Diablo 3 launch



  • More of a fail than a WTF, but whatever.

    In case you don't know about Diablo 3, its prequels basically invented the action-RPG genre. Blizzard's been hyping the game for several months now, probably a year, calling it the most anticipated game ever. They've had several betas and even a stress test a few weeks ago to judge server load and prepare for the release. They recommended that players who preordered the digital version download and install the client in the days prior to release just to relax the inevitable server strain. Having an unencrypted game on your hard drive that is unplayable is a WTF in and of itself, but never mind that for now. Everyone was pumped and ready to play Diablo 3 the moment the servers came online.

    Well, apparently many people are having problems getting the game to start up. This is because Diablo 3 is always online - there's no such thing as a singleplayer offline mode for Diablo 3. You can play solo if you want to, but you still have to connect to their servers to do so. So the servers are overloaded with login requests and almost no one can get in. Nice work, Blizzard.

    I was considering taking a sick day off work to play, but after seeing the aftermath I'm glad I didn't. Was anyone else excited for the release?



  • @lettucemode said:

    This is because Diablo 3 is always online - there's no such thing as a singleplayer offline mode for Diablo 3. You can play solo if you want to, but you still have to connect to their servers to do so.
     

    Sigh.

    They got what they paid for.



  • @lettucemode said:

    preordered the digital version download
    So would pre-ordering the analog version have been a better choice?



  • IMO, Blizzard is a WTF all on it's own.

    I was really into the original Diablo and often spent as much as 80 hours a week in there (hopelessly underemployed back then). Tried Diablo II but hated it. Because of that I didn't develop any interest in DIII. Hell, I'm still slogging around in LOTRO. And there is where I'm TRWTF. Been playing for like, four years (admittedly on-and-off), my main character still isn't up to level 50. I guess gaming just doesn't grab me like it used to.



  • @lettucemode said:

    Blizzard's been hyping the game for several months now, probably a year, calling it the most anticipated game ever.
     

    I thought Duke Nukem Whenever won that trophy, for values of "most" to mean audience times wait duration.



  • @lettucemode said:

    I was considering taking a sick day off work to play

     

     

    This is TRWTF

     



  • @ubersoldat said:

    @lettucemode said:

    I was considering taking a sick day off work to play

    This is TRWTF

    No shit, you're just using up valuable sick days.

    Instead do a "work from home" day and then spend the whole time playing. You still get paid and you don't waste a sick day that could be used for outdoor, away-from-keyboard activities, like a beer garden.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    @ubersoldat said:

    @lettucemode said:

    I was considering taking a sick day off work to play

    This is TRWTF

    No shit, you're just using up valuable sick days.

    Instead do a "work from home" day and then spend the whole time playing. You still get paid and you don't waste a sick day that could be used for outdoor, away-from-keyboard activities, like a beer garden.

    There's no limit on sick days where I work.



  • I have learned never to get hyped up over a game just because its prequals were good.  Just because a game follows in the series of good games does not increase its chances of being a good game, only its chances of being a more expensive game.  There is also something about the third game in the series, if the first and second games both rock in your opinion, the third one will likely suck to you (and the bigger the gap between 2 & 3 the greater the potential suckness).



  • @lettucemode said:

    There's no limit on sick days where I work.

    In what kind of commie bullshit place do your at? Do you also get paid in peanuts and goat droppings? Are they hiring?



  • @lettucemode said:

    @morbiuswilters said:
    @ubersoldat said:

    @lettucemode said:

    I was considering taking a sick day off work to play

    This is TRWTF

    No shit, you're just using up valuable sick days.

    Instead do a "work from home" day and then spend the whole time playing. You still get paid and you don't waste a sick day that could be used for outdoor, away-from-keyboard activities, like a beer garden.

    There's no limit on sick days where I work.

    So.. you can just skip work every day? I sure hope you're taking advantage of this situation.



  • @serguey123 said:

    @lettucemode said:
    There's no limit on sick days where I work.

    In what kind of commie bullshit place do your at? Do you also get paid in peanuts and goat droppings? Are they hiring?

     

    He might live some place that you tea party scumbags refer to as "foreign". You know, some place where they not only declared slavery was over, but actually put an end to it as well. Perhaps this place even has affordable health care. Chances are that you're not allowed to carry a gun, though.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    So.. you can just skip work every day? I sure hope you're taking advantage of this situation.

    I do, now and then. No one around here really cares if you work 40 hours a week as long as you get your shit done (on my team, anyway). Having said that, there's an awful lot of work to do around here, so if I start abusing the system I'll miss deadlines and the managers will come down on me. I use sick days for impromptu days off, vacation days for 2 or more in a row, or something planned.



  • @lettucemode said:

    Having said that, there's an awful lot of work to do around here, so if I start abusing the system I'll miss deadlines and the managers will come down on me.

    So you actually do have a limit to your sick days, then. And rather than being up-front about how many you are entitled to, your work prefers to keep it a secret because most people will take fewer if they don't belong to them. This is a fairly common trick used by management to get people to take fewer days; pretend you're giving them flexibility when in reality you're forcing them into a situation where every sick day is something they have to take from the company.



  • @TGV said:

    He might live some place that you tea party scumbags refer to as "foreign". You know, some place where they not only declared slavery was over, but actually put an end to it as well. Perhaps this place even has affordable health care. Chances are that you're not allowed to carry a gun, though.

    Pretty good, but remember: the key to satire is subtlety. If you sound like a raving lunatic, people will think you're a raving lunatic. The goal is to make people laugh through your mockery of something; not to make them think you are actually the thing you are mocking.



  • @TGV said:

    @serguey123 said:
    @lettucemode said:
    There's no limit on sick days where I work.

    In what kind of commie bullshit place do your at? Do you also get paid in peanuts and goat droppings? Are they hiring?

    He might live some place that you tea party scumbags refer to as "foreign". You know, some place where they not only declared slavery was over, but actually put an end to it as well. Perhaps this place even has affordable health care. Chances are that you're not allowed to carry a gun, though.

    I love that your incoherent rant was directed at the forum's resident 3rd world hellhole totalitarian nightmare dude. Or so he claims. I don't even want to know if you meant it that way.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    So you actually do have a limit to your sick days, then. And rather than being up-front about how many you are entitled to, your work prefers to keep it a secret because most people will take fewer if they don't belong to them. This is a fairly common trick used by management to get people to take fewer days; pretend you're giving them flexibility when in reality you're forcing them into a situation where every sick day is something they have to take from the company.

    TRWTF is having something labeled as "sick days" to begin with. Most people don't get sick that often, so we end up lying to avoid losing them. We just get "comprehensive leave," which includes both vacation and sick time.



  • @boomzilla said:

    ...the forum's resident 3rd world hellhole totalitarian nightmare dude. Or so he claims.

    I think he works for the Federal government.

    So same thing.



  • @morbiuswilters said:

    Pretty good, but remember: the key to satire is subtlety. If you sound like a raving lunatic, people will think you're a raving lunatic. The goal is to make people laugh through your mockery of something; not to make them think you are actually the thing you are mocking.

    +1
    @morbiuswilters said:
    @boomzilla said:
    ...the forum's resident 3rd world hellhole totalitarian nightmare dude. Or so he claims.

    I think he works for the Federal government.

    So same thing.

    Indeed. Viva la Mexico!



  • @lettucemode said:

    In case you don't know about Diablo 3, its prequels basically invented the action-RPG genre.

    It's a good thing games like Hydlide and Ys weren't created over ten years prior, otherwise that statement might not be true.


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