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    We’ve had an interesting mixture of events lately in the Diablo 3 community, with fan rage over cancelled features interspersed with fan joy over “signs of release” — such as Blizzard sending out about 10x more beta invites in the past three days than they had during the previous 4+ months. Not everyone is won over by the fact that D3 is (apparently) finally starting to accelerate towards a release date, though.

    A fan posted a rant about ways D3 sucks compared to D2 today, and got a quick reply from Bashiok. I’m not going to quote the rant since it was weak and full of complaints about changes LONG since made, but here’s Bashiok’s reply:

    The feedback from the vast majority of players, and we actually track, document and build reports on this stuff, is overwhelmingly positive. You’re entitled to your opinion, but let’s not make sweeping statements to try to justify them. Be the proud and the few! We’re not trying to remake Diablo II, though. That’s not going to jive with everyone, and that’s ok.

    I’d be curious to see that feedback. Obviously we’ll never get the raw data, but the general forum conversation from beta testers is in no way “overwhelmingly positive.” Pretty much everyone says something positive, but pretty much everyone has a number of critiques or dislikes as well. Maybe the raves are all coming from casuals who aren’t talking about their beta experience in the forums? Could be, but Bashiok’s previously said that most people who get a D3 beta invite play 1 or 2 chars in solo games and then never log on again… and it seems pretty unlikely all that positive feedback is coming from people who lost interest in playing D3 after 2-3 hours.

    How about feedback from someone who did play the beta, and was anything but positive, much less overwhelmingly? Here’s why Mr_Bartuc, a long time active member of the Diablo 3 community, says he won’t be playing Diablo III or ever again giving Blizzard any of his money. Here’s an excerpt; click through (or hit the original forum thread) for his full argument. I don’t agree with some of his issues, or his conclusion, but he makes some good points.

    I did get into the beta, and I wasn’t impressed. I played for up to a week. The half zombies crawling out of bushes got old very quickly. The wretched mothers constantly vomiting. The humans transforming upon your entrance to a room (like they waited for that moment). The amount of cheesy laughter in dungeons as well as laughing skeletons. The buildings that crumble when you cross an invisible line (happens almost every time you pass a ruin), the townsfolk that talk when you cross an invisible line. The quest system that throws you back and forth abit, to the east of the town to the west, to the waypoint to the graveyard. The voice acting that’s way over the top and way enthusiastic. Stereotyped characters (eg asian is super asian, blacksmith being heavily scottish). The annoying names some carry (john Darrrrrrrrrrr, Kormac)… I’m not even sure there are two people in the town with a common accent?

    The full non-rage quit post is here. See the full forum thread for lots of discussion of the issues, skeptical “you’ll be there day one with cash in hand” replies, and some follow ups from Mr_Bartuc.

    my last post here. I’m out

    Me and mates have decided to pass on the game. We’ve been tossing it up for awhile, but finally after more features were taken there is nothing left of the game.

    So for starters, we’ve been waiting over 3 years now. I’ve never seen a company handle a game in this way, reiterate systems so much that it makes you wonder if they even know what they’re doing. The removal of the death animations was the final nail in the coffin for me, they’ve actually removed the cuts and slashes the barbarian gets on his skin through battles too.

    I did get into the beta, and I wasn’t impressed. I played for up to a week. The half zombies crawling out of bushes got old very quickly. The wretched mothers constantly vomiting. The humans transforming upon your entrance to a room (like they waited for that moment). The amount of cheesy laughter in dungeons as well as laughing skeletons. The buildings that crumble when you cross an invisible line (happens almost every time you pass a ruin), the townsfolk that talk when you cross an invisible line. The quest system that throws you back and forth abit, to the east of the town to the west, to the waypoint to the graveyard. The voice acting that’s way over the top and way enthusiastic. Stereotyped characters (eg asian is super asian, blacksmith being heavily scottish). The annoying names some carry (john Darrrrrrrrrrr, Kormac)… I’m not even sure there are two people in the town with a common accent?

    I think you can see where I’m going with this, it’s a major crapfest, like it was made in RPG maker.

    But then before you go “oh this game isn’t for you” blah blaghbghbhj. Well hang on, I played Diablo 1 and 2 and with those games comes a certain quality expectation for the third. I was disappointed with the fantasy art direction but like most, I bit the bullet and accepted it saying “ok it’s blizzard they can still pull it off”. But then came the crappy armors, how many times we raged when the monk was announced, to the giant WoW shoulderpads, to the garbage can and starfish wizard hat, to the demon hunters high heals/lip gloss/glowing eyes and exact night elf physique minus the ears?

    Now, the icing of the cake is how there isn’t enough time for the monk skill animations to include his weapons. How sad is that?

    Simplified tooltips. As if 200 weapon percent wasn’t simple enough they go and simplify to “shoots fire out of hands”. So tell me now this was a game made for a mature audience. Honestly, who didnt understand the tooltips in the beta!?

    ok so, here’s how it plays out now. You don’t have to worry about skill points or stat points, it’s all done for you. You dont have to worry about potions now, because you just walk into a health globe. Don’t worry about anything, just grind items and that’s it. Right click an item to identify for free, unlimited town portals for everyone! Don’t worry about picking up gold just summon a pet (I know they took it out, for now). So how does D3 differ from a facebook game right now ?

    Vanilla WoW was the best thing to come out of blizzard and everything that came after has been rubbish. They screwed up with the WoW expansions, they screwed up with SC2 and D3. And now you can see that with the current state of WoW, they will get it wrong with their upcoming mmo. I won’t even buy that, I’ll be like “oh it’s made by blizzard, that company is the worst”. Blizzard have mastered trolling, they got to me. I get it, grats blizz. They’re worse than Nintendo, ok now I’m just raging.

    So you get the point, I’m out. My mates are out, everyone I’ve talked to in person is on edge about it. You’re all debating about it like usual, biggest nonstop controversial game ever. You are welcome to quote me and correct/deny my opinion but I’m still out. No not “he’ll buy the game anyway”. No, the way blizzard have handled this- I will not contribute and turn this into “game of the year”/”1 million copies sold in first week” god no. I will not give blizzard my money. I can wait another year for the cracked game and I wont even play that. That’s right, I wont play blizzards work for free even. byeeeee

    I’ll echo my hypothetical comment on this from the forum thread. Is there a point at which your pride forces you to cut off your nose to spite your face? Even if you know you’ll enjoy D3, maybe you just feel that some of the changes to the game, or to how Blizzard handles things these days, are too much to swallow? And you want to vote with your wallet, even though you know you’ll miss playing?

    That’s a sort of pride and integrity that most of us do not have, which is exactly what Blizzard is counting on.

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