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So..... after the little "One of the Chosen" announcement on the D3 forums, a whole bunch of people got banned, and I heard that those users will ALSO be banned from logging into Diablo 3, the actual GAME.
I know this isnt the case with the WoW forums and the game, and was VERY surprised to hear this, is there any truth to this?
I would have thought that after the EA news frenzy earlier this year that this would not even be close to a possiblity.....
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May 14, 2012Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Jan 22, 2012Sinistra posted a message on Itemization Changes, Blue Posts, Sword of Justice Interview, Jay Wilson Speaks to KoreaThey're just reaching for the thesaurus now.... Nearing...Posted in: News & Announcements
F***-OFF! Im nearing a meltdown hearing all the blizzard double speak.
Jan 20, 2012Cant believe this process. Ya. Im at the raging point. Irrational raging just because its a release and gets my negativity out on an online forum rather than bringing it into my outside life.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Its really depressing that I turn 30 in 5 days and still have yet to even hear a release date for this game I played as a kid.
Jan 12, 2012Sinistra posted a message on Development Article Soon, What's NOT Delaying the Game, Zarhym on "The Big Meeting""Development Article soon ™" is code word for there is a delay we need to come forward with.Posted in: News & Announcements
Dec 31, 2011Sinistra posted a message on South Korea Rating, New Unique Flavor Text, Rare Follower Prefixes, Beta ScreenshotsIts the year 2012 and we still dont have a release date for Diablo 3.....Posted in: News & Announcements
THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
Jun 22, 2010What kind of sh*t is this, really?Posted in: News & Announcements
You guys are going to jump through a bunch of hoops just so Bastok doesn't have to take the time from his day to think about something new to update?!?
Blizzard has some of you by the short and curlys.
How Blizzard isn't being shown in the light of elitists by internet sites like this is a testament to the control that Blizzard has on its followers, and consequently what they can get away with.
If SOE and the Vanguard rep's tried to post something like this it would be all over the internet how the Vanguard rep's are all high and mighty and disassociated from the player base. Yet with Blizzard, its the players fault that info isnt coming out cause we didnt ask, and you guys agree.
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May 14, 2012After searching through the WoW item database and categorizing every Vanilla WoW item, I have this knowledge to impart to you all about Blizzard and items: They make mistakes all the time and nobody ever notices (not even them apparently)Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I've found at least 30 errors in item drops, drop rates, names, and even stats on Vanilla items.
It could very well be intentional, but even if it isn't, I doubt they will change it.
Sep 23, 2011Dolaiim posted a message on With the delay: should we expect an even more refined game? How much is too much iteration?Blizzard has really shown their cards here, in trying so hard to hide their cards.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
The truth is, they are doing MAJOR re-writes, evidence keeps trickling out. A ton of feature functionality isn't even in the game yet, including but certainly not limited to:
-Runes: getting a re-write, being iterated
-Demon Hunter: skills and resources (class is clearly broken)
-Items: most of the item affixes/suffixes posted are actually placeholders, so says Bashiok, and the real aff/suff are not yet implemented).
-battle.net clearly unstable (many crashes, has been down for a looong time)
-skills and damage scaling
The cornerstone of Blizzard's development model is Agile/Scrum style iteration. But the OP asks a great question: "How much is too much iteration?"
I've been trained in Agile/Scrum, and literally THE BIGGEST caveat they teach you to control and manage is exactly that: too much iteration . Blizzard has this dream-list of features that they CHANGE CONSTANTLY, coupled with a pie-in-the-sky vision of "quality" that forces them into infinite "no-go" iteration cycles.
But hey, that's their prerogative. They DO produce amazing games, no question. But as I always say, Blizzard needs to get IMMENSELY better at managing their public image, and their loyal fan base.
Why you ask? We'll just buy their games no matter what?
Here's why: The SECOND Blizzard releases a sub-par game, they will be absolutely slammed. I mean let's be honest guys.. Blizzard puts their fans through hell. Their PR approach is boarder-line insane: Have daily interaction through these proxy-users (Basiok, etc) whose job is to literally keep loyal fans engaged but woefully un-informed. This approach breeds SO much resentment. There's a serious psychological explanation for how people react to Blizzard PR, and it's very similar to how a human reacts when a potential love interest plays hard-to-get. They remain attractive by being both secretive AND actively engaged. This is why seemingly normal people react so strongly every time Blizzard pulls a number like this.
I doubt any of this is on purpose. It's becoming more and more clear to me that behind those big blue doors, there is a lot of confusion.
Sep 23, 2011This is F'ing BS...This push back is ridiculous...they aren't releasing it because of a few bugs in beta my ass, just look at the Cataclysm release almost all of the raids were bugged upon release and they still put it out there. The reason i think this happened is because of WOW (and no I'm not a WOW hater or conspirator that its blizzards baby above all else). But in all honesty, they say that WOW is a different market and that they aren't affected by other games but that is just even more bull.Posted in: News & Announcements
When SC2 came out WOW's subscriptions started dropping and haven't recovered since, and that is because of SC2 even if they deny it, and the same will happen when D3 comes out. The difference is that D3 and patch 4.3 would have been close, and patch 4.3 is the conclusion of Cata so they want people on there playing the end of the expansion. I mean seriously this beta could have been release 6 months ago, its almost identical to last years bs they showed at blizzcon and it only took a week to see major issues with the game and address them.
Im so pissed that I'm just venting on here, DAMN IT!! DAMN IT TO HELL!!
May 31, 2011Posted in: News & AnnouncementsQuote from ScyberDragon
Dammit, I was going to call it yesterday that it was these pictures as a joke.
So disappointing. Now, I never really felt most of the other ones were disappointing. I will take just about anything "new" from Diablo and be excited about it but really...?
We already have these pics, in high res. The only difference is that they added the diablo bar on it.
Oh well, hopefully we will be getting another system announcement soon™
Knowing Blizzard, the Diablo Bar™ system seen in these screenshots was probably designed over the course of many months of work by a crack-team of Blizzard graphic artists, ventriloquists and entomologists. Planning it was a 12-step process, followed by numerous consultations with leading experts, then a large number of rough sketches were rendered in Etch-a-Sketch. Then when it came time to deciding on a final design, following vicious weeks of in-fighting and backstabbing, a final design was agreed upon. Then the graphics artists worked 24-hour shifts non-stop for 3 months designing it from scratch, pixel by pixel in Microsoft Paint. Add to that 1 month for compiling the final product, 1 month for beta-testing on numerous monitors, and 1 month for shipping to Irvine from the depths of Mongolia, and that was it.
Feb 10, 2011Dolaiim posted a message on Activision Blizzard Q4 2010 Financial Results Conference CallPosted in: News & AnnouncementsQuote from Don_guillotine
It still boggles me to no length as to why someone would be too upset about the conference call.
Before it we had no tangible clue of release date, they had only said: "when it's done!"
Now that we do know something tangible on the release date and start of the beta, it's a major catastrophe?
Sure, waiting is a bummer, but we're still looking at a Q4 2011 or Q1 2012 release. Now we just have for the first time something concrete and not just speculation.
News does not equal good news. I admire your optimism, I really do. But I do not share it and here's why: Blizzard does not seem to appreciate the importance of deadlines, and how they impact their customers. I do not see the conference call as anything resembling a deadline. I develop and test software for Cisco systems, and have worked for Sierra Games and a couple other startups you wouldn't have heard of. Across all these software companies, there was universal agreement that time-to-market is an essential part of developing software.
Quality is the most important. Yes, yes, always. But again, more time does not necessarily yield more quality. In fact, when developers know that large-scale re-writes are on the table, they are less inclined to commit themselves to ideas, and thus the ideas are weakened. So allowing re-writes can actually cause re-writes, and this is an important point.
Bottom line is, strict project management should dictate development. You should see our project slates. Hundreds of milestones, with mitigation plans, including adding/shifting resources (people), to account for schedule slippages. Aggressive milestones brings the best out of a group of people. We create some of the most brilliant products ever devised.
Now you may be saying, "how do you know Blizzard doesn't have milestones?" Look, they probably do (though I'm really not sure). Here's my point: No matter how you look at it, your customers drive your business! Take what time you need, yes, but communicate your major milestones to customers. If you don't, customers lose faith in your integrity to develop and deliver quality software. The fact that it takes Blizzard SO long to develop a quality product says what about their ability as developers?
In closing, Blizzard is not Vincent van Gogh in a shoddy Paris apartment crafting masterpieces on his brother's dime. They're a publicly traded company driven by demand for their products. They scoff at commitments, and they scoff at deadlines, because they don't feel accountable to their own reason for existing: Their customers.
Feb 9, 2011Diablo is the reason I've been posting on these forums for 3 years, it is the reason I got into computer games, it is the reason I've spent countless hours searching, questing, and having fun with friends on D2, it is the reason I bought an awesome laptop to bring to college so I could play D3 there.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
So it is not just a damn video game, but a lifestyle. At least it was for me. And thats why any Dfan should be and is pissed to hear that this year isn't looking to great on the release front. When I joined in '08 (was lurking even before then with the petition thing and all that...-different story), never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would be coming out in upwards of 2012+.
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