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Blizzard Explains Diablo 3 Connection Requirement

Blizzard's VP of Online Technologies, Robert Bridenbecker, explains why he believes Diablo 3 will benefit from requiring a constant internet connection to play. Branden Barrett of GamerGaia seems to agree with him.

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TinaLauro2267d ago

The modern PC gamer is so internet-dependant that I can't see this being a super-huge issue for most fans. With gaming stores only having one tiny PC section these days, we purchase and play a good number of games online anyway.

fluffydelusions2267d ago

The only title in PC section is wow. At least at any gamestop in nyc it is.

ATi_Elite2267d ago

wait that Gamestop doesn't have The Sims?

cause it's usually Wow, The Sims, Microsoft Flight and some old ass off brand FPS they are selling for $9.99.

ATi_Elite2267d ago (Edited 2267d ago )

Yeh being a hardcore PC enthusiast gamer i really do not care about being online to play my games. Hell i'm usually downloading something 24/7 anyway so what's the difference.

Now if it was a single player game then i would have a HUGE problem cause when i play SP games i use my offline PC (so my online PC can max out bandwidth on my Downloading activities).

and like he said i you do not have Internet you shouldn't be worrying about not playing a game, you better get the Internet first which is so very true!!

$1000 PC and no Internet...Get out of here!

Fabian2267d ago

For the record, I don't necessarily agree entirely with Branden on this. It doesn't especially bother me that Diablo 3 will require an always on connection, as this was true of StarCraft 2 and never gave me any trouble, but I don't think it's as 100% positive as it might seem. For example, a dungeon crawler like Diablo is perfect for brief periods of play while travelling, or even taking on a plane to while away the time.

What's even more striking is that this comes hot on the heels of the "real money auction house" announcement by Blizzard - it seems as if the always online requirement probably has more to do with protecting the marketplace of Diablo 3 than in improving anything gameplay related. While this is absolutely not a bad idea (in fact, with that marketplace in the game, an always online requirement is almost necessary by default), it does make me wonder whether a little too much is being sacrificed for the sake of a feature is itself still not certain to be a positive addition.

TinaLauro2267d ago (Edited 2267d ago )

Absolutely, Fabian. They have cited this as a pretty convincing reason for the internet connection requirement, and it does make sense for that reason. Does this make it a positive thing? Who knows!