Since local-hosting and LAN networking emulators already exist...

#1 Posted by q-bert39 (146 posts) -

who will bother with the "always-online" DRM crap, and who will play on their own/with friends? It seems like there is no good reason for always online, other than to make phat l00t off the auction house.

#2 Posted by dzimm (4671 posts) -
The emulators exist in the sense that they're minimally functional, but it will be many, many years before they are a somewhat viable alternative to Battle.net. For a taste of what to expect, look at the state of emulated servers for WoW which even after all these years of development are buggy, unstable, and lack many basic features.
#3 Posted by ColdHardFacts (706 posts) -

Its also to disrupt piracy and botting. In D2 you could make unlimted amount of accounts. In D3 you can only create 1 account per bnet account. Sure there will be players who know how to hack cd keys but it will be pretty difficult.

#4 Posted by colekhoo (51 posts) -

Its also to disrupt piracy and botting. In D2 you could make unlimted amount of accounts. In D3 you can only create 1 account per bnet account. Sure there will be players who know how to hack cd keys but it will be pretty difficult.

ColdHardFacts
Well you can choose to not to pirate and cheat the game if you want it and i figure that the blizzard staffs hav think about it for sure, but for me its more like to restrict gamers to their servers and for the real money auction thing.
#5 Posted by nonlinear314 (598 posts) -

Your argument would be cogent if those LAN network emulator things you speak of actually existed.  They don't.