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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-05-23 07:55:27
I already took Blizzard to task for their always on online DRM, but I didn't describe the ramifications. The "Error 37" login issues have subsided, but I've still experienced a few bouts of lag.
You know, that stilted sensation of the frame rate slowing to a slide show, then suddenly shifting into hyperspeed as your client and the server struggle to sync. The reason that it weirded me out so much, was that my brain stubbornly refused to reconcile the existence of lag with the fact that I was rolling single player mode. At least the Blizzard servers appear to be improving; I didn't see this at all during last night's session.
As for the game itself, it's exactly what you'd expect: an extremely polished, slickly produced, stunningly beautiful...Diablo clone. The inherent click-monster-chase-gear-upgrades game design both scratches that "one more level" addiction AND bores by failing to compel me. It's this pleasurable nausea of chasing XP and loot while wondering why I didn't quit two areas ago. It feels like getting back together with a favorably memorable ex; it's good and familiar, but you know there was a reason for parting.
I'm trying to clear time to do game reviews again, and Diablo III is too refined to give anything less than a Rank A to. Just keep in mind that you'd have just as much fun rolling Diablo II.
Oh yeah, today's strip is about people complaining to Blizzard about their accounts being hacked. To those people: listen, Blizzard didn't get hacked. You did. You got keylogged by downloaded something you shouldn't have, fell for a phishing scam, or had a stupid password.
Anyone who wants to click mobs with me, my tag is 'Vawce1197'.