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Diablo III

  1. Things We Saw Today: Devilishly Good Diablo III Cosplay

    Things We Saw Today

    Holy hell, that's impressive. Constructed and worn by cosplayer Krizdel Ingreso. (via Fashionably Geek)

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  2. Diablo III Still Coming to Current Consoles for Some Reason, Will Release September 3rd

    Please don't play this on consoles. It'll only encourage them.

    Diablo III keeps having economy issues on the PC, so of course it's only appropriate to keep chugging along with the console version, right? Right. That's apparently the thinking at Blizzard, as Diablo III is set to release on September 3rd for PS3 and Xbox 360. It's currently unclear when it'll drop on next-gen consoles, but it's not improbable that we'll hear in the coming week.

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  3. Gamers’ Lawsuit Goes After Blizzard Over Battle.Net Authenticator System

    In the wake of a series of invasive hacks earlier this year, Battle.Net users are taking their anger and frustration out on Blizzard with a new class action lawsuit. While lawsuits are par for the course when it comes to potentially leaking users' credit card information, it seems that WoW and Diablo III fans are enraged over a different aspect of the scandal. Rather than focusing on the allegedly lackluster security of Battle.Net, users are suing over the fact that Blizzard tried to take advantage of the event by strongly recommending that insecure users buy the Battle.Net authenticator, a little keychain dongle that generates random passwords for players' accounts.

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  4. Hold Onto Your Gold Purses, Battle.Net’s Been Breached

    It's time to change your passwords, World of Warcraft fans! The security of Battle.net has been compromised, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime announced earlier this week. The breach has since been found and closed, but not before a  big ol' list of user names, answers to security questions, and data related to Blizzard's special Battle.net Authenticator software was taken from their servers.

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  5. Diablo III Exploit Makes Wizards Invulnerable, Cue Hardcore Inferno Speedruns

    An exploit has emerged on the Diablo III forums that makes Wizards invulnerable. Characters apparently experience no health or arcane power reduction, and are also immune to certain effects like freezing. The exploit is still working at the time of this writing, but don't expect something like this to go unfixed for very long.

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  6. Blade & Soul Tops Diablo III In Korea, But Do We Care?

    NC Soft's Blade & Soul is the hot new game in Korea, with its open beta topping the PC Bang charts at 20.35%. Diablo III's iron grip on Korean gamers seems to have weakened as it drops to 17.74%, the first time it went sub-20% in 5 weeks. So is this the end of Diablo III? Not very likely.

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  7. Diablo III Real-Money Auction House Slated For Release Tomorrow, Requires Authenticator

    About a month after launch, it looks like Blizzard may finally roll out the real-money auction house. Slated for release tomorrow (June 12), the new supplemental auction house will allow players to use their real-people money to directly bid on weapons and armor, a first for the franchise. There is a small catch though; if you want to use the real-money auction house, you're going to have to use an authenticator. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

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  8. Does The Auction House Make Diablo III Less Addictive Than Its Predecessor?

    Diablo III was one of the most anticipated game releases in history, and as such, it had a lot to live up to. Diablo II players were famously devoted to the game and many eventually wound up selling gear on eBay and ultimately destroying the game's native gold economy. To try and get a piece of this hot, hot action, Blizzard implemented the auction house in Diablo III (one that uses real money is still in the works) but has this ability to just go and buy things undermined the very addictive nature that made Diablo II such a hit? Alex Curelea seems to think so, and provides some good evidence to back it up. Still, I'm not sure I agree.

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  9. How Much Do You Love Diablo III and Also Your Significant Other?

    We know how much you love Diablo III, or really any game from which you can't pry yourself away. We also know how fond you are of your significant other, and how difficult choosing between your beloved game and beloved significant other can be. Luckily for all of us, a solution has been discovered, and now we no longer have to choose between leveling up and cuddle time.

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  10. Blizzard Has a Huge Statue of Tyrael In Their Offices

    Not too long ago, we learned that Bethesda spruced up their offices with a huge statue of Alduin's Wall from Skyrim. Not to be outdone by Bethesda, Blizzard now has a huge statue of Tyrael, embodiment of Justice itself, from Diablo III, guarding their offices from hoards of grindy demons that like to drop various pairs of subpar pants upon death.

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  11. Ever Wonder How Much Action Your Mouse Sees in Diablo III?

    We've made a lot of (lovingly, heartfelt) jokes about the sheer amount of clicking in the Diablo games. Based on my limited experience with the latest installment, I can safely say that there's a helluva lot of clicking, mouse dragging, and so on. But exactly how much is staggering.

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  12. Blizzard Says Diablo III is the Fastest Selling PC Game in History

    Now that we can finally stop calling Blizzard's Diablo III a "forthcoming game," we can start crunching the numbers on the highly anticipated sequel's launch. Which might be worthwhile, because Blizzard announced today that the game has taken the title of the fastest selling PC game in history. Though, really, it should not be all that surprising.

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  13. Well, At Least the Gameplay is Fun: Gender and Storytelling in Diablo III

    Essay

    Let me say this right up front: Diablo III is a pretty great game. It’s a satisfying, decently balanced helping of hack-and-slash, and it will scratch your every dungeon crawling itch. Diablo III is one of those games that just makes you feel cool. My Barbarian hits like a truck, and she is constantly surrounded by the pyrotechnic displays of my friends’ magical abilities. It is not the best game I’ve ever played, nor did it capture me as its predecessor did, but I am looking forward to my continued adventures in Sanctuary throughout the weeks ahead. The whole point of the Diablo franchise is much less about telling a good story than it is about killing monsters and getting loot, but with the sort of time commitment that a game like this requires (especially to justify the $60 price tag), ideally you want the setting to be a place that captures your imagination, a place that you want to hang out in. So while I had a blast cleaving demons in twain over the weekend, I was nonetheless underwhelmed by a narrative full of uninspired tropes, as well as an otherwise impressive world clinging to some of the most tired cliches concerning women in fantasy. For a game that took twelve years to make, it was disappointing to see how little has changed on those fronts. Fair warning: Massive spoilers ahead.

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  14. Here’s How to Get to Diablo III’s Brightly Colored Secret Level “Whimsyshire”

    In my writeup of the Diablo lore in preparation for the release of Diablo III, I neglected to mention the (in)famous Cow Level. It began as a rumor in the original Diablo and only became reality in the second game. References and persistent denials about the Cow Level have become as much a part of Blizzard as delays and obsessive secrecy. Now, it seems that Diablo III has a secret cow level of its own. Spoiler-ish information and a video follow below.

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  15. So Diablo III‘s Secret Level is Basically My Little Pony

    Do Try This At Home

    Here's the sequence of events. Back when the original Diablo was out, there was a very persistent but completely false rumor that there was a "Secret Cow Level." Not a company to ever let an inside joke die, Blizzard preserved the idea with a cheat code in their next game, StarCraft, "There Is No Cow Level." And when Diablo II rolled around, lo and behold: there was a cow level. Full to the brim with bipedal cows wielding polearms, and one extra-special Cow King. There's been a cow level joke in pretty much every Blizzard game since. And speculation over what a cow level in Diablo III might be like has run rampant. With the game out now, well. It's Whimsyshire. It's pink unicorns, teddy bears, hopping flowers, rainbows, and treasure chests shaped like happy clouds. Which you can dismember, incinerate, explode, impale and otherwise lay waste to, should you pull together all the rare items and gold to forge the Staff of Herding and talk to the Ghost of the Cow King.

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  16. Server Woes, DRM, and a Free Lunch: What We Can Learn From This Week’s Gaming News

    Essay

    Over the past week, some of the more noteworthy happenings in the world of gaming have unfolded like a parable about good business practices. Let’s begin: On May 8, Valve released the Perpetual Testing Initiative (a totally free level editor for Portal 2), which has been unsurprisingly popular. In order to thank the community for their enthusiasm, Portal 2 was on sale via Steam last weekend for a whopping 66% off. Skyrim and some Team Fortress 2 items were knocked down as well, because why not. A few days later, several gaming news sites reported that EA was pulling down a big chunk of their Battlefield 3 public servers, in an effort to push players toward their $30-a-month rental servers. Unsurprisingly, an outcry followed. Shortly after, EA restored a number of public servers, stating that their intent was never to remove access to public servers entirely. They did, however, continue to talk up the benefits of renting in the same breath. And finally, on Tuesday, Blizzard’s release of Diablo III — arguably the most anticipated PC game to date — was a big hot mess. Diablo III requires a connection to Blizzard’s Battle.net servers at all times, even while playing the single-player campaign. When the game launched at 12:01 AM, the resulting server traffic was massive (as one might expect), and many players spent the better part of the day futilely attempting to sign in. Keep in mind, players were able to purchase, download, and install the game client weeks in advance, which most did; all the server connection was needed for was to unlock the game.

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  17. Diablo III‘s Kickass Character Models: A Tribute in Cosplay

    What It Says On the Tin

    Yesterday, after twelve years of waiting, fans of the Diablo series of clicky, bloody, magic-y, hack and slash video games were finally able to get their fingers and eyeballs on the retail release of the latest game in the series: Diablo III. Diablo... well, it's just one of those games. Superlatively popular, addictive and memorable to a generation of players. Our own Becky Chambers has said that while the restrictions of the previous two games on gender (each class had only one accompanying avatar, rather than giving players a choice of gender) were the some of the first times she felt pressured into a mode of gameplay because of her gender, as games the Diablo series was still a huge and treasured milestone in her hobby experience. And while at this point we can't tell you much about the game's plot or themes, what we can say is that 1) for the first time, choosing a class in Diablo and choosing your character's gender aren't the same decision, and 2) the character models for the women of those classes are really pretty great. So great, in fact, that there's already been a ton of cosplay for them in the four years that Diablo III has been in official development. We'd like to pay tribute to some of those cosplayers in this post. And lets face it, even if you managed to get yesterday off to play the game, now you're probably back at work and need that sweet, sweet Diablo III fix.

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  18. Multiple Groups Beat Diablo III in 7 Hours, Single Player Beats It In 12

    Though Diablo III only released less than twenty-four hours ago, you can imagine that after waiting twelve years for Blizzard's next clicktastic, hack-and-slash crawler, fans went hard in the paint. Like with new World of Warcraft level caps, there are always people who try to get to the "end" first, whatever the end is in any scenario. So, it's probably no surprise that reports are surfacing around the web that multiple groups have already beaten Diablo III, and not very long after the 3 AM EST release time. The most compelling reports state that a single player beat the entire campaign in twelve hours and twenty-nine minutes, and two multiplayer groups, one of which comprised of four players, each have tackled the campaign in seven hours.

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  19. Blizzard Steps in After GAME Australia Reneges on Diablo III Preorders

    There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth yesterday as Aussies discovered that by virtue of GAME Australia going "into administration" (similar to bankruptcy), customers who preordered Blizzard's Diablo III would not have their preorders honored or refunded. Thankfully, Blizzard rode up in shining armor to help those fans get the hack-and-slash fix they've been waiting for.

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  20. Happy Diablo III Day!

    and let it be known

    As many gamers will be able to tell you, today marks the release of Diablo III, the long awaited next installment of Blizzard's Diablo series. We've talked about the game before, and fully understand the hold it has over gamers of a certain age. It wouldn't be launch day without server overcrowding and the discovery of some easily avoidable but still game breaking bugs, but, odds are, if you're into the game and you're reading this, you'd love to be playing right now and the only reason you're not is probably because you have some sort of real life responsibility... Isn't being a grown up fun? In the meantime, enjoy this animated short produced by Blizzard with Titmouse studios, the people behind Metalocalypse, Guitar Hero's cinematics, the opening titles of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the ping pong anime sequence on Community.

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