After numerous delays and a heap of hefty hype, Blizzard Entertainment finally shipped Diablo III this week. Official review scores aren't in just yet, but that didn't keep industry personnel from flocking to Twitter to sound off on the dungeon crawler. What were they talking about? Tongue-in-cheek jokes about the game's rocky launch dominated the conversation, but some serious sentiments slipped out, too.
Below you'll find a highlighted collection of industry reaction to Diablo III stemming from a wide range of sources. There are quotes here from indie developers, representatives of million-dollar operations, and…TV personality Conan O'Brien. Did we miss any major tweets? Let us know in the comments section below.
"Empty chairs and empty tables. #diabloflu"
Mass Effect 3 senior designer Manveer Heir @ManveerHeir
"Posting news on how Diablo III user reviews on Metacritic are low is like posting about people complaining on NeoGAF. It's not f***ing news."
Conan O'Brien @TeamCoco
"The 5 Stages of Diablo III #Error37: 1. Eye Roll 2. Face Palm 3. Hulk Rage 4. Bagel Pizzas 5. Message Boards."
"So long, social life. Thank you so much @blizzardCS!" [This was accompanied by the image at right of a signed copy of the Diablo III collector's edition].
Battlefield producer David Goldfarb @locust9
"Error 37 is God's way of telling mankind he hates us."
Epic Games PR executive Wes Phillips @WesPhillips
"It worked! Played a four-person game of Diablo 3 for two solid hours with @GearsViking from 30,000 feet."
Epic Games director of production Rod Fergusson @GearsViking
"4 player Diablo 3 - 2 of us on plane, 1 in Raleigh, 1 in Edmonton. Craziest gaming at 30,000 feet!#Diablo3 #exitrowftw"
Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski @therealcliffyb
"How are those Diablo 3 servers holding up?"
Duke Nukem producer George Broussard @georgeb3dr
"Blizzard I'm completely satisfied with my $60 purchase. Servers? Whatever. Will be fine in a couple days. Thanks."
Minecraft creator Notch @Notch
"We had to take a break for real life events, such as @JahKob's kids needing to eat and whatnot. But let me tell you.. Diablo 3 is good."
PopCap director of editorial and social media Jeff Green @Greenspeak
"While waiting to log back into Diablo 3, I'm going to play PopCap's amazing Solitaire Blitz! You should too! *finger gun* #PaycheckTweet"
Former Battlefield producer Gordon Van Dyke @GordonVanDyke
"I'm proud to say I didn't buy Diablo III and support another 'disconnected from reality' publishing powerhouse."
Monkey Island designer Ron Gilbert @Grumpygamer
"I've already beat Diablo III. And by 'beat' I mean got logged on to their servers."
Supergiant Games designer and former GameSpot editor-in-chief Greg Kasavin @Kasavin
"Warcraft II, Diablo, Starcraft. Those three games cemented Blizzard as one of my all-time favorite game studios. High hopes for Diablo III."
Former Call of Duty creative strategist Robert Bowling @FourZeroTwo
"From now, until the end of time, I shall use 'Error 37' for only the most heinous of failures. It will become my 'I am disappoint'."
Former Treyarch community manager Josh Olin @JD_2020
"I predict Diablo III sells ~4 Million units Day-1. I know that far exceeds all other estimates, but if I'm wrong, it's not like it's my job."
Treyarch game designer David Vonderhaar @DavidVonderhaar
"I really should be working on the ✨✨✨✨✨✨, but it would get in the way of Diablo 3."
Former G4TV host Adam Sessler @AdamSessler
"Just landed in DC after 14 hours of travel. Everyone's talking about Diablo. All I saw were sensible haircuts in Minneapolis."
Kevin Pereira, outgoing G4TV host @Kpereria
"REALLY wanted to call in with a case of Diablo 3, but the show must go on. As such, I'll be playing D3 ALL SHOW LONG! #aots"
Global Battlefield community manager Daniel Matros @zh1nt0
"Can't log in to play Diablo 3. Servers are down :("