Why I Am Not Playing Diablo 3 – Yet

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The Internet as I know it has been quiet the past few days. I am not even considering any other reason. There’s only one.

The much awaited Diablo 3.

For someone who is not a hardcore gamer but can spend days on end playing a game (albeit very sporadically), I am actually surprised that I have not caved in to the Diablo 3 fever. Yet.

I had some spare time today, so I guess it was but natural to think about why I am one of the few people I know who has remained immune to the game. You can think whatever you want of it, but here are the reasons I am not playing Diablo 3. For now.

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Okay, it is a lame a reason as any. Gamers have been waiting for Diablo 3 for eternity it seems, what do another several hours matter?

I know that it can be utterly frustrating to encounter server errors while you’re caught up in the heat of the moment, but heck, it won’t kill you. Maybe.

Then again, if I have been able to survive without the game for so long, I am sure I will survive the next weeks or months till the issues get resolved. In any case, I do not feel like being likened to this poor guy.

Anti-bandwagon tendencies

I probably am just being difficult, but with practically everyone I know putting their lives on hold for Diablo 3, I feel like swimming upstream. There really is no going around it. Stubbornness can be a tricky thing.

Oh, and there is the issue of having to deal with actually purchasing the game. I don’t know where you are, but if you have not pre-ordered the game (as I obviously did not), then good luck. Sure, shopping can be as easy as clicking buttons or swiping cards – retail POS software for the win! – but either you bang elbows with other almost desperate gamers or you simply will have to wait for more copies to arrive. Guess what I have chosen to do?

The issue of EQ

I have always gone out of my way to prove that I have a high emotional quotient. Whether or not that is an indication of my lack thereof, I don’t really know.

I shall end this with a question: if I don’t start playing Diablo 3 for as long as I can hold out, does that mean I have high EQ?


  1. joet says

    I waited until the immature stampeding of fanboys at the stores died down, waited for suppliers to restock (which never happened because foreigners were buying up entire shipments to sell to region 4 gamers) and bought a copy off of Amazon without any problem. After signing three user agreements, forced to create a battle.net account, and updating my component drivers, and creating password protection for my account, I was able to play the game. It seemed fun at first. I was having a good time until halfway through act 2. Then it became incredibly stale and repetitive. The game wouldn’t let me stand still for more than 2 minutes to check my gear at a merchant shop without timing out, forcing me to keep rushing forward without being able to enjoy the artistic merits of the game. The art design and sound effects are superb but is all lost against the game server’s need to keep rushing you forward through the game. I watched the rest of the game on a youtube playlist and acts 3 and 4 are both way over the top, overloaded, monster brawls which appear to have no replayability whatsoever. And I had to cringe my eyes and facepalm together at the endgame cutscene. Very embarrassing finale to one of the greatest horror video game villains ever. I kept wishing Imperius was the second-coming of Baal which would pave the way for an expansion sequel and rescue the game from its completely messed up plot twists. But I don’t think that will ever happen.

    I uninstalled Diablo 3 and gave it away. I have no intentions of looking back. They should have just made it into a straight-to-DVD movie, it would have been by far superior to the game. I personally couldn’t stand the design of Diablo in this game, he looked very womanly and Diablo is NOT a female.


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