Not the Cow Level… Ruined by Haters?

Totally not the cow level.

Totally not the cow level.

Several interesting blue posts of late have come as shutdowns on crazy whining about this or that. Not that the Blue posts add anything, but they serve to flag the weirder/angrier threads which often spur good conversation by the saner individuals in comments threads here. Today’s example is this rant about how whiners ruined the Not a Cow Level anniversary buff.

The Not The Cow Level “Anniversary Buff” event was a fun new area. It was new content in a game where everyone is crying about the lack of new content.

What happened? All the trolls, whiners crybabies, and D2 fanatics wrote threads and threads on what the area was not, basically kicking the devs in the balls for even trying. While the people who saw the area for what it was, and enjoyed the new content blemishes and all, said so, and wanted it left in.

And guess what? It’s not in the game any more.

So, the whiners and haters and trolls and crybabies and D2 obsessors won, and the only new content we have gotten in the game since RoS release has been hammered into the ground, and we will likely never see it again.

…Proud of yourselves?
Grimiku: This thread started off heading in a non-constructive direction, and took a turn for the worse pretty quickly. I’ve locked it down for that reason. You’re all welcome to continue the discussion, but we’d prefer it if that was done in a more constructive manner. Thanks!

Since the Not a Cow Level was announced as a limited time feature, it’s silly to say that the devs removed it due to complaints. As for the popularity of it, almost everyone I talked to appreciated the effort and enjoyed the area once or thrice, but after a few visits the novelty was gone, and it was just another trash mob massacre with biggest reward all the blue mats you could salvage from the blue items from the numerous chests.

Did people hate it and complain about it on I’m sure they did, but what else would anyone expect of forum users? There wasn’t any general hatred that I noticed, and our vote on the issue provides a wider array of opinions than you can see in any single forum post, with general approval of the anniversary easter egg.

Your opinion on the Diablo 3 Secret Cow Level?

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So now that the event has ended, do you guys have second thoughts? Did the level seem cool at the time, but now you’ve grown bitter and jaded? What would have been better for the anniversary bonus? Cow Level + double goblins? More rewarding cow level? You know that would have still had haters. People (especially on were going to bitch that it was too rewarding, or too hard to find, or not rewarding enough, or too easy to find, etc.

Welcome to the Internet. Where we hate everything.

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  1. Did not like it one bit. RNG on top of RNG is always bad thing. Flat bonus drop rate would be way better.

  2. I liked it but why has it taken 3 years to add in some short term new areas/dungeons, this was one of the things I was expecting to happen on a semi-regular basis for an online only diablo.

    The rewards where higher than normal and it brought back something from d2. Flat increase exp/drop rate buffs are nice but unimaginative, this encouraged you to go explore the areas again.

  3. I found that blue response odd at best. Sounds like the mod is as sick of the blizz forums as the rest of us are. As far as the cow level… I put d3 on pause for awhile so I have no opinion.

    • The blue styling of that quote is misleading. It was not a Blizzard employee response. Check the source link.

      Even though “alright, that was pretty sh…y, let’s remove it alltogether and never talk about it again” would probably have been a classy statement from them on most things D3.

  4. i liked it and i can’t understand any complaints about it, i mean, it wasn’t the cow level.

    i guess there just aren’t enough cows for many.
    not the cow level AND a cow rift?

    that’s a full bouvineian rhapsody.

    <3 !!!

  5. I did quite a few bounties during the anniversary week, but haven’t found the bonus level once, so I can’t comment on the level itself.

    With that said, I actually really like the idea of new bonus content (even if it’s just for a week) and actually prefer these kind of additions over XP/MF bonuses (useful, but boring). If they could have just left it in the game permanently, that would have been great. I’m sure it’s less rewarding/spoiling than your average Vault.

  6. Glad it’s gone . I found it twice had 0 drops , so basically just normal gaming .

    At the end I was seeing people stating that in the time it was here they had not found it once .

    How in the world was something like that an anniversary buff ?

  7. Well, all the previous D3 and RoS anniversaries just had +100% MF/GF, or double goblins, or bonus EXP. Which is obviously easier on the devs, as they just have to adjust some column in the spreadsheet. This NTCL bonus took some actual programming, to make the new level and cow queen and events, etc.

    Even as it was underway, most of the conversation was about if players would prefer some *new* content to just a week of buffed exp/mf/etc. And in retrospect the answer should probably have been, “both.” The cow level was cute, once or twice, but not real rewarding, and people who didn’t find it were annoyed, and people who wanted more rewards were annoyed.

  8. better then nothing i guess but they could have added MF boost too then it would have feelt like an actual nice bonus, i was there maybe twice didnt get a legendary if i remember right.. that kind of areas should drop some legendaries atleast since it was just a temp lvl anyways.

  9. I’m a fan of the cow level. The way I see it, any small thing they add to the game is just bonus material. I sometimes think that it must be an awesome game for someone to discover new. Because, we take so many of these little additions for granted. To anyone coming in fresh it must be a feast of game play … regular game mode or adventure, bounties, rifts, greater grifts, Goblins, pony level, secret cow level, goblin land, ubers … transmogs and gambling. Legs dropping regularly. Why complain about anything new? I don’t see it.

  10. I liked it a lot, a lot more than d2 cow level. I can’t understand why they removed it. It should remain in the game, just a little less common than during anniversary buff

  11. It was awesome! Very rewarding for me atleast. Good one Blizz!

  12. It was lame, but then I always thought the D2 cow level was lame too. But what made the original cows fun for me was the voices of the devs making “moo” noises. That was hilarious the first time I visited. The new cow level didn’t even have that. Still, there’s no reason not to leave it in the game, right? It’s content, and the game could always use more areas to visit.

  13. It was supposed to be an anniversary “reward” and then they made it another RNG thing?!! Wtf is this with RNG? I played each night, about an hour or two, that time and never got to see those cows. Couldn’t they just have given it to us in a silver platter at least one time? RNG is really making me sick.

  14. I had hoped for a +100% MF buff because I need an ancient Starmetal Kukry. The hope oof finding oone poOOoshed me tooO choOse that oooption. Give mooO my StarmoOOoo Moo mOOOmoooo. Mo Moo, mooo moo moooo.

  15. For me, I think the cow level should have been more than retextured beastmen. They also should have had far more funny moo-ing just like D2 did rather than just a banjo going on in the background music. Loot could have been better as well, more cows as well please Blizz. Oh and exploding corpses that do some damage to both players and mobs.

  16. I was farming Hellfire keys while the anniversary weekend happened to be on, and saw the cow so many times. It truly surprises me that some people managed to not find if. I only went in once for the chance of an achievement or something. As Quin had pointed out, there are far more efficient ways of farming blues (magic items -> Arcane dust), which it provided most of, aside from sheer fun for more casual players. As such with nothing further to gain, the cow was thereafter ignored.

  17. Complete failure.

    “kicking the devs in the balls for even trying”

    They didn’t Try. That’s the problem. They just copy pasted and already existing event and made it super rare too but they removed the loot from it.

    Worst Event so far.

  18. I enjoyed it for nostalgia sake. It was a little difficult to find and didn’t quite give me a reward worth the time it took to find it. But I enjoyed it the one time I managed to get in there. They should have made a legendary gem drop part of it. But it was a whole lot better than whimshyre or whatever the fuck it is the rainbow goblin drops. I ran through the whole whymshire and never got any drop. Not one legendary hardly any gold. Weak

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