Ah, eSports - so fun to watch an association go through the growing pains of becoming accepted and professional. The thing that makes eSports so unique is that we expect players to act like gamers, while also being professional eSports athletes. Riot has taken a stance on this that has raised some eyebrows.
Ah, feminism. An important movement to promote empowerment and equality for women. Unfortunately, it means that in almost every interview, people ask about depictions or roles of women. This did not go well for Heroes of the Storm Director, Dustin Browder.
Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's foray into MOBAs, is shaping up to have some interesting heroes. Or champions. Or characters. I'm not really sure what we're supposed to call them, but the "guys you can summon" come from a range of Blizzard's IP.
With World of Warcraft continuing to hemorrhage users, people thought they might have to move away from the subscription model. Sure, they're still the biggest MMORPG with 7.6 million subscribers, but they have to change their model to survive, right? Well, no.
Blizzard's second HotS brand, Heroes of the Storm (as compared to Heart of the Swarm), is their entry onto the MOBA market. Considering their copyright wars with Valve over Dota 2, people were interested to see which heroes would make an appearance. Now we get our first unveiling.
Bizzard's MOBA started life as Blizzard DOTA. However, after legal battles with Valve, they changed it to Blizzard All-Stars. Well, now it's pulling another Madonna - time to reinvent the Blizzard MOBA.
Poor Bobby Kotick (a phrase I bet no one has ever said)! The saga continues in Activision-Blizzard's fight for freedom from their overlords, Vivendi. Strangely enough, Vivendi also wants to let them go - but it's all being held up by a Mr. Douglas M. Hayes.
Blizzard has registered a new domain called ProjectBlackstone.com, no one knows what it’s for and Blizzard hasn’t given any comment. It can only be World of Diablo III Titan Warcraft. Or something.
Hold the phone! Bell is suing Blizzard over the Authenticators for their games, seeking damages for "consumer fraud, unjust enrichment, negligence, breach of contract and bailment,”
It’s Blizzards anniversary this year and they are celebrating turning 20, or being around for 20 years or something along those lines. They’re letting us know it’s taken 20 years to go from nothing to the gargantuan game developer they are today
Last week, I postulated that Diablo III’s perpetual internet connection requirement was, despite claims to the contrary, largely a thinly-veiled method of DRM. I was, of course, told that I was wrong - that the reason you had to authenticate was because of the game’s persistent economy and to prevent character hacking. While the latter still holds true - people aren’t hacking their way to victory (yet) - the always-on requirement hasn’t done the persistent economy any good.
Reports have begun circulating that a number of Diablo III accounts have been compromised - and that player’s loot and gold stashes have disappeared.
While I wait for my new mouse to arrive, let me tell you of a land where the dead rise, where demons lay siege to the world and where gamers enter, never to be seen again.
After waiting for so many years, after all the horrible teasing by retailers mentioning dates, does Diablo 3 live up to the hype that it generated? Was the wait worth it for the loyal followers? Judging by the state of my mouse, the answer is yes. But the fans of the series are not here, they are busy saving the world, collecting loot and hunting down elite monsters. My corner of Twitter is quiet now, with gamers setting alarms to play in the dead of night, culling the fiends of hell at the witching hour.
Having just spoken about Australia I can say that one of the things I do miss about Australia is being able to see gaming trailers on TV, yes we get some especially if we watch the Mnet HD channel but in comparison to the rest of the world our distributors marketing budgets don’t reach to TV adverts.
So it’s likely that you haven’t yet seen this Diablo 3 TV spot that has hit the airwaves in America. It doesn’t show us much but with just 2 weeks to go until it’s release every bit of Diablo 3 news is a must see.
You’d expect that when Diablo III eventually launches (Soon!), it would have just about every feature and game-mode you’d expect - but you’d be wrong.
After at least 5 years in the oven, Diablo III won’t ship with Player vs Player multiplayer.
[Guest Column by Daniel de Bruyne - Introduction by Nick de Bruyne]
Before we start, if you haven’t already -- catch Part 1 where we look at emo characters and an intro to Diablo III for an old fan -- and Part 2 where we look at what sort of performance is needed to run the game.
Part 3 of the Diablo 3 diary is a guest column coming to you from someone who knows Diablo far better than most of us. This person, is in fact my brother Daniel de Bruyne, who, together with his fiancee have clocked the whole of Diablo II around 12-13 times (some including the expansion packs as well) and logged countless hours squeezing every little piece of value out of the series.
He takes a look at all of the changes from Diablo II to Diablo III as well as talks us through his experience playing through the beta with the Wizard class.