Diablo III Patch Restricts Access for New Players

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I am so full of Schadenfreude right now.

If Blizzard hadn't reached past their grasp a hundred miles to bag cash with the RMAH they would not be having this problem.

It warms my heart to see anti-audience measures crashing and burning.

It seems like every time Blizzard wants to add a security measure, their customers pay/suffer for it. Where there no other options?

Worgen:

Eri:
People will continue to bash Blizzard over forums, blogs, their own forums, any number of things. If you look at these threads on all the forums and blogs you'd think the game was a total failure and now no ones playing it and it is further dying.

For all the whining, people still gave Blizzard their money, and they voted with their wallets. You know what those votes said?

I'LL SIT HERE AND TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

Over 7 million copies sold.

Yeah, you sure showed them.

Bitching is the only way to keep other companies from jumping onto the retarded bus.

No. No it isn't. Voting with your wallets is the only way to keep companies from jumping onto the retarded bus

Vault101:

Eri:
People will continue to bash Blizzard over forums, blogs, their own forums, any number of things. If you look at these threads on all the forums and blogs you'd think the game was a total failure and now no ones playing it and it is further dying.

For all the whining, people still gave Blizzard their money, and they voted with their wallets. You know what those votes said?

I'LL SIT HERE AND TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

Over 7 million copies sold.

Yeah, you sure showed them.

whats your point?

people shouldn't be mean to poor old blizzard?

The point is obvious, you can bitch all you want but if you buy the game, they have no reason to listen to you.

This isn't a subscription MMO where if you ignore player wishes you might lose profit, there's nothing to lose once they buy it.

Eri:
The point is obvious, you can bitch all you want but if you buy the game, they have no reason to listen to you.

if you bought the game and it screwed with you beyond what the DRM was suposed to then they damn well should listen to you

This isn't a subscription MMO where if you ignore player wishes you might lose profit, there's nothing to lose once they buy it.

true, and people did buy it....and alot of peopel voiced the fact that they disagreed with such practices..weather or not it made a difference might reflect in the chance of other games taking up simialr DRM measures

So once again we're punishing the not-guilty with the guilty eh? The industry's been doing an alarming amount of that lately. I'm not going to get up your ass about this Blizzard, but I do have to question what the hell it is you're thinking.

Worgen:

Eri:
People will continue to bash Blizzard over forums, blogs, their own forums, any number of things. If you look at these threads on all the forums and blogs you'd think the game was a total failure and now no ones playing it and it is further dying.

For all the whining, people still gave Blizzard their money, and they voted with their wallets. You know what those votes said?

I'LL SIT HERE AND TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

Over 7 million copies sold.

Yeah, you sure showed them.

Bitching is the only way to keep other companies from jumping onto the retarded bus.

So in other words acting like a retard is the only way to stop other people from acting like retards?
Love you logic there. /sarcasm

If I may request you remove your 'fuck blizzard' caps for a moment and think about this though: ((btw don't even bother replying to me with counter arguments or nasty names, I don't care enough about this to come back and have any real discussion XD Might read them but can't be bothered to reply. Just putting forward how it looks from where I'm sitting))

What they're doing is making it more inconvenient for criminals to make 500 characters all at once and use them for fraud and other activities that can have a serious and drastic real world effect on people.

It may be a little annoying have to wait a day or two for unlimited access, it's not like you're locked out of the game. You still get act one and level 13, unless you're some sort of.... erhm, highly dedicated individual, should that not be enough content to last until the game becomes fully unlocked? serious question there cause I don't have the game.

It also seems like they're making a bit of a 'kiddies pool', where all the new players can test out the waters with other new characters first, before they're then let out into the big bad ocean.
Not altogether a bad idea in essence for creating a more friendly environment for new players, cause there are always those people who'd come around with their high level character and grief new players just for fun.

I'm unfamiliar with exactly how diablo 3 works, but is there any reason why someone would make a new account/buy a new copy of the game(whichever causes this 'start edition' content) if they already have one?
Other than maybe muleing off items, maybe circumventing a ban? or as mentioned above, fraudulent activity. So am I right in thinking that this won't actually effect any of the current players at all? (therefore, only people who don't own it but are wanting to have any real cause for complaint?)

I mean I can understand being a little bothered with having to wait, and with the DRM requirements Diablo 3 already has leaving people a little grumpy in general(I feel the same way, I like single player/no lag and not needing internet for everything. It's part of the reason I indeed don't have the game), but this thing here doesn't actually sound to me like it's the massive kick in the balls people are making it out to be.

You'd have to wait and see how effective it is in it's goals, but it's surprising how many people seem to legitimately think 'yeah, blizzard is totally doing this just to annoy people' XD

We get it, you're not too happy with how Blizzard have handled Diablo 3, but now we've run out of cheese to go with all this w(h)ine and you've beaten that dead horse so hard that it broke all the records in town. Maybe next time vote with your wallet if you feel so strongly on the matter? :X

Wow, that's taking it too far. I don't care that it's a security precaution and that it will never affect me personally. What I do care about, is the fact that games are becomming less and less something you own, rather than something you lease.

This - is - NOT - okay.

I'd like to say that I wont buy a Blizzard game again, especially since the fiasco that is Diablo 3(If you like it, that's your perogative, but the game carries so many bad examples that it should not be supported).

I'm not sure I can keep that promise, as I do want the next installments of StarCraft 2, if nothing else, then for the custom game changes, but at the moment I feel that Blizzard needs to be shown that this is a horrible and gruesome path to take.

Christ what a shitfest...

irishda:

Worgen:

Eri:
People will continue to bash Blizzard over forums, blogs, their own forums, any number of things. If you look at these threads on all the forums and blogs you'd think the game was a total failure and now no ones playing it and it is further dying.

For all the whining, people still gave Blizzard their money, and they voted with their wallets. You know what those votes said?

I'LL SIT HERE AND TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

Over 7 million copies sold.

Yeah, you sure showed them.

Bitching is the only way to keep other companies from jumping onto the retarded bus.

No. No it isn't. Voting with your wallets is the only way to keep companies from jumping onto the retarded bus

Its blizzard, people are retarded when it comes to blizzard, blizzard could shit on a napkin and at least 1.5 million people would buy it, hopefully this will finally be enough of a media shitstorm for people to stop buying blizzard but I doubt it.

Mattlore:
You know...I find it funny that people rip on the company for trying to protect their business. This isn't about in game, digital items. This is credit card fraud. It's something that can effect MULTIPLE people in a ripple effect.
It would be like if I decided to lock my door at night because I got robbed and all my friends suddenly bitching and complaining that they can't get let in, until I let them in, but alas thus is trend now, blame the company and not those that are purposefully hurting the company.

Thats a very stupid analogy, you should try again because your friends Didnt pay you 60 dollars for a key to the apartment only to find their key wont work more than 1/3 of a spin.

And people are ripping on Blizzard for fucking over legitimate consumers while trying to fix a problem that they themselves created with their pants on head retarded ideas.

Mattlore:
You know...I find it funny that people rip on the company for trying to protect their business. This isn't about in game, digital items. This is credit card fraud. It's something that can effect MULTIPLE people in a ripple effect.
It would be like if I decided to lock my door at night because I got robbed and all my friends suddenly bitching and complaining that they can't get let in, until I let them in, but alas thus is trend now, blame the company and not those that are purposefully hurting the company.

To paraphrase Jim Sterling, Blizzard's problems are not our problems. Blizzard has decided to make them our problems, and we have every right to complain about that.

Hevva:
Diablo III Patch Restricts Access for New Players

What I'm getting from this is, "Because we put the obstacle of always-online DRM between you and your purchased product, we've inadvertently created some problems that demand we put the additional hurdle of a three-day waiting period between you and your purchased product. By the way, we did all this so that we could create a market for our Real Money Auction House, which we hope you're not too tired (whatwith all the hurdle-jumping) to browse!"

Bliz has found itself in a hole, and is determined to dig itself out.

Two lessons are to be learned.
#1 Real money auction : BAD IDEA !!!!
#2 Always online: REQUIRES FUCKING GOOD SERVERS BITCHES!!!
#3(sry, can't count) people are going to hack stuff make. make it so you can live with it.

I don't play Diablo, but...

This honestly looks like Blizzard just likes shooting itself in the foot.

this is like the new mass effect 3 ending at this point...
anything they do to or say to make it better just makes things worse.

phoenix352:
this is like the new mass effect 3 ending at this point...
anything they do to or say to make it better just makes things worse.

It's all just one big circle jerk at this point, with everybody who never even intended to play the game in the first place sitting around, patting each other on the back over how smrt they are.

phoenix352:
this is like the new mass effect 3 ending at this point...
anything they do to or say to make it better just makes things worse.

I tend to think that Blizzard took one look at the Mass Effect 3 ending disaster and went "Yep, we can top that." And leaped off the highest cliff they could find.

And the customer abuse continues.

Glad I'm not a customer of theirs, the people that play this game get treated like a dog on a leash.

Are you kidding? why should anyone have to wait to use something they bought?

As I see it, there are about 6 million or so satisfied customers, happily playing Diablo 3, and a few thousand people who never played the game predicting its utter doom.

Ryan Brimfield:
Are you kidding? why should anyone have to wait to use something they bought?

Because of the Brady Bill. Oh, wait...

Tanis:
All you PC gamers mocked folks like me who said always online DRM would hurt D3.

Guess who was RIGHT.

Here's a hint:
NOT YOU.

Really? There is a large contingent of people on this forum (myself included) who were citing the always online as the sole reason we weren't getting the game.

I'm glad I didn't buy it and I can say I never will.

Worgen:

Eri:
People will continue to bash Blizzard over forums, blogs, their own forums, any number of things. If you look at these threads on all the forums and blogs you'd think the game was a total failure and now no ones playing it and it is further dying.

For all the whining, people still gave Blizzard their money, and they voted with their wallets. You know what those votes said?

I'LL SIT HERE AND TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

Over 7 million copies sold.

Yeah, you sure showed them.

Bitching is the only way to keep other companies from jumping onto the retarded bus.

Also its not really legitimate since this isn't a product you can return.

Game sales just show how well marketing worked. If you could return games then sales would be much more interesting.

Buretsu:
As I see it, there are about 6 million or so satisfied customers, happily playing Diablo 3, and a few thousand people who never played the game predicting its utter doom.

Uh...our entire office bought the game. So around 30 folks.

Only 2 still play. I personally made it to the mid 50's and into Hell before I just gave up. I kept hoping I'd find something of value...never came.

I don't know anyone who still likes it though, just wasn't for me.

F is for Fooking stupid
A is for asinine policy
I is for idiots in running your company
L is for Ludicrous anti consumer actions.

Put them together and you get the DIABLO 3 LAUNCH.
Crap I can accept bugs at launch, like in FONV or Skyrim.

But to this? This is just getting pathetic.
What happened to the days when you got a game for your money.

Now its like getting a limited time thing saying "You can play this game only when we say so, when we feel like it, and if we dont turn off servers because we want to cash in!"

First Bioware, now Blizzard not a good year for game companies that start with B.

The inability to play single player in Diablo 3 looks to be the worst thing I've seen done to an otherwise at least mediocre game. Never before has a company tried so hard to convince me not to give them money.

Clearing the Eye:
Never before has a company tried so hard to convince me not to give them money.

LucasArts cancelled Battlefront 3. They're still winning.

Blizzard tries though.

Buretsu:

Ryan Brimfield:
Are you kidding? why should anyone have to wait to use something they bought?

Because of the Brady Bill. Oh, wait...

99.9% of the time they will clear you on the phone in about 5 minutes.

Every handgun I have bought I have been in and out of the store in less than an hour.

The only time you have to wait is if there is an anomaly with your background check.

tmande2nd:
F is for Fooking stupid
A is for asinine policy
I is for idiots in running your company
L is for Ludicrous anti consumer actions.

Put them together and you get the DIABLO 3 LAUNCH.

Are you channeling Glenn Beck?

Easton Dark:

Clearing the Eye:
Never before has a company tried so hard to convince me not to give them money.

LucasArts cancelled Battlefront 3. They're still winning.

Blizzard tries though.

Eh. I would like an updated Battlefront, but I still enjoy Battlefront 2 enough :D

Yip... this is exactly what happens when you give up your privacy and buy a game that the manufacturer has constant supervision over.

Cant wait till more of these show up in an avalanche to push me off this slippery slope.

Blizzard's still adding more hoops to jump through, I see. It's funny that 90% of the news regarding D3 as they trickle in are additional reasons for me to steer clear of that game and the remaining 10% are stuff I don't personally care about, like that story with the first Inferno HC success.

Eri:
People will continue to bash Blizzard over forums, blogs, their own forums, any number of things. If you look at these threads on all the forums and blogs you'd think the game was a total failure and now no ones playing it and it is further dying.

For all the whining, people still gave Blizzard their money, and they voted with their wallets. You know what those votes said?

I'LL SIT HERE AND TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

Over 7 million copies sold.

Yeah, you sure showed them.

And so the players fucked themselves over like the dumbasses they are once again....

To be continued...

Worgen:

irishda:

Worgen:

Bitching is the only way to keep other companies from jumping onto the retarded bus.

No. No it isn't. Voting with your wallets is the only way to keep companies from jumping onto the retarded bus

Its blizzard, people are retarded when it comes to blizzard, blizzard could shit on a napkin and at least 1.5 million people would buy it, hopefully this will finally be enough of a media shitstorm for people to stop buying blizzard but I doubt it.

People are retarded when it comes to a lot of companies. The exact same thing could be said about Valve for instance. They could shit into tin foil and as long as they called it Half-life 2: episode 3, it'd still probably be called the greatest thing ever. Hell, look at Bethesda. They keep releasing buggy messy shit. Playstation 3 owners couldn't even play Skyrim until after a month or two. And that still got game of the year from a lot of people.

It's called fanboyism. It affects a lot of people. Bitching won't stop them and it won't stop other companies cause they're not paying attention to these forums. And I'm sure criticism on their forums is mostly ignored except for the slim few criticisms that are helpful.

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