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« Reply #640 on: January 19, 2012, 09:55:31 PM »

My horadric gem of knowing is blinking 12:00.
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« Reply #641 on: January 19, 2012, 09:57:18 PM »

How deep is the story in Diablo? Will a person coming in to III feel like they are missing a lot of lore?
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« Reply #642 on: January 19, 2012, 09:57:52 PM »

You have time to catch up. biggrin
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« Reply #643 on: January 19, 2012, 10:02:09 PM »

Quote from: Purge on January 19, 2012, 09:57:52 PM

You have time to catch up. biggrin

I have time, yes, but I started up Diablo a few months ago and it felt a little...er...dated.
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« Reply #644 on: January 20, 2012, 12:07:41 AM »

Quote from: Teggy on January 19, 2012, 10:02:09 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 19, 2012, 09:57:52 PM

You have time to catch up. biggrin

I have time, yes, but I started up Diablo a few months ago and it felt a little...er...dated.

Hell on Earth Sanctuary.  You're caught up.

However, you can read up on a wiki or something to learn about Tristram and the wanderer, etc.
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« Reply #645 on: January 20, 2012, 02:24:30 AM »

Glad to see that Blizzard is still fully willing to treat a beta as an actual beta.  But this is one of the reasons I want to wait until the game is done before I play it.  smile
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« Reply #646 on: January 20, 2012, 01:27:48 PM »

Good thing to note though, is that these changes have been made and are not just on the drawing board. While it definitely squashes those Feburary (sic) rumors, I'm still hoping for a summer release.
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« Reply #647 on: January 20, 2012, 01:45:23 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on January 19, 2012, 09:57:18 PM

How deep is the story in Diablo? Will a person coming in to III feel like they are missing a lot of lore?
This is Diablo -- mash a lot of monsters, comb through a lot of loot. This is not Shakespeare. You'll be fine. icon_smile Also, there is some reference to what happened in the earlier games, enough to get rookies up to speed. I think it's one of those things where if you played the first couple games you'll have some "ah, that's cool" moments of recognizing something/someone, but it won't be necessary to enjoying the game or understanding the basic story.

In the public beta, nearly all of the NPC dialogue is now voice-acted, and that certainly added a lot. There aren't dialogue choices (this isn't a Bioware game), but I did find the voice acting made me at least a little more invested in the storyline. At least on first run-through I was more inclined to listen to the dialogue then click past it.

I still think a release date similar to Diablo II's (June 29, 2000) is possible. Blizzard doesn't seem beholden to releasing sequels on the same dates as their predecessors (Starcraft came out in March, Starcraft 2 released in July, etc.). I think it still goes back to "when it's done."

I know a lot of us in the public beta quite enjoyed it already, but certain major features hadn't been implemented at all yet. At this point, I don't even know if those impressions mean anything anymore with this much revamping being/having been done.
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« Reply #648 on: January 25, 2012, 09:40:50 PM »

Senior producer quits, and now Blizzcon is cancelled!  Blizzard is out of control! 

On a side note look at all these freaking jobs at Blizzard - why don't some of you talented folk go grab one and get us the inside scoop  thumbsup

http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/careers/directory.html#region=Americas
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« Reply #649 on: January 28, 2012, 04:08:27 AM »

On those job descriptions, presumably the Next Gen MMO is Titan, but the job for that one "unannounced title" is interesting:
http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/careers/posting.html?id=1100056

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A few more changes have made their way in to Diablo III beta patch 10, including the removal of Scrolls of Companion and Scrolls of Reforging, and we’ll be updating the patch notes to reflect that.

In both cases these are features we felt were underdeveloped and just not quite good enough for the game in their current state. The companion pets felt like they were mandatory to maximize play efficiency and some of the pets were too cutesy for the gritty, dark world of Sanctuary. Neither of those are issues we felt like we could solve without a lot of additional work, and we’re trying to close in on a solid release date for the game, not move further away. When weighing these systems against releasing the game, we decided to cut these scrolls and stay on track for the game’s release.

We think we can make companion pets into a much cooler system (both mechanically and visually), and evolve the reforging scrolls into a more meaningful system at some point in the future. For the time being, they will not be in the initial release of the game.
Also, they're giving up on D3 and choosing instead to re-release Diablo I for $49.99, now with... SVGA graphics! Go for it!  icon_razz

Seriously, it doesn't sound very Blizzard-like to be frantically cutting features left and right to meet a release date on a game that's been in development for years. I blame Activision.  icon_razz
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« Reply #650 on: January 28, 2012, 04:40:33 AM »

That, plus we now live in a world of paid DLC.
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« Reply #651 on: January 28, 2012, 01:45:57 PM »

Quote from: Purge on January 28, 2012, 04:40:33 AM

That, plus we now live in a world of paid DLC.
We're charging you $1.99 just for that comment.  smirk
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« Reply #652 on: January 28, 2012, 01:56:12 PM »

I think I'll start charging for people to recharge their Hark points!  drool
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« Reply #653 on: January 30, 2012, 07:22:49 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on January 28, 2012, 01:56:12 PM

I think I'll start charging for people to recharge their Hark points!  drool

You can probably charge for other stuff too  nod  Weren't you the one with the tongue piercing?
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« Reply #654 on: January 31, 2012, 05:13:42 AM »

nope, nipple piercing
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« Reply #655 on: January 31, 2012, 06:03:13 AM »

Do they whistle on a windy day?
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« Reply #656 on: January 31, 2012, 07:44:17 AM »

It can hurt on a cold one
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« Reply #657 on: January 31, 2012, 08:05:11 AM »

Quote from: Blackjack on January 28, 2012, 04:08:27 AM

Seriously, it doesn't sound very Blizzard-like to be frantically cutting features left and right to meet a release date on a game that's been in development for years. I blame Activision.  icon_razz

It sounds to me like they're cutting stuff that needed to be cut. I mean, cutesy companion critters? In Diablo? Seriously? I had never heard about that feature before, but now I feel nothing but great relief that it was cut. What were they thinking?
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« Reply #658 on: January 31, 2012, 03:48:09 PM »

That it was just like WoW?
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« Reply #659 on: January 31, 2012, 03:57:28 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on January 31, 2012, 08:05:11 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 28, 2012, 04:08:27 AM

Seriously, it doesn't sound very Blizzard-like to be frantically cutting features left and right to meet a release date on a game that's been in development for years. I blame Activision.  icon_razz

It sounds to me like they're cutting stuff that needed to be cut. I mean, cutesy companion critters? In Diablo? Seriously? I had never heard about that feature before, but now I feel nothing but great relief that it was cut. What were they thinking?

Torchlight has pets  ninja
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« Reply #660 on: January 31, 2012, 07:22:52 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on January 31, 2012, 07:44:17 AM

It can hurt on a cold one

I can lick it to warm it up.

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Played a little of the newest build last night.  It felt pretty much exactly the same thus far, though for some reason it seemed to run much smoother.  Earlier builds I'd get more pauses/glitches even on my "good" system.  I did recently upgrade my RAM and I think I am playing off an SSD now (don't ask, it's a long story), so any of those 2 things might have boosted performance.  I'll try it out on my low end system as soon as I get a chance to see if it's also improved.

The changes so far felt incredibly minor and more like polish than a full system change.  I'm really not sure if that's good or bad news.
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« Reply #661 on: January 31, 2012, 08:37:33 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on January 31, 2012, 07:22:52 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 31, 2012, 07:44:17 AM

It can hurt on a cold one

I can lick it to warm it up.

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Zero to awkward in eight syllables. Tongue
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« Reply #662 on: January 31, 2012, 09:14:20 PM »

Quote from: Purge on January 31, 2012, 08:37:33 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 31, 2012, 07:22:52 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 31, 2012, 07:44:17 AM

It can hurt on a cold one

I can lick it to warm it up.

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« Reply #663 on: February 01, 2012, 04:31:25 PM »

Lots of invites going out, but not emails. Check your Bnet accounts.
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« Reply #664 on: February 01, 2012, 05:48:46 PM »

Quote from: Jag on February 01, 2012, 04:31:25 PM

Lots of invites going out, but not emails. Check your Bnet accounts.


 IN!!
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« Reply #665 on: February 01, 2012, 06:40:38 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2012, 05:48:46 PM

Quote from: Jag on February 01, 2012, 04:31:25 PM

Lots of invites going out, but not emails. Check your Bnet accounts.


 IN!!

Nice!  Looks like I'm "officially" in now too!  Should we start putting together a friends list?  My Battletag is rittchard#1447, I think you can friend under the name or the number.
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« Reply #666 on: February 01, 2012, 06:42:21 PM »

CeeKay#1328 here.
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« Reply #667 on: February 01, 2012, 06:49:12 PM »

Still not in.
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« Reply #668 on: February 01, 2012, 06:59:34 PM »

I just checked and I'm in too!  Headbanging!
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« Reply #669 on: February 01, 2012, 07:45:47 PM »

In!! Now comes the long download process.  
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« Reply #670 on: February 01, 2012, 08:56:16 PM »

IN!!

Wooo Freakin Hoo!
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« Reply #671 on: February 01, 2012, 09:15:56 PM »

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IN!!

Wooo Freakin Hoo!

No email and IN here too!
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« Reply #672 on: February 01, 2012, 09:45:15 PM »

pfft
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« Reply #673 on: February 01, 2012, 10:53:59 PM »

Nope...anyone above a member of the annual pass?  Wondering if that has anything to do with earlier beta access?
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« Reply #674 on: February 01, 2012, 10:59:10 PM »

I have an annual pass and got into the beta shortly after. Doubt it was related.
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« Reply #675 on: February 01, 2012, 11:00:03 PM »

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« Reply #676 on: February 02, 2012, 12:43:37 AM »

Quote from: ericb on February 01, 2012, 10:53:59 PM

Nope...anyone above a member of the annual pass?  Wondering if that has anything to do with earlier beta access?

Friend of mine got in today and he hasn't even had a subscription to WoW for like 4 years.
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« Reply #677 on: February 02, 2012, 01:01:30 AM »

Quote from: ericb on February 01, 2012, 10:53:59 PM

Nope...anyone above a member of the annual pass?  Wondering if that has anything to do with earlier beta access?

Nope, I'm not signed up for an annual pass.  I know a guy who is though and he didn't get into the D3 beta yet, even today.
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« Reply #678 on: February 02, 2012, 01:53:46 AM »

WOO HOO!!!

I got in, and I haven't done anything to get in other than sign up when Beta sign ups opened up.
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« Reply #679 on: February 02, 2012, 04:20:20 AM »

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