Blizzard’s Diablo III = Microsoft’s Windows ME?
No doubt in my mind that Diablo III is probably Blizzards biggest failure, and biggest letdown of its fans. The game has had nothing but issue after issue, and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Die-hard fans still continue to defend Blizzard, but has it ever accurred to them that this company has some of the highest expectations from its fans, too? This isn’t some ‘born-yesterday’ gaming company.
Blizzard has been around for years in the gaming industry, and with the $10 rise in game prices (now currently $60 for your average game in a horrible economy, that made sense to toss at your fellow gamers) players expect more from the developers (hey, you guys raised the price). In today’s gaming industry, the companies are placing money before quality, and Diablo III is exactly that. (Is the gaming industry becoming the new Oil Tycoon?)
Jim Sterling of The Escapist couldn’t have said it better: “If you’re paying upwards of $60 dollars for a game that you can’t play when you choose to play it and you aren’t complaining, you’re contributing to the biggest problems that faces the game industry.”
For a company such as Blizzard to lay off over 600 employees and lose over 700,000 World or Warcraft subscribers at the end of 2011, you would think they would have their heads on better than this. It continues to set records and brag, but when the issues arise they are the last, if any, to admit they’re wrong.
Diablo III’s DRM is also rubbing players the wrong way, aside from the fact you can’t always play your $60 game purchase, as Blizzard does in fact seem to be shoving its corporate money greedy hands down players throats. Some have simply had enough and left the scene of the crime, while other die-hard fans continue to walk blindfolded on a 150 year old rope bridge – seriously, don’t look down.
While Blizzard has apologized and said there would be patches in the upcoming weeks, fans have also turn off the windshield wipers and gotten out of the car. Accounts have been hacked left and right — yet we’re being asked to purchase online items/gold within the game soon? This doesn’t settle well with the majority, and rightfully so. The problem is Blizzards, not ours, as we were never given the opportunity to play Off-Line. Sure the company’s interest is to keep the game safe and secure from those hacking/cheating away — but currently Blizzard hasn’t managed to handle this well, either. This is where some fans have pointed the finger at the company and shouting, in general, that their greed has blind sided the company. Well, quite possibly so.
Tune in next week when Blizzard announces Panda’s being released as pets in Diablo III . . . Anyway, I’m done with my rant, for now, and I’m off to go play Torchlight for a while — it’s up and running.
Warning: some explicit language within video