Bone Appetit #5: Just discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Just Discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Recently a group of seriously addicted and underemployed Diablo II aficionados were invited to visit Blizzard headquarters and receive unprecedented access to the original program development files and various beta versions. I wasn?t in this group, but I have access to the internet, and I read all this stuff there, so it must be legit. Anyway, a great deal has already been written about the ?nearly was? aspects of the D2 official release; things originally in the game code but removed at some point during development or testing. A great deal having been said rarely keeps me from adding some more, so how about this: numerous idiosyncrasies and traits of the townsfolk NPCs were lost to the cutting room floor before D2?s grand premier! And I have them here for you to read! Gogo useless trivia!

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Bone Appetit #5: Just discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Just Discovered: Removed NPC Comments

Recently a group of seriously addicted and underemployed Diablo II aficionados were invited to visit Blizzard headquarters and receive unprecedented access to the original program development files and various beta versions. I wasn?t in this group, but I have access to the internet, and I read all this stuff there, so it must be legit. Anyway, a great deal has already been written about the ?nearly was? aspects of the D2 official release; things originally in the game code but removed at some point during development or testing. A great deal having been said rarely keeps me from adding some more, so how about this: numerous idiosyncrasies and traits of the townsfolk NPCs were lost to the cutting room floor before D2?s grand premier! And I have them here for you to read! Gogo useless trivia!

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Flux’s Decahedron #2: The Ten Best Monster Types

The Ten Best Monster Types

Thanks to reader feedback from my last column, I’m now sure that D2X is actually called Diablo II Expansion: Lord of Darkness.  Or possibly Destruction, no one was quite sure about the “D”.  I was informed that the game was sold as “Lord of Distruction” in New Zealand. But that’s not important right now.

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The Ninth Circle #2: Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Computer Games

Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Computer Games

In the 20 years I have been selecting and buying computer games, they have changed in many ways. However, there is one way in which they have not changed; some are good, others are not. Finding out which game is in which category before you buy is the trick, and while this is not easy, it is easier now than it ever was in the past.

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The Ninth Circle #2: Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Computer Games

Baang: Or Why I No Longer Buy Computer Games

In the 20 years I have been selecting and buying computer games, they have changed in many ways. However, there is one way in which they have not changed; some are good, others are not. Finding out which game is in which category before you buy is the trick, and while this is not easy, it is easier now than it ever was in the past.

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