Korean Diablo III Cosplay Truck and Lawsuits?

Fmulder found a video from Blizzard Korea showing off a camper that’s been extensively customized into a rolling Diablo III fortress. It’s not just a paint job; the inside is entirely decorated in Diablo artwork and gothic styling, and full of computers running Diablo III. Which is cool and all, but since there’s no LAN support, what do they do? Just drive around looking for wifi hotspots?

Bonus points for the top two comments on the YT page:

  • Should have Error 37 on the license? plate.
  • Will we be able to buy it in the RMAH??
  • In other Korean news, Baang owners are threatening a class action lawsuit over the daily server downtimes they’ve seen since D3 launched. For businesses that make a living renting computers to gamers, it’s obviously pretty important that the game they all want to play is playable.

    According to the IPCA, connection difficulties and server inspection has made playing Diablo III at PC bang difficult, if not impossible. And the PC bang owners are stuck with the losses. PC bang owners were initially able to install the game for free; however, after June 2, they must pay Blizzard Korea royalties.

    There are examples of server maintenance that is slated for only a few hours, but ultimately ends up going on all day. The reason for this, Blizzard Korea told The Korea Times, is that the company must sometimes wait for confirmation from its US head office.

    “Korea accounts for a large percentage of Blizzard’s total revenue, and considering how much domestic users contribute to the firm’s profit, its consumer services are severely disappointing,” IPCA head Kim Chan-kuen told The Korea Times.

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    11 thoughts on “Korean Diablo III Cosplay Truck and Lawsuits?

    1. As they say, it’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is permission. Blizzard may not even goto court with the bus owners, rather opting for a quick and smooth out-of-court settlement.

      That thing does look hella tight yo.

      • Why? While people certainly can and do file lawsuits for anything these days, as a California attorney, I don’t see this having any traction in the courts here. I have not seen the contract Blizzard uses with the bangs, assuming there is one, but I find it hard to imagine Blizzard’s attorneys didn’t anticipate this and have a clause re extended maintenances and server downtime. That said, maybe they can file in Korea, where the laws are different and appear to penalize large companies pretty easily (I am admitedly not familiar with Korea law).

    2. Blizzard has no luck for Korea first SC2 fail now D3. Korea is a different market.. Putting logos on Plane/Truck won’t make your game accessible to play in PC bangs (which still is primary place of casual gameplay).

    3. To Korea……

      ……Waaaaaaa. So what! You can’t play a game and your citizens can’t supplement their income by gold farming. Aren’t their more important things going on in that country beside not being able to play a game?

      • No, not really. Various forms of “gaming” (be it e-sports, farming, etc) account for a significant portion of the Korean economy. Silly but true. It’s a continuous flow of money from the West to South Korea; providing income for the bang owners, shop owners nearby who live off the “gamers”, the gamers themselves,…
        If a sector resposnable for some 10% of the GNP is affected, there’s little more important.

    4. South Korea is nowhere near as litigious as California heh

      They have, probably, the best internet in the world. Don’t look it up, you will feel bad about what you are getting now. Blizzard’s launch has been choppy to say the least. A certain amount of that is expected, but we are a month out and I guess some people have run out of patience.

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