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    Fmulder started a lively forum thread with a link to this article on CNN, we reported the other day.  It covers a number of the various fan dissatisfactions with the game since launch.

    The article has an odd tone, as it talks about the various fan rages and raves, and quotes Bashiok and other forum posters, but it’s in journalistic style, so it’s kind of stilted and artificial. It reminded me of how NY Times articles on pop music say things like, “the lyrical stylings of Ms. Gaga and Mr. West.”

    Forward it to your parents if they want to know what you’ve been doing with your life since May. I bet Mr. Bashiok already did. A quote:

    Will players still be around for the changes? Some say they have gotten all the enjoyment they can and are moving on. Others say they continue to play, seeking greater rewards in what they can do already.

    With so many players and fans of the franchise, Blizzard is trying to hit a moving target. It isn’t going to be able to please everyone, and the forum boards will continue to fill with players who aren’t happy with X or want more of Y.

    What’s funny is that some players who have said they are abandoning “Diablo III” are still hanging around its forums to ask those playing why they’re still in the game. While some posts are mocking, others really want to know whether there is something they’ve missed, some aspect of the game they haven’t seen. Perhaps fans are willing (hoping?) to believe there is more to be discovered in Sanctuary.

    So how are you guys feeling about Diablo 3 these days? That’s obviously a pretty open question, but it seems like the initial wave of “OMG finally finally” which quickly swelled into, “this game is not meeting my impossibly high expectations” has crested, and most of the, “the end game item system sucks” wave is ebbing as well. So now we’ve accepted the state of the game and while some still love Diablo III, most of us are floating around and hoping for improvements. Will the balance changes and skills overhaul in v1.0.4 bring renewed hope and joy? Further disappointment? Or will we just keep treading water and hoping for salvation from the future Arena and Sets/Uniques overhaul?

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