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rittchard
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« on: February 03, 2015, 01:16:38 AM »

Has anyone tried to play D2 on any of the newer Windows tablets?  I mean actually playing on the tablet like a tablet game and not using external mouse and keyboard.

It seems like any of them should have plenty of processing power to handle it, but the interface would likely be a mess?  I know there are emulators like:

http://www.lovesummertrue.com/touchmousepointer/en-us/

http://palmtime.net/virtualgamepad/

to help but it doesn't seem like anyone has done it successfully.

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On a side note, I know it will never happen but it would be so cool if Blizzard ported D2 over to tablets in general...
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2015, 04:04:54 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on February 03, 2015, 01:16:38 AM


On a side note, I know it will never happen but it would be so cool if Blizzard ported D2 over to tablets in general...

It may not ever happen, but I love the idea!

Also, the runaway/staggering success of Hearthstone (over 70 million players, my 2014 GOTY) seems like it might make them a little more inclined...
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2015, 06:24:43 PM »

The only game PC I have seen that supports touch out of the box is Civ V, and even that is more enjoyable with a mouse. Even if there are mods that help D2 work with touch, I don't think it would matter, the interface really needs to be overhauled.

I have a Surface Pro 3 and it sucks for gaming anyway. Very slow, gets hot, and even the simplest of games makes it sound like a 747.
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2015, 10:26:41 PM »

There's a product on Steam called Gestureworks Gameplay which seems to address this, but it doesn't appear to be much of an attraction.

https://gameplay.gestureworks.com/

I wasn't able to get the overlay to show up on Diablo 2 yet, but there are some things I probably need to try tweaking.  Will update if I see any notable progress.

It's interesting to me that this doesn't seem to be a space of much interest for gamers, in spite of the growing number of Windows tablets and hybrids out there.  Seems like a ton of older games could be made fun/playable on low end tablets, and even many newer ones could work well on high end tablets like the Surface Pro 3. 

I suppose it's just so much easier to grab something off the App store that was built for touch...
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2015, 10:34:15 PM »

Ha, have you been on the App Store?  Tongue Full of garbage. Even the reputable apps are just weak, simple versions of the full PC apps.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2015, 10:13:24 PM »

Just a brief update, I was able to get things more or less running fairly easily.  I couldn't get that thing I bought from Steam to work correctly, but the Touchmousepointer did work, with the caveat I had to run D2 in a window.

Short version - it works, but the interface is, not surprisingly, awkward.  This is partially because of the effectiveness/sensitivity of touchmousepointer, but also because of the way D2 is strictly point and click.  It seems like it really wouldn't be difficult at all to do a mixed interface update that would make it run smoother and allow people to play D2 on Windows tablets with minimal fuss.  Thumb-stick control on the left and two buttons on the right and the game would be playable.  If I get more time I may take a look at virtualgamepad again.
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