Diablo III: Industry Buzz

Blizzard's just-launched dungeon-crawler has people talking; GameSpot rounds up some of the most interesting comments, from Bungie to Conan O'Brien.

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.

Developers flocked to Twitter to express their opinions on Diablo III.

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.

Bungie @bungietweets
"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."

Deadmau5 @Deadmau5
"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].

Blizzard sent Deadmau5 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 :("

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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162 comments
nameaprice
nameaprice

i broke both wrists 3 DAYS BEFORE THE LAUNCH!!! cant even work a mouse properly!!!! super lame :(

Kickable
Kickable

i haven't even had any connection problems.  i didn't play launch day, but every day starting the next day.  my problem is how underwhelming the game is lol

Quivox
Quivox

Cool to see Greg Kasavin's comments. I really miss his reviews!

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

game is simply amazing. Only day I had any issues wit the servers was day 1.

Blizzard has crafted the best game of this gen with Diablo3.

SpiritHex
SpiritHex

what a bunch of crybaby whiners

2x4b96123
2x4b96123

should've allowed preloading

ZICO11
ZICO11

Blizzard Faild Sadly for me 

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

So many people blame things on the servers. If you don't have a clue about computer networking, don't make assumptions. D3 is a massive success and they'll be suffering from massive network congestion.

Puffinmuffin
Puffinmuffin

This is off topic, but the launch of Diablo III has made me think of it:

 

So far the best launch I've ever seen in a game involving multiplayer was the launch of Rift in 2011. That was a finely tuned machine. Very impressive. I'd had my fill after 3 months of it, having done all the quests, areas, challenges, dungeons and all their difficulty modes, and raids, but it was a great 3 months. Trion had their act together in a big way.

 

I never played WoW, only Lotro and Aion prior to Rift. Did WoW have a smooth launch?

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

I took a week off to play Half LIfe 1...said i had the flew.  Still my best gaming experience ever.  I'm mostly retired now but I'm going to find a job so i don't have to suffer the shallowness that is Diablo 3.  :(  i hate having expectations cause it only leads to disappointment

c0kemusheen
c0kemusheen

I guess i'm the only one thoroughly enjoying myself with this game. Just getting through act III now, the gameplay is great, ping is good and my addiction level is high :D. I understand the gripes with the DRM, but when a game is this good, I just might put up with it. Not sure how I feel about the future of gaming though....

Brain_waves
Brain_waves

Always on or no gameplay..Everything kept on servers. I fully endorse and encourage big business to keep on using drm schemes. It gives more room for indie developers to grow and collect cash from the consumers.

Agent-M
Agent-M

I just don't feel that the game is great and especially not worth $60.  

 

Diablo I and II were so much fun and challenging from the moment I first started all the way to the end. But sadly I don't feel even remotely the same way about III - even though I was hoping for the best.

 

Maybe its because I can't seem  to muster much enthusiasm for a game that has so many server problems, or the fact that even though I am playing a single player game I am forced to play online though Blizzards buggy servers.

 

But the fact is that when I play Diablo III it feels boring as hell.  Maybe playing on a harder difficulty (shouldn't be forced to unlock them) might help out a bit.  Story-line feels is linear, predictable and dry.

 

I sometimes feel that the game was made by Disney, since it has such a PG-13, censored feel to it when compared to its predecessors.  Nowhere near as dark, vicious and Gothic as it once was.

 

But for me, Diablo III is a let down - and the servers failing or lagging all the time is the cherry on top that ruins my experience.  

 

I can say however that the CG cinematics are nicely done, as well as the character voice acting.  The fast pace intense action in the end is very welcoming and TBH the game should have been liked this from the very beginning.

 

Hopefully the expansions will solve this problem.

 

 

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Where is the damn review for this game!!! I wanna know how it is!!

vadagar1
vadagar1

well i guess the answer to life the universe and everything is not error 42

 

its error 37

arabanak
arabanak

I'm curious, did all those people above in the article buy the game or did they receive free copies?

aj_marquez
aj_marquez

Grim Dawn, Torchlight 2 and Path of Exile. No need for Diablo 3 and Blizzard's anti-consumer schemes.

TaintedSaint79
TaintedSaint79

Diablo 2 had real money item sales, people just did it on ebay or the hundreds of other sites made just to trade diablo 2 items. People  act like real money for items is a new thing ... guess what it is not

 

arabanak
arabanak

The unfortunate thing about reviewers is that Blizzard helps pay their bills. So how much money do you think they will get from advertising if they pan a Blizzard game? Blizzard has made Diablo III a trow away game. WOW must be in trouble if they give one of the most anticipated games in ten years away as a promotional tool. Tsk Tsk. I quit WOW several years ago when they dumped all my character stats and changed the way characters were built and operated. I deleted my 80's and the game. have not been back. I love Diablo II LOD, tried Diablo III and found it not up to the Diablo II standards. They will not get $60 dollars from me. I may buy when it gets down to 19.95 just to complete my set. In the meantime I continue to play Lord of Destruction (off-line which is not possible with DIII). and just think, I don't have to pay any hard earned money to get gear in the AH. In DII you can just pick it up, or enhance it with gems as you go.

khaos107
khaos107

Remember the days when if you wanted a new weapon or armor you had to beat challenges to get them. Now the only challenge is opening your wallet and being dumb enough to spend your money.  I'm glad to see so many other gamers are speaking up against these new greedy game models, but it would be nice to see some people in the industry start to speak up, and consider these things when reviewing.

jymjim
jymjim

forcing customer to be online for a single player game is inexcuseable, both skyrim/steam and this mess are a lame excuse for software security, just get soem real software security please and don't force the customer to depend on the flakey online connection and beholden to your server problems

m072802
m072802

So from what I take from this is this guy is TERRIBLE at games in general - doesn't even notice when he levels up, walked right past the sidequest area (and only noticed it the 2nd time by accident), doesn't pick up half the stuff that hits the ground (and I noticed he missed a magic drop on the first level), and then runs out of potions because he left so many on the floor, and dies because he's too dumb to walk out of range of the guy shooting him with a bow.

TheGreatmars
TheGreatmars

i think something like internet connection isn't a con for a game when you know it years ago so blizzard didn't trick you into thinking otherwise, but it is a factor you use when deciding to buy the game and i know i am not going to buy it until i can play it offline by "any mean possible". but aside from the internet issues and all the expected downtime from the first week or so, the game itself is beyond awesome and i love everything about it (i tried it for a bit at a friend) so if you don't care about internet connection and you like fast paced hack and slash games then you are an idiot if you don't buy this cause IMO it is the best hack and slash game ever.

 

ps(again not going to buy it until i can play it offline :) )

sniper3507
sniper3507

i get to play a minutes worth,2 if im lucky then i get booted and then the error 3007.i thought for sure there would be a patch out by now to fix this problem but nothing.the last message i seen on diablo website from the support people was on the first day it launched....nothing since and from what i understand there trying to say the problem isnt there fault its my internet service provider.ive never had this problem before with all the other games i own and some of them are blizzard games.so i guess myself and thousands of others are screwed!!!!!

pauljc1
pauljc1

"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.'"

 

lol u mad bro?

Psy_m_on
Psy_m_on

squall_83,

 

1. in Sp you don't have to deal with other people since its SP. btw. Diablo 3 is hacked allrdy, there are private servers and there even where for the beta.

 

5. The game has been changed a lot in spectif of fast-pased combat. I think you could compair Diablo 1 & 2 more to Torchlight 2.

 

And not every state got cheap enternet connections or good internet connections what so ever, its about a feeling owning a game instead of been controlled by the producers every single(player) moment.

Tokagrien
Tokagrien

Former Call of Duty creative strategist 

hahahahahahahahahahahaha (ore lol) cod creative strat...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahaha

 

Darnasian
Darnasian

So many hypocrtie devs here...

They make fun of D3 servers because theya re in bad shape but it's logical because the game just alunched and takes 1 month until they get them good.

But when they fail.....noooooo they expect everybody to enjoy their awful game

Ninjaboey
Ninjaboey

My biggest problem with D3 is the lag I experience.  It also lost connection 3 times in 2 days, which mean I lost progress since last checkpoint.  The game itself is excellent, but above issues brings the score down to 7 for me.  They can learn from pc games like Risen 2: 1. play offline  2. save where you want to (it's PC!) 3. no lagging in freaken SP.

squall_83
squall_83

I think some of you need this to be broken down... Here we go.

 

1: The game is always online to make your experience better. You won't have to deal with people cheating, duping items, hacking, pirating, or anything else that is possible without a network. This is a good thing.

 

2: Massive servers that handle millions of connections simultaneously are VERY expensive and difficult to manage. It is totally normal to have issues when getting them up and running for the first time. The problems will go away, trust me.

 

3: The auction house fees are the absolute least intrusive and costly means I can even imagine for Blizzard to make up for the cost of maintaining these servers and providing you with a seamless online experience. You should be thankful that this game does not have a recurring fee for playing.

 

4: The graphics are dated, but are very artfully executed and they are beautiful. This allows a larger amount of people to enjoy the game without sacrifice. It does not look bad at all.

 

5. The game has been change very slightly from Diablo 2 and many have poked at Blizzard for not innovating. The Diablo community is a very passionate community and I would be willing to say that there would be much outrage if the game had been drastically altered. If it isn't broke, don't fix it.

 

The only actual problems I can see about this game would be people suggesting that they don't technically own the game and people without fast or reliable internet.

Nobody is forcing you to go out and buy this game. If you have a problem with the online aspects and you can't realize that they are there to make the experience better, then don't buy it. Plain and simple. If you have a bad internet connection then get off the dial up. We live in the year 2012. Fast and reliable internet is prevalent and cheap.

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

 @-Unreal-

They shouldnt allow downloadable version untill a week later thats where they messed up. U can easly count how many ppl be playing the game from preorders but not when milions ppl downloading game as soon it launches.

khaos107
khaos107

 @-Unreal- Well I assume Blizzard had an idea of what the number of players would be before launch right? And I don't know if you noticed, but this game can be played single player. So the real complaint is being forced online, not the quality of there servers.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

 @Agent-M Explain how it's nowhere near as "dark, gothic or vicious" as the previous games.

Schwarte
Schwarte

 @Agent-M I feel with you, I had a phase of severe frustration after I first started with D3. But the atmosphere picks up towards the end of act 3 and the game really starts coming together from nightmare onwards. Normal is a waste of time. I agreed with the structure (norm-nm-hell) in D2, but this time I'm with you, if they make one difficulty so mind numbingly boring that it stops you from actually enjoying the game, they should give you an option to sidestep it.

HeadExploder
HeadExploder

 @Agent-M maybe it was so dark and gothic looking  because the graphics were so bleak and hard to distinguish. 

Puffinmuffin
Puffinmuffin

Don't forget Sacred 3! I really hope that is in the works...

DaBigMick
DaBigMick

 @aj_marquez Agreed, Playing the F2P Path of Exiles in beta now and it is already better than Diablo 3

Schwarte
Schwarte

 @TaintedSaint79 No, people do know that and that's exactly what's so aggravating about it. We've had real money sales for quite some time and for Diablo 2 it was the beginning of the end. Most players hated it and the consequences it brought, like excessive botting, duping and other ways of cheating your way to virtual riches. What we can't fricking stand is that Blizzard has now basically spread it's proverbial legs to further motivate people to **** this game up. I guess it just worked so well with WoW. All those little chinese kids forced to farm gold., cause it's become an actual business.

arabanak
arabanak

 @TheGreatmars I checked the boards several years ago and was told you would be able to play single player off-line. In addition to the on-line requirement I do not like the AH. I played the free weekend and found it a completely different game then DII LOD. Did not look like Diablo, I felt the graphics were inferior to DII.

Madball357
Madball357

 @pauljc1

He's not mad, just a butthurt about ME3 Metacritic user score. I don't know why though, 4 sounds about right.

arabanak
arabanak

 @Psy_m_on After playing WOW about 10 years Blizzard suddenly decided to completely change how the characters worked and were created. I went in one day and found that my characters (two 80's) had been stripped of all their abilities and my pets were useless. I did not care that they completely changed their world, but leave my characters alone. It was like deleting part of my personality.All the hours I put into playing my characters was to naught.

MoonAchilles
MoonAchilles

 @squall_83 "If it isn't broke, don't fix it."

I´m so tired of this "argument". If every developer had that attitude, we would still be playing Pong!

squall_83
squall_83

Wow, what a bunch of hateful assholes. No wonder you don't like the game. From the way you talk it would seem like you don't like anything. Why don't you people go crawl into a hole or something.

arabanak
arabanak

 @squall_83 how much did blizzard pay you to write this? I played this and it did not look anything like Diablo I or II. I won't buy it for the on-line factor and the AH. With Blizzard making money off the AH why drop good things at a decent rate. Make everything good rare and make the money on the AH. I may buy this when the price goes way down, (just to complete my set, or if they get an Off-line version)in the meantime, I will continue to play DII LOD

FkThisName
FkThisName

 @squall_83 You are soooo funny.

If only blizzard had previous experience with servers for millions of players........

 

and you missed the other complaint,  encouraging farming/botting to make real money from

digital items that Blizzard takes a piece of, nice trend those already rich greedy maggots are

starting.

delateur
delateur

 @squall_83 

1) How is a SRPG better online? Quick answer: It's not.

2) Why am I dealing with some company's server overload issues for my SRPG? This kind of smacks of "not my problem."

3) I don't want a store in my SRPG, so that point is moot. Diablo's about drops, not buying stuff for more real money than I already spent on the game. I didn't have to spend more money on The Witcher 2 to enjoy it. it just worked..

4) So.. the graphics aren't great? What did I pay for again?

5) This doesn't bother me on the surface, but again, if I'm playing a more annoying, costly and potentially laggy game that is essentially like its predecessor that has none of these flaws, why exactly did I buy this game again?

 

Then you say: "This is how it is, if you don't like it, don't buy it." Guess what? That was pretty much obvious before you mentioned it. Please spare us the excuses for a game that seems to have decided we are ALL cheats and will treat us accordingly. I, for one, am not drinking that Kool-Aid.

DoM-Yusuf
DoM-Yusuf

 @squall_83 1.who fucking care about cheating,duping or whatever youre saying at for a single player game

2. normal to have issues? lmao diablo 3 isnt an MMO but blizzard make it online so player that already buy it expect smooth gameplay without error.. if they cant do that why the fuck they make it always online in the first place

3. oh please smart ass

MXVIII
MXVIII

 @squall_83 1. I wouldnt have to worry about any of that stuff because Id be playing the game either by myself or with my friends, because it is a SINGLE PLAYER game, that has an option for multiplayer (With gaming sessions that would allow you to manage who could play in your game or not.) . It didn't need a persistent online connection.  In fact a persistent network which drops "friends" into my games whether I want them to be there or not is F****** BS, and very intrusive. My Warcraft/Starcraft buddy is not necessarily my Diablo Buddy Blizzard.

 

2.  These servers already existed, they are not new. Battlenet has been around for a LOOOOOoooong time. This is a bad case of we only created servers for the average amount of players at one time, because we expect the numbers of people online at one time to go down as the game ages. Which works great and is understandable for MMOs...this is not an MMO. Its a single player game.

 

3. This game doesnt have a recurring fee because its a God Damn Single Player Game with multiplayer options...thats like giving f***** Super Mario brothers a recurring fee.

 

 

janzx
janzx

 @HuSSaR83

People had at least 1 week to pre-download   the game and they could install 6h  before launch. Blizzard made a preparation guide that stated this and you just had to be informed. What kind of diablo 3 fan doesn't or didn't know that

Puffinmuffin
Puffinmuffin

Totally agree with sidestepable difficulty, as you put it. I didn't agree with normal difficulty being defaulted to with any game, be it Dungeon Siege, Sacred, Diablo, or Titan Quest. I almost can't believe that Diablo III is still the same in that regard. Let us set the difficulty right out the gate. Some of us don't want to have to play the game two or three times through to get to a challenge. Yes, the successive difficulties are better, but we still have to play the same game through to get to them. Some people only want to play a game once and then move on to another game, or play it with one character once and then try another character, without having to redo easy gameplay.

 

To me this issue is the single worst in action-rpgs since their inception.

NicholasT33
NicholasT33

 @Schwarte Yup, but hey they will make 5% on all transactions so that's what's important to them.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

 @arabanak Which abilities are those? Which class were you and which spec? Pets are still perfectly viable and usefull if you're not a baddie.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

 @squall_83 It's just people's way of venting frustrations that they have to be online to play a game they so desperately wanted to play. The only explination for such persistance amongst some of them.

delateur
delateur

Great refuting of my valid points. I didn't troll you, I debated you. Maybe when you know what debate and discussion entail, you can engage in them. Until then, I think there's a hole with YOUR name on it, waiting to get your hands and knees dirty. Here, let me make you a door out of this large boulder over here...

Agent-M
Agent-M

 @squall_83 They would, but due to Blizzards servers - its currently offline for maintenance.

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

 @MXVIII The servers they use now are different from the ones they used a while back. Regardless, it's not necessarily specific to the server hardware. People like you don't seem to understand that.

 

The game hasn't been cracked. It doesn't need to be. It can be played by diverting the client to login to a server other than Blizzard's own and allow people to play an incredibly lag filled bugfest with irratic damage calculations and loot drops as well as server admins doing whatever they want.

MXVIII
MXVIII

 @squall_83 Oh an btw the game has already been cracked, so the whole point of the persistant network was BS to begin with.

 

MXVIII
MXVIII

 @-Unreal- This is your reply to me? So Blizzard who claims folding all their games on to one server network (Battle.net) should reduce lag, increase customer service, make it easier to blah blah blah blah...oops it broke, but its okay these servers are new...oh wait no they're not the new battle.net released 4 freaking years ago. You know why Diablo III is having serious problems, but Starcraft II didnt?

 

Because Blizzard Jammed every god damn thing into it. People playing they're singple player experience are now on their own damn individual instance. Thats Alot of freaking shit for a server to handle. Its like every time you log on it creates an individual gaming session JUST for you. Think of Starcraft where you click join game and it shows all the open gaming sessions...then imagine that there is one session for each and every person who logs into the game. 

 

And it wasnt even necessary, because people still pirated the damn game. Yes the servers might suck, and the admins can "Do whatever they want." But guess what, They are all playing, and many people who paid good money are not. Blizzard F***** you, and you're all like "MMM GOD I hope they do it to me harder on The exspansion!!!"