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The latest installment in the Diablo game series has become the fastest selling PC game in history

Blizzard Entertainment today proudly announced that the Diablo III video game racked up 3.5 million units sold in the first 24 hours, and added to that tally through the first week.

After the first week, more than 6.3 million gamers are now playing Diablo III, still excluding Korean gamers playing Diablo III at Internet cafes.  That number also doesn't include 1.2M gamers that received Diablo III for free when they signed up for a one-year subscription to World of Warcraft.

Meanwhile, Diablo III sales are expected to creep up in the weeks to come, as casual RPG gamers enter the mix.

"We're definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo III and jump in the moment it went live," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO and co-founder, in a press statement. "We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they did so. I want to reaffirm our commitment to make sure the millions of Diablo III players out there have a great experience with the game moving forward, and I also want to thank them for their ongoing support."

More than 8,000 retailers worldwide offered the game in North America, Europe, South Korea, Australia, and other parts of the world -- and digital downloads were available in the same markets, plus a handful of other locations.

The Diablo game trilogy, plus expansions and later modifications, have proven to be some of the most popular RPG video games ever.  Diablo II launched in the summer of 2000, and generated 4M units sold in the first year.

Everything seems to be looking up for Blizzard, even though there are early reports of game account theft and related problems. Since Diablo III has a feature such as the real money auction house, so players can earn real money, and now there is a question of account theft and fraud. Forbes recently published an article related to Diablo III hacking, and whether people have traditionally been prosecuted for digital game theft.

Blizzard can look forward to other problems popping up here and there, but with the support of millions of gamers, should be able to handle any bumps in the road.

Source: MarketWatch



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PC Gaming isn't dead!
By MrBlastman on 5/23/2012 3:22:13 PM , Rating: 5
Who said PC Gaming was dead? It isn't! Long live the mighty PC gamer!

Please note I do not have Diablo 3. I was in the beta since last October and only played an hour of it.




RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Mitch101 on 5/23/2012 3:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
Did you think it was fun? I played the beta and have the full version and Im not sure its any fun.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By MrBlastman on 5/23/2012 3:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, not really. I was like, "Meh, it's Diablo." Now, I'm prepared to have a sh oe thrown at me before I say this but...

As I see it, Diablo is Gauntlet on the PC. All it is missing is gamepad support to make it perfect. :)

Yeah yeah, blasphemy but whatever. The mouse has always disconnected me from Diablo. This is also probably one of the few times you'll see me admit to wanting to use a "console" controller on a PC--seeing how I'm a hardcore PC gamer otherwise.

The game seemed fine though--lots of people are going to love it that loved the first two. It just wasn't my cup of tea and was only in the beta due to a buddy of mine being a big shot artist at Blizzard.

(Spam filter DT, can't say sh oe in a post).


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By ImEmmittSmith on 5/23/2012 4:21:02 PM , Rating: 2
I'm like you, I thought it was just ok, not like Diablo I to Diablo II great. I was in the Beta and thought it was more about cool graphics than game play. Very linear and controlled. I was hoping Blizzard learned from Diablo II that people wanted more open and less control, be free to roam more. Also, some of the small dungeons/cellars are only 1 or 2 little rooms. One thing that really hurt Diablo III is that you cannot create a Mod for it. Diablo II had such cool mods, like Eastern Sun that you can play on a LAN with friends and family. :( Looking forward to Borderlands 2!


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Trisped on 5/23/2012 7:37:32 PM , Rating: 2
Dido on Borderlands 2. I might look into D3, but do not see the point if there is no map editor.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By stardude692001 on 5/23/2012 7:52:13 PM , Rating: 2
I have only played for a couple of days but it seems like they dumbed down the whole thing. You can no longer choose which skills you want and which you don't and you can't chose your stats at all when leveling.

I think blizzard peaked with WoW and has just been slowly rolling down hill since.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/27/2012 9:29:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You can no longer choose which skills you want and which you don't and you can't chose your stats at all when leveling.


What are you talking about? You can choose more skills per character and have far more viable builds in D3 than you had in Diablo 2. Plugging in numbers doesn't give a practical advantage, you don't get more skills or build possibilities, it only gave the illusion of choice.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Ammohunt on 5/23/2012 10:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
Watching the D3 videos i got the same impression just not that innovative or new. I played the hell outta D1 D1 and DS1 and DS2 kinda done with the top down thing. It seems to be the trend in gaming recently lets put a different wrapper on the same ol crap and see who buys it. By the sales of D3 its obvious people are hungry now all we need is a development shop that knows something about innovative game design. I have some ideas...


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By ShaolinSoccer on 5/24/2012 11:28:43 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
As I see it, Diablo is Gauntlet on the PC. All it is missing is gamepad support to make it perfect. :)


I agree. I enjoyed the 2 player version of Diablo 1 on the Playstation 1 a LOT more than the PC version. Same goes with Doom lol. I don't understand why Blizzard won't let us use game controllers. There's plenty of buttons on them for Diablo 3.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Totally on 5/23/2012 4:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
It's... fun, once you get past it being the biggest letdown ever, feeling/looking like WoW/DotA/LoL, 4 stats (wtf?), not being able to distribute you stat points, max 10 char slots, needing persistent internet to play, server restarts/maintenance shutdowns...yeah it's fun. Blizzard is dead to me.

P.S. had they not crapped all over the story/narration I would have forgiven them, easily.

[shitty voice acting]
I am the
*stomp*
prime evil
*power-up*
[/shitty voice acting]

really, fkn, really [/rant]


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By inperfectdarkness on 5/24/2012 5:47:40 AM , Rating: 2
biggest letdown ever? did we forget about DNF already?


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By bug77 on 5/24/2012 6:23:31 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think anyone had any expectations from DNF after all this time. It was pretty obvious it was released just to cash in on whatever popularity DN has left.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By nikon133 on 5/23/2012 5:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
Wasn't too impressed. It is too much old school, too safe for my taste. I'd expect more fresh ideas after so many years.

In addition, "always online" requirement is annoying. Also no LAN play. Checkpoint save system. Visuals are nice, but even if everything is 3D, you cannot rotate, zoom in/out.

No built in audio conversation - for a game that is supposed to be strong on co-op..? Typing messages to team... in 2012? :(

I got guest pass from a friend, played first act as barbarian, then as monk... but I'm not inspired enough to purchase game. Maybe when it goes to bargain bin.

What saddens me a bit is that this game - not bad, but not stellar either - is seen as the most exciting thing to hit PC gaming in a while. That only shows that PC gaming actually is in crisis. Being both PC and PS3 gamer, I've seen number of posts in consoles' forums, in line of "Diablo III only for PC - suicide watch for console gamers"... funny, that. Giggle watch is more likely.

I'm still keeping some hopes that PC version of GR: Future Soldier and Max PAyne 3 will turn out stellar on PC. New Lara Croft game (whenever) and new Assassin's Creed... My gaming rig is Core2Quad from early 2009, and I need some motive to upgrade.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By StevoLincolnite on 5/23/2012 5:52:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
In addition, "always online" requirement is annoying.


I don't think the always online requirement is to much of a drama, especially with the way we are always connected to the internet these days.

For example, Diablo 3 was played on top of a mountain:
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/05/diablo-iii-can-be...


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By nikon133 on 5/23/2012 6:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not online requirement as such, but with current status of servers going down often... it is.

Plus, lan party of decent size might end up challenged (and spoiled) with that many people needing online access to play something that should be playable as lan game.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By StevoLincolnite on 5/23/2012 8:54:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, with you on the servers going down.

Blizzard usually schedule the US servers to go down Monday? Night in the US... Which coincidentally means it's down all day Tuesday's for us Aussies that connect to US servers.

I just go play another game instead.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By blankslate on 5/24/2012 10:38:02 AM , Rating: 2
Another MMO I played did daily maintenance on their servers that lasted an hour or less. I'd prefer that schedule from Blizzard if it was technically possible. Can't think of a reason why it wouldn't be... Maybe someone who manages a group of servers can shed some insight


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By BZDTemp on 5/24/2012 6:34:14 AM , Rating: 2
That must be because you haven't tried the game and experienced how much trouble it is (as I understand it's mostly in the server end).

For example this Sunday afternoon there was a few hours were European played could not play due to "maintenance" on the server. Among other things this let to a 1,200+ page long thread in the official blizzard forum. That is 1,200+ pages with perhaps 20-30 posts per page. In other words I'd say it is safe to say there certainly is drama due to the "always online" silliness.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By artemicion on 5/23/2012 5:57:29 PM , Rating: 3
I like D3 a lot. At first I was skeptical of the lack of skill point/attribute point distribution, but now I think the system they've got is much better. In D2, you were pretty much stuck playing the same character and play style unless you grind your way playing as a new character. In D3, you can switch things up whenever you want (but because of cooldowns, it's not like you can do it on the fly, which is crucial).

Some things irked me (like Act 2 being the same as D2 Act 2), but overall I'm pleased with the game.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/24/2012 12:50:49 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, the new skill system is much better. Instead of going on forums and finding an optimized point distribution that only gives you access to a few skills, now you select the skills you want based on your play style and requirements. So much better now.

I also have the Torchlight II beta, and even with a respec option it feels absolutely archaic in comparison.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By bug77 on 5/24/12, Rating: -1
RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/24/2012 9:18:16 AM , Rating: 4
And here comes the crying about a lack of depth in character customization.

Diablo 1 had none. You could max every attribute and every spell. Every character was exactly like every other of the same class. That's not depth.

In Diablo 2 there was an ideal attribute distribution: enough to wear your ideal gear and the rest went to vitality. Everything else was wrong. There were only a handful of viable skill builds for each class. Almost all skills in the first two thirds of a tree were completely worthless and only stepping stones to later skills before synergies were introduced. Synergies only made builds that revolved around 1 or 2 skills more prevalent. There was no real choice, only the right way and the wrong way. The illusion of choice. If you were doing it right, you were like everyone else who did it right. If you were doing it wrong, you were like everyone else who did it wrong - a corpse. That's not depth.

Diablo 3 allows you to choose 6 active skills from a pool of a couple dozen, each with 5 runes to alter their functionality - almost all of which are viable. The number of viable builds is in the millions. Those are real choices. That's depth.

But hey, if you think plugging numbers gives depth in gameplay then there's excel.exe right over there.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Rukkian on 5/24/2012 9:39:20 AM , Rating: 3
I was a little skeptical, but after playing it (just started inferno last night), there is tons of customization. Is it different? YES!!! Change is not always bad (contrary to many opinions). Even in hell/inferno, I am still trying different combos of skills, and just waiting for that awesome item to fall.

Is the game perfect? No, but no game is in my mind. Is it better than D2 - for me yes in almost every way. Are there things that could be better, definately.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/24/2012 11:20:36 AM , Rating: 3
I totally agree


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Keeir on 5/25/2012 2:23:21 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Diablo 3 allows you to choose 6 active skills from a pool of a couple dozen, each with 5 runes to alter their functionality - almost all of which are viable. The number of viable builds is in the millions. Those are real choices. That's depth.


You know, this is the real problem with your post.

There were millions of combinations in D2.

In a few months there will be a -right- way and a -right- equipment set for each of the main classes. Maybe depending on your group, you'll switch play styles, but more likely switch main classes via 10 slots (which I don't understand... who would need more than 5?).

So where does that leave us? With D2, someone could -choose- to experiment and make meaningful choices with a character that couldn't be erased with a 10 second cooldown.

I get it though. If your're playing with others, there is a "right" way so you don't look like a fool from trying something creatives.

But for those that played D2 alone, there was no reason not to experiment.

quote:
If you were doing it wrong, you were like everyone else who did it wrong - a corpse. That's not depth.


I beat D2 with a few different characters. And I didn't do anything like you're suggesting. I am sorry D2 was too hard for you to beat without playing the "optimal" style. I never really found it so...


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/25/2012 12:56:06 PM , Rating: 2
The old system of plugging in numbers yields far fewer actual choices in viable builds and available skills compared to what the designers gave us in D3, there is no disputing this.

As for difficulty, it wasn't hard at all on normal. If we're talking anything above that, aka hell, aka the real game, then there is definitely a very limited way to play the game.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/25/2012 1:34:38 PM , Rating: 2
David Sirlin chimes in: http://www.sirlin.net/blog/2012/5/3/diablo-3s-abil...

Really good read.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/29/2012 12:18:41 AM , Rating: 2
Stats for the first two weeks of Diablo 3 were released. This is interesting.

quote:
The most common level 60 build in the game is only used by 0.7% of level 60 characters of that class (not including Passive diversity)


This kind of build diversity simply didn't exist in Diablo 2. The argument that the removal of assigning skill points resulted in less customization is completely false.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Keeir on 5/30/2012 12:17:56 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
This kind of build diversity simply didn't exist in Diablo 2. The argument that the removal of assigning skill points resulted in less customization is completely false.


quote:
Stats for the first two weeks of Diablo 3 were released. This is interesting.


So the final version is live for 2 week? Get back to me in 1 year.

TakinYourPoints,

It all has to do with how you approach a game. If your approach is to be the -best- possible, then eventually one or a hanful of key ways to play will dominate. A well balanced game might take 2 months or more to truely settle out. Especially if the game developers can force tweaks down. (as Diablo III already has in a few cases)

If you choose to approach a game in a creative fashion, then pretty much any game can be played in hundreds of ways. You personally didn't choose to apprach Diablo II in a creative fashion.

In Diablo III you get the ability to choose your class, equipment and active skill set.

In Diablo II you got the ability to choose you class, equipment, active skill set, stat set, and passive skill set.

Diablo III has less meaningful choices. It doesn't have any real choices as far as I can tell. So I guess people like you don't have to worry about making mistakes so your free to experiment.... with a limited tool set and you think its amazing.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/30/2012 11:27:36 PM , Rating: 2
Giving control over point attributes in D2 resulted in fewer practical builds given that it narrowed down your choices in both active skills and the equipment you could use.

Assigning points is busywork that gives the illusion of choice. It feels like it is giving build diversity but in practice it is very limiting. Torchlight and TL 2 use the same stat/skill method as D2, and it should given that many of the same developers are making it. Despite the fact that TL2 gives limited respecs, there are still much harder limits to build diversity.

But hey, if you enjoy plugging numbers to make you feel like you're in control, go at it.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/30/2012 11:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
Also, you have choices over passive skills in D3, three out of around 15 per class.

So that leaves D2 with a point allocation system that reduces available skills and gear choices. Sounds like build diversity to me!


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By SPOOFE on 5/23/12, Rating: -1
RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TSS on 5/23/12, Rating: 0
RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Ramtech on 5/23/2012 4:38:46 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with that PC gaming is dead but only from mainstream companies like Blizzard,Bioware just look at games on Kickstarter most of these games are overwhelmingly surpassing simplified console games in fun and longevity and theres at least shred of innovation in them same cannot be said about Call of Duty 18 Prehistoric Warfare with club as DLC


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By MrBlastman on 5/23/2012 4:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
Music isn't dead, it is alive an well--at least, if you look in the right place. Beeber (who cares how is name is spelled) and the like don't count as music. They're hogwash.

No, what I'm talking about is real independent music. I hear at least one artist a week that I like on my local indie radio station (biggest in the country). Check it out, you can listen to it online even.

WRAS 88.5 in Atlanta (Google it) All independent, all the time and lots of good stuff. I left the grid a while ago and I don't miss it at all. :)


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Solandri on 5/23/2012 9:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
The pattern I've seen is that around the time new consoles with shiny new exclusive titles are released, the press prints all these articles about PC gaming being dead.

Then a couple years later when those consoles are badly outdated and the graphics almost laughable compared to the PC state of the art, the press prints all these articles about how PC gaming isn't dead.

Repeat.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/24/2012 12:45:43 AM , Rating: 2
And once again I'm amazed at some of the DT posters here.

Diablo 3 is fantastic.

At this pace I'll surely be attempting Inferno with my Monk, the only thing holding me back is that I'm playing with four groups of friends (tonight I started up a new Witch Doctor). It is the first game to tear me away from DOTA 2 and Starcraft 2, says quite a lot as to how fun and addictive it is.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By BZDTemp on 5/24/2012 6:42:01 AM , Rating: 2
I think it says more about you :-)

D3 certainly isn't fantastic. It is sort of decent but fantastic is a very big word which should be reserved something stellar rather than used to describe a game that is mostly an update to an update. Unless of course you would also use the word "fantastic" to describe eating at McDonalds in which case we just use different languages ;-)


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Majes on 5/24/2012 10:14:41 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah Diablo 3 has been a huge disappointment to me so far... The gameplay is good, but that is Blizzard's bread and butter... I saw this posted the other day and agreed 100$

In 10 years going from D2 to D3 they:

-Removed customization of characters through attributes.
-Removed skill tree system.
-Removed fluid travel within and in-between acts.
-Removed semi-useful Charsi and horadric cube crafting (replaced by useless moneysink that is the blacksmith).
-Removed randomization of world.
-Removed variety of gems (decreased gem types, effects in different slots).
-Removed off-line singleplayer.
-Decreased variety in gear (less affixes, no runewords).

To me that pretty much sums things up. It's not even half the game LOD was... Very disappointing.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/24/2012 11:01:04 AM , Rating: 2
Only thing I agree with is the non-randomized overworld, and even that has randomized dungeon entrances. The AH economy is also strange given that buying from it is cheaper then crafting and gem crafting, but hopefully that gets shaken out as people learn how to price things accordingly.

Things like stat distribution and skill trees are non-issues given that the D3 model gives far more options for customization. I made a post above on how other games in the series don't give you meaningful choices like you get now.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By Motoman on 5/24/2012 9:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
Not having the offline mode killed it for me. Non-starter.

But then when you look at what they did do to it...auction house and all built on the WoW engine, it seems like what they came up with was WoW 2 - not Diablo III.

I'm still playing WoW. Barely...meaning I just don't have time. And I sure as heck am not going to start paying another monthly subscription to not play another game I don't have time to play anyway.


RE: PC Gaming isn't dead!
By TakinYourPoints on 5/25/2012 1:37:07 AM , Rating: 2
No offline being an issue is understandable, but not a problem for me given that I play everything online anyways, plus I almost always play D3 with a group.

AH is totally optional, non-issue imo, and the engine is irrelevent given that D3 is a fast ARPG and not an MMO. Completely different game and play mechanics we're talking about here.

quote:
And I sure as heck am not going to start paying another monthly subscription to not play another game I don't have time to play anyway.


There is no subscription fee with D3


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