D3 more WoW-like than Diablo-esque? Everything that Blizzard has stated in the past few months has led me to the conclusion that the game will me more WoW-like and less Diablo-esque. Sure, maybe it'll have the same feel as Diablo, but it'll play more like WoW. Whereas, you're not just gently pushed to go online by the game saying, "Hey, here's b.net, an online service." It's more like the 800 lb gorilla in the room saying, "Play it now." And I'm not sure how I feel about that, but the general feeling is that of a good one. I always *wanted* to play D2 with other people. And the distrust of hackers, of item stealers, of gankers, led me to only play with people I knew. And the only people I knew that played D2 were either in one of two categories. 1. Either hardcore grinders. When I get ready to play at 7pm, they've already found a group and are grinding away and had already wayyyy out leveled me. 2. So casual that I never saw them on. More than once I'd group with a friend, "Oh yah, I play all the time..." Then never see them again. So I was screwed from using b.net. Now, I consider myself a pretty casual gamer that can get more serious when the time calls for it. However, I do have a social life outside of gaming. Going out, drinking, having a good time with real life friends, trying (note the use of the word trying) to score with chicks. But I think that having the game more like WoW in terms of gameplay mechanic, not gameplay feel, is a good thing. What I also think that everybody here is forgetting... About when they introduced the Real ID system, they weren't just adding a feature. They were building a Steam - Like system that incorporated all games from the Blizzard Universe. I'm sure somebody here can find the post, but it's what Blizzard had been wanting to do all along. Thoughts? EDIT : BTW, great job on the podcasts. On #35. Flux, I think I can answer one of your questions about monsters with resists and such in D3. (Either in Hardcore, etc) I think that once a week they'll take the servers down, and that'll be the time your games reset.