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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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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
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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.


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