Emotional Character Attachments = Not in pre-D3? While fixing some broken captions in the D2 character gallery, I saw a few concept art pics of the chars, especially of the Necromancer, and it reminded me of those early days. I'm talking 1998-1999, before D2's release, and how passionate and argumentative fans were, in regards to their favorite characters. Even before we know more than just a little bit about how the characters would play, and before anyone outside of Bliz had even played the game, we had guilds for various characters, fiercely territorial forum communities centered around them, etc. Fans were arguing and flaming over whether the Paladin, or necromancer, or barb was the coolest, with some contingents for the amazon and sorc as well. (But it was mostly the 3 male chars, since it was male fans idealizing them who did the arguing). The Necromancer was the most popular, especially amongst the rabid fanboy type, since he was cool and evil and dark and stuff. (There was a minor riot when final char designs were released and suddenly he was bony and skinny and had white, Billy Idol hair.) They remained huge fans of the necro though, and we had another riot when we posted our 1999 Bliz North visit articles, and the Necromancer one was deemed insufficiently detailed and worshipful. At that time we were hosting a bunch of guilds (yes, even before the game was into beta) and the Necromancer-only guild went crazy, flaming our forums, getting temp banned, etc. I repeat, this was a guild we hosted. Providing them with free webspace and publicity. And their adoration was based on never having played the char. Just on his look and style, etc. This kind of pic stirred that up: Which brings me to D3, and the lack of that kind of passion. Does anyone care that strongly about any particular character in this game? There have been outcries about various things; the "too colorful" graphics obviously got a huge burst, and the Witch Doctor was quite unpopular after his early reveal (mostly with Necro fans, as it turns out), but in general, the partisanship that was so prevalent pre-d2 seems mostly a nonfactor pre-D3. And when it does show up it's all negative; the game's too bright, the WD sux, auto-placed stat points sux, etc. Why not the character identification/passion, this time? There's not a shortage of people interested in D3; this site is certainly much busier than our old site was (pre-Diabloii.net, even) before D2's launch. Some possibilities, any or all of which may be contributing: Is the fan base older and thus more mature/less emo? Has the wait been so long that we're all just eager for the game, rather than focusing with crush-like intensity on any given character in it? Are there so many other entertainment options than the attention of the fickle and hyper fanboy fans is dispersed? Does no one role-play anymore, and thus there's not that much identification with any particular char? Maybe the characters in D3 are more generic, and thus less likely to spur intense devotion? It's not as if something has changed in human nature or society; look at the unbalanced adoration lavished upon various IPs: Harry Potter fans during that series' heyday, or the Twi-Hards now. I'm sure there are some up and coming games or movies or anime series that today's equivalent of our old Necromancer fanatics, (13-18 y/o white boys needing something cool and dark and violent to idolize) are all over. Which sort of answers my own question; but only in terms of the necromancer; there's not that dark, gothic, evil character in D3 for that demographic to latch onto. But why don't we see it in general? There were very devoted and noisy fans of other classes, Pre-D2, as well.