The Diablo 3 Podcast #177: The GR50 Club

Flux, Xanth, and Mjinspace discuss recent game news, including the GR50 Club, playing 10+ hours a day, if weapon damage ruins itemization, and Stash 4 Cash vs. Play 2 Win. Plus Blizzcon 2015 hopes and plans.

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The Diablo 3 Podcast #177: The GR50 Club

  • 0:10 — Intro and welcome to the first podcast!
  • 3:00 — Recent play stuff and why none of us is in the GR50 club (yet).
  • 15:00 — Playing 10+ hours a day = bad parenting? Opinions differ. Mjinspace orders everyone off his lawn.
  • 23:00 — Weapon Damage. Changed in D3 to make caster classes need weapon damage also, but some fans dislike. Are weapons too important for your kit, compared to the other item slots?
  • 35:00 — GR50 club is the new GR40 club. Impressed by the achievement?
  • 40:00 — Silence from the D3 devs for 2 months… what’s brewing in Irvine? Summer vacation? Crunching for D3X2 announcement?
  • 45:00 — Chinese D3 and Stash for Cash. Everyone wants it in US/EU now? Where’s the line between S4C vs. P2W? Would purchasing EXP buffs allow more casual players to offset their playtime deficit?
  • 1:01:00 — Blizzcon hopes and attendance plans for 2015?
  • 1:09:00 — Has the game pace sped up too much? Where can the progression go from here?
  • 1:18:00 — memories and nostalgia?

  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.


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    1. MJ in space

      Just imagine he is invoking the image of Michael Jackson in space, that’s what I do. You remember that video he and Janet did for Scream? Just think that.

      • Yep, know the Video. MJs dominated my childhood dunking, dancing, and being overall amazing.

        • “MJs dominated my childhood dunking, dancing, and being overall amazing”

          Couldn’t agree more. The MJs of the 80s and 90s were pretty all around amazing……aside from that little stint in baseball. Still not sure what that was all about.

    2. The malaise in this one was palpable. The lack of news (and thus the lack of PTR) has made everyone anxious. I think we’ve been spoiled with relatively rapid updates since the game’s launch, and now it’s slowing down and we don’t like it.

      Like all of you I hope to hear more news between now and the end of the year (about something other than patch 2.3), but I’d like to reiterate what mjinspace touched on: we have an amazing, rock stable game engine, that makes it an absolute blast to run down corridors and mow down monsters, solo or in a group. Yes, there are still a ton of irritating QoL issues. Yes, the meta is a little stagnant right now. But all that ancillary stuff is only meaningful to the extent that the core game is a great one we keep coming back to no matter what.

      And it is. So cheer up 🙂

    3. The sarcasm is strong with you all, very funny episode. I think Flux is in the game already, albeit an obscure reference. Check out the seasonal achievement name for clearing GR 30 solo and add an “ic” to the end.

      • It’s fun to pretend!

        And I don’t talk about the issue except sarcastically as I don’t want to come off as even more entitled than I do, but it does annoy me that virtually zero fans are named in D3/RoS, while the entire dev team and all of the CMs appear in multiple secret levels, monster names, item names, etc.

        Sure, the Bliz North devs put their names and names of friends and family into D1/D2, but they put in a LOT of fans and fansite people also. It costs them nothing and it’s a nice easter egg and bonus for the fans, and makes the community feel involved and amused.

        D3 team was very insulated from the fans behind many layers of PR during game development, (very different than the Bliz North guys, who liked to directly interact) and even though that’s changed a lot since RoS and we see devs forum posting and including fans and streamers in their live streams… no one ever seems to get honored by monster/item names in game.

        Of course if they ever did, Bliz would probably just name 10 items after the top 10 streamers ranked by subscriber base, and 8 of them would have dropped D3 for some other game purely for reasons of ratings by the time the patch implementing their items went live. So forget I asked.

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