Blizzard has revealed that the long-awaited Diablo 3 will require players to be constantly connected to the internet, even after an initial authentication process has been completed.
Well I guess I will just have to be happy with Torchlight 2. This crap has got to stop
Well Diablo 3 is more of a multiplayer oriented game which is why iw ould be ok with this. However this sort of shit for a game thats focused on single player is inexcuseable
Lol dude that doesnt excuse this game... If you have to be online for the single player portion of the game its utter BS and shud be Boycotted
My guess is that blizz is doing this to fight piracy. blame the pirates not the good developers who are trying to protect their invesment.
You got Activision to thank for that
They highlight the features (auction house, cross-game chat, persistent characters, PvP matchmaking) as reasons why they want to implement this, but they don't go into detail as to how the game will react if the connection is interrupted. It also might well be that all game sessions, single or multi, will take place on battle.net. Hopefully they don't implement it as an instant game dump if either their servers or the player's internet craps out. They probably are half-thinking of it like WoW, but to ignore such a large group of their customers in the single-player individuals seems quite folly.
Another one of those cases where it on hinders the paying customers. Pirates will have this cracked and running without internet in under 48 hours. I guess since I will be playing with 3 friends at all times and my internet is always connected anyway it doesn't seem like that big of a deal. (to me)
Not sure it will be quite that easy. Characters are going to be stored server side, so its not just a matter of disabling the online requirement. Pirates may have to set up private servers to play, and it can be difficult/time consuming to get server side software working. It basically looks like they will be running this like an MMO.
Nowadays everyone's internet is always ON anyways so I don't see this to be a problem at all.
Its only purpose is to reduce piracy and at best for a month if not less. Nothing they've mentioned in any way prevents them from allowing a stripped back single player option as they was for Diablo 2, as much as they would like you to believe to the contrary. What they're doing is tacking on this requirement so the game will take more time to crack (but will eventually be cracked like past online-to-play games like AC2). Meanwhile the customer is now at the mercy of their internet connection. Not everyone has affordable or reliable internet. If it cuts out, we've already essentially been told you'll be booted back to the login screen. While most here will probably have broadband, you have to realize people in remote regions still rely on dial-up or expensive satellite. Even in developed countries like the US. The worst part is, it will all but certainly be cracked. At that point paying customers with issues like these will be better of having to rely on a pirated copy.
So this is how you justify piracy? I'm all for whatever they can do to reduce piracy, after all it is they who created the games. Don't like it don't buy it. But to suggest customers are better off waiting for a pirated copy is simply idiotic. What will eventually happen is we will all become Blizzard members much like Steam members or to some degree XBOX Live/PSN members. Where the content is no longer a hard copy but rather in a cloud and the only way to access it is to sign-in. The black market will then become memberships or usernames with passwords. Piracy is obviously one reason we are headed in this direction but also the ability to recycle the same product to multiple users, the used game market.
Its nothing to do with piracy , did you even read the story ?
Dude if u cant afford broadband but you can afford a £40 pc game... Ur priorities are wrong :D
@heart Availability doesn't exist everywhere. Plus you have to take into account interruptions both on your and their end. Why should you be unable to play your single player game which requires no online functions if their bloody servers are down. It's technically against the end-user license agreement, but I probably wouldn't judge the single-player folks too harshly if they bought the game and used cracks to strip out the DRM. They paid for it legitimately; they should always have the opportunity to use it.
i agree with ya. who actually turns there internet off and says i dont fancie having it on today. its like turning your mobile off then turning it back on just to make a call then turning it off again. and for people with poor internet connection.....BOO HOO.
No you would do that if you were trying to save battery life on your mobile phone since that person would only use it to ring people... and dude ur just a douche :) u must realise you only have 1 bubble for a reason? get a life yeh? well try to :)
Looolll i loled hard man thanks its so true xD I dont understand these butt hurt whiners lookin for every lil problem to nit pick.
Something you don't quite understand is that a great deal of media seems to be attempting to go by some kind of extra-milking, renter's agreement than anything regarding ownership. It becomes easy with digital varieties of software, or software which relies upon, ta daaaa, developer-owned server features. You don't own the things you buy; you pay for the right to use them in only the way they were specifically designed and intended. Hell, EA's Origin has the possibility of expiring licenses for their digital content. Which means the thing you paid money for might just disappear one day. Anyone else remember copies of 1984 being yanked from peoples' Kindles? It sure didn't look good for Amazon. Long story short, the more we let people dictate when/where/how/why we use the property we paid for, the more likely there will be those who abuse it.
One thing I would say in response to you is they didn't mention what kind of internet will be required. Some people don't have access to fast internet, especially in non-urban areas. Also, what if you are playing on your laptop and you aren't at home and there's no wireless? I should still be able to play Diablo 3 single player. I don't need those features they mentioned to be active at all times, especially since they're not even features that I actually need to play the game. They're just added convenience, and are literally not a reason to require constant internet connection.
Last night a storm killed my internet access for 4 hours. It is not the end of the world, and it does not happen every day, but it does happen, and it should not prevent me from playing single player games. Hell, forget me though. What about the people out there who just have crappy internet service, or no internet service at all?
IF you've played guild wars already , wich was far closer to diablo in spirit than truly a mmo , then it shouldnt be such a major problem . For other people i can see why it would stinks a bit
Ur bring up guild wars becasuusee?? Diablo isnt an MMO it should nto require a constant internet connection if you chose not to play online
i'm bringing up gw because it kinda felt a diablo 3 of sort . Like i said IN SPIRIT . The overall quality of it's campaign , the highly competitive nature of its fast paced pvp , the "simplicity" of it's skill designs , the overall tree systems etc ... (not to mention with even ex blizzard staff developping the game) . GW was a mmo mostly in name besides . There was no open world , no mssive truly skirmish or experiences ... just kickass single player/coop campaign or mostly arena based pvp . And the online town area were kinda a modernized chatroom at best . Either was , the important point remains , if gw could have a constantly online experience for the sp and coop modes , hardly any technical reason diablo couldnt . That's all i'm saying .
That blows. Its stunts like this that ruin a game.
Read the story and it sounds fine for the features of the game but still not liking the real money auction house.
But I'm guessing they won't enforce that rule on consoles. Can't wait to pay Diablo 3 on my PS3 :D
You better hope they dont do to it what happened to torchlight when it went console :) dumbed down so 1 button does big moves lol.
I think i can manage that, as long as I don't get that lovely DRM you PC fans enjoy so much ;)
You can bet there will be a crack out for those of us who want to play single player. Though there wont be a fix to the 1 button doing big moves lol.
What did you have to do with a mouse to perform moves on Torchlight? When I heard my friend play it, all I heard was click click click...
unless your on dial up dont complain
What if I put Diablo 3 on my beastly laptop, and I'm playing the game not in my own home. Which, is something I can do with a laptop. I should still be able to play the single player, even if I am not connected to the internet. The features they mention that make it required are not necessary in any way. They are convenient, but without them, I am very sure I would still be able to play the game all by my lonesome.
last time i checked laptops have wifi.
time I checked not every place has wifi
Just remember, where one lives may not be indicative of somewhere else. The town, where I am from has about 300k people, andwe are nothing like Chicago, are NY. There are places 20 minutes from where I live that the only internet you can get is 56k or Dish. It is presumptuous to think that a "one size fits all" sticker applies from one geographical location to another.
i will pass, titan quest is enough for me...
Diablo 3 is effectively an online game. It is not a single player game. This news should not come as a surprise to anyone.
lol pc gaming
hehehehe we hv teh most powerful gaming system, teh best RAM....consoles SUCK!!!
Well, you can expect this game to be pirated a lot. Constant Internet Connection DRM is a ridiculous way to attempt to curb piracy. I guess no one learned from Ubisoft's mistake. I feel no sympathy for developers who choose such lamentable DRM and get pirated as a result. There are other ways to prevent piracy. And their excuses for using this not involving piracy are just lies so that it doesn't make them look bad. It's about piracy, and it will fail. Can you people really be excited for a game with a constant online DRM and where mods are "expressly prohibited" by the developer?
Seriously. I agree. Have a bubble, my friend. It's ridiculous. This was an obvious, automatic buy until I found this out.
Actually, Ubisoft said their "Constant Internet Connection DRM" was a success. I quote: "A clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent online connection, and from that point of view the requirement is a success." http://www.computerandvideo...
Yeah, I know what they said, but it's B.S. If it was a success, explain Brotherhood over AC2. Fact is that Ubi is blowing smoke. What else are they expected to say "our draconian DRM is a failure and so we're taking a huge PR dive and admitting it?"
It backfired though with AC2 and that incident at release, of people that pirated the game were playing, while legit customers were locked out at time of launch.
Whatever they are saying, they are going to do what they think is best for business. If they say something, then do something else, we'll know about it very soon.
Lame, this is just to combat PC piracy. @ FlashXIII- Pirating is the reason they are doing this. If you pirate it they will just keep increasing their security measures....derp
Arrgggggg on torrent sites there be treasure!!! Seriously I'll probably buy this game for MP but I will make sure I add my download to the pirated statistics for this. Stupid ass counter piracy stuff. It isn't going to do shit and adding such things isn't going to do anything but be a thorn in your customers side. A new low for blizzard.
You've already forgotten? Blizzard did the same with StarCraft II. Tons of idiots were complaining about it when it was announced, yet not a soul spoke of it after launch. And now you're at it again...
While I am not too crazy about not being able to play offline...honestly not that big of an issue. @FlashXIII umm new low? So a company trying to protect their software from piracy = stupid but some how its cool for you to steal their game because thats what they are trying to stop? Nice logic Dbag.
Better logic than Blizzard Dbag. It's not protecting them from piracy.. this game will be pirated before the official release. All that they are doing is being a pain in the ass to their fans. Every game released so far has been pirated regardless of their copyright protection measures, this wont be any different.
Real money for auctioned items like unique's and rare's and now constant internet connection? And here I was thinking about building a new gaming PC for specifically this game......ugh....dumb ass developers and their publishers always making the wrong decisions. F.
I find it a very good idea to buy anything you want from auction with real money in case you didn't know this things happen in D2 for years and even if Blizz didn't do that ppl will still sell items with real money on e-bay it's the same thing with all big MMORPG's it's not strange, some ppl have money to spent I was playing Lineage 2 Official for 4 years and I have see ppl pay 500-1500 $ for 1 item and up to 8.000 $ for 1 char after all no1 force you to buy something but there is thousands of ppl who want to do it for those ppl Blizz add this feature.
I thought you had to connect to Battle.net to Blizzard games anyway? Diablo series is more of a MP game anyway so why does this matter? But on the flipside what if some drunk driver hits a telephone pole knocking out my Internet so now i can't game for several hours.........always good to have a crack handy for stupid DRM!!
Next thing you know I will have to keep my tv connected to my cable provider to watch tv...
I predict a repeat of this Red Arrows are playing MW2
I may have good connection in my home but still I find it wrong that you cant play the game single player off-line I understand that Blizz do that to fight piracy but at least in SCII you have the option to play the campaign offline after all some ppl may want to play the game in a laptop out of their home what about them?
They could have played this off like Diablo 2. If I remember correctly, you couldn't play with your SP character on MP. I feel sorry for those people who don't have a good internet connection. Those in the military who are gamers and can't play because they aren't guaranteed a constant internet connection. Slightest hiccup in the internet connection aaand... BAM. Main menu. I've always wanted to play my video games like that! /s
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