Diablo 3 Podcast #214: PALs’ Early Access


news-podcast-214The newest installment of the Diablo 3 podcast is now online with an exclusive 24 hour preview for our Site PALs. Our beloved site supporters can check out the podcast right now, in the PAL forum.

Diablo 3 Podcast #214: Season Seven Begins

Season 7 is underway and the first weekend of rushing is in the books. Is Chapter 4 of the Season Journey all that matters? Will T13 help or hurt? Is the UE DH bullshit? Featuring Aahz, CaptGoldfish, and Flux.

The podcast will go live tomorrow for everyone, but if you can’t wait and want to become a Site PAL, it’s easy and will only set you back a few bucks a month.

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PC Invasion Game Giveaways and Tests


PC InvasionThis is a public service announcement. I want to remind you all that there are regular giveaways for game goodies over on PC Invasion which includes full games and beta keys. These pop up quite often so it’s worth keeping and eye on the site, and you should be anyway for your PC gaming news and updates 😉

This weekend there are alpha keys for the upcoming gravity-defying team shooter LawBreakers from Boss Key Studios, so if you fancy something a little different, you can grab a key instantly on the site.

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Activision Blizzard Q2 financials show Overwatch is a hit


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The latest financials for Activision Blizard have been released and it’s been a healthy period for Blizzard thanks to the release of Overwatch. Diablo doesn’t feature much  except to tell you Overwatch is more popular than Diablo 3. Still, it’s always good to see what’s going on.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Activision Blizzard had 491 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs) in the quarter.
  • Blizzard had the biggest quarterly online player community in its history, with MAUs of 33 million, up 29% quarter-over-quarter and 13% year-over-year. This reflects the successful launch of Overwatch and strength across the broader portfolio, includingHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, which had record quarterly MAUs, and World of Warcraft, which had double-digit MAU growth quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.
  • On May 24, 2016, Blizzard launched Overwatch which now has over 15 million players globally, including box and digital sales, internet game room players, and multi-user console households. In China, Overwatch broke the previous record set by Diablo  III as the fastest-selling PC game in the market’s history.1 Overwatch also currently holds the number one position in Korean Internet Game Rooms with over 30% share of play time.
  • Players have spent about 500 million hours playing Blizzard’s Overwatch, with additional content updates ahead.
  • Activision Blizzard GAAP revenues from in-game content reached a record of over $900 million this quarter. Activision Blizzard non-GAAP (as previously defined) revenues from in-game content reached a record of over $1 billion this quarterB. In-game content continues to be a rapidly growing part of the business.
  • Blizzard had its biggest segment revenue quarter and first half year, ever. Blizzard’s quarterly segment operating income nearly tripled vs. the second quarter last year. Additionally, Blizzard had record second quarter GAAP revenues and record quarterly non-GAAP revenues (as previously defined) in China. Blizzard’s overall performance was driven in particular by Overwatch’s outstanding launch, World of Warcraft’s strong pre-expansion momentum, with Legion pre-purchases tracking in-line with the previous expansion, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft’s double digit revenue growth year-over-year.

It’s always good to see how the other franchises are doing as it puts Diablo into perspective when it comes to where Blizzard will focus their attention. As for Overwatch, well personally I don’t see what all the fuss is about, it’s another OK shooter, but Blizzard fans seem to love it.

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One life to live: On the Path with Grinding Gear Games Chris Wilson – Interview


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I missed a lot over the past few months, and missed even more in the past few years. One of the things I missed and have slowly making up time in is Path of Exile. I’ve always been drawn to Hardcore in Diablo and as the Season was winding down I was interested in mixing it up. I fell hard into PoE and think it’ll be my distraction of choice for a bit. As I’ve been playing I’ve noticed so many things I’d love to see in Diablo, and in fairness so many things that are Diablo. Luckily, I was able to interview Chris Wilson about his game and the mode we all love so much.

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The Diablo 4 Blizzcon Announcement Dice Conspiracy Theory


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OK, so I have seen many “conspiracy” theories about Diablo announcements in the past 20 years and the latest one concerns a BlizzCon 2016 Diablo 4 announcement which seems a little too “out there”.

In the BlizzCon goodie bag there’s a set of Diablo 3 D&D dice but the four sided dice is the one that is causing the fuss. The theory is that there’s an error on the numbers that have been printed on the dice which when rolled the numbers on the side correspond to the day of BlizzCon 4/11. It seems a bit of a stretch that this would indicate a Diablo 4 announcement at this year’s BlizzCon.

The other evidence is the logo on the dice bag which has four sides meaning it’s Diablo 4 but that seems very far-fetched.

So therefore, Diablo 4 confirmed! What do you think?

Rhykker also explains it in this video if you want to see what the fuss is about.

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Last Chance for Free Windows 10 Upgrade


Windows 10This is a public service announcement! In around 24 hours Windows 10 will no longer be free, and if like me you have sat on the fence about upgrading, then it’s now time to make a decision.

As someone who avoided Windows 8 like the plague, I was reticent to upgrade to Windows 10. This week I took the plunge and pushed the upgrade button and fortunately by PC didn’t explode.

If you are going to push ahead with the upgrade then take a look at the Windows 10 free upgrade period ending – A guide to upgrading and privacy article on PC Invasion, it should help, expecially when sorting out the privacy settings. Microsoft want ALL your data.

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Diablo 3 Patch 2.4.2 Overview


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Diablo 3 Patch 2.4.2 will be arriving soon, we’re not sure when, and in preparation Blizzard has posted their overview of some the new changes which include new Torment XI–XIII difficulty levels, items, UI and adventure mode.

Check out the full post after the break…

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BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Tickets on Sale


A quick heads-up that the BlizzCon 2016 virtual tickets are now on sale for those who prefer not to make the trip to Anaheim this year.

The ticket costs $39.99 USD covering the event which runs through Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. There are a few perks too, there’s the in-game extras that come with the ticket (still to be revealed) and the option to pick up BlizzCon swag in the form of the Goody Bag in a Box featuring a few nice items such as the Blizzcon Commemorative Stein. The box will cost an additional $35 USD (plus tax, shipping, and applicable fees).

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Between Diablo 3 Seasons Doldrums


news-seasons-featureIt’s only been a few days since Season Six ended, and with still a week and a half until Season Seven begins, what’s a Diablo player to do with their gaming urges? I understand that there are members of the community who do not play Diablo 3 Seasons … but I don’t personally know any of them, and thus I desire to know what makes them (you?) tick.

I wasn’t able to play any in Season Six until the last few weeks, and with a real life full time and part time job my gaming time is very limited… thus I was just really starting to enjoy the push when S6 ended. I manage to finish the Conqueror page in the Season Journey the last night of S6, punching that extra stash tab reward in the nick of time. Then I had a day off last weekend and had a real urge to play D3… but without a season going it felt pointless to bother.

How about you guys? It seems like most people still playing Reaper of Souls dive in each Season and then gradually drift away over the next months before regaining interest again when the next season starts. But that’s very anecdotal, and short of Blizzard releasing player stats, we can only generalize by what our friends do, or by what we can extrapolate from the Leaderboards.

What are you doing until Friday, August 5th at 5pm?

Do you play Diablo 3 between seasons?

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The fresh economy and the fun of building a new character and seeing them become powerful is what makes the seasonal experience fun for me. And while we joke about the power creep and ease of leveling, I had to admit that I’ve come to really appreciate how Haedrig’s Gift enables a speedy ascension to T6+ via that first guaranteed six-piece. So what’s the the joy of not playing seasonal? Just working on perfecting the same character over a long, long time frame?

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