Ever since I started my own company, I don’t have much time for serious, full-fledged games. Gone are the days when 7 straight hours of gameplay were a normal part of the night. Lately, I find myself playing mostly casual games, and reminiscing about the good-old-days and the hand cramps.
A lot of today’s games don’t really appeal to me, either, but there was one I was really waiting for – Diablo III. I remember Diablo II very fondly, and it’s still one of my favorite games ever. We have been waiting for Diablo III for more than ten years now, and in the last 2-3 years, a lot of exciting news has been spreading about the game. In the age of Twitter and Facebook, it was easier than ever to follow the game’s development, screenshots and video clips.
Today, though, I read some upsetting news: the new game, Diablo III, isn’t going to be as much fun as its predecessor. First and foremost, and this is the main reason I won’t be buying the game – you won’t be able to play Diablo III offline. I find this extremely stupid and annoying. There’s much to be said about the ability to disconnect from the real world (which is, in part, on the net) and have some uninterrupted gaming fun. Also, Battle.net servers are not always online or fast enough, and this means you can’t really play the game anytime, anywhere. I think that if I pay $60 for a game, I am entitled to the right to play it without an internet connection. Blizzard, so it seems, are more concerned about piracy (like THAT’S gonna stop the pirates) – so they are going to lose some paying customers, with little me among them. Too bad, Blizzard.
Also, there won’t be any mods and items in the auction house will be bought and sold for real money. You can read more about that here, but for me, it doesn’t matter – Blizzard has lost me on the online thing.
Ah well, back to Zuma Blitz, for now.