Vote: Your Diablo III Beta Play Experience

Now that the Diablo III Beta’s end is in sight, I thought it would be interesting to take stock of how well you guys were served by it. (Not that serving fans was exactly the point of the beta.)

It seemed like forever before the beta started to scale up, with the first (and only?) big block of invites served out last week. Even that 275k, added to the previous invites, only scratches the surface of the demand, with more than 2m presales already in the books, and virtually all of those people eager for some beta testing. That point was certainly driven home by the brief flicker of hope this morning, when the D3 beta was briefly accessible to anyone who wanted to play.

I can’t help but note the irony that huge numbers of fans have spent months being disenfranchised by a wide variety of bugs that have prevented them from downloading, installing, launching, and/or logging into the beta. Those have been largely ignored by Blizzard, or dismissed with a “that’s fixed in release” excuses. Yet when a bug allows eager fans to get in and start testing… it triggers the RED ALERT and requires them to shut down the entire beta for 12 hours, and counting.

Rambling intro aside, pick a vote option that expresses your level of access to the D3 beta, and we’ll see what the survey results are. The vote script doesn’t allow for multiple selections, so if more than one applies to you (i.e you borrowed or rented access months ago, and got your account added last week) pick the option that you feel is most appropriate.

Have you played in the Diablo 3 Beta?

  • 4) Nope. Still waiting. Want want WANT. (34%, 1,586 Votes)
  • 1) Yes, my account was opted in by Blizzard. (27%, 1,229 Votes)
  • 3) Sort of -- I borrowed/rented access on someone else's account. (16%, 753 Votes)
  • 2) Yes, I won my account access through a contest. (12%, 540 Votes)
  • 5) I don't want. Saving myself for the full game. (11%, 502 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,608

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Last Vote Results

The last vote asked what you guys thought about the newly-revealed Diablo III Chat Interface. While most fan comments on the system were pretty harsh, the vote results reveal… that opinions are all over the place.

I don’t think we’ve ever had a vote with five different options that all received 15% or more. Dislikes lead likes with 45% aggregate disapproval, and strong like was by far the least-selected option, but with 30% who don’t care or don’t know, the jury remains out.

What do you think of D3’s Chat Channel Interface?

  • 3) Don’t like it. Big changes needed. (25%, 1,318 Votes)
  • 4) Awful. Ugly. Overhaul required. (20%, 1,047 Votes)
  • 2) It’s good, but could be better. (20%, 1,027 Votes)
  • 5) Irrelevant. I won’t use any chat channel system. (15%, 770 Votes)
  • 6) No opinion/not sure yet. (15%, 767 Votes)
  • 1) Great system. Functional and attractive. (5%, 326 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,256

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26 thoughts on “Vote: Your Diablo III Beta Play Experience

  1. Lest you think #5 is purely a joke, I know of at least one person, who has been thanked on this news page previously, who actually turned down beta access, saying he preferred to wait for the whole game. No, I couldn’t believe it either.

    • I made that post thinking that option would be like, 2%. And here it is with 2500 votes and it’s at 10%.

      The person I was speaking of in my first post actually turned me down when I offered him access, which is why I was surprised/impressed. It’s easy to say you don’t want it when you don’t have it, but how many of us have strength to resist when it’s offered?


      • I was also offered by one of my friends to borrow his beta access, which I turned down.
        I didn’t care to play it, unless it was on my own account (for no apparent reason, I’d be able to convince anyone else of).

        I did win access though, by writing a piece on the Monk. The Monk effectively won me the beta <3<3<3

    • I opted out last year (few weeks after after I opted in). Just more fun… bit harder but more fun. 😛

  2. I actually thought about doing that but the temptation was too strong. I finally won a key from a fan site contest and have been playing since patch 14. Just recently, I started thinking maybe I should have waited. Oh well!

  3. I won my key in the Gosugamers contest (not a lame social media one), and I wouldn’t have known about it if it wasn’t for Incgamers.

    So essentially, I consider it a diablo.incgamers key :P. 

  4. I won my key then I sold my account when I’d finished weeks of playing. Then I won another key so made a new account, continued playing.

  5. I wanted a key earlier on, but when my friend got a key and asked if I wanted to play I said no. I played D2 for 10 years, I still play D1 for the nostagia, and I’ve read every Diablo novel. It’s safe to say that I’m a hardcore fan, so when I say that I don’t want to play the beta, it’s not due to lack of interest. I’m saving myself for the full Diablo 3 experiance. That, and I have minecraft to tide me over for the next 3 weeks.

  6. I got my beta key by knowing a guy who knows a guy that works at Blizzard and got me a key.

  7. My wife’s cousin just got access to D3 and Panda.

    She “can’t decide”

    Oh the pain! 

    Currently re-downloading the beta just in case… 

  8. Won a key by posting on a forum – only contest I tried. They probably just gave me one to make me shut up.

  9. I put in 5 tell you the truth I might not be strong enough to resist the beta if i did get a opt in this close but I think I would but hey who knows I could be wrong! Haha

  10. I used to work at Blizzard as a WOW GM (made me hate the game with a passion), got a key from old friends who still work there

  11. Won my key from the Diablo 3 reddit IRC contest. Answered a lore question faster than the other four hundred-ish people there. Was surprised since I missed the question at first and was bombarded by wrong answers pushing the question up, so I had to scroll up really fast to catch it. 😕 I still remember it was a question about who created the Black Soulstone. Good thing I had bought the Book of Cain… 8) 
    Anyways, been playing since a week or so after patch 13 was released. Glad I got in, because I was freaking out at not being able to play and was failing at trying to accept that I would never get in. 😀

  12. Still don’t have a key and need one so I can see how well the game runs on this pc considering its a weak machine and cant play any recent games. I highly doubt I will be able to play at all considering I have not gotten into any beta except the SC2 one and that was for like a single day. So if someone could throw a key my way so I can at least test this system or at least let me use their beta account for a bit that would be welcomed. Send me a pm on here if you want to send me a key or let me have access to your beta account for a bit so I can at least test the game out on my hardware sO I know how crazy I can get with the settings.

  13. Well i’ve got to try the beta through the JCBN forum post he put up a while back and i must say i was pretty impressed with the beta. I enjoyed it and i most def. see it taking up most of any free time i get. it renewed my faith in diablo because i had it real hyped up then they dumbed down a lot of stuff and was like i hope they didnt mess it up and i enjoyed the play time they alotted me. 

  14. I am kinda in the same boat with wanting to test my laptop out. I got to play the beta for a day, and had issues with slow character movement. I have been trying to decide if I want to buy a new laptop or build a system for D3. I wish I would have had more time to mess with my current rig to get the beta to play correctly, but oh well. I doubt I will get in before the beta ends. I do foresee issues with the server in the first few days though.

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