As I type this, Diablo III’s launch is 26 hours away for fans in the US. It’s only 19 away for fans in Europe, and 10 for fans in Asia. We head about those crazy Swedes waiting in line all week, but that was just a few friends who’d probably just been kicked out of the house by their parents anyway. Thanks to Shanda for pointing us to Korea news that shows huge crowds gathered, hours in advance of the launch time. (Or maybe these are just reused pics from the last Starcraft game launch there. I wouldn’t know any better.)

    We should see crowds like this at some of the European Diablo 3 launch events tomorrow night, and at the one US event near Blizzard HQ. Nizaris is going to attend that one, so we should have some good photos and first hand reporting; anyone attending any of the EU events is encouraged to send in pics and reports as well, and have fun out there! The last pic below is a shot of the collectible lanyards that Wal-Mart stores are giving out as prizes at their midnight launches in the US.

    The short article on the Korean Herald isn’t much to read, but the photos are interesting. You see both of them below the quote:

    Avid fans of the wildly popular online role-playing game ‘Diablo’ series have gathered in masses to buy the limited edition of the game on Monday.

    By early Sunday, approximately 1,300 gamers were lined up outside a store near Wangsimni station in Seoul to purchase the game, a day before it was even released.

    Desperate fans have even packed sleeping bags and tents to spend the night anticipating the moment when their 12-year wait finally pays off.

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