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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 06:19pm 17/02/12 | 393 Comments
So, it turns out our awesome friends over at Blizzard Entertainment Australia think you're a bit awesome too, and want you to have a crack at their awesome action-RPG coming this year, Diablo III (you may have heard of it). Awesome, right!?

So it's pretty easy, we have 125 keys to give away, and all you need to do is sign up to be an AusGamers site member (free, and super easy. Also, spam-free). And that's it. No entry mechanic, no test of 50 words-or-less skill, just first in, best dressed. And you'll get a key to smash through the beta, and the resmash it with friends, then other characters, then with other characters with friends and... well you get the idea.

Click here to get in on this bad-boy!

Update 20:05 AEDT: Sorry, but we're now out of keys! That didn't take long. I guess there's a few people that are vaguely interested in this game or something? Stay tuned to this channel for more at a later date.





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Latest Comments
Hogfather
Posted 06:22pm 17/2/12
Sweet!
DM
Posted 06:27pm 17/2/12
Holy crap this is the best give away i've ever seen. You guys are pure win.

EDIT - Oh man i'm so excited I just gave myself a headache

last edited by DM at 18:27:39 17/Feb/12
Hogfather
Posted 06:27pm 17/2/12
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Stephen
Posted 06:29pm 17/2/12
Awesome, thanks! Hog I'm not sure what you did but when you went add game on battle.net, that's what it said? If so I have no clue because I'm downloading the beta right now. :s
Hogfather
Posted 06:31pm 17/2/12
Yup that's what it said :(

Oh I was "redeeming code" rather than "adding game".

How silly of me ...
Khel
Posted 06:30pm 17/2/12
Awesome indeed
teq
Posted 06:32pm 17/2/12
for reals
paveway
Posted 06:33pm 17/2/12
fuck yes nigga
Eorl
Posted 06:34pm 17/2/12
Yay!
Vorador
Posted 06:35pm 17/2/12
Awesome, thanks Ausgamers!
trog
Posted 06:36pm 17/2/12
we just had about a billion new people sign up; I have temporarily disabled new signups so existing community people get first dibs. BAD LUCK STRANGERS!
Timmeh
Posted 06:37pm 17/2/12
we just had about a billion new people sign up; I have temporarily disabled new signups so existing community people get first dibs. BAD LUCK STRANGERS!

true love
Pani
Posted 06:40pm 17/2/12
So glad I signed up for Ausgamers a while ago! Awesome!
Deviouz
Posted 06:45pm 17/2/12
THANX!
dais
Posted 06:48pm 17/2/12
Thanks trog!
Vorador
Posted 06:51pm 17/2/12
Just out of interest - can you let us know when they're all gone? Curious to find out the time from first posting to last one being picked up :D

Morax
Posted 06:51pm 17/2/12
Danke Trog!
trog
Posted 06:52pm 17/2/12
Just out of interest - can you let us know when they're all gone? Curious to find out the time from first posting to last one being picked up :D
at about 70% done now from a pool of 125. I turned on signups again and we had about 15 people create new accounts in about 60 seconds, so I turned them off again.

Don't worry too much if you miss out this batch
Steve Farrelly
Posted 06:54pm 17/2/12
I have a sneaking suspicion we might be able to get a few more ;)
paveway
Posted 06:55pm 17/2/12
Don't worry too much if you miss out this batch


SPOILER ALERT
BladeRunner
Posted 06:56pm 17/2/12
I never played 1 or 2, maybe a beta key will show me how awesome it is. If I do like it I can play with my mate who moved to Brisbane, because he is a fan of the series.
DM
Posted 06:56pm 17/2/12
Go go high speed internet! 50 - 200kb/s. Ugh. This rate I won't be done until tomorrow sometime!
Ickus
Posted 06:56pm 17/2/12
Oh sure... I get a beta key on the weekend when its by wife's birthday... this is going to go down well.
arkter
Posted 06:56pm 17/2/12
we just had about a billion new people sign up; I have temporarily disabled new signups so existing community people get first dibs. BAD LUCK STRANGERS!


big fan, love your work.
m3nt4l
Posted 06:56pm 17/2/12
2.9mb/s here, but I'm only on old school cable O.o
Winston
Posted 06:57pm 17/2/12
Yay!
Justmatel
Posted 06:58pm 17/2/12
Thanks Ausgamers for this <3

AUSTRALIANS LETS PLAY SOME DIABLO 3!
Damo
Posted 07:00pm 17/2/12
GOT MINE!!!

PEOW PEOW!!

Thanks heaps.
darkjedi
Posted 07:00pm 17/2/12
Cheers Trog (and Steve too)! Will enjoy this.
trog
Posted 07:01pm 17/2/12
10 left
defi
Posted 07:01pm 17/2/12
Awesome Thanks!
existence
Posted 07:01pm 17/2/12
10 left omg.. i am so happy i got one haha. HEY TROG!! :D i love u
Eorl
Posted 07:01pm 17/2/12
Hmm, a lovely 2.5kb/s. Woot.
bepatient
Posted 07:02pm 17/2/12
Awesome trog. Cheers for keeping it to the regulars :D
Phooks
Posted 07:02pm 17/2/12
AusGamers(facebook) Account creation is disabled so people who already have accounts get first dibs. If you don't have an account you are a
SECOND
RATE
CITIZEN!!!!!!

ahah i lolled. THANKS AG! You guys are beyond champs
Damo
Posted 07:02pm 17/2/12
Taking my pc to mates tomorrow for some juicy **mb/sec downloading.
kirkoswald
Posted 07:02pm 17/2/12
Seriously love ausgamers right now :)
HurricaneJim
Posted 07:03pm 17/2/12
less than 10 now
Stephen
Posted 07:04pm 17/2/12
Remember to activate quick play in the download preferences so you can play while downloading. :)
Beestonian
Posted 07:05pm 17/2/12
Obligatory comment thing.
defi
Posted 07:06pm 17/2/12
2mb/s - not bad. Eat my roast and then its game on.
ravn0s
Posted 07:06pm 17/2/12
i really need to download this. i was invited to the beta months ago.
chris
Posted 07:08pm 17/2/12
thank you ausgamers
Outlaw
Posted 07:09pm 17/2/12
How was my post not relevant? Your good friends at blizzard haven't mentioned a PS3 beta?
natslovR
Posted 07:09pm 17/2/12
Gone :-(
Baz
Posted 07:09pm 17/2/12
cheers!
bepatient
Posted 07:13pm 17/2/12
Soooooo excited right now :D

A measly 400kb/s - but I'm happy to wait, I'm sure it'll pick up soon.
Khel
Posted 07:14pm 17/2/12
Is the beta multiplayer or just single player?
DM
Posted 07:17pm 17/2/12
Both I would imagine up to the 1st major boss, unless they increased the length.
existence
Posted 07:22pm 17/2/12
fully functional mp upto act1 im pretty sure. ps hi khel. HI TROG
evıs
Posted 07:23pm 17/2/12
Hmm doh all gone.
Guerilla
Posted 07:30pm 17/2/12
Awesome! Cant wait!
Raazel
Posted 07:31pm 17/2/12
This sounds like the most spectacular thing since the wheel was invented!
DeadlyDav0
Posted 07:33pm 17/2/12
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Missed out.
ravn0s
Posted 07:35pm 17/2/12
gamearena is giving away keys too. looks like more of a competition though.
59fifty
Posted 07:44pm 17/2/12
RAGE FACE

ah well, maybe next time...

my mouse is hand is quivering with fear! D2 is only the game I have gotten rsi from...
Space Ninja
Posted 07:45pm 17/2/12
72% downloaded on my mac - downloads a heap faster when I turn off P2P as well :/
paveway
Posted 07:47pm 17/2/12
This sounds like the most spectacular thing since the wheel was invented


pretty much
m3nt4l
Posted 07:49pm 17/2/12
Fun, enjoying it.
joerocket10r
Posted 07:50pm 17/2/12
damn missed out...moar keys please
Tollaz0r!
Posted 07:52pm 17/2/12
Sweet, got my Key.
Python
Posted 07:53pm 17/2/12
damn why at 7pm on a Friday :( missed out nooooooooooo
Thundercracker
Posted 07:58pm 17/2/12
That'll learn me for working late!
arkter
Posted 07:59pm 17/2/12
72% downloaded on my mac - downloads a heap faster when I turn off P2P as well :/

thanks for the tip! mine went from 400kbps to 1.2mbps
trog
Posted 08:03pm 17/2/12
fully functional mp upto act1 im pretty sure. ps hi khel. HI TROG
OH HAI EXISTENCE
bepatient
Posted 08:05pm 17/2/12
thanks for the tip! mine went from 400kbps to 1.2mbps

I tried the same thing and it halved :(
DK
Posted 08:09pm 17/2/12
Get fucked gone already
skythra
Posted 08:09pm 17/2/12
Thank you Steve you mother fucking champion
Cam
Posted 08:10pm 17/2/12
Turning off P2P stops it maxing your upstream, and allows you to actually download at your maximum speeds =)

Also - thanks for the key :D
Outlaw
Posted 08:18pm 17/2/12
Delete my post and ignore my second. Would of been quicker if you just replied.
Superpiccolo
Posted 08:48pm 17/2/12
Godangfarnshamit!
funky
Posted 08:52pm 17/2/12
:(
Steve Farrelly
Posted 08:55pm 17/2/12
No promises guys, but watch this space in the next, I don't know... little bit ;)
r3wind69
Posted 08:57pm 17/2/12
Although I'm not too active on AG, I do visit every day and check out the threads and whatnot.

Today was a great day to visit. Much <3 to AG for this.



Also, I was on AG, went to take a dump, came back, hit refresh and BAM, the article had just been loaded on front page. Managed to get a couple mates to the site in time for keys as well. Had I not gone to take a dump, I would've checked the threads and left site, missing out on keys.

tl;dr Taking a dump allowed my friends and I to play Diablo 3.
rrrocket
Posted 08:58pm 17/2/12
i missed out :(

and ive been here longer than most of you.
Khel
Posted 08:58pm 17/2/12
ps hi khel. HI TROG


Saarrrp. Back for reals or just nabbing d3 keys?
59fifty
Posted 09:02pm 17/2/12
WATCHING THIS THREAD LIKE A HAWK
konstie
Posted 09:03pm 17/2/12
bah.. missed it
Tepid
Posted 09:08pm 17/2/12
gaybar
nikcrazyivan
Posted 09:15pm 17/2/12
Lurkers have rights too :(
dark
Posted 09:30pm 17/2/12
Quite cut
nooblet
Posted 09:42pm 17/2/12
Premo. Lucking ftw.
HyperJ
Posted 09:46pm 17/2/12
Games lags like hell with everything on minimum 9600gt 2.8 core 2 duo, 4gb memory....
paveway
Posted 09:47pm 17/2/12
so fucking awesome

game runs awesome on i5 2500, ATI 6870 and 8gb ram

i like the new skill system a lot
m3nt4l
Posted 09:48pm 17/2/12
Runs smooth as silk on my old amd 940, 4gb ram and ati 6850 on max.
Damo
Posted 09:48pm 17/2/12
Download peaked at 7.05mb/s
Scooter
Posted 09:50pm 17/2/12
Stupid house mate sucking all my bandwidth downloading his own copy means mine is going slow >.>
Jayman
Posted 09:50pm 17/2/12
WTB. So bummed I wasn't around earlier :(.
Reverend
Posted 09:52pm 17/2/12
Spewing indeed ((
59fifty
Posted 09:55pm 17/2/12
Dear Ausgamers,

In return for a key I will post a funny photo of my cat.
Yours faithfully,

59fifty
kirkoswald
Posted 09:58pm 17/2/12
i feel bad for getting a key... My pc is an absolute beast and can run bf3 on max but stutters like crazy in diablo 3 lol
csirac
Posted 10:14pm 17/2/12
i feel bad for getting a key... My pc is an absolute beast and can run bf3 on max but stutters like crazy in diablo 3 lol


turn off 128 channel sound (go back to default@ 64) there is a current bug with some setups with 128 channel sound
Hanger18
Posted 10:26pm 17/2/12
NNOOOOOO!!!!!!
arkter
Posted 10:39pm 17/2/12
i feel bad for getting a key... My pc is an absolute beast and can run bf3 on max but stutters like crazy in diablo 3 lol


I got that for a bit because I did the download-while-playing option thing... once it finished it was smooth as.

bashed through it on barb and sorc already ;D
Scooter
Posted 10:40pm 17/2/12
Yeah, don't play when it tells you it's playable. It's really not.
ctd
Posted 10:42pm 17/2/12
Wow that was a lucky time to wake up and look at the qgl mobile site. THANKS Stephen F.
Agamemnon
Posted 11:28pm 17/2/12
no love! :P

dont you hate it when the first time you see the keys available (and already gone) is the night you get dragged out to some school function you didnt really want to go to anyway? :P

oh well hehe
kirkoswald
Posted 11:28pm 17/2/12
CHEERS csirac! thanks for that
defi
Posted 11:36pm 17/2/12
I am getting mass Dc'd at the moment. So frustrating!
Morax
Posted 11:58pm 17/2/12
I wish the beta wasn't so short :( hardly even scratches the surface of the game
Lynx
Posted 12:13am 18/2/12
Farrk they're all gone
d^
Posted 12:59am 18/2/12
FUCK IT I MISSED OUT.

Edit: I bet 90% of the people who got keys were new members, someone from AG make a graph.
Lithium
Posted 01:26am 18/2/12
First person to pm me and has more posts then me can have mine since Im not going to be able to use it.
csirac
Posted 01:42am 18/2/12
Pm'ed lithium!
Strik3r
Posted 02:00am 18/2/12
dag nab it :<

If anyone else is feeling generous, i'd like a key :<
3x0dus
Posted 02:33am 18/2/12
Cheers Lithium, should be a good weekend
csirac
Posted 02:36am 18/2/12
You sob!
Timmeh
Posted 03:28am 18/2/12
when does the beta end?
kr0wb4r
Posted 04:23am 18/2/12
You do this on a friday night... ASSHOLES!


*cries* I've been after one for aaaaaaaaaaaages :(
Creepy
Posted 05:17am 18/2/12
That will learn me to sleep at night.
m3nt4l
Posted 07:09am 18/2/12
Morax, how long exactly is it exactly?
arkter
Posted 07:48am 18/2/12
it's pretty short... about an hour of game play I guess, gives you a feel for the different classes though.
Stephen
Posted 07:55am 18/2/12
Is the Witch Doctor supposed to have that much mana regen? :s Jesus.
Creepy
Posted 08:47am 18/2/12
Is the Witch Doctor supposed to have that much mana regen? :s Jesus.

Note that there are no mana globes. Fast regen is a winner.
arkter
Posted 08:56am 18/2/12
Note that there are no mana globes. Fast regen is a winner.

+1 .. I kind of like that they have removed blatant potion chugging from the game
Mephz
Posted 09:04am 18/2/12
:(
Woke up and saw thread, clicked with haste and already all gone.
existence
Posted 09:10am 18/2/12
khel iv honestly never left mate? just stopped posting i guess.. i am serial lurker now.. i should try be more active hey :) ps rockketttt i have been attending posting here since i was 13 and im now 25.. i win.
ravn0s
Posted 09:51am 18/2/12
when does the beta end?


probably just before the game hits retail.
Rohan
Posted 10:19am 18/2/12
Are there still keys to giveaway? D:

EDIT: shit, nvm *depressed*

last edited by Rohan at 10:19:04 18/Feb/12
skythra
Posted 12:02pm 18/2/12
the client is amazingly fast to download. Holy 3.20mb/s batman.
Fade2Black
Posted 01:22pm 18/2/12
Probably for the best that I didn't get one. I prefer never to play a beta so that I only see the released game.

I always avoided the test servers when I played wow for that reason.
Khel
Posted 01:46pm 18/2/12
Well it definitely feels like Diablo, and its lots of fun, but I have to say I'm pretty unimpressed by the graphics. Nothing to do with the colours or the style or anything like that, they just look kinda low quality and unimpressive. Stuff is quite low poly and when you zoom in, looks downright ugly at times. Expected more from a game in 2012, it looks like a game from 3 or 4 years ago, but I guess in that way its carrying on the tradition from D2.
skythra
Posted 01:59pm 18/2/12
haha i was half way through reading that and i wanted to just reply with "That was the first problem i had with diablo2" but guess you already made that joke :P
Morax
Posted 02:52pm 18/2/12
What are your battl.net gamer tags? There's a couple of achievements which will be annoying to complete with randoms (ie. resurrect one of each class). Would be cool to have an AGN group to complete them..

Mine's Morax#1684
paveway
Posted 03:32pm 18/2/12
paveway #1444
DM
Posted 03:49pm 18/2/12
I don't know what's going on but playing the beta is nearly impossible for me. Random freezes for a second or 2. usually when I'm casting a spell and my ping stays around 230 for the first minute then drops to anywhere from 500 to 1200+ which results in tons of rubberbanding and being impossible to play. From what little i've been able to play it will be tons of fun but I sure won't be playing online. At least for me their claims of lag free online play is BS.

Also the hell is up with that 1 minute cooldown if you change your skill set outside of town?
Reverend Evil™
Posted 04:02pm 18/2/12
Probably for the best that I didn't get one. I prefer never to play a beta so that I only see the released game

Yeah, I'm like that too. I don't see the big fascination with beta testing something when you know you'll be playing the full game when it comes out. Sorta ruins it.
DM
Posted 04:13pm 18/2/12
Ok fixed the lag issue. For anyone else do this.

Go into your D3 folder and remove the MPQ directory and put it somewhere else. Load up the launcher and then turn OFF p2p downloading. Quit the launcher and move the mpq directory back how it was. For some reason it turns on p2p while you play if you leave this option on and totally clogs up your upload. Stupid friggen thing. Solid 250ms now so...

Serimorph #1604
Stephen
Posted 04:13pm 18/2/12
DM, I had the same problem. I realise that it was because I was playing D3 when the launcher said it was "Playable" it really isn't. When it's fully downloaded it should work no problem, otherwise I don't really know.
Morax
Posted 04:34pm 18/2/12
Paveway, it gives me an error when I try to send a friend request to your gamer tag.. You sure it's right?
paveway
Posted 04:39pm 18/2/12
yeah something is up with it, i couldnt get others to work either

added somoene that has had the beta since forever and his worked though
Morax
Posted 04:46pm 18/2/12
DM's worked for me no problem.. Try adding me?
Khel
Posted 04:59pm 18/2/12
Also the hell is up with that 1 minute cooldown if you change your skill set outside of town?


Cos people were playing with the skill window open all the time and changing skills mid-fight, and they didn't want the game being played that way.

Also mine is Khel#1892

Dunno if its case sensitive, but I used a capital K
paveway
Posted 05:16pm 18/2/12
morax yours didnt work for me either

khel yours did
Morax
Posted 05:27pm 18/2/12
khel's worked for me too... once he accepts, let's see if we can get the 4 of us into one game
Hogfather
Posted 05:49pm 18/2/12
Hogfather#1995
d^
Posted 06:06pm 18/2/12
Man I wish I had a key.
Scooter
Posted 06:17pm 18/2/12
Equivocator#1472
paveway
Posted 06:20pm 18/2/12
where is this option to turn off p2p downloading ?
Timmeh
Posted 06:45pm 18/2/12
Timmeh #1843
Scooter
Posted 06:53pm 18/2/12
Top left of the download panel, under Download Preferences.
trog
Posted 06:55pm 18/2/12
I think the next keys will be tied to achievements or something like that so noobs can't get them. So if you missed out and you're a long-standing member, we'll try to make sure you get one in the next batch.
jackflash
Posted 07:04pm 18/2/12
...what does long standing entail. :D
tHeBoRg
Posted 07:05pm 18/2/12
I would love a key if possible missed out by a few minutes last night...
Jayman
Posted 07:09pm 18/2/12
...what does long standing entail. :D


Yea! I've been a around for 10 years or something and went to the first lans at the school near Moorooka but don't post that often.
paveway
Posted 07:24pm 18/2/12

Top left of the download panel, under Download Preferences


my game is completely installed and ive been playing it

i cant open the download launcher, it just starts the game as normal when i do..
reload!
Posted 08:00pm 18/2/12
pox
TicMan
Posted 08:17pm 18/2/12
Has anything changed since the beta from a few months ago? I finished Act 1 and got bored pretty quickly with it after that :|
d^
Posted 09:17pm 18/2/12
I think the next keys will be tied to achievements or something like that so noobs can't get them. So if you missed out and you're a long-standing member, we'll try to make sure you get one in the next batch.


Thanks heaps Trog and the rest of the AG crew, you guys are the tits!
Damo
Posted 10:14pm 18/2/12
BOO!!

You finish the beta but you can't get back to tristam..

Will play through with all the characters to test out their style of playing.

last edited by Damo at 22:14:30 18/Feb/12
paveway
Posted 10:14pm 18/2/12
it takes like 5 seconds to fight your way to the gate..
Hogfather
Posted 10:20pm 18/2/12
BOO!!

You finish the beta but you can't get back to tristam..

Can't town portal?!
Khel
Posted 10:26pm 18/2/12
Has anything changed since the beta from a few months ago?


I think theres a new skill system or something? Or they changed how skills worked? Or did that happen months ago, I dunno, I just know they were talking about it at Blizzcon, and the game got delayed recently cos they were reworking a whole bunch of shit.
Damo
Posted 10:30pm 18/2/12
Hog, never bought one.. ahaha
Reverend Evil™
Posted 10:51pm 18/2/12
If anyone deserves a key, it's me. I just worked out I've spent around $3409.99 on WoW and Blizzard merchandise since I started playing back in 05. To check out how much you've spent. Log into you're battlenet account and check out the purchase history.

Also, I don't wan't a Diablo key.

8-)
paveway
Posted 11:23pm 18/2/12
Hog, never bought one.. ahaha


thats because you dont buy town portal it is given to you when you beat the guy that guards the crown

it is the little button with the blue elipse shape on it next to the health potion and the buttons to go into inventory etc down the bottom

last edited by paveway at 23:23:42 18/Feb/12
TNF
Posted 11:29pm 18/2/12
This is actually something that has aggravated me. WoW is not Diablo. I could rant on but I'll leave it at that...
Hogfather
Posted 11:49pm 18/2/12
This is actually something that has aggravated me. WoW is not Diablo. I could rant on but I'll leave it at that...

Feel free to actually make your point first.
arkter
Posted 11:57pm 18/2/12
Feel free to actually make your point first.

And quote sources.

Or else.

:P
Hogfather
Posted 11:58pm 18/2/12
That joke may actually have been funny the first few times!
Tepid
Posted 12:47am 19/2/12
in this thread: mad.
WirlWind
Posted 02:27am 19/2/12
The funny thing is all the people who get a key are gonna log in, play for an hour and then go "Uh, is that it?"
Mordecai
Posted 05:57am 19/2/12
my game is completely installed and ive been playing it

i cant open the download launcher, it just starts the game as normal when i do..

Paveway - alt tab out of the game and make sure the game isn't asking for permission to do something from your firewall.

This happened to me and it was for that reason.
IVY_MiKe
Posted 09:21am 19/2/12
Steve/Trog, any suggestion as to how you'll manage 'D3 Beta Key release, wave 2'?

/blizzard fanboi (but avid WOW avoider) signing in
m3nt4l
Posted 09:28am 19/2/12
The keys will be laser etched onto little grains of rice which will then be bleached with pink food colouring. These grains of rice will then be mixed into a 6 foot barrel of garden variety earth worms and those seeking the cdkeys will be required to dig through the barrel using naught but their mouths. To add a degree of difficulty the cdkeys do not fit onto one grain of rice so two will be required, matching the two grains that belong together will cause great frustration but the reward when one is finally able to begin the download of the beta will be huge.
Nathan
Posted 09:29am 19/2/12
The funny thing is all the people who get a key are gonna log in, play for an hour and then go "Uh, is that it?"
And the game will crash or just not work on a few people's PC's, and Blizzard will get the data they need to ensure the game works on as many PC's as possible at launch.
paveway
Posted 11:39am 19/2/12
i dont actually have any lag issues, my ping sits at like 200 which im assuming is good because the little bar is green
Thundercracker
Posted 01:54pm 19/2/12
200 is about as good as you will get, and its pretty playable.

I found it only became annoying when it was > 400 or so.
Creepy
Posted 01:59pm 19/2/12
You may find the pings will improve once the game is done, given you'll be on a server in the many datacenters. My ping to the server is 20ms more than WoW (in Arizona), and about 35ms more to the LA datacenter.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 02:04pm 19/2/12
I played this last night and found it quite good. Very, very smooth. I haven't played multiplayer yet and the servers are down at the moment :(
casa
Posted 02:11pm 19/2/12
I wonder how many keys were given away to tards who don't even frequent this forum :|
Cal
Posted 02:11pm 19/2/12
AHhhhhhhhh damn it!

The one day I dont check ausgamers....my just desserts...

Hoping there is another batch!
griffiths
Posted 03:15pm 19/2/12
<<< SAD panda i missed out.
59fifty
Posted 04:44pm 19/2/12
Yup Casa!

Were there any rumors of an Aus instance for D3 online - or USA only?
Jabroney
Posted 04:51pm 19/2/12
i go away to moreton island for the weekend and this is what happens!

This is MADNESS!!

btw, here's to hoping the next batch is for those with >1000posts (or whatever the number i have is)
Cemax
Posted 05:03pm 19/2/12
Seems I may not be the only one checking the forums even more than I already was.. Very eager to hear if there is more invites available
andy
Posted 05:16pm 19/2/12
thanks ausgamers, been waiting to try this game out for a long time. Loving the demo, will definitely buy it at launch.
IVY_MiKe
Posted 05:17pm 19/2/12
ease up Casa and 59fitty.

Read the comments, The admins are addressing that as they need to.

Having read what was going on over at Gamearena posts it looks like Blizzard will be releasing more over the next 2-3 weeks.

Here's hoping that the kind folks here at AG/QGL have sacrificed enough lambs/virgins/n00bs
DM
Posted 05:29pm 19/2/12
Aww, new update just wiped all characters and achivements.

EDIT - Kick fucking arse. Rune system is open for testing and unlocks at Lv 6.

last edited by DM at 17:29:41 19/Feb/12
Morax
Posted 05:39pm 19/2/12
DM, are you in game or just reading it on forums?
DM
Posted 05:41pm 19/2/12
Reading that in the patch notes on launcher. About to load up and give it a whirl
Space Ninja
Posted 05:46pm 19/2/12
is anybody else able to log in right now?
DM
Posted 05:47pm 19/2/12
Nope server still down for maint it seems. Wonder how much longer.
Morax
Posted 06:00pm 19/2/12
11pm PST is like... Now. Should be back any second


EDIT: Seems they've updated the message and are now saying 12am PST
DM
Posted 06:00pm 19/2/12
New settings which you can limit your background/forground fps via a slider. Can't really see what use that would be but I guess it's a new feature some may like.
Space Ninja
Posted 06:54pm 19/2/12
I just keep getting an invalid username/password error. Lame.
Raven
Posted 07:24pm 19/2/12
Errr... what happened here?
qmass
Posted 07:33pm 19/2/12
time morphed into a 24hour format?
trog
Posted 07:34pm 19/2/12
sometimes it takes me more than one minute to write a sentence :(
Khel
Posted 07:50pm 19/2/12
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/4475014/Skill_and_Rune_Changes-2_15_2012

Big writeup about the new changes to the skill system and rune system that are being introduced with the patch.
DM
Posted 08:17pm 19/2/12
I don't like the new way the skill menu is represented. Kind of confusing to have to go into specific sections of menus to see ones you can assign. Servers down again already for who knows how long.
Morax
Posted 08:26pm 19/2/12
I still can't even get in :\
DM
Posted 08:33pm 19/2/12
Oh, they also wiped friends lists. Why? .... Hey look over there *runs off*
casa
Posted 09:20pm 19/2/12
Can you fags just pm me a key? I want to try it out but don't have the time to refresh a forum full of trolling fagots (like me).
Morax
Posted 09:39pm 19/2/12
Is anyone able to login? I'm still getting the username/password error
m3nt4l
Posted 09:40pm 19/2/12
Nope, was looking forward to having a bash once the kids were in bed.
DM
Posted 10:07pm 19/2/12
I'm in, have been for awhile
Morax
Posted 10:10pm 19/2/12
Ugh I wanna try the new stuff :\
Creepy
Posted 07:14am 20/2/12
How fortuitous, tomorrow is a public holiday.
m3nt4l
Posted 07:57am 20/2/12
It still wont let me in!
TiT
Posted 10:38am 20/2/12
dam me having a busy weekend no cdkey for me :(
blah
Posted 12:24pm 20/2/12
release some moar keys please.
TiT
Posted 12:32pm 20/2/12
anyone with more then 1000posts should get preference in the second batch :)
qmass
Posted 12:33pm 20/2/12
more like 10 000
arc
Posted 01:41pm 20/2/12
more keys! gimmie
Stephen
Posted 02:39pm 20/2/12
I'm not sure this whole, "1000 posts or more get priority" thing is fair, even if y'all are jokin'. I don't know how many posts I have, but it's probably less than 10! But I have been visiting this website like.. everyday or whatever to keep up with the gamin' news for a long time, I'd hate to not be entitled to a key just because I'm a lurker.
Sc00bs
Posted 02:42pm 20/2/12
paveway
Posted 02:55pm 20/2/12
y'all be shit out of luck either way matey as trog said it will probably be achievement based next time

lurking adds nothing to the forum or community

just another noob
eski
Posted 03:06pm 20/2/12
If you give a shit about adding to the community then you should let all the newbs have keys. That'll get more folk through the door, instead of the same crusty old men arguing about bike paths and burkhas.
Scooter
Posted 03:11pm 20/2/12
You could be a lurker and download lots of videos/files etc. Lots of achievements that aren't forum based.
The people saying '1000 posts' etc are people that want a key so are obviously keen to have the requirement tipped in their favour.
DM
Posted 04:10pm 20/2/12
I'm sure some of you could work it out already but just incase...

Spoiler:
Leah is the daughter of the warrior in Diablo 1. Which means I suppose all those times we went to Adria for potions we were getting some on the side as well and just never saw
.

This sure makes the return of diablo quite interesting since he is responsible for killing/inhabitting him.

last edited by DM at 16:10:45 20/Feb/12
paveway
Posted 04:51pm 20/2/12
lol eski because so many of the influx of people that joined last friday arvo after it was announced have all started contributing (apart from whining about wanting a cd key)

eski
Posted 04:57pm 20/2/12
maybe if they whinged about politicians they would be more welcome?
Khel
Posted 04:57pm 20/2/12
Yeah, they said that at Blizzcon DM, I don't think its a secret, sif spoiler tags :P

Anyway, heres the bit from Blizzcon:

The Lore Panel at BlizzCon 2011 confirmed that the Warrior's name is Aidan. He is the older son of King Leoric and brother of the kidnapped son from Diablo I. Aidan returns to Tristram to find his brother after the failed war against Westmarch, only to find that his father and friend, Lachdanon, are both dead. It was also revealed that Aidan had a relationship with Adria the Witch. Their daughter is Leah, one of the principle characters in Diablo III. Deckard Cain is Leah's adopted Uncle, and so has no blood relation to the Warrior or Adria.
ravn0s
Posted 05:00pm 20/2/12
just wondering, is co-op enabled in the beta?
Hogfather
Posted 05:02pm 20/2/12
just wondering, is co-op enabled in the beta?

yarrr
DM
Posted 05:37pm 20/2/12
I didn't know they confirmed that khel so I just wanted to hide it case anyone else like me didn't know. Also only found out a couple of months ago that Blood Raven and the Summoner from D2 were the other 2 classes in D1. I love how they did that. Wonder if we'll see the 5 classes from D2 in here.
kappa
Posted 05:41pm 20/2/12
Beta key pleeeease :(
Khel
Posted 05:52pm 20/2/12
Yeah, I only remembered they talked about it at Blizzcon because they were talking about how it upset some people that they had given the D1 warrior an identity and kind of taken his story out of the hands of the players that played the first game and wrote a canonical version of the story instead. They were saying they've done that in a few places, but only so they could more fully realise the story for D3 and flesh out the world more, so I got no problem with that personally, even if it involves a few minor retcons.
DM
Posted 06:22pm 20/2/12
If there's 1 character i'd like to see return in D3 is Farnam the drunk. That guy was awesome and I used to feel really sorry for him when you'd talk to him about the butcher quest and he'd start freaking out and almost sound like he's crying because of how traumatic it was.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 07:08pm 20/2/12
315300 Error ftl

:(
Morax
Posted 07:16pm 20/2/12
Same Toll.. Beta forums has a lot of people complaining about the same thing. Seems Blizzard is on holidays and won't be back in the office to fix it for a while yet
DM
Posted 07:24pm 20/2/12
Found some legendary crafting mats. Go me. Now if there was only a way to craft a useable legendary item...

EDIT - Also runes kick fucking arse. Tried a barbarian out and not only did that class feel the most powerful with it's awesome, bonecrunching sound effects, but slotting a rune in the cleave ability made it like a lawnmower over grass. Same for sorcerer's shock pulse ability. The rune makes anyone killed by it blow up for 70% weapon damage within 10 yards. So with 1 death you can set off a chain reaction and slaughter everyone.

last edited by DM at 19:24:32 20/Feb/12
paveway
Posted 08:22pm 20/2/12
dont know about this new skill system

it is very constricting
DM
Posted 08:31pm 20/2/12
100% agree with that. it's nice they tried to set up catagories of abilities but I want the old system back. With the new witch doctor skill setup I can't rock my dogs/grasp/spiders combo anymore to do tons of damage. Hope they change it again because right now it's bareable but quite full of fail.
Khel
Posted 08:54pm 20/2/12
If you don't like it turn it off, go into options and set "Elective Mode"
paveway
Posted 09:16pm 20/2/12
FOR REALS?

also im liking that it is all a bit harder now
Eorl
Posted 09:35pm 20/2/12
Whelp, finished the beta. Felt quite lacking, but hey it's only the first 13 levels. Still, this new rune system and skill system is balls, plus no choice in attributes /= an RPG. There is really only gear that sets you aside from everyone else, and even then people will just craft random gear until they get the desired effects.

The skills are cool, I played Witch Doctor and Wizard, very combustion-y and the Witch Doctor was a heap of fun with the toad plague, was spamming it and annoying my friends. Overall though, Diablo III is a very streamlined, casual based ARPG, without the real RPG elements. Blizzard have made a nice game, but it lacks what Diablo really was. No scrolls of town portal or identify, I never once used a potion due to regen health or the orbs that drop on the ground. Skills are unlocked by level now and there is no skill tree or anything like that.

Attributes are all locked down to just stats on gear, so no changing there. Guess they wanted to eliminate the "oops screwed that character time to re-roll" from Diablo 1 and 2. However I think that's what made Diablo, and made everyone figure out different builds etc. This just feels like a faceroll in comparison, with no real thought put into what skills to use.

Everyone will eventually just use the same skills as I figured out while playing Witch Doctor. Never used the toads after I tried them once, due to how crap they were, as with the spiders. Just used the crypt of the dead or something that lays a AoE on the ground. Then I just used my default missile thing, and a fear with summoning dead dogs.

All in all, if this was a free game, would be perfect, due to how lacking customisation is besides gear. But to be paying for it, sure you'd get your moneys worth from the story, but you'd feel cheated due to how restrictive it is.

Also, my opinion. All of this.

Edit- Oh yeah the "elective" mode doesn't actually change anything. Just lets you set your mouse/keyboard shortcuts to spells outside of the categories. So say I can have my skill that is usually assigned to 1 to go to right mouse button.
casa
Posted 09:34pm 20/2/12
lols at the 1000+ post for more keys, when 99% of what everyone writes is shit.
paveway
Posted 09:35pm 20/2/12
didnt seem to do anything for me by enabling that khel
m3nt4l
Posted 10:45pm 20/2/12
I give up, Tollaz0r or Morax can you pm when error_315300 is fixed please.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 10:49pm 20/2/12
Mental, I'm trying 1 possible fix. Apparently the login can sometimes work from another computer. If you can get it to work, you copy that computers diable 3 cache file to your computer and it fixes it.

Works for some. I'm just freeing up room on the other puter for Diablo 3. I'll give it a shot and let you know in about 10 mins.


EdiT: It would have been done already but it turns out my external USB drive decided to pick tonight to throw in the towel on the partition so I've got the exciting job of data recovery to look forward to. I'm using a usb stick to copy Diablo 3 and it is USB 1.slow


last edited by Tollaz0r! at 22:49:14 20/Feb/12
m3nt4l
Posted 10:56pm 20/2/12
Yeah tried that, someone hosted the files as well, still no joy
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:03pm 20/2/12
Yer fark it didn't work.

O well, guess it is on their end.
Ryan
Posted 03:01am 21/2/12
I'm always checking AusGamers for new articles, etc... As soon as the greatest thing ever is a simple first in, best dressed scenario I miss it...
Chip
Posted 06:29am 21/2/12
I've been lurking on this site/forums for years and reading all the crap about crazy girlfriends and the little tiffs forum members have with each other (quite entertaining, lol), anyway I was sure I had a account but must have been with a old email address.

So heres to a new account and hanging out for the next batch of keys as I also lurk on the D3 forums most days listening to all their whining about all the changes that have been getting made during the beta.
Damo
Posted 09:05am 21/2/12
Any recommendations for mouse and keyboards for D3. Looking to get back into gaming a bit.

Currently looking at G15 or G510 and possibly Razer Naga or blackadder.
m3nt4l
Posted 09:13am 21/2/12
Diablo...Keyboard??!?

What is this? As for mouse, anything that fits comfortably in your hand and has strong buttons.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:14am 21/2/12
Raging, I have a day off and the beta doesn't work for me with no signs that Blizzard are going to fix it any time soon.
Eorl
Posted 09:29am 21/2/12
I've got the G510 keyboard, and I did have a CoolerMaster Sentinel Advance, but switched with a friend for the Steelseries Catclysm Mouse and holy crap is it awesome.
Damo
Posted 09:47am 21/2/12
Eorl, what's your thoughts on the G510?
Khel
Posted 10:44am 21/2/12
Still, this new rune system and skill system is balls, plus no choice in attributes /= an RPG.


Well, firstly, I don't think Diablo has ever pretended to be an RPG, its a dungeon-crawling hack and slash game. But what exactly don't people like about the skills and runes? I keep seeing people complain about it, but the complaints only ever seem to amount to "this sucks", so can someone expand upon that? I'm genuinely interested, cos I quite like the skills and runes system, feels like it has a lot more freedom than D2 did with being able to swap new skills in and out at will, and now with the runes being part of the skill system instead of loot drops that you have to collect and fill your bag up with, it should make for many, many more options of skill/rune combinations later in the game.

People whinged when WoW simplified its talents as well, complaining that it took away choice and freedom, but it was only ever false freedom anyway because there was always the best builds or cookie cutter builds that would get used anyway, and if you deviated from that you'd just be gimped compared to other characters. So all that so called freedom offered was the opportunity to trap new players into gimping their characters and enjoying the game less. People talk about experimentation and finding the best builds, but thats bullshit, that doesn't happen. What happens is you either go online and read a website that tells you where to put your points, or you fuck it up and gimp your character THEN go online and read a website that tells you where to put your points.

Putting points into your abilities as you levelled up wasn't really choice in D2 and wasn't really freedom since there was always right places to put them and wrong places to put them, and if you didn't put them in the right place then you'd end up with a sub-par character. So it just became a mechanical process of clicking the most optimal button each level to put the ability points in the most optimal place, all they've done is removed the need for you to do that manually and its now done automatically behind the scenes.

All the stuff I see people whinging about, is stuff I'm happy to see gone. Carrying around town portal scrolls and identify scrolls was just a chore, so I'm happy to see those gone. Chugging potions was lame gameplay, so I'm happy to see it made more dynamic with the orbs, and more strategic with the cooldown on pots (as well as pots stacking so my inventory doesn't end up full of them). Skill trees were in the same category of fake freedom/choice as the ability points, since there was always optimal builds that people would just use anyway, and skills were still unlocked by level its just you had to spend points to get them or make them better as you levelled up. Now you don't have to spend points to get them, you just get them as you level, and you don't have to spend points to make them better because they just get better as you level, but you're still able to make a tonne of different builds and when you factor in runes, I would imagine many more different builds than you ever could in D2.

Everyone will eventually just use the same skills as I figured out while playing Witch Doctor. Never used the toads after I tried them once, due to how crap they were, as with the spiders. Just used the crypt of the dead or something that lays a AoE on the ground. Then I just used my default missile thing, and a fear with summoning dead dogs.


You don't have all the other runes yet though that you will learn on the way to level 60, who knows how that could change your abilities, or even what other abilities you will learn as you go that may synergise well with toads or spiders, or other abilities that you learn that when runed will work well with a runed version of toads, etc, etc. You can't make statements about a certain ability being useless when you're only looking at a tiny slice of the pie.


if tl;dr then in summary, D3 is exactly what I wanted and expected from the evolution of the Diablo brand, and imo it seems like a lot of the whinging is from people who are looking back with rose coloured glasses and just want D2 reskinned.
Khel
Posted 10:42am 21/2/12
didnt seem to do anything for me by enabling that khel


Its sposed to let you put any skill in any slot, I thought thats what people were complaining about cos thats what changed in the latest patch, but maybe I was wrong. Or maybe its not working.
Eorl
Posted 11:58am 21/2/12
Eorl, what's your thoughts on the G510?

Great keyboard, very responsive, a good amount of macros keys, has media keys and volume control on the keyboard, I've got a few apps for the screen (teamspeak, coretemp, media viewer) and it's just a really good keyboard.

Khel, I know it's never been a full RPG, and I shouldn't have really said that part, but still, it's elements of a RPG, i.e the skill choosing that Diablo 1 and 2 had is pretty much non-existent now. Everyone gets the same skills in each class, so there is no real difference now. I know that there were cookie cutter builds in D1 and D2, but the choices were still there, so you could always be different to another Barbarian.

This new system doesn't suck, it's quite nice to be able to switch on the fly, but from what I got out of the beta, the choice is pretty simple, especially with Witch Doctor's runes. I don't think I'd be switching from the very first rune for a few of my skills, and the incentive is really just in levelling now, which I really hate.

So the choices are now restricted to having to level up to see everything, instead of the old system where collection of runes, albeit annoying at times, made you go and explore. I don't know, to me it just feels to restricted into "do this build because it's really the only thing you can do because your only level 17".

This game is great, don't get me wrong, it's just some of these choices feel to me, that they are simplifying things for no real reason other then to try and be different. I know it's only beta and we only got to level 13, but then again, maybe I am being all rose-tinted.
Hogfather
Posted 12:01pm 21/2/12
Have you tried elective mode Eorl?

(I haven't yet and agree that its a bit constricting)
Khel
Posted 12:12pm 21/2/12
Yeah, but how many choices did you really have at level 13 or level 17 in d2, and how many of those choices were actually viable? I still think you'll see wildly different builds within the classes when you consider how many skill/rune combinations there are and the fact you can only be using six of them at any one time (plus the three passives). Swapping your skills around to make a new build isn't really any different in concept than respeccing and spending your points in a different way in D2, they've just cut out all the clicking you have to do to get there.

I guess I can see how some people who were massive fans of D2 might not want things to change, the same way some people couldn't get over the fact that Fallout 3 didn't play like Fallout 2, but personally I think its an improvement and a step forward. The way I look at it is you get the same end result (a customised build made out of 9 or so different active and passive skills), with many more options than D2 had for different skills (when you factor in runes), with none of the time-wasting, un-necessary micro-management shit. Diablo for me has always been about the dungeon crawling and the loot and the fucking up of shit, so anything that minimises the annoying bits and maximises the opportunity to fuck things up and rape them for loot has my support.
Hogfather
Posted 12:14pm 21/2/12
^
Yeh I agree, but I don't like the (apparent) idea that you can only choose certain skills in combination, ie some skills you can't have active at the same time as others.
Eorl
Posted 12:18pm 21/2/12
I have tried the elective mode, all it does is just let you assign abilities to whatever keys you want, instead of scripted primary/secondary etc.

Maybe with more playthroughs I'll get use to it, but hopefully it doesn't just turn into level grinding just to get a certain ability/rune to make your character feel better. Other then the skill/rune system, I've enjoyed everything else immensely, especially the blacksmithing part.
Hogfather
Posted 12:37pm 21/2/12
I have tried the elective mode, all it does is just let you assign abilities to whatever keys you want, instead of scripted primary/secondary etc.

Confused a little by this - does it mean that you can activate any combination of skills (to your active skill cap) or not?

Before B13 you could activate up to X number of skills, and you could choose any of your unlocked skills to make up the X. Does elective mode not provide this ability?
Khel
Posted 01:12pm 21/2/12
Yeah, thats what elective mode does, it essentially lets you pick skills like you could pre-patch.
Hogfather
Posted 01:22pm 21/2/12
Eh then I have no problem with it at all.

The skill limitation thing is really just a refinement of the old D2 system when you think about it.

I much, much, much prefer it to adding 12 points to fireball or chain lightning. You could only have a handful of truly useful offensive skills at any time anyway.
paveway
Posted 01:29pm 21/2/12
Carrying around town portal scrolls and identify scrolls was just a chore,


fuck oath, added absolutely nothing to do the game

i agree mostly with what khel said, i loved the skill system before the latest patch in this beta.

this new system basically removes the skill tree/point whoring until you reached a certain level crap that you did in diablo 2 so you could get that certain build

i don't like how they have compartmentalised the skills with this brand new system in this latest patch, i was constantly swapping skills between keys and mouse buttons before trying out new combos and shiz i don't want the skills that are locked away to the number 1 spot to be only used with that button.

maybe it is a way of equalising the characters somewhat, either way it is fairly lame and i doubt it will last

i always made the same necro in diablo 2 that suited what i wanted. you can do that now without all the fluff

Yeah, thats what elective mode does, it essentially lets you pick skills like you could pre-patch.


i ticked that last night and it didn't do anything, maybe i had to restart the game or something?

last edited by paveway at 13:29:44 21/Feb/12
d^
Posted 01:33pm 21/2/12
Does the game have a respec option for skills?
Eorl
Posted 01:44pm 21/2/12
Does the game have a respec option for skills?

No, there is essentially no skill points, you unlock skills at levels, think World of Warcraft.
Hogfather
Posted 01:45pm 21/2/12
Does the game have a respec option for skills?

At any time you can change skills, there's just a 30s (?) cooldown on the new active skill.
No, there is essentially no skill points, you unlock skills at levels, think World of Warcraft.

Well that's done it.

Its really not a lot like WoW ><
d^
Posted 01:48pm 21/2/12
Thanks Eorl and Hoggy. Seems interesting, so no more skill points per se? Which correct me if I'm wrong means you can unlock everything with a single character of the specific class?
Khel
Posted 01:51pm 21/2/12
i ticked that last night and it didn't do anything, maybe i had to restart the game or something?


Ah, not sure then, thats what its *supposed* to do, but tbh I haven't tried it myself yet, I was just going by what the Diablo 3 developer guy posted in his update. Maybe its bugged or not working (or yeah, maybe it requires a restart).

Which correct me if I'm wrong means you can unlock everything with a single character of the specific class?


But you can only have a limited number of them slotted at any one time. So you only have six slots for active skills and 3 slots for passive skills, and thats where your "build" comes from, choosing which combination of skills you'll have active. Then you can slot runes into the skills, which change the skill, so each skill can potentially be 4 or 5 different skills (some change more than others).
paveway
Posted 02:01pm 21/2/12
Which correct me if I'm wrong means you can unlock everything with a single character of the specific class?


yep

it's really awesome tbh, it just opens everything up and you can play whatever style you want with a character

you will find what combo of skills you prefer to use pretty easily
defi
Posted 02:13pm 21/2/12
I have finished it on 2 characters now. I love it.

There is just enough D2 style in it, with enough of the decent WOW elements.

All my performance issues are over now (Let the download complete before playing), and the game runs really well. I get a little annoyed at some of the jaggies on the edges of the characters (Even with forced AA and V sync) but then I load D2 up and remember the shit back then and how fun it was.

The skills system is great and I really think with runes, passives etc we will be able to customize our characters with exactly how we like to play. Meanwhile that is without even thinking about gear that may add to skills Ie. D2 runewords etc.

The first level has felt a little bit linear, but I am sure that will open up. I kind of like how it doesn't load you up with 10 + quests at once. Dialogue is great and easily skipped without loosing anything. Cut scenes are kind of a bit dodgey, (Deckard Cain vs Skeleton King - Boring) but it doesnt really mean anything.

Heals - zomg, if anything was missing from D2 it was heals. (Paladins - Holy shock doesnt count). My monk has heals and I loose fuck all DPS while topping the group. I think with heals it will let the encounters be much more strategic with positioning a vital part.

Going to try witch doctor tonight.
DM
Posted 02:23pm 21/2/12
Ok elective mode does indeed solve the issue of skill combinations but the UI they use for the whole thing is still just bad. Out of all the classes though the barbarian is the quickest to appear powerful. His level 1 skill Bash sends people skidding across the ground. Soon as you unlock cleave it gets even better with people flying all over the place when you crit. Also the demon hunter ability Strafe is quite funny since you spin around like the tasmanian devil shooting arrows at things. Also lol @ the person on my friends list (won't show me their name) saying they've been offline for 365,000+ hours.

EDIT - Oh and while I do like the idea of some random layouts for maps and some not, I just wish things were a bit darker, like when you first drop into tristiam church. Should play with gamma a bit to make it less light showy.


last edited by DM at 14:23:32 21/Feb/12
paveway
Posted 02:21pm 21/2/12
the witch doctor is fucking awesome ^

i played through with him first up because he was the character i had picked out ages ago as the one i would probably use most and he fucking kicks ass

started a barb last night, not bad - typical barb/warrior style of play that has never interested me right from Diablo 1

i also started a demon hunter last night before it stopped letting me play with him for some reason, not sure about it i would need to see more of the skills - duel weilding crossbows is pretty badass though

unfortunately i've only been able to play the barb/demon hunter with the new crippled (imo) skill system
DM
Posted 02:24pm 21/2/12
Yeah I love the doc too. His grasp of the dead/jar spiders/zombie dog/poison dart combo is amazingly strong but mana intensive. Can destroy even the skeleton king.
Khel
Posted 02:50pm 21/2/12
I was intending on playing a sorceror, so that was the first class I played, pretty fun but pretty much what I expected. Then I tried a monk though and I'm loving that, may actually end up being what I play on release now.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 03:14pm 21/2/12
313500 error is awesome!
casa
Posted 03:16pm 21/2/12
There is just enough D2 style in it, with enough of the decent WOW elements.

See, this just fucks me off. Why is there ANY WOW elements in it at all? It's Diablo. Not Warcraft.

I know I haven't played this yet and spewing that I didn't get in on the first round of invites, though from the screenies + videos + comments in here - to me it just looks like a severely dumbed down diablo clone which lacks atmosphere due to the wow cartoon engine.

Someone please tell me I'm wrong and I need to play it to think otherwise.
Keato
Posted 03:20pm 21/2/12
See, this just fucks me off. Why is there ANY WOW elements in it at all? It's Diablo. Not Warcraft.


Why, its all made by the same people.

Sorry for posting, don't get Fucks off at me.
DM
Posted 03:26pm 21/2/12
Game is suddenly asking me to create a battletag even though I clearly have one, and sometimes gives me a 30158 error or something like that. The fuck?
defi
Posted 03:35pm 21/2/12
See, this just fucks me off. Why is there ANY WOW elements in it at all? It's Diablo. Not Warcraft.
Casa, by WOW elements I was referring to elements all RPG's have these days that are fantasy themed. I mean your crafting / auction house / currency systems that Diablo 3 was always going to need, as it basically has to compete with MMORPG's.

Back in D2 we used SOJ and runes as currency which was fun, but I think a universal currency works a lot better. They have also streamlined the skill system so it kind of is like WOW where u learn skills as you level up, but the way you use them is completely different.

Im sure you will be more that happy once you play it.
Damo
Posted 03:37pm 21/2/12
Keato, just because it's made by the same people doesn't mean they should cross-breed their games.

The same thing happens in music bands. ie. Corey Taylor(slipknot/stone sour).

Two completely different bands but once Stone sour came out he took too much of the Stone sour style of music and implemented it into Slipknot. Slipknot is the band that he is able to scream his lungs out while SS is he way of singing more.

WOW = cartoon
Diablo = Dark/Gothic
defi
Posted 03:46pm 21/2/12
Diablo has never been about the latest graphics or style of graphics. They only released 800 x 600 resolution in D2 exp! Its about killing and looting. I think I am gunna miss the mad scramble with 8 other players trying to loot the 1 corpse.

DM
Posted 03:56pm 21/2/12
EDIT - NM went over my head what you tried to say with the whole mad scramble thing.

I think the game looks like it was set in darkshire which I don't exactly agree with but we've only seen a fraction of even the first area. Main areas they need to tone down the colour in is the underground levels like the church. If you are lucky enough to get the Underground Cave entrance in 1 of your games that is an interesting area to see. Not only are there 2 levels that end with a bright arse gold chest, but you also see some monsters you don't see anywhere else in the beta.

last edited by DM at 15:56:46 21/Feb/12
defi
Posted 03:57pm 21/2/12
Yer i knew that DM, thats what I mean I think I will miss it. It was kind of exciting trying for loot.

DM
Posted 04:16pm 21/2/12
Biggest issue I have in regards to the game being too colourful is the church levels. Why the crap are the bricks purple and it so bright? The caves and crypts are dark and creepy looking the way diablo should be, but purple churches?
Eorl
Posted 04:44pm 21/2/12
Khel
Posted 05:05pm 21/2/12
Which bricks in the church were purple? Do you mean the hole where the meteor/falling star thing crashed through? Cos those bits I would assume are colourful cos of the magical mystical voodoo of the big bad evil thing that smashed through the cathedral. Its like big bad mystical voodoo residue.
DM
Posted 05:31pm 21/2/12
When you first drop down into the cathedral everything is dark and gloomy. After a second the entire screen brightens and the whole area has a purple tone to it which makes everything look purple. The fallen star crater hole being blue doesn't bother me and actually looks pretty cool.

Dark and creepy looking
link

The fuck happened?
link

Can't change gamma settings in beta either (seriously? why the crap?) so can't tell if a simple brightness change will fix my taste.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 05:33pm 21/2/12
At least you can play it, I'm still getting the stupid 315300 error.
d^
Posted 06:26pm 21/2/12
At least you have a key. Hahaha sorry I had to.
paveway
Posted 08:36pm 21/2/12
i worked out the elective mode

it still looks exactly the same but when you click a skill slot there are arrows up the top and you can scroll across the different classes of skills and assign any of them to that spot
Reverend
Posted 10:29pm 21/2/12
Next lot of keys should be for QGL lanners IMHO ))
kappa
Posted 10:36pm 21/2/12
Next lot of keys should be for QGL lanners IMHO ))

Yes!
ChipGore
Posted 08:15am 22/2/12
^Or for actual fans of the series who will play the shit out of the beta and enjoy every minute of it without complaining?
Scooter
Posted 09:00am 22/2/12
The point of the beta isn't to say "OMG BLIZZARD PLEASE SHOVE YOUR COCK UP MY ASS I LOVE YOU SO MUCH"
it's to find bugs, faults and annoyances. So that they can be fixed before it goes retail.

So if all you're going to do is play the shit out of it and love it to bits, you're the LAST person that should be given Beta access.
paveway
Posted 08:52am 22/2/12
not going to lie, pretty much love most of it :p

except this new skill system (which you can change) but it still looks gay and you have to scroll through to find skills rather than the nice little page showing all of them before the last patch
d^
Posted 09:19am 22/2/12
I've been glued to these forums for the past 3 days hoping to get in on some beta action.
trog
Posted 09:23am 22/2/12
The point of the beta isn't to say "OMG BLIZZARD PLEASE SHOVE YOUR COCK UP MY ASS I LOVE YOU SO MUCH"
it's to find bugs, faults and annoyances. So that they can be fixed before it goes retail.

So if all you're going to do is play the shit out of it and love it to bits, you're the LAST person that should be given Beta access.
concur

People playing the beta and bitching about problems is pretty much exactly the point of the beta!

For what its worth, I'd guess around 40-50% of the keys we gave out went to new signups. We don't care about new people signing up much - increasing our member base isn't that useful to us just as a number. What we DO care about is people participating in the ecosystem of the site - talking on the forum, meta-reviewing games in game reviews, all that sort of stuff.

So our regular users are valued more and thus we like to make sure they get first access to the GOOD STUFF.
Morax
Posted 09:36am 22/2/12
So our regular users are valued more and thus we like to make sure they get first access to the GOOD STUFF.

Does this include free access to Trog's abundant harem of ladies? Or did I miss the key giveaway for that? :(
ChipGore
Posted 11:09am 22/2/12
You guys obviously don't frequent the Diablo 3 forums.

Theres a difference between constructive criticism and whinging.

I honestly expected more from you guys.
Scooter
Posted 11:16am 22/2/12
Yeah, thats why they whinge here, then supply constructive stuff directly to Bliz.

I honestly expected more from you guys.


Wow, you really must be new here.
trog
Posted 11:20am 22/2/12
You guys obviously don't frequent the Diablo 3 forums.Theres a difference between constructive criticism and whinging.I honestly expected more from you guys.
Most of the comments are uniformly positive (at least, from people that can get it working at all) so I'm not really sure what's got your panties in a twist, other than the fact that you sound like you missed out on a key. We've said a billion times we'll have more keys - you WILL get more of a chance to get keys; there's a bunch of other Australian sites that are also doing key giveaways, so stay cool!
m3nt4l
Posted 11:25am 22/2/12
Listen to Trog he's the MFWIC.

Still getting error315300, would've expected some word as to what the problem may be by now.
arc
Posted 11:26am 22/2/12
Thanks trog, for putting me at the top of the list for the next batch of beta keys! Highfive?
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:40am 22/2/12
Yeah that has me worried a little mental.

There was a known issue update for 21/2/2012 and the 315300 error was not mentioned at all. There has been no comment from Blizzard about it.

I get that it is a beta and there are issues, the 315300 error is on of them, however the lack of acknowledgement about it is a tad concerning.

I went from a "I'm defiantly buying this" to "I'll wait and see" because of the lack of response (not the error itself, beta shit happens). If they don't respond to such a large issue now, will they respond when it goes live?
ChipGore
Posted 11:42am 22/2/12
Official forums are definently not positive and are full of a huge variety of complaints about a game that we have seen very little of.

I'm just more disappointed that people (on official forums) that have no idea about the Diablo franchise and the fact it's a beta ( a tiny tiny portion of the game) get to play the game and whinge that there's no customization and how linear it is or short it is considering we haven't seen 95% of the game.

Whatever
Hogfather
Posted 11:46am 22/2/12
The issue (very likely) won't be present when it goes live, this is Blizzard.

They've got a large number of new people who have joined the beta, the servers are being stress tested out the whazoo -- its been largely unavailable since B13, even if you can log in.

They likely just don't have the time (or inclination) to have a CM personally report on every issue they are tracking.
Eorl
Posted 11:56am 22/2/12
Official forums are definently not positive and are full of a huge variety of complaints about a game that we have seen very little of.I'm just more disappointed that people (on official forums) that have no idea about the Diablo franchise and the fact it's a beta ( a tiny tiny portion of the game) get to play the game and whinge that there's no customization and how linear it is or short it is considering we haven't seen 95% of the game.Whatever

Pretty sure you'll find a majority of those players who are on the Diablo 3 forums actually have played the previous titles, and are just vocalising their opinion. Just like how your giving us your opinion, everyone has the right to give data back, that's what a beta is for.
Creepy
Posted 12:13pm 22/2/12
I'd say that the lack of response is most likely due to the patch being dropped right ahead of a long weekend, and several of the CMs travelling over to Europe for CeBIT.

But people are never going to take that for an excuse, are they. :)

Oddly, I haven't had a single issue with the patch (coming up from beta 12).

I don't have a real issue with the change to runes (farming for runes was a total pain in the arse), or indeed the ever-increasing "it's ok if you fuck up your build" approach - it means you can spend more time killing and looting, and less time agonising over the expenditure of points, knowing that if you make a mistake you can switch back.

That said, the Skills/Runes UI changes are rather clunky, and the removal of the small skill change panels from Beta 12 is unfortunate. Plus, it appears that despite having Elective Mode, you cannot assign any ability to your mouse buttons (or even just plain old weapon use). No doubt these oversights will be restored for Beta 14.

The game still plays like Diablo. I'm just not sure what kind of game people were looking for...Diablo 2 with newer graphics?
ChipGore
Posted 12:17pm 22/2/12
No wonder I never posted on here.

And you wanted new members.
trog
Posted 12:24pm 22/2/12
No wonder I never posted on here.And you wanted new members.
you still haven't expressed your problem in a way that I can understand.
I'm just more disappointed that people (on official forums) that have no idea about the Diablo franchise and the fact it's a beta ( a tiny tiny portion of the game) get to play the game and whinge that there's no customization and how linear it is or short it is considering we haven't seen 95% of the game.
Are you just annoyed because everyone is not falling all over themselves talking about how great the game is? That is all I can get from the above quote.

Obviously you should just ignore people who don't understand what a beta is and their dumb comments like "omg the game is only 30 minutes long that sux!!!111oneone". They're clueless, and safe to ignore.

I haven't played the beta myself (I have PTSD from trying to play Doom while friends were playing Diablo near by and the clicking noises driving me to distraction), but if its anything like the SC2 beta I would say it is going to be broadly representative of the type of game D3 is shaping up to be. The positive comments I've read here are enough to make me think it is just going to be your typical, run of the mill, smash hit on PC.

So I wouldn't let a few negative nellies on the official forums spoil your day - if that is indeed your complaint...?
Eorl
Posted 12:25pm 22/2/12
No wonder I never posted on here.And you wanted new members.

It seems all you wanted was a beta key, and to project your opinions onto other people, without wanting any kind of discussion.

This beta is just that, a beta. You will get people arguing over details, complaining about certain things not working for them or changes being to drastic. That's what happens, it's just the way these things go. If you can't handle a bit of negative feedback on a game that you obviously enjoy and like a lot, then you are clearly in the wrong place, as these are forums, somewhere to discuss things.
paveway
Posted 12:26pm 22/2/12
stop posting then you fucking sook

creepy, the elective option does work it is just really unintuitive. When you click to change a skill there are arrows pointing either way at the top of the skill panel thing, you can scroll through all of the skills for each spot if you have elective mode on
Scooter
Posted 12:27pm 22/2/12
We don't care about new people signing up much - increasing our member base isn't that useful to us just as a number.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 12:29pm 22/2/12
I suspect the skill allocation UI will be changed as even before the patch it was clunky. From what I've seen/read I wouldn't find it any less clunky.
Creepy
Posted 12:35pm 22/2/12
Ah. Elective Mode is toggled per character, not overall.

That would explain why, after enabling it on one toon, the other didn't get the arrows (when trying to adjust a mouse setup, that was unchanged on the first character).

Tsk.
ChipGore
Posted 01:06pm 22/2/12
There is no discussion because you idiots don't see the facts because your heads are 2 far up your own asses to listen to a new member who has actually been around for several years.

I haven't stated any opinions only facts.

And as far as getting a key goes, yeah sure it would be great but I'm sure I'll enjoy playing at release alot more.

Trog
ChipGore
Posted 01:10pm 22/2/12
Damn phone

Yes Trog idiots getting into the beta

Like when they gave out 100,000 keys and the forum flooded with shit, guess that's what happens when their randomly given out.

You guys haven't been following the forums so wouldn't k ow instead just throw shit
Scooter
Posted 01:18pm 22/2/12
Your first post was whining about all the whining on the official forums.
Your second post was whining about all the whining on these forums.
Your third post was telling us what we do/don't do and that we're stupid.
Your fourth post was more whining about all the whining on the official forums. Saying people playing the beta don't know anything about the Diablo franchise.
Your fifth post was (seemingly) a complaint about these forums, then an incorrect statement.

Then your sixth post was telling us there is no discussion (amongst other people discussing the beta/changes), that we're all idiots, that you only have posted facts (HA!) and that you would enjoy the release more than the beta... which you're whining about other people being able to play.

And you think we have our heads up our asses?
Hogfather
Posted 01:17pm 22/2/12
There is no discussion because you idiots don't see the facts because your heads are 2 far up your own asses to listen to a new member who has actually been around for several years

LOL are you on the roids bra?!
paveway
Posted 01:18pm 22/2/12
i think he's just cranky that he doesn't have a beta key, and probably isn't likely to get one from here now after what trog said

u ok chip matey?
Eorl
Posted 01:20pm 22/2/12
There is no discussion because you idiots don't see the facts because your heads are 2 far up your own asses to listen to a new member who has actually been around for several years.I haven't stated any opinions only facts.And as far as getting a key goes, yeah sure it would be great but I'm sure I'll enjoy playing at release alot more.Trog

Haha, does my post about my opinion on the rune and skill change suddenly not mean discussion?
defi
Posted 01:22pm 22/2/12
Zomg maybe Queensland Gamers like the beta more than the rest of the Beta community....oh hang on, you wouldnt know Chip, ur not in the beta yet.
Khel
Posted 01:29pm 22/2/12
Discussion is what keeps this forum interesting, if there wasn't people to disagree with then I wouldn't have any excuse to write overly wordy opinionated rants!

Toughen up chip, just because someone on the internet disagrees with your opinion doesn't mean its the end of the world.
ChipGore
Posted 01:35pm 22/2/12
You guys can't read

First post wasn't a whinge

I said I haven't discussed anything because I'm 2 busy being attacked for making a simple comment.

All I've tried to say its that it's disappointing to see so many people in the beta complain about stupid shit ( official forums) and none of you seem to be able to handle that even though you don't frequent that forum.

Trog just delete my account and be done with it, no point being part of a forum that attack you at the most trivial comment then make out like I have the problem.
Hogfather
Posted 01:37pm 22/2/12
no point being part of a forum that attack you at the most trivial comment then make out like I have the problem.
You're the one screaming about idiots with heads up asses.

Read again, nobody is attacking you ... and you haven't been here anywhere near as long as you say if you really think they are.
d^
Posted 01:38pm 22/2/12
Alright that's enough lads, I can see this thread being nuked unless we tone it down.

Back onto the discussion, for the guys in the beta, how would you rate it?
Hogfather
Posted 01:40pm 22/2/12
Alright that's enough lads, I can see this thread being nuked unless we tone it down.

Then we'll make a new d3 beta thread? I can't see AGN banning the topic after giving out 125 keys, and I can't see a post that would warrant it anyway.
Scooter
Posted 01:51pm 22/2/12
Awesome taste of what's sure to be an awesome game.

I feel like there is going to be a lot of things added to this game that I wont really get into though. RL Auction and a Mass of different Achievements (which I'll never bother with) are two at the top of that list.

I think WD is overpowered at the moment, but that could change as characters (and mobs) level, but from playing though the beta I think it needs to be nerfed a little. (Loved playing it though.) I'm usually an up-close and personal player so I thought I would really enjoy Bard (as I have in other iterations of Diablo and other games) and while flinging guys accross the screen was great, the novilty wore off fairly quickly and I went back to mucking around on WD.

Haven't done much with the other characters yet, won't have time tonight to play them and heading away for the weekend... but I plan to make a run through with the Monk tomorrow night.

Overall at the moment... 7/10 Keeping in mind that this is a rating for the beta. If they fix the issues that some of the people are discussing here, and on the official forums, I think it could easly push 9/10 (Or in AusGamers speak, 9.8/10)

I can't see a post that would warrant it anyway.

I think d^ was talking about nuking any posts from, or in reply to, Chip. Not the entire thread.
Edit: Nope he said thread. Maybe posts was what he meant though.
paveway
Posted 01:58pm 22/2/12
i've found the beta harder since the latest patch just on the weekend, compared to when i was playing on friday night

more uniques and bigger mobs around, those guys that pop out of the walls and raise skeletons in the cathedral are harder

i have played the WD pre latest patch and the barb since patching, love the witch doctor and the barb is the barb, if you like the bashing type character there is no shortage of that on offer. i really like the fury system for the barb rather than mana

i think the whole thing we're missing that we'll see in later parts of the game when it gets harder is that the combat system is geared to be a lot faster paced than previous diablo games, the health globes that you pick up during combat give me that feeling as well as the fury system with the barb potentially lets you just keep swinging your fury generating skill and then smashing shit with your other skills continously.

i instantly noticed how fast the mana regenerates for the witch doctor, some skills i couldn't even get it to register on the mana ball because it regenerates so quickly

it is all geared for much bigger/harder groups of enemies that will balance out the health globes that drop, and you will find yourself hoping they drop so you don't die
Eorl
Posted 02:06pm 22/2/12
Alright that's enough lads, I can see this thread being nuked unless we tone it down.

Back onto the discussion, for the guys in the beta, how would you rate it?

It's a good game. Just they need to really pull their heads in and figure out where they want to be with the skills and runes. The new updates nice, and yeah it makes things simple, but maybe to simple. I don't feel like my choices have much action like D1 and D2 did, where choosing that skill was like OMG AWESOME. Now it's just "meh, have to get it anyway due to being tied into levelling".

I'll definitely be buying it, but probably cheap if I can. It's missing that feeling that Diablo 1 and 2 gave me, and that I found Torchlight re-ignited. Also the difficulty is pretty meh as well, though it is really just the starting area, and thus more tutorial like. Hopefully we can get more quests going then just one central one. Also found that having the 4 party doesn't really make it as difficult, in the Cathedral we split up and just went our own way exploring, and never once dipped my health.
Khel
Posted 02:06pm 22/2/12
All I've tried to say its that it's disappointing to see so many people in the beta complain about stupid shit ( official forums) and none of you seem to be able to handle that even though you don't frequent that forum.


Its funny that you immediately assume nobody here reads the official forums, but even that aside, there has been idiots that complain about stupid shit in betas for as long as public beta tests have existed. Don't need to read any forums to understand that, but I think what most people don't understand is why you take it so personally.
Khel
Posted 02:10pm 22/2/12
Also found that having the 4 party doesn't really make it as difficult, in the Cathedral we split up and just went our own way exploring, and never once dipped my health.


Yeah, I noticed that too. I haven't played any multiplayer games since the patch, but the few I played pre-patch, everyone just split up and went their own ways and nobody ever got in trouble. Got the message about the game getting harder as more people joined, but yeah, it didn't seem to be very significant.

I really hope that changes, I want the difficulty to ramp up to the point where if you go off by yourself, you're an idiot and you're as good as dead. I want them to really encourage working as a group.
Hogfather
Posted 02:21pm 22/2/12
Played in the last few patches and MP scaling feels a lot stronger -- in our 3 man games last night more blue, purple and yellow mobs seemed to spawn.
I really hope that changes, I want the difficulty to ramp up to the point where if you go off by yourself, you're an idiot and you're as good as dead. I want them to really encourage working as a group.

I'd reckon that this will be the case in the higher diff settings, I don't expect that at level 8 you'll get wtfsmashed by anything ever.
Eorl
Posted 02:31pm 22/2/12
I'd reckon that this will be the case in the higher diff settings, I don't expect that at level 8 you'll get wtfsmashed by anything ever.

I can understand that, and I guess that's why I'm hoping they either extend the beta area, or at least give us harder difficulties for the beta. I actually was under the assumption as soon as you finish a questline you can change difficulties, but that might be having to finish the act?
Creepy
Posted 02:33pm 22/2/12
I miss disintegrate. :(
paveway
Posted 02:42pm 22/2/12
wouldn't it be when you finish the game you can then change to up to the next difficulty? as per usual

there is no way a level 13 character is going to survive full blow nightmare mode

you're getting ahead of yourself i think
Eorl
Posted 02:52pm 22/2/12
wouldn't it be when you finish the game you can then change to up to the next difficulty? as per usual

there is no way a level 13 character is going to survive full blow nightmare mode

you're getting ahead of yourself i think

I know that in Diablo 1 and 2 you had to finish the entire game before re-playing on a higher difficulty, but from the user interface when choosing a character and quest line, it led me to believe it was changed.
DM
Posted 02:54pm 22/2/12
I'd love it if they unlocked the hardest difficulty mode and let us make like lv 80 characters or something. Sure we'd see all the skills but would also let us test out how hard the game really is since outside of dying specifically for the "revive all 5 classes" achivement i've not died a single time. Even went AFK while in the middle of a fight as witch doc and my dogs killed everything.
paveway
Posted 10:19pm 22/2/12
you wouldnt be able to get enough exp from that first bit of that first act even on the highest difficulty to get to level 80 or whatever

they would have to set some intermediate thing so you could keep leveling at a similar rate and yeah it would be completely stupid really

because you couldnt finish that first bit then flick it straight onto the next difficulty because youre usually level 30ish by the time you get back to act 1 in nightmare

just sounds like whinging about a beta test really `oh hurrr its only 30 mins long`
Eorl
Posted 10:24pm 22/2/12
I think what DM meant pave is similar to WoW Test Realms, where you can create a pre-built level whatever to test abilities etc.
Richies13
Posted 10:55pm 22/2/12
*Hopeful look in my eye* Any more keys going around.... Saw this too late and devo I missed out. What an opportunity... Guaranteed beta key for being in the right place at the right time.

Hope those who got a key are loving it.
joerocket10r
Posted 11:45pm 22/2/12
chipgore = u make brain itchy.
im not sure if your whining enough about people whining about the beta. im whining right now because i missed out on a key so my whine to more about how i couldn't get to play it so i could whine about it and all the other people whining about whining and what not. QQ
casa
Posted 12:11am 23/2/12
Diablo has never been about the latest graphics or style of graphics.

This.

I distinctly recall diablo 2 coming out within 6 months of quake 3. I can still fire up diablo 2 and get swamped in its atmosphere, yet I can open up quake 3 and go "LOL".

Looking at Diablo 3 seriously makes me feel like I'm just opening up WOW (therefore, Warcraft 3). IT LOOKS THE FUCKING SAME FUCK YA.
Morax
Posted 12:28am 23/2/12
seriously though, I can't believe they STILL haven't fixed the 315300 unable to login error :(
Hogfather
Posted 12:41am 23/2/12
Blizz tracker for 315300

http://www.diablofans.com/blizz-tracker/topic/217791-error-315300-incorrect-username-password/

Some updates from 21st (today Us time I think?). No conclusive fixes but they are working on it.
trillion
Posted 01:35am 23/2/12
relevant depiction of the edgey fanbois up ins this entire thread

kryzil
Posted 12:43pm 23/2/12
Had to happen whilst i was hungover...
Beanith
Posted 01:17pm 23/2/12
Still amused by people harping on about how easy the game is despite it only being a section of act one.

Think back to Diablo 2, when did you first die? Maybe if you were unlucky it would of been the butcher at the end of Act one, after that there was the odd death or two. Shit got real in hardmode though
Bobblybook
Posted 01:41pm 23/2/12
Still amused by people harping on about how easy the game is despite it only being a section of act one.

Think back to Diablo 2, when did you first die? Maybe if you were unlucky it would of been the butcher at the end of Act one, after that there was the odd death or two. Shit got real in hardmode though


http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4062847782
Made me larf.

For those with fingers too fat to click on links, a list of "concerns" people had when d2 was in development when compared to d1:

- What we fight outside? What is this crap!?
- What is this stupid skill tree? You mean I have to be a sorceress to use fireball? My warrior class cant use it?
- Why is it so bright and colorful?
- Wait...I cant just open a TP and instakill someone? I have to give them warning?
- I cant dupe anything I want at will? Boring
- I cant max out my stats with elixirs? But that was such a fun goal
- Where's my clickable cow...
- You removed apoc? Man you guys are no fun
- All potions dont insta heal you?
- You guys are catering to carebears...
- Way to take away everything that made diablo, diablo
- Just release the game already. You can patch it up later
paveway
Posted 02:15pm 23/2/12
haha that is an awesome list

some of that stuff made me remember things i had forgotten about diablo 1

apocalypse haha - every enemny on the screen just dies

that duplicating bug was ridiculous

yeah the spell book system was kind of cool, but kind of retarded that the warrior could pretty much use every spell if you pumped enough into the right stats

was always cool finding a book while fighting though
d^
Posted 02:20pm 23/2/12
You can still do the dupe bug in Diablo 1 with the latest patch. Great fun getting all the spell books and doing it. I might make a youtube of it but I'm sure one exists.
Freewheelin
Posted 05:18pm 23/2/12
gah. won't let me have one. this is an outrage
griffo
Posted 06:35pm 23/2/12
Anyone tried Diablo 3 beta on OS X - I really want to give it a go.
dark Child
Posted 09:05pm 23/2/12
ok This might have already been asked but i scored a Key today but would like ot know where i go to get the beta download?
paveway
Posted 09:26pm 23/2/12
lawl i just clicked on online users up the top

so many newbs
m3nt4l
Posted 09:46pm 23/2/12
battle.net
sign in
add game
insert key
??
profit
get error315300
cry
Jayman
Posted 09:50pm 23/2/12
Anyone tried Diablo 3 beta on OS X - I really want to give it a go.


I'm downloading for PC first, it's just about done, I'll download it for my laptop afterwards. Only the 2011 13" so will be interesting to see how it goes with the Intel HD3000 graphics.
trog
Posted 09:51pm 23/2/12
my memory of diablo 2:

clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick. click. click click. CLICK CLICK. CLICK. CLIICCCCCCCCCCK.

I am not looking forward to D3 because I know everyone in the office will be playing it and I will want to cry ALL THE TIME. It's that really high pitched sort of noise that even headphones and loud music won't drown out.
odie5533
Posted 09:57pm 23/2/12
No key for me I guess. I'm too slow to the party.
Scooter
Posted 09:56pm 23/2/12
Heh, Monk is a bit like that trog. Witch Doctor seemed to require less clickage.
m3nt4l
Posted 09:58pm 23/2/12
I think kinect might be a good way to play this and will saave a mouse or two from early retirement
Khel
Posted 10:11pm 23/2/12
If you're clicking lots you're doing it wrong. Even with the monk you just click once on what you want to fight, and hold the mouse button down, and he keeps punching it till its dead.
ravn0s
Posted 10:28pm 23/2/12
anyone not able to log in to game? my mate keeps getting an error about wrong username/password.
Tiny
Posted 10:31pm 23/2/12
Bit peeved you just let any old jo be eligible for a key and not those people who have been around the forums for a while.
Jayman
Posted 10:33pm 23/2/12
If you're clicking lots you're doing it wrong. Even with the monk you just click once on what you want to fight, and hold the mouse button down, and he keeps punching it till its dead.


Pffft. Bet you only press elevator buttons once too! Everyone knows the more you click stuff the faster stuff happens.
m3nt4l
Posted 10:34pm 23/2/12
Yeah ravn0s error 315300, known issue, jusst have to hold your nuts and wait.
ravn0s
Posted 10:43pm 23/2/12
Bit peeved you just let any old jo be eligible for a key and not those people who have been around the forums for a while.



er the keys they gave out today were initially only available to those that had been a ausgamers member for over a year and had posted recently.
Tiny
Posted 10:46pm 23/2/12
er the keys they gave out today were initially only available to those that had been a ausgamers member for over a year and had posted recently.


What about the first batch? Anyway. I don't qualify. I wasn't around for the LANS. Hopefully all the keys went to members who deserve them.
Jayman
Posted 02:44am 24/2/12
Getting the 315300 on the Macbook, but all good on the PC.
csirac
Posted 03:15am 24/2/12
Getting the 315300 on the Macbook, but all good on the PC.

Coz you lamer! Come msn!
trog
Posted 09:53am 24/2/12
a) Only a very small amount of keys went to non-regulars

b) chances are good you would have missed out anyway because so many people want them

c) as we have said a million times everywhere, we will have more keys next week

d) the bitching is really irritating because we explicitly went out of our way to try to make sure regulars had more of a chance than noobs. In fact we went to a lot of extra effort. If we just opened it up so it was a free for all I can guarantee that a fuckload more regulars would not have a key at all because so many new people have signed up in the last ~2 weeks.

I appreciate the frustration, but we have a VERY limited # of keys to give out, everyone in the WORLD wants one, we have to do stuff in a certain way to make Blizzard happy, and some people will unfortunately give out. I would love nothing more than to give everyone what they want all the time, but unfortunately it's just not possible and we have to compromise.

Sorry, but we have plenty more keys coming over the next two weeks and we're simply going to have to settle for not making everyone happy.

Thanks for the kind words from those that got one and bothered to say thanks :)

We'll make sure the next giveaway is more clearly defined to avoid disappointment from people who miss out - and I'll see if we can do it after hours as well so the people at work get don't get screwed again. Unfortunately I'm away for two weeks as of Saturday so will have to leave to the good graces of Steve to see if he can do after hours!
Thundercracker
Posted 08:54am 24/2/12
Many of us appreciate the effort trog.

In other news, the runes are pretty sweet, and the game seems a fair bit more polished now. (I haven't played since beta 11) It seems to be coming along well.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:00am 24/2/12
Trog, maybe open the offer at 7pm, you know you want to stay back at work.
Eorl
Posted 09:26am 24/2/12
my memory of diablo 2:

clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick. click. click click. CLICK CLICK. CLICK. CLIICCCCCCCCCCK.

I am not looking forward to D3 because I know everyone in the office will be playing it and I will want to cry ALL THE TIME. It's that really high pitched sort of noise that even headphones and loud music won't drown out.

Guess I'll just come over to your desk and sit there clicking my mouse for you!
arc
Posted 10:04am 24/2/12
Gave it a decent bash as a Monk last night. I liked it for the most part. The holding down the left mouse button and then clicking the right mouse button occasionally to do a different move was quite cool, limited the amount of clicking you had to do so that was a plus in my book.

Went on a co-op rampage with a random up to about level 9 and found it quite fun and not really as tedious as I thought it would be with the picking up the loot etc, seems quite streamline and quick.

I'm not sure about the graphics though, I have everything maxed out but the colors and detail still look washed out and dull. I'm sure it's meant to look sharper or something. I can imagine at the higher levels there's gonna be some serious carnage.

Whens the release date?
pARODY
Posted 10:17am 24/2/12
Thanks for the key!

Might want to have some co-op action on sunday after Soundwave if anyone is keen.
Battletag - pARODY
Tollaz0r!
Posted 10:29am 24/2/12
Parody, I'm pretty sure you need the number too.
DeadlyDav0
Posted 10:44am 24/2/12
The next D3 key giveaway sounds good. Hopefully ill be online when they next open up.
Khel
Posted 10:46am 24/2/12
Yeah, you need the number too, also theres a thread somewhere (might have dropped off the front page now) where everyone was posting their battletags, so go post it there :P
pARODY
Posted 11:06am 24/2/12
Ah! Good to know. I'll find the number when I get home and then spend the time to locate that other thread and... nah screw it.


Forever Alone. ;)
danthepirate
Posted 11:29am 24/2/12
The Blizzard staff are claiming a fix has been applied to b.net for the 315300 error which may take serveral hours to take affect, so hopefully it is all sorted now.

No one has reported that it has actually fixed their account though yet.

last edited by danthepirate at 11:29:46 24/Feb/12
mapko
Posted 12:15pm 24/2/12
Its near impossible to get one of these beta keys :(
Keato
Posted 01:35pm 24/2/12
anyone not able to log in to game? my mate keeps getting an error about wrong username/password.


Did you try a different username or password ?
/flex tech support done for the week, almost ready to challenge Boba for his support role.


Trog, some of us have jobs and miss the invite because of the time, forget those shafted dudes, hook up the working.
Keato
Posted 01:36pm 24/2/12
mapko Posts: 1


Rumour is you need 2 posts to qualify.
Keato
Posted 01:46pm 24/2/12
link

No Beta invites unless you can answer the following ;

1. Who's copying !!!!
2. Why is twisties wife pressing her boobs into my back.
3. My Rocklobstas chocolates !
4. WTF is a nG!
5. To play Modified DM4 or not
Creepy
Posted 02:06pm 24/2/12
How many gaybars is "..."
glynd
Posted 02:55pm 24/2/12
Thanks for the key!

Might want to have some co-op action on sunday after Soundwave if anyone is keen.
Battletag - pARODY


I'm going next friday! absolutely pumped for soundwave.

and my battletag: glynd . should be on all day sunday.
DeadlyDav0
Posted 05:15pm 24/2/12
Just got this email


Congratulations DeadlyDav0

You are one of our winners in the BigPond GameArena Diablo III Competition.

Here is your Diablo III Beta Key – xxxxxxxxxxx

Head to Battle.net, sign in (or sign up for an account) and add the key to your account by hitting 'Add Game' and entering it there!

Enjoy, and thank you for entering our Diablo III competition. There are still 3 weeks to go with more Diablo III keys to give away, get your friends to enter today!

Regards
GameArena Team.


Big thanks to whoever posted the original link:
http://www.gamearena.com.au/competitions/details.php/diablo-3/

Its a game of skill but my answer was pretty basic that was related to a fave skill in D2.
ravn0s
Posted 08:40pm 24/2/12
The Blizzard staff are claiming a fix has been applied to b.net for the 315300 error which may take serveral hours to take affect, so hopefully it is all sorted now.

No one has reported that it has actually fixed their account though yet.


my mate is still getting the error :/
danthepirate
Posted 10:50pm 24/2/12
Unfortunately the problem is bigger than they thought or something. Here is a thread that Blizzard seem to be updating about it:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4079839022?page=34

DK
Posted 11:46pm 24/2/12
sweet got one off GA. fu AG
ridor
Posted 07:19pm 04/3/12
So there hasnt been a 3rd round of beta keys? Today being Sunday makes it the 4th week now? =/
Khel
Posted 07:28pm 04/3/12
Yeah, there was a 3rd round, did you miss it?
ridor
Posted 07:46pm 04/3/12
Huh? Ive scrolled through the posts. The last one was 23/2 being week 2 which was last week. Can't see week 3 release. You aint trolling are you?
Eorl
Posted 07:46pm 04/3/12
Not to sure what the go is at the moment, Dan or Steve will clear everything up soon.
Khel
Posted 07:48pm 04/3/12
You aint trolling are you?


Possibly
rrrocket
Posted 08:53pm 04/3/12
100 minimum post before you can get next batch of keys
qmass
Posted 12:56am 05/3/12
one more level on my monk to reach cap on all classes (lv13) - pretty epic playtime all up for what amounts ot a demo length game.

The monk seems really weak in the beta but with a fairly easy to manage 100% uptime of 42% dodge and 30% extra chance to miss with flash it might shine in harder difficulties. Lacks the AE dmg of other classes (as does the demon hunter)

Most fun is either Wizard (massive ae dmg, most of anyone in the beta easily) barb or with doctor - think ill be playing a witch doctor first on release. Best balance of fun and effectiveness I reckon.
crazymorton
Posted 10:08am 12/3/12
ok, sorry about the post in the other thread, now I've found this one.

what's the latest?
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