[D3] They Just Don’t Listen

I said previously they desperately need to allow for offline mode for D3 because having to be connected to B.Net to play is B.Shit. You don’t need to be connected to B.Net for SC2, why for D3?

DRM? DRM which really only stops the folks that wouldn’t normally go that route anyway.

Social media? Fuck social media – where’s my choice of being a hermit and not wanting to be connected? I barely use Facebook – it’s full of losers looking for approval or pitty – and Twitter lasted five minutes before I uninstalled it followed up with a, “OMG, who fucken cares that you have a muffin? Noise pollution.”

People have been waiting 10+ years for this game and on opening day its availability is up and down like a hyperactive child with a pogo-stick.

Again… offline mode would have prevented all the crazy posts on the forums and irate fans.

You kids get off my lawn… and turn down that damn noise you call music!

[PC] Game Game Game…

I’m WoWing casually – which means no raiding, no crazy late nights and just logging in to do whatever I feel like doing. I figured I’ll be picking up Diablo 3 so I went ahead and did the annual pass dealie Blizzard has set up.

Yeah, it’s a commitment, but I can see myself continuing to play casually over the next year… and Diablo 3 for free? Win. I just saved myself some money.

That said, I will likely take a look at Guild Wars 2.

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Smaken, you haven’t learned your lesson by now? Another MMO?”

One shot purchase and no subscription fee? Sign me up. It’s not like I wouldn’t be dropping 60$ on some other single player game… like Diablo 3. I guess I didn’t really save money on Diablo 3 if I’m just going to turn around and spend that money on Guild Wars 2, right?

Either way, I will have stuff to play.

Now, I just need to find the time to play it.

[IRL] Week Three

This is turning into a blog about my real life and less about gaming. A big reason for that is I’m not really doing much in the way of gaming and the other big reason is I don’t find myself with a lot of free time to actually right up my usual drivel.

Work is good. Fixing issues, learning more of the inner workings of what is there, putting together solutions for existing problems focused on reliability, stability and ease of maintenance. Putting in a little extra time to start, but still ending the day feeling like my brain is going to explode.

Family is good. Giving the LBO and LLO some more responsibility in the morning and curbing their bad habit of removing their socks and launching them around whatever room they happen to be in at the time. They’re mostly playing Roblox at the moment – the upload issue is solved but they’re still consuming a lot of download now. Definitely seems to be Roblox since I blocked YouTube from the two PCs they use. Also the metrics show that the one day they didn’t touch the computer the bandwidth usage made sense.

Saturday night I was on my own after supper (took TheWife to The Works – gourmet burgers) then she went out with some friends. The kids were sleeping over at their friends’ place. I watched Cowboys and Aliens which was okay. I then went to bed at 9:30pm. How sad is that? That’s about the norm for me now. I try to stay up and watch something at 10 or start watching an hour long show at 9 and fall asleep soon after.

At least the bags under my eyes are gone. Before the bags had their own luggage.

Gaming is mostly dead. I get a little in weekend mornings, maybe in the afternoon but almost nothing at night. I cancelled SWTOR (though I still have access to it for another 24 days) simply because I haven’t had time to play it for three weeks and I really don’t have motivation to play knowing the end game is what it is (which is summed up nicely here). That leaves me fiddling with Skyrim (I mean to do the Rogue, Assassin and Stormcloak quest lines), Reckoning (much more action focused than Skyrim, but also less free-roaming with variant paths) and popping into StarCraft2 here and there just to watch some carnage. It sounds like a lot, but Skyrim lasts maybe an hour if I’m lucky and StarCraft2 is usually a half hour – one quick match. Reckoning tends to be what I play when I can string a couple of hours together.

I need a mindless but satisfying game to play.

Where are you Diablo 3?

[D3] Why It Isn’t Out Yet

There are some lag issues and disconnects.

Yes. I said disconnects… for Diablo 3.

I know, you’re thinking this is crazy that you should be able to play Diablo 3 without being connected to Battle.net or being online but you can’t. You log in to Battle.net much like you do for StarCraft2 and then you play off it… I think. If not, then the local server stuff has some lag issues which is weird.

There are three Game Privacy Modes. First is private, invite only. Second is Real ID friends can join. Third is public – anyone can join.

I haven’t figured out if that means you’re hosting a local server when you’re playing (except joining a public server because then you’re clearly not hosting… derp). I suspect as much.

Yesterday when I was playing as a Demon Hunter and Wizard I was facing some pretty bad lag – it was later in the day. Like the client was hiccuping; spells would run the animation then a second later the actual tracking effect would appear, then it’d warp back and appear again. Mobs (that didn’t have the teleport ability) would warp around like the client was out of synch.

At one point I was running around firing abilities off and nothing was happening. It was like I was completely lagged out. So I popped open the menu and clicked Exit Diablo 3. Nothing. Clicked it again. Nothing. End task.

Yes.

By the way, when you exit the game it gives you a count down like you would see in a MMO if you’re not in a safe spot. I have to wonder… WTF?! It makes no sense unless you’re PVPing… hello, if you’re the only person on the server (which seems to be the case even when you just want to play alone), you don’t need to do this come up.

Earlier in the day I was playing a Barbarian through and I didn’t have any lag issues. Instead I had disconnects from Battle.net which kicked me out of the game. Again, I was trying to play the game by myself and really didn’t want anything to do with the Battle.net stuff. This was somewhat frustrating as the adventure part of the world resets and you start outside the dungeon you just delved to the bottom of but didn’t pick up the quest item from… ugh.

Yes, there are some things they need to sort out and polish up around the Battle.net connectivity, but the game itself seemed pretty solid.

 

[D3] Sneaky Blizzard

They sent me a beta invite today. Too bad it wasn’t a few weeks earlier. I’ve always been interested in Diablo 3 so I’m really looking forward to giving it a try.

First thing I did was check the beta forums and noted the stickied thread saying that there is no NDA so I am free to talk about it, post videos and stream play.

Which I might do later.