Patch 2.1 Preview Video + Diablo Series Retrospective


Here’s are a few videos with a Patch 2.1 Preview Video + Diablo Series Retrospective.

Gamespot has posted a useful short video detailing the new features in DiabloWikiPatch 2.1. I doubt anything there will be news to you guys, but it’s a good summary in a short time and is well-done, the narrator’s voice aside.


While we’re looking at videos, HolyKnight pointed me to a two-part Diablo series retrospective on GameTrailers.com. The video covers the pre-Diablo history of the guys who ultimately created Blizzard North, the development of Diablo, and its success. I really enjoyed part one, and got my occasional urge to reinstall Diablo 1 and make a new DiabloWikiRogue or DiabloWikiSorcerer. The early game play in Diablo 1, levels 1-25, is so compelling in that ancient classic, with a nice feeling of progression, and a lot of a game element very seldom found in modern titles; challenge and strategy. It’s amazing how the lack of “I can always run out of trouble” makes D1 so much more precise and technical than D2 or D3. (And the lack of fast movement around the big town tests your patience.)

This may, of course, not be to your liking. There’s a reason that most modern games tip the scales heavily towards “accessibility” and away from “die and incur death penalties if you don’t do it right,” especially in the early game, with every patch Diablo 3 seems to become more and more modern.

Part Two covers the Diablo 2 development and release, then continues into Blizzard North’s end and the torturous path towards Diablo 3. I found it depressing, frankly.

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  1. First video doesn't play after add…

  2. man … I LOVED Diablo 1. Watching that video made me nostalgic too. But, I never knew the back story. I just remember discovering Diablo on the playstation 1 and being really blown away. Just the feeling that Diablo 1 gave me … it took me back to my childhood and MY made up way of playing D&D. When the video explains the Schaefer Brothers had their own brand of Playing D&D … it made so much sense to me.

    Diablo 1 … it was the feeling of those dungeons that really got me. I felt as if I was in those dungeons … the visuals and the music … so dark.

  3. Nice retrospective.
    The original Diablo remains my all-time favorite, though I love Diablo II as well; just not quite as much.

  4. The gamespot vid worked for me, but I switched the embed to the YT link because technical issues.

    Speaking of, motivated by the retrospective and trying to get D1 to play on my new laptop (no CD drive) is an adventure. No way to install it from CD, Bliz doesn't support D1 anymore with a digital version like they do D2, and googling around, I see that people have endless problems with compatibility and graphics on modern machines. If my desire to play it does not abate I might have to dig out my old Win2000 laptop just for that purpose.

    I was going to make a snarky comment about Bliz North getting no love, but from what I can see on B.net they've abandoned Warcraft 1 and Warcraft 2 also. They're not featured in the classic games and there's no option to digital download or add them to your Bnet account, even if you have them on CD, as I do for all those bliz classics.
    http://us.battle.net/en/games/classic

    And sure, piracy is easy to DL them, but getting them to work on a Win8 machine is apparently a complete nightmare. Have to use all kinds of compatibility mode bullshit. It's the very opposite of plug and play.

    • Is it really piracy if the game was originally purchased? Windows 8–too bad, because I was able to get a downloaded copy working great on my Windows 7 machine.

      • It is against DMCA or EUCD.

      • For europe, if you have the original on hand and only install once, you would be in the clear legally. Of cause someone monitoring your line sending you angry letters afterwards is another story. But if that happens, you could sit back relaxed, explaining it once to the lawyers sending you the warning letter, waiting for the trial to begin. The one uploading the gamedisc would technically still lose his license for giving it to you, even if you were the only recepient, though.

  5. As soon as I heard the background music for part 1 of the retrospective, I got goosebumps. Man, I loved that music.

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