12. June 2012 12:37
Does your wife or husband understand your obsession or do you often experience "wife agro". Perhaps this couple is going a bit far however this reminds me of a saying: "couples that play together stay together". If you game with your husband/wife or if you have a funny story about "wife/husband agro" post a comment below.
14. May 2012 13:44
If you know someone who purchased the box version of Diablo III they can provide you with a free Guest Pass that will allow you to play the first 13 levels and first chapter of the game (up to the Skeleton King) for free. Guest Pass keys are included in all box copies of Diablo III.
Some of the Starter Edition limitations include:
- Act I up to the Skeleton King is available
- Level 13 cap
- Matchmaking available only with other Starter Edition players
- No Real Money Auction House access
Diablo III Starter Edition will be available without a Guest Pass 30 days after the game launches.
24. April 2012 16:31
Blizzard is reminding players that April 30th is the last chance to purchase the World of Warcraft Annual Pass. The offer is a very good deal for current WoW players. Agree to a 12 month commitment to World of Warcraft and get a free mount, Guaranteed Beta Entry into Mists of Pandaria, and a digital download of Diablo III.
More information can be found at: battle.net
15. March 2012 09:43
The wait is over, you can now pre-purchase Diablo 3 at: Battle.net.
OK so Diablo is not really an MMO, but it does have many qualities usually found in MMOs. Furthermore Diablo 3 is responsible for introducing many MMO players to their first online RPG and PVP experience. I know my world changed the first time I played Diablo online.
One additional note about Diablo 3 is that it will not launch with PVP. Blizzard was not happy with the current state of PvP and decided to release it at a later date to give them more time to fix the issues. On one hand it is disappointing, on the other I think that it will take most players some time to finish the single player portion of the game and level their character to be PvP ready anyways.
Diablo III will launch May 15th and can be purchased right now for 59.99 USD at Battle.net.
8. November 2011 14:47
Recently I read a Neal Stephenson book call Reamde that partially takes place in a fantasy based MMORPG that was designed with real money trading in mind. This along with the recent announcement by Blizzard that Diablo III will feature real money auction house got me thinking that it’s about time that major MMOs embrace real money trading (RMT)
Here are my reasons why real money trading should and will be adopted my MMOs:
1. Real Money Trading happens anyways, attempting to stop it is impossible unless you prevent all player trading. Catching a small percentage of the population does not help the issue; it just pisses off the small percentage of players that get caught.
2. One of the largest issues with real money trading is the fact that often the buyer becomes a victim of a security breach or fraud. Formalizing RMT by providing a secure in game RM Auction House would severely improve account security and prevent the majority of fraud related to RMT.
3. It provides real value to your achievements. Let’s face it many of us are loot junkies, we feel some kind of achievement for finally finding that rare raid item. Giving rare loot a real world value could increase that sense of achievement for many players, even if they don’t elect to sell the item in the auction house.
4. RMT would provide an additional and stable revenue stream to MMOs. Rather than relying on vanity items F2P and P2P games could simply take a small percentage of every transaction in the auction house. I would argue that Blizzard could earn almost as much revenue from the RMT Auction House, as it currently does from monthly fees.
5. It would drive new players to MMOs. The majority of the human population does not live in first world countries. There are many economies where a person could make a living selling virtual items. The first MMO to successfully implement this would see a huge influx of players that would farm gold and items with the purpose of earning a living. Certainly many players that currently could not afford to play would elect to use the RMT auction house to offset their cost of gaming.
6. It is going to happen anyways. Sooner or later someone will adopt a RMT auction house and the floodgates will open. I believe that Blizzard is currently testing the water with Diablo III. I would not be surprised if World of Warcraft or Titan were the first MMOs to implement RMT.
I know this is a touchy subject for many players. If you agree or disagree with me, feel free to post a comment. I for one am looking forward to Diablo III and the start of the new era of real money trading in games.