Archive for May, 2012

Diablo III: Fixed and Defeated

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Blizzard has been working on their Diablo III BattleNet issues, and things have improved dramatically since launch.  In fact, I’ve had very little trouble over the last few days, and on a technical level, I feel completely comfortable recommending the game to anyone interested.

And on a gameplay level, you should be interested, as Diablo III is a blast.  It’s familiar enough to scratch that nostalgic itch from PC gaming’s yesteryear, while implementing enough modern improvements to not feel like Diablo II ½.  I find the simple, yet engaging, gameplay to be a tremendous plus after so many years of complicated MMO gaming, and it’s nice to just login to a game and start having fun right off the bat.

Diablo III: I am Error

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I hear ya, Francis

Nerd-rage LOLs aside, the never-ending login issues with Diablo III really are starting to get annoying. I was quite understanding of the expected heavy server-load when the game went live, but now it’s just sort of ridiculous. After all, there’s no way that Blizzard was unaware of how many units they were likely to sell, unaware of the limitless funding they have for server infrastructure, or unaware of their extensive knowledge and experience with running games online. You’d think that after 8 years of running the world’s most popular MMO and 11 years of development on Diablo III, BattleNet would be a little more up to the challenge. I’m remaining patient, but patience is beginning to wear thin.

Increase Your Diablo III Download Speed

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If you’ve purchased the digital download version of Diablo III and finding the download speed with Blizzard’s patcher to be complete shite, try this:

  1. Open up Internet Explorer
  2. Press Alt+X to open the Tools menu
  3. Click on “Internet Options”
  4. Click on the “Connections” tab
  5. Click on “LAN Settings”
  6. Uncheck the “Automatically detect settings” option and click “Okay”

Blizzard’s patcher app uses the connection settings in Internet Explorer (even if I.E. isn’t your default web browser), and by disabling the “Automatically detect settings” option, you are likely to see a dramatic increase in download speed.  Even today, when the servers are getting absolutely hammered with activity, I saw my download speed go from an average of 180kbps to 1mbps after changing that setting.

The Haunting: Tristram Village

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I don’t know about anyone else out there, but whenever thoughts of anything related to Diablo run through my mind, I always hear the Tristram Village theme in my head.  Ethereal and haunting, that track is simply one of those special pieces of videogame score that never leaves you once it gets its hooks into your psyche.

After so many years since Diablo‘s launch, I’m hit with a huge wave of nostalgia every time I hear it…even if only hearing the first few notes.

Simply brilliant, that composition is.

An Unnecessary Public Service Announcement

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Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and aren’t in the know, here’s a reminder that the VERY long-awaited Diablo III launches at midnight.

If you haven’t purchased the game yet, you can buy it directly from Blizzard, which I feel is the best option, so you can start playing it at midnight (PDT) instead of hanging out at Gamestop to pick up the retail box.

See you in hell!

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