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.
So if you’ve read part of of our Diablo 3 Beta Diary then you would know that we had quite an interesting time tinkering around to get Diablo III running well on older Apple MacBook Pro laptops as well as newer ones with onboard graphics.
We reckoned that everyone should be able to run the game on a half-decent machine, but now Gamespot has come to the rescue to show you exactly how good or bad the game will look at different settings as well as what your PC will need to be like in order to run the game properly.
Hit the jump for the comparison video.
Diablo IIIâ€™s release feels too far away. Even if it was next week, it would feel too far away and this video doesnâ€™t really help either.
HuskyStarCraft, known more for his StarCraft 2 streams and commentary uploaded this video of himself and a friend playing through the entire first act of Diablo III and its an understatement to say that itâ€™s looking frigginâ€™ amazing.
The visuals are also a whole lot more detailed than I originally though, which means that I'm slowly getting closer and closer to forking out for a monster PC rig to play it on. Watch the full video after the jump.
Over at the StarCraft II site, Blizzard have posted a pretty big BattleNet 2.0 preview â€“ once again giving rise to hope that the start of the open Beta will be imminent.
â€œBattle.net is about to undergo the greatest update in its long and storied history as one of the worldâ€™s most successful online gaming services,â€ says the site, which also details new features to the service, like cross-game chat, the Real ID service, updated matchmaking and the StarCraft II user mod marketplace. Hey, even Battle.Net has cross-game chat!
Thereâ€™s also a video interview with Greg Canessa Project Director of Battle.net. Itâ€™s well worth having a look while you wait in rapt anticipation for news on everyoneâ€™s favourite space themed RTS.
It's kind of taking forever for Diablo III to come out, and I'm starting to get all too used to the idea of just waiting these days.
To make matters even worse, or better (I can't decide which), a whole bunch of screenshots have just been released to provide further evidence that the game is, in fact, not actually World of Warcraft from an isometric perspective.
The game looks like it's coming along nicely, and Joystiq have a full gallery for you to check out, so head over there right now and see for yourself.
So Blizzard's long anticipated and highly debated sequel to their popular title StarCraft is getting ever closer to release. Now I think its safe to say that I'm a total fanboy of the title and can't wait to get into StarCraft 2. With all the new weapons, machinery and units, as well as the return of some of our favorite characters, who wouldn't be stoked about it?
Well if you feel the same or even if you don't, I suggest you take a look at the screens below and refrain from dropping your jaw at the video. Take note of some of the intuitive A.I. and semi-interactive environments. Also it looks like the mission narrations and characters may just be far more involved in the actual gameplay. The screens also suggest that we may see a hell-of-a lot more detail as far as the worlds and character interaction are concerned.
So go ahead and check it out... "Outstanding!" - (Terrain Grunt)