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    DiabloWikiBashiok seems to be out on patrol today, posting much more than he has in the past two weeks or so. He responded to a poster will be lamenting Diablo 3’s demise, since he stopped playing the beta after 7 hours. This prompted a snarky, yet interesting retort.

    There’s only like 40 minutes of content in the beta, so that’s pretty amazing you played for 7 hours. I hereby crown this game … SUCCESSFUL!

    On a more serious note, I too worry that we won’t be able to meet the expectations people have built up for themselves. Part of my job is managing people’s expectations, so… eh… stop it. Stop thinking about how awesome this game could be. Just imagine it’s a new M. Night Shyamalan movie. Sure Sixth Sense was amazing and Unbreakable had it’s moments, but this right here is the sequel to The Village … or The Happening … or Signs … or any of the movies besides the two I first mentioned. So just like, lower those expectations, but still definitely buy the game please, and everything will be just fine. K?

    I find it interesting that he states that it’s only 40 minutes of content. If I recall, the original figure stated to the public was nearly two hours of content that covered 1/3rd or so of Act 1. But playing 7 hours of the beta is actually pretty good in light of that fact, considering that equates to nearly 18 playthroughs using Bashiok’s figures.

    One thing that is interesting, though, is the idea of meeting your expectations for Diablo 3. I’ve seen many conversations that revolve around the game’s inability to conquer nostalgia, hype, or any other standard to which we will hold Diablo 3. Do you think that Diablo 3 will live up to your expectations? Or will it fall short from the high pedestal it has been set on?

    All I can say is that imagining Diablo 3 as The Happening really is painful.

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