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