confirmation?
-hey did one of your employs photo the process of the diablo 3 manual while was printing in one of the many print factories?
-yea we had question all the employs with cheep camera phones and one of them admit it, so we confirm its a leak picture!
-what are you going to do now with that emploee?
-...give him a better phone, maybe an iphone or something at least to take better photos next time
lol if you are waiting for such a dialog its at list silly!
now the only think i can say is:
-hey dude thanks for the picture but make sure this manual is printed and most of all binded together correctly cause i will kick your a**
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Dec 5, 2013Drol posted a message on Updated DiabloFans Going Live Tomorrow, F&F Beta Hotfixes, Devs Prefer Bonus for Surviving Than Penalty For Dying, D3 NecromanceI hate to be negative here. But you have to make the site responsive, or at least have a decent mobile version.Posted in: News & Announcements
Nov 9, 2013I'm confused as fuck....Posted in: News & Announcements
Difficulty: Normal, Hard, Expert, Master & Torment.
Difficulty: Easy, Normal, Hard, Torment, Demonic & Apocalypse.
Both are explicitly quoted as "difficulties"... wtf! O.o
Jul 27, 2011Ophion posted a message on The Diablo Chronicles: Interface & Controls (Part 1)Posted in: News & Announcements
After writing several Chronicles describing the evolution of several systems across the three games in the Diablo series, I had still never played the original myself. But for this one I required more information than screenshots and old documents from 2001 could provide. After some consideration I finally installed the game and took it for a spin, and man, Diablo has come a long way since it's first release in 1997. After a quick run through of everything me keyboard could lead me to, a visit to some of the merchants, a look at the bottom of the screen, and some quick fighting in the dungeon I think I'm ready to present this Chronicle on the evolution of the Interface & Controls. Just as a reminder, this is something that I know is very much based on personal opinion, so feel free to disagree with what I personally considers to be improvements and flaws.
This is part one of a two part Chronicle about Interface & Controls. I'm also out an Index for this Chronicle because of its length. Let's see how that turns out
The Character Screen contains information about the character, as its name implies, and is a quite convenient way of quickly judging the strength of a character without having to look at the equipment. Its evolution can be summarized as simply including more information, but I think I will go into a bit more detail.
The original //www.diablowiki.com/Diablo_I">Diablo" class="wiki-link">//www.diablowiki.com/Diablo_I">Diablo"/> Diablo version of this interface, seen to the left in the image, was understandably very simple but still contained almost all information you could need about your character. The top of the screen displayed your Name, Class and Level. The left side displayed your Attributes, Health and Mana. The the right side displayed Armor Class, (chance) To Hit, Damage and Resistances. The downside of this interface was that it didn't display all of the different bonuses you could get from your gear, such as damage reduction and life steal.
The displayed information didn't change particularly from Diablo to Diablo II, and neither did the design, but some additions were made as a result of more complex formulas. Attack Rating was introduced as a way to improve your chance to hit with a physical attack, and the chance to hit a specific enemy could only be displayed by first attacking that enemy and then hovering your mouse over the Attack Rating. The same thing applied to //www.diablowiki.com/Defense_(Diablo_II)">Defense" class="wiki-link">//www.diablowiki.com/Defense_(Diablo_II)">Defense"/> Defense which was used in the same way as Attack Rating, but to avoid physical attacks. The Damage display was also changed in order to show the calculated damage of any skill bound to either the left or right mouse button. However, the Diablo II Character Screen was notorious for displaying incorrect damage information and was therefore nearly useless for many characters.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein
Before going into detail more about the Diablo III interface I want to point out that the most recent screenshot (seen to the far right in the image) of the Character Screen is taken from BlizzCon 2010 and is almost a year old. It doesn't even have the most recent Attribute changes applied. But for the sake of having something to write I'm going to base my thoughts on it anyway, regardless of how outdated it is.First off, there is a secondary advanced view that displays "everything" and a basic view that also contains a substantial amount of information, confirmed by Bashiok in a tweet. Judging from the casual appearance of the BlizzCon 2010 screen I would say that it is an older version of the basic view.
Second, whether this applies to the current version or not is unknown, but the Damage display appears to be removed completely. It sort of makes sense because there is no longer any way to quickly scroll through all your skills, and the damage of a skill alone can not be used to determine its strength. My guess is that you will instead simply hover over the skills to see their damage, something that shouldn't be difficult since they are all located on the hotbar at the bottom of the screen. More information about that will be in the next Chronicle.
Third, also unknown if it still works like this, Resistance percentage is now dependent on your resistance and the level of the monster. The Resistance percentage is displayed by hovering your mouse over the resistance, very similar to how Attack Rating worked in Diablo II. Other images show that more pop-up information is available by hovering over the attributes as well.
That concludes this section about the Character Screen. The screenshots we have right now of the Diablo III version might not do it justice, but there is actually a newer screenshot of another interface that you will see further into this Chronicle. To the top right of that interface there is something that most likely is of relevance to the Character Screen. Keep reading to find out, or use the Index to jump to the Skill Screen and take a look.
Not much has been going on in the Inventory Screen area over the years. We have seen the inclusion of more item slots, but beyond that there is not really much to see... Nah, that is not entirely true, though most changes have been fairly subtle.
At the top of the Inventory Screen are the Equipment Slots. You place your items in these slots to equip them, quite self-explanatory really. Blizzard North made two changes to this area for Diablo II. The first was to show which items belonged in which slots, something that becomes increasingly important as the number of slots increases. The second was to include the weapon switch which swapped your weapon and offhand item for a second set with the click of a button (or hotkey).
//www.diablowiki.com/Blizzard_Entertainment">Blizzard" class="wiki-link">//www.diablowiki.com/Blizzard_Entertainment">Blizzard"/> Blizzard undid one of these changes for Diablo III by removing the weapon switch, and instead added some pretty art of the class next to the paper doll.
At the bottom of the screen is the Inventory. The items you picked up were arranged here in a Tetris-like grid in Diablo and Diablo II, with items having different shapes and taking up a varying amount of slots depending roughly on their actual size. Initially Blizzard were shooting for a very different system for Diablo III where there was no Tetris-like arrangement of items, but rather a specific number of slots that held one item each, regardless of the actual size of the item. They felt that the management of inventory space and careful arranging of items to optimize that space had no place in a Diablo game.
The community disagreed, and after a significant uprising they went back to the old system, but reduced the inventory size of items so they only took up a maximum of two slots. This together with the 20 extra slots means that the Inventory is now able to hold many more items than in the previous games, but there is much less management required. However reducing the size of items to two slots meant that certain large items will have their artwork cropped while in the inventory in order to fit inside two small slots. They will still be shown in full glory when placed in an equipment slot, just not in the inventory. Compensating for that is the fact that equipment will now look identical in the inventory and on the character, unlike in the previous games where the artwork often was much more impressive than the equipped item, or the other way around.
Gold was stored as an item in the first Diablo, effectively making one of the 40 slots unusable, something that was changed in the sequels. Blizzard did something similar in Diablo II with the Horadric Cube that took up 4 slots, but thanks to its ability to store items it actually added 12 slots, effectively adding 8 to the total amount. The two optional but very useful Tomes of //www.diablowiki.com/Tome_of_Identify_(Diablo_II)">Identify" class="wiki-link">//www.diablowiki.com/Tome_of_Identify_(Diablo_II)">Identify"/> Identify and //www.diablowiki.com/Tome_of_Town_Portal_(Diablo_II)">Town Portal" class="wiki-link">//www.diablowiki.com/Tome_of_Town_Portal_(Diablo_II)">Town Portal"/> Town Portal that took up two slots each somewhat balanced that out though. It is unknown if there will be these kind of items that are desirable to keep in your inventory at all times, but I can see //www.diablowiki.com/Scroll_of_Identify_(Diablo_II)#Scroll_of_Identify">Scrolls of Identify" class="wiki-link">//www.diablowiki.com/Scroll_of_Identify_(Diablo_II)#Scroll_of_Identify">Scrolls of Identify"/> Scrolls of Identify and Potions definitely being strong contenders.
We also have the new addition to this interface, the //www.diablowiki.com/Artisan#Crafting_Materials">Nephalem Cube" class="wiki-link">//www.diablowiki.com/Artisan#Crafting_Materials">Nephalem Cube"/> Nephalem Cube that will be used to break down items into materials used for crafting. The button for this can't be seen in the cropped image at the top, but it can be seen in the full version (with the wrong graphics). The most recent image we have of it makes it look somewhat like the Horadric Cube actually, see for yourselves.
If this would have been written a bit earlier than two months ago I would have yet another pretty picture right here. Sadly the Charms and the Talisman didn't meet Blizzard's expectations and were cut from development. However they are expected to make a return in one way or another after release. Basically the Charms that were introduced in Diablo II took up inventory slots and therefore sort of worked against the player. Blizzard weren't too pleased with that and wanted to give them a separate container in Diablo III, the Talisman. However, the bonuses granted by the Charms ended up being too boring, and instead of spending a large amount of time fixing them they probably figured that getting the game released had a higher priority, so they put the Charms and the Talisman in the little box of ideas for future content and called it a day.
The two interfaces described so far have undoubtedly evolved a lot since they first appeared in the original Diablo, but they both pale when compared to the massive overhauls of the Skill Screen.
I want to start off by saying that this happens to be the only recent screenshot we have of the Diablo III interface, and there are some important things about it that I want to point out, but let's focus on the skills for now.
The original Diablo didn't have skills, they were called spells instead and had some significant differences. All spells could be learned by any class through a spellbook or cast through charged Staves or Scrolls. When a spell was learned it could be accessed through your Spellbook, pictured in the image above. The Spellbook was divided into four pages with each page containing stronger spells than the previous. (Clarification:) Both the items used to learn spells and the interface seen in the image above were called spellbooks. Rather confusing if you ask me.
This system didn't work for Diablo II that didn't have spells but rather skills that were (mostly) exclusive to each class. So the spellbook and the spellbooks were replaced by the skill tree as the new way of learning and leveling skills. Another significant improvement was the mouse-over information that saved a lot of space, yet allowed much more information about the skills to be displayed. I assume everyone knows how a skill tree works so I will not go into further detail about that.
For Diablo III Blizzard went ahead and remade the skill system yet again. Players are now given seven skill slots that unlocks together with new skill tiers as you level up. Each slot can contain one skill from any unlocked skill tier, but it is encouraged to mix the tiers since the low tier skills have no or close to no cooldown while the high tier skills have very long cooldowns, but (I assume) also much high power and/or utility. Last but not least there are Runestone slots to the right of learned skills for significant extra customization.
Now for some speculation. We know that skills are now divided into active skills and passive Traits. Judging from the image I would guess that the tab with the star opens up the Trait screen and the little arrow opens up the full list of skills. The last button with a character symbol is probably the Character Screen, this is something I find particularly interesting as this could mean that the Skill Screen button will be removed from the hotbar (this one) to save space. In my opinion a change like that is not too far-fetched considering that most people that really care about quick access are probably using hotkeys anyway. I'm not assuming that this will happen, but I consider it a possibility.
From one system that has seen many changes to another. The progress of the merchant interface can be divided into two distinct steps. The Diablo to Diablo II step was about integration and usability, and the step onward to Diablo III was more focused on adding the many additional features offered by the Artisans in a good way.
The first version of the merchant interface was almost as simple as one could possibly imagine. The player clicked the merchant and a little list of services appeared. Choosing a service brought up the appropriate interface, and I wish I could include more of these interfaces, but I only had room in the image for the basic shop. As you can see there wasn't much more to it other than the item name, the required level and the gold cost. There were two obvious downsides to this approach, namely:
- There was not enough information about certain items. If you wanted to buy a spell you had to make the purchase without knowing anything but its name and requirement, for example. (Thanks to YaeriusFCM for the correction)
- Only four items were displayed at once, so a lot of scrolling was necessary to view the entire stock. I'm not sure if this was because of my OS, but scrolling or pulling the bar didn't work, only the small arrows.
A lot of changes were made to this interface for Diablo II. The list of items was removed and in its place Blizzard North gave us something akin to how items were arranged in the stash, thereby allowing many more items to be displayed at once. By only using mouse-over pop-ups it was also possible to display a lot of information and save space at the same time. There were also some integration improvements done so that you no longer had to switch interface when you wanted to, for example, repair your equipment. The final change was that the interface now only covered half the screen, thereby leaving room to display the Inventory and Equipment Slots at the same time.
So, what has been done to this interface for the upcoming Diablo III? Well, first of all I once again want to point out that the screenshot is not up to date (Gamescom 2010), but hopefully it will give us a good impression of what is to come.
So what can we determine from looking at the image? First of all we have the sidebar which houses all of the different services offered by the Artisan, an upgrade from the list that used to appear above the merchants when you clicked on them. Repairing is no longer a little button below the shop, it has its own interface like in the first Diablo (but better of course). Blizzard can get away with doing this thanks to the aforementioned sidebar that makes interface swapping much more efficient.
I wanted to include all the other interfaces that you can access from the side bar, but I only had room for one, and for consistency I chose the shop. Two things are apparent here. The number of displayed items is drastically reduced, but the amount of information available without hovering your mouse over the items is increased. Because fewer items can be shown there are of course pages. The question is if this system turns out to be better than the stash-like view of Diablo II.
Imagine that you are a Barbarian and you are specifically looking for axes, because you have points in Axe Murderer. In Diablo II you would simply open the weapons tab and quickly locate axes thanks to their distinct size and appearance. With the Diablo III interface it appears like a lot of page swapping might be necessary to reach axes, because not only are there only 10 items per page (18 on the weapons tab in the Diablo II screenshot), but both armor, weapons, shields and consumables appears to be together without tabs separating them. Of course this doesn't necessarily have to be how it looks and works today, but if I were given the choice between the 2010 Diablo III pages and the Diablo II stash-like style, I would go for the Diablo II style only because I can reach my desired item faster.Finally we have the addition of a buyback feature that conveniently allows you to get items you sold by accident back. A neat little feature that might even save a monitor or two.
I know that this has been a very long and probably tough read, it was a very hard topic to summarize, so I will keep this last part as short as possible. This was the first part of two Chronicles about the Interface & Controls of Diablo III and its predecessors. As you probably noticed there was an apparent lack of Controls in this one, which was intentional. This part focused on the parts of the interface that we deal with mostly out of combat, while the next and final part will focus on the interfaces we come in contact with in combat, including control and camera layout. Until then, don't forget the past, without the past there is no future.
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