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    Things have grown tense on the Battle.net forums of late, apparently to the point of “real life threats,” as fans upset about various issues have been freely speaking their mind.

    Not all is angst though, as some fans appreciate Diablo III and its official online support. One thread that a number of people have pointed out as a winner is this one, written with brilliant satire and sarcasm. I say brilliant since as we learn anew each April 1st, it’s literally impossible to say something so absurd and farcical that some substantial minority of people won’t take it literally an grow outraged. Yet with this one by Furiant, everyone seems to be in on the joke.

    MANY EXPLOITS REMAIN AFTER 1.03

    First, thank you for addressing so many of the important issues in this patch. After playing a couple of quests tonight, however, I’ve realized that the fight against exploiters will never truly be won.

  • DPS is still way out of control – in some cases I’ve even seen players kill certain monsters before they were killed themselves
  • People are still taking advantage of skills with unintended effects such as increased survival, damage output, and situation control
  • There are several chests that continue to drop gold when opened; there are also still other, more nefarious means of gold farming, such as killing enough monsters that you actually MAKE more gold than your repairs cost
  • I personally witnessed an incident where a player found a yellow item, and when they identified it, it had stats that could be exploited to increase their combat effectiveness – for the class they were playing at the time.
  • Some gear seen on vendors still had stats other than Vitality that could, in the hands of an insidious agent, theoretically be employed toward the end of making combat easier (less dying, and in extreme cases, more killing)
  • Bosses are still able to be killed by players – I don’t have screenshots to prove this, but it is happening. Hopefully your data analysis can pick it up.
  • Some bosses and rares are failing to properly spam stun, wall, poison, set afire, teleport into pools of acid, knockback, slow, and freeze players simultaneously while they teleport-kite the player at supersonic speed, carpeting every square inch of the zone with toxic ooze and letting their invulnerable minions with boss powers one- and two-shot us.
  • I personally was able to set up a bizarre configuration in the auction house search panel where I could find items with specific stats and also be able to sort them in a way that was not effectively random.
  • A friend of mine told me they were playing with some person earlier who – and I’m just the messenger here – seemed like they might be having fun while playing the game. I don’t know how true this is, but if it’s even a possibility, god help us all.
  • I’m just trying to do my part to ensure this kind of disgusting and cowardly behavior gets stamped out as soon as possible. If there’s anything I hate in a game, it’s feeling like I’m getting more powerful and that my time and efforts are culminating in some kind of… /shudder… progression. I’m in this for the frustration and disappointment, 100%, and I stand behind you with every patch that brings us closer to those ideals.

    Keep up the great work.

    Other fans wanted to thank the community managers, one by praise, one by ranting about all the haters. Click through for both. Here’s Bashiok’s reply to the anti-hater rant, in which he refuses to lift high that severed head on a pike he was just delivered.

    Bashiok: I’m gonna be honest, I skimmed it, but I’m pretty sure I disagree with everything you said.

    I won’t disagree that some people need to get a better handle on things and how they express themselves, but outside of the very worst cases there’s almost always something useful to be gleaned. And once you wade through the worst of it I find a lot of people who have genuine disagreements, complaints, or issues with the game. There’s a reason why we have official forums, and why we use them to not only gather feedback, but bring our own voice to the conversation, and I can tell you it’s not because we believe we’re wasting our time with people that don’t matter.

    The thank you, which fairly earned the same cut and paste reply given to forum criticism.

    Thank you Blue Guys

    You’re doing a solid job. Ignore the forums trolls.

    I’m glad to see certain things that players wanted being done. Players wanted more balance in classes, the IAS nerf brought DHs down a peg.

    Players wanted a more seemless transition in Inferno. You’ve done that with some mob scaling and drop rates improving.

    Players want stability with the economy… It’s being done with the crackdown on bots and the nerfing of pot farming and exploitations.

    Thank you for working on the game and making it a more enjoyable experience for everyone, not just the people that think they’re above everyone else.
    Zarhym: Feedback, positive or negative, should be sent to [email protected] It doesn’t really have a place on the gameplay discussion forums and typically yields… mixed results. 🙂

    And here’s the big anti-hater rant fest that Bashiok was commenting on above. It’s been downvoted to invisibility on the Battle.net forums, so you know it must be hot stuff.

    D3 haters are a small, insignificant group

    It’s true. Oh sure they would like you think they are influential and control the destiny of the game like somehow if Blizz did not listen it would fail lol. Did it every occur to you that part of the reason they ignore your every request is that they are all to well aware that you are an tiny part of their profit and in fact that DON’T NEED YOU AT ALL!!! Seriously put two and two together Blizz will go where the money is and if you made up any reasnonable percentage of the total players they would have gone where they money was. So just how small are you group of tools? Just how insignificant? Read on!

    The funny thing is I was a fan of Diablo 2’s gothic aesthetic and very wary about the new directions because I knew about Blizzards long term goals for greater penetration in the asian market ( after all skill trees in D3 and Pandaria look a LOT like Asian MMO skill trees). I actually fell in love with the beta and was strange because I had it set in my mind that unless they did the game a certain way….the way I wanted….was the only way it would turn out any good. A month later Ive played 200 hours and love it. I like the new skills the new changes etc. Its a great game it truly is!

    So as it turns out in the last month I have grown to seriously despise the vocal minority of haters who all like to think they have some vaunted influence over the creative process and that they can treat the developers with intense and completely undeserved disrespect.

    See they don’t get it. They have it stuck in their heads that they are very important to this game and have very little concept just how little they matter.

    A little math would do them some good….give them perspective. So there was a petition that went around a few years ago. One that I actually signed because at the time I was concerned about D3 still. How many signatures? 64,000. Seems like a lot. Certainly explains all the negativity on forums and most regular players just stay their distance and do not engage them at all. So how mumerous are they and how much do they matter? . So what percent of 3.5 million( amount sold in first week and total amount is obviously higher so im being kind…..) is 64k?

    ROUGHLY 1.7 PERCENT!!!

    Yeah this should have dawned on these dummies quite a while ago. Blizz is not only ignoring their requests. They rub it in their faces by leaving the rainbow intact and including a pony level which also mocks them. Bashiok even let a quip loose and I say +1000 to you BASH!!

    That’s how much you fools matter!!! Not at all!!! Obviously 1.7 percent is enough money for them to patronize you and HOW PAINFUL that must be for them. They have little to no respect for you and they clearly shouldn’t. They are astonishingly nice though I have to admit considering you guys are complete douches and THEY DONT NEED YOU AT ALL!!!!!

    If you guys had any brains at all you would recognize the reality of the situation and your extreme insignificance and try to salvage Blizz’s good graces because quite frankly, pissing off a group of people who do not need you in anyway is no way for them to listen to your suggestions whatsoever. To the contrary it grows deep resentment towards you and although they will be nice to your faces, they will find some way to make you miserable too. You foolishly think you have control and input but you are being given empty lip service and Jay holds ALLLL the keys.

    I think the D3 haters have severely miscalculated how much they matter. Their sense of self importance was hyperinflated and their arrogant attempts to micromangage a development process they have no right to be a part of and harass these men for the last few years has been downright foolish.

    Why did I grow to despise them so much besides the obvious that they are obtuse, obsessive, anal retentive obessesd with 90’s and a long obsolete love affair with noir and gothic themes.

    I hate the fact that despite being such a tiny minority you have the arrogance and audacity to tell these men how to make their own game and product and also that you have the gall to speak for all of us players when the reality is just as well known by Blizzards marketing departement as well as by me through simple deduction. YOU DON”T MATTER.

    Guess what?! I love this game and most everyone else does too! The connectivity balance pvp everything will improve with time and you will be left with fewer and fewer things to say which will actually save you oxygen since noone cared what you thought in the first place. Suck a fat one! I was skeptical about D3 and what I find amazing is in the last month I have grown to love this game that I thought id hate and I have seriously grown to despise these arrogant armchair game developers and their stupid ideas that basically revolve around making an HD release of Diablo 2 and calling it Diablo 3. You control 1.7 percent of the destiny of this title and you pissed off these patient people so badly they will only throw your suggestions back in your greasy pimpled faces as you deserve. I don’t know why you didnt take my approach after I signed the petition. I simply gave up on the game an realized it would be enjoyed in a new way by a new generation and I ignored all the way until I happned to get a beta invatation I hadn’t even recalled signing up for. It’s been great since then but god ive grown to hate you people. If your going continue your BS activities on forums and video game sites that fine but two requests:

    1.) Stop speaking for me and the vast majority of gamers who DON’T feel the way you do. Stop saying US or anything like that. Speak for yourself. I really hate a pushy tiny minorty of complainers that want to act like they are speaking on behalf of us all. It is so annoying. Blizz knows. That contain you for the most part and patronize you but thats all you get. Funny thing is my suspicion is that you guys are still here posting because you ironically still play the game. Otherwise what conceivable point would there be?

    2.)Give up on the delusion that you are going to change anything. As it was you wielded 1.7 percent influence and given how much you stupidly pissed them off and insulted them that influence is likely much closer to zero. Grow up. [email protected]#$ amd GTFO.
    Bashiok: I’m gonna be honest, I skimmed it, but I’m pretty sure I disagree with everything you said.

    I won’t disagree that some people need to get a better handle on things and how they express themselves, but outside of the very worst cases there’s almost always something useful to be gleaned. And once you wade through the worst of it I find a lot of people who have genuine disagreements, complaints, or issues with the game. There’s a reason why we have official forums, and why we use them to not only gather feedback, but bring our own voice to the conversation, and I can tell you it’s not because we believe we’re wasting our time with people that don’t matter.

    OP is buried and I don’t see much good coming of this thread.

    I’m in complete agreement with Bashiok on at least one thing about it…. I didn’t read it all either.

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