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    posted a message on DiabloFans CLAN (US) - Application Thread
    Already a member of DiabloFans Clan US. Re-Applying.

    Link to armory profile:
    Preference for softcore (SC) or hardcore (HC):
    Average time available to play (hours per week):
    20-40 hours a week
    Preferred difficulty level:
    T1 - T3
    Posted in: Clans [NA] [PC]
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    posted a message on Mature Language Filter
    Quote from Azidonis

    That said, whatever happened to, "Hey John Doe, this is Game Master Bootlicker from Blizzard. We wanted to let you know that you are getting complaints for your overuse of obscenities. Would you mind toning it down a bit?"

    And John Doe replies, "Sure thing."

    A 30 second conversation instead of just waving the ban hammer. Abuse of authority, imo.

    Is this really how you imagine this exchange going down? The GameMaster respectfully asks the player to calm themselves, and they politely respond "Yes m'lord!"?

    In my mind a more realistic scenario is the GameMaster respectfully asking the player to calm themselves, and the player impolitely calling the GameMaster a s*&$c*#! and telling them to f&$% themselves with a cactus before complaining about not yet finding their Crit Chance Mempo and the fact that their login credentials got stolen when they were purchasing gold from a third-party site.

    Considering the maturity level of many of the players who frequent the Battle.net forums, I'm not surprised that the default position for a GameMaster is to hand out a temporary ban, especially when the user is obviously in violation of a clearly presented rule.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on So.. is there any release date of this "extremely long hot fix"?.
    Quote from Zero(pS)

    My intent was solely to have people reason about their emotion-based statements before throwing them out there.

    You are spot on. I was just trying to strengthen your point. There is much more to be accomplished by a software team than the end user will ever know. That's sort of the point.

    I can say this much. The members of the Diablo 3 development team are just as frustrated with the speed of progress as you are. Believe that.

    At the end of the day, the developers answer to management, the management answers to upper management, the upper management answers to the executives and the executives answer to the ... shareholders!

    The developers are not in charge of their own destiny. In every software company, there are inevitably obstacles beyond the control of the development team that block productivity. [Sources:] (1) every Dilbert comic ever (2) the movie Office Space (3) every joke I've ever heard about middle management (4) my life
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on So.. is there any release date of this "extremely long hot fix"?.
    Quote from Zero(pS)
    Are you a professional programmer?
    Quote from Zero(pS)
    Do you know the Diablo 3 coding inside out to be able to understand how much work it takes to "tweak" those minor changes?
    No, but I have a pretty good idea. It's a lot.
    Quote from Zero(pS)
    Are you a professional game developer in a huge company with high quality standards?
    Quote from Zero(pS)
    How many meetings does it take to make decisions on skill balance changes?
    Meetings. So. Many. Meetings. So many.
    Quote from Zero(pS)
    How many people have to be working on that?
    Too many people. Too many people with their hands on everything.

    Based on my work experience, I can tell you that Zero(pS) is asking all the right questions.

    If the team was unbridled, independent, small and agile, they could iterate over these issues rapidly and release them just as quickly. This is not a small, agile team. It is a department of a massive international software company.

    When people refer to "the programmers", the group they are actually addressing are coders, analysts, testers, QA teams, managers, architects, web developers, and many more, just on the software side. There are also technical writers, translators, community managers, customer service representatives, and many more just from a communication / documentation standpoint. There are infrastructure managers, server administrators, network specialists, release managers, database administrators, and many many other on the hardware side.

    Each person has an important moving part that must hit a moving target at the same time as all other members of all other teams for a release to happen successfully.

    It's a miracle anything ever gets done at all.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Paragon 100!
    Congratulations. A great achievement. Now you can work on getting the 4 other classes to 100. What are you waiting for? Get a move on!
    Posted in: Witch Doctor: The Mbwiru Eikura
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    posted a message on A Paragon Level 100 Bonus
    Quote from Nodnarb

    Quote from overneathe

    A new tier set I can transmogrify. New, unique one.
    ...I think that is where that term came from right?

    I know of at least one other place...
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on FYI
    Quote from fixD3

    Just reminding everyone what kind of person runs the blizzard ship these days...

    I don't really know what you're getting at here. I don't bemoan anyone who cashes out their stake in a company. It's his stock to sell, and he sold it.
    Posted in: Off-Topic
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    posted a message on Developer Journal: Multiplayer Improvements
    Quote from Ashes

    This the first patch that I don't like to much. I don't like socializing in D3 and now I'll be at even greater disadvantage playing solo. Meh.

    Actually, you will be not affected in the least. The game will be exactly the same for you after the patch as it was before.

    If you choose to see a buff to players who group together as a nerf to yourself, I guess that's one way to look at it.
    Posted in: News & Announcements
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    posted a message on Diablo 3 Director Jay Wilson: Auction Houses 'really hurt' game
    Does anyone else feel it is absurd that they "assumed" players wouldn't make extensive use of the Auction House?

    The number one goal for many players of the Diablo franchise is to collect equipment of ever-increasing power for your character. The Auction House makes this incredibly simple and efficient.

    Did ANYONE think that the default position players would take with the Auction House is ignoring it? I didn't.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Did Blizz change the drop rates of certain rares?
    Quote from Zero(pS)


    And there you are.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on So whats the point in playing anymore? (constructive no flame please)
    Quote from Hughes

    I picked up playing the game again a few months ago, ran into the same problem. I still got bored pretty fast.

    Honestly, Inferno is a shadow of what it used to be. Any character who could have any success in Act 1/2 before would certainly be able to walk through Inferno on MP0.

    Try again, maybe it will be a faceroll.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on [Suggestions]: The Talisman and The Burning Hells Portals
    I posted a link on Reddit to this forum post. It is on /r/Diablo and /r/Diablo3. You deserve recognition for your work!
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on US server offline?
    Quote from Indimix

    Dafuq?, it was a joke....

    Srs bizns
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on AH prices out of control
    Sounds great, BUT the problem runs much deeper than the effect the visitors of Diablofans could have, I think.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Gotta love the disparity
    Sounds about right.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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