Diablo III dev rolls 12d6, scores PC sales record
Trebles and Skillrunes all round
Diablo III has become the fastest selling PC game of all time, publisher Blizzard has claimed, after shifting 3.5m copies within 24 hours of release.
Despite a few niggling problems with the game - which Blizzard is readying a patch for, it said - Diablo III hit shelves last week and was snapped up by record numbers of PC gamers, with a further 1.2m copies provided to World of Warcraft Annual Pass subscribers.
Totally in the pink
While those figures are impressive in the world of personal computing, it still failed to claw the top spot on the all-formats chart, with Rockstar's Max Payne 3 sitting firmly on the central podium.
Then again, console sales are always healthier - you only need to look towards Modern Warfare 3's first day sales of 6.5m units to see that. Diablo III took an entire week to come close to that figure.
You can read what we thought about Diablo III here on Reg Hardware. ®
"There is no single player Diablo 3.
There is only multiplayer pn your own, which isn't quite the same thing."
Not having purchased or played the game I'll have to take your word on this, but it is rather stupid of Blizard to not have a true single player mode, which does not require constant internet access.
There are many thousands (millions?) of games players who just like to spend around an hour or so playing games then save and leave it for another time/day/week. These types of players tend to have full time jobs and other responsibilities like families and definately do not live in mum's basement.
For these types of players getting an “error ###” message because; the servers are down, too busy, or the Internet performance dropped due to it being “peak time” are all unacceptable if you only have a short time window to play.
"a few niggling problems"
Oh really? I haven't been able to play twice so far in the last week. First time was the whole of Sunday afternoon, and then the whole of Wednesday evening after getting home from work. And that's the single player game only. God knows what's going to happen when I catch up with my friends who are currently playing on 'Hell' difficulty online.
Right, so just because you have 'not once had any problems' that means no problems exist?
I've got the game and have only put a few hours in so far, but twice I've not been able to connect so just gave up after half an hour.
I'm not saying it's a big deal, I'm not saying it won't get fixed and I'm not complaining about DRM, I simply don't believe you should force everybody to play this way, and if you do, you'd better be prepared for the backlash.
The difference between Diablo III and Modern Warfare whatever
is that people will still be playing Diable III in ten years' time.
Heck, people are still playing Diablo II now.
...do not criticise this game in their forums. You will be banned and lose access to the game.
Never been to Blizzard's forums, then? All they are made up of is users repeatedly criticizing their games -- and not being banned for it.
As for the rest of your post, it's the same drivel from people who've never played a modern PC game. I had way more trouble with the crap CD rootkit DRM they used to include with games than I've had with the online check-in type.