Diablo IncGamers Seventeenth Anniversary

Diablo IncGamers Seventeenth Anniversary

diablo incgamers 17 anniversary
We recently clicked off another milestone here at the Unofficial Site. We hit an anniversary, and not just any old 3 or 5 years… this was our 17th anniversary, and wasn’t it nice of Blizzard to time the release of Reaper of Souls to coincide with our celebration? This site began back in 1997, when Elly started it up to provide sorely-needed information about Diablo I, initially just for the paying customers at her gaming and Internet shop, then out over the Internet as a whole, when such a thing was still a new and novel concept.

I was one of those first online viewers, seeking information on Diablo I and then on the Diablo I expansion, Hellfire. What about the official site, you ask? Hah. There was never a proper “official” Hellfire site, and for years Blizzard’s Diablo I site was a single page of general information plus some screenshots, and a link to their unmoderated, low-tech Battle.net forums. Fansites were where all the information was spread and all the community interaction took place, and it was fansites, especially Diabloii.net (as this site was once called) that sustained the community during the long DiabloWikiDiablo Droughts between D1 and D2, and then especially between D2 and D3.

The site and the community that’s grown up around it has evolved tremendously over those many years, and every year when another anniversary rolls around (we turned 15 during the lead up to Diablo 3, if you prefer numbers divisible by 5 or 10), we can’t help but spend a bit of time wondering what it all means.

Real world anniversaries are occasions to commemorate the progress and change over time, and to celebrate how far you’ve come since the first days. We do that here, but it’s a bit different with a website, since it’s a virtual community. Not that you’re all just robots, at least I don’t think so (this isn’t Battle.net public chat, after all). There are real people running this site, and hundreds more people contributing to the site via forum moderation, wiki editing, podcast guesting, news contributing, essential financial support, and much more. Even the ever-splitting IncGamers Diablo 3 clans are part of this community.

But while all those things are made of people (like virtual Soylent Green), those things aren’t physical. They’re digital. Virtual. The site is information and images and forums and podcasts and all the rest. Those things exist as files on computers, but they’re real things, with as much weight as real life relationships and interactions. For many of us, this digital, online life is more real than much of real life, and this is where we relax and play and chat and interact with people who share our interests in ways that the soulless meat puppets who fill our real lives never can. *cough*

So it’s our anniversary, but it’s also your anniversary, since we wouldn’t exist without the readers and contributors and even the lurkers who occasionally decloak to say they feel a part of the community even though they’re mostly observing. Welcome to all, and best wishes to all for this next year of the Diablo 3 community.

The Reality-X videogame cafe
Beginnings – Reality X

It’s a good time to be us, after all. There were some rough stretches over the past couple of years, but Version 2 is a big improvement in the opinion of most fans, and with Reaper of Souls adding tons of delicious candy on top of all the D3v2 changes, it’s fair to call it eagerly-awaited… and that is not something we could have said about a Diablo 3 expansion pack… in the fairly recent past.

But now we can, so enjoy our anniversary, look forward to Reaper of Souls, and let’s have a great 18th year.

On our 15th Anniversary we wrote a potted history of the site, if you’re new to Diablo: IncGamers and wonder how the hell it all came about or fancy a trip down memory lane take a read, lots of old photos too.

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48 thoughts on “Diablo IncGamers Seventeenth Anniversary

  1. I still remember those ebay-style auction for trading items in D2.

    Bur now, with absolutely no economy/trading in D3…

  2. Hear hear! It has been quite the journey. I think the first time I discovered the site was back when the first D2 screenshots started to leak. There was an article about the Paladin with some pretty grainy screenshots from Act 2 and a lot of speculation about the auras that were shown – still – it was super exciting at the time πŸ™‚

    Happy anniversary guys!

  3. Congratulations to everybody! It’s been an honor to be a part of the community since sometime in 2001 I believe when I first begged Elly to let me be a forum moderator. If I could get Eudora to work I would still have that original e-mail. πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats! I’ve been following this site since the pre-DII days and routinely refresh it multiple times each day. Great work all around, not just collecting/posting all manner of Diablo related news, but also providing balanced opinions & analysis. Love the podcasts too. Thanks for all the work to keep this site running…and Moo!

  5. Congratulations!

    I remember back in D2V, that I was looking for some builds for my paladin. That was when he wasnΒ΄t Op at all and was actually challenging to play.

    So I was surfing and stumbled across this site because I needed information. Back then, it was the best source of information you could get for builds, items and tactics, and today after 17 years, it still is πŸ™‚

  6. Congratulations to Incgamers, and everyone who helped make it happen. I started using this site way back. In the Diablo, and Hellfire days.

    Here is to another 17 years.

    Thanks to Elly, and Flux, and who knows just how many others have contributed to the site and information on it, in 17 years.

  7. Congratulations!

    My first experiences with Dii.net were with the amazing mf guide. Man I had that open all the time, it was most definitely the best around.

  8. Congrats on making it to 17!

    I’ve been here on and off right from the start as well. Back when a couple of GB of download would get you through a month. I wish I couldn’t say, “ahh, 1997, i remember it like it was yesterday!”, but I can πŸ™

  9. Happy Anniversary! I’ve paid a month’s worth of PAL membership to commemorate. =D

  10. Congratulations!

    This site has been an invaluable source for information, and a pleasant corner of the internet to hang out in.

    I remember waking up the morning of 9/11, checking Diabloii.net for any gaming news, and having the main page inform me of the attacks.

  11. Oh lord I’ve been lurking this site for 17 years? How old -AM- I? πŸ™

    Good work on the site, it’s obviously kept me coming back, at both its best and its worst. Its the only fan site I visit, across all the games I play.

    Thanks for the good work. Please keep it up through D4! πŸ™‚

  12. Congratulations everbody!

    Been here since late 2000, and still here strong, 14 years later!
    No other site on the net has given me more hours of entertainment than this one, and for that, I will forever be a fan and supporter! =)

    Now let’s bring on a new era in this site’s and our gaming history… 30h and counting to go! =)

    • You are an old fart, Muggs. As are all of us who have been here for over a decade. Now go get your laxatives ready, grandpa…. a new expansion pack to our favorite game arrives tomorrow!

  13. Congrats to Elly, Flux and Rush. Thanks for diabloii.net and the community it spawned. Still remember being pointed to this site when D2C came out and haven’t looked back since. This is the longest serving site I’ve visited regularly, going back to 2000/2001. Also want to give a thumbs up to Elly’s dry matter-of-fact humour, and Flux’s sarcastic-yet-informative writeups. Always enjoyable. πŸ˜‰

    Lots of geezers in this thread, though, lol. Some might remember the great forum database crash of, I think, 2003? Hahaha, good times. There should be an anniversary for that too.

    FWIW, IMO this is the best HC Diablo community out there. By far. Looking forward to some good RoS games with y’all.

    To all at Diablo.Incgamers: Looking forward to your 20th! Keep up the great work.

    One suggestion for Elly, though… can you make some more narrated videos? Your voiceovers are sublime. =)

  14. Congratulations guys!!!. I used to be one of those lurkers since diablo III came out (Couldn’t have been from diablo II because internet was not something affordable back in those days) and now I’m trying to be a bit more active around πŸ˜›

    Anyways, hope you guys keep up the excellent work you have been doing through all this years for a lot more years to come =D

  15. Happy Birthday Diablo.Incgamers. Here’s to another 17 years of fun and entertainment.

  16. COLOR

    Congradulations and thank you to 

    all who did the hard work over the years πŸ™‚

  17. I’m far from a regular but I’ve been here on and off since DII.net was a thing. Congrats to the milestone, here’s to many more in the future.

  18. Happy Anniversary and Congratulations!

    I don’t comment often, but I check the site regularly. Thanks for your dedication to these crazy games that we love!

  19. I still write diabloii.net to log my account, old behaviours and great memories. Congratulations.

  20. Congrats to everyone! I’ve been mostly a lurker since the Diablo 2 days. Been checking the site every now and then. See you guys in Reaper of Souls!

  21. Been using various forms of this site for about 14 of those years. Thanks for all the info and updates you’ve provided us with over the past 17 years!

  22. Happy Anniversary!
    It took me some time to found you guys, so now I’m not gonna leave ya πŸ˜›

  23. QUOTE

    You must be one of our longest members then at 14 years fsj.

    Stumbled upon it not long after getting D2 when searching for a bit of info and used it as my Diablo encyclopedia ever since.

    Realising I’d used this site for 14 years did make me feel old though…:D

  24. QUOTE

    I became a regular poster during the excruciatingly long wait for D2 so I got fsj beat by at least a couple years. ;)

    Damn you win lol. I was also never really much of a poster, maybe a handful on the old site under a username that escapes me. πŸ˜›

  25. De-cloaking to say congratulations. Been coming to the site since diabloii.net for my Diablo needs. Keep up the good work πŸ™‚ Hope your still here for another 17 years.

  26. Whoop! 17 years. Nearly old enough to vote.

    Did you get a congratulatory note from Blizzard?

  27. Happy Aniversary! I’m genuinely happy for you all! More years to come, we expect and hope!

  28. Thanks for all the comments and good wishes guys, all the admins, contributors and mods appreciate it I know.

    @Asteria – No. Was hoping for even a tweet or something in acknowledgement.

  29. @Elly – Blizz has problems acknowledging their own MVPS let alone a fan site. But that would have been nice..right?

  30. I lost track on how many years I have been following this site. Maybe on and off since before D2. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for keeping it running and more so updating it for 17 years.

  31. I’ve been visiting the site since 1997 when it was diablo.reality-x.co.uk, I don’t post on the forums or even took a long time to make an account but Thanks for the Site, it’s a great place to be.

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