I’m sure you’ll agree that there are few pursuits finer than purposefully annoying other human beings on the internet. That’s why we’ll all be mortified by the changes made to Diablo’s gameplay in it’s latest iteration. Trolls everywhere are sat glumly beneath their bridges, unconsciously gnawing on their fists in absent anxiety while previously terrorised players are free to march on unmolested.
I freely admit that one of my favourite pastimes in Diablo 2 was stealing all of the gold and items. It was particularly easy for me since I tended to favour the melee classes, and therefore I was simply closer to the stuff that was dying. I took it as both my right and reward for playing a class that was inherently weaker than the overpowered Bow-azons and map nuking Sorceresses that were doing all the work behind me.
Sadly, in Diablo 3, I will be afforded no such glee because in the name of ‘enhancing the co-operative experience’ all items and gold are individually instanced. In other words, if you see gold or an item drop on your screen you are the only one who can see it, and therefore no-one else can pick it up. This is great news for my wife, who used to pull her hair out when I hoovered up every single gold piece and magic trinket, even if it wasn’t an item for my class.
Her: BUT YOU CAN’T EVEN USE THAT STAFF!!! :’(
Me: I dunno, I might need to sell it for gold. >)
Her: *runs in to my room and beats me with a slipper*
To add insult to injury, the gentleman’s sport of Shrine-jacking has also been nerfed in to non-existence. For those unfamiliar with Diablo, there are various shrines dotted about the map which confer bonuses to the first person who touches them. At the same time as I was stealing all the gold and items, I also liked to charge headlong at each and every shrine as soon as I saw it, even if another player was closer, to ensure that it was only me myself and I that benefited from the buff. It was another small victory.
In Diablo 3, however, shrines now confer their bonus to everyone in the party, no matter who touched it. Now I shall be forced to ignore them with aloof disdain, and bear the flowery co-op granted, totally unearned buffs they grant grudgingly.
How dare you make changes that will bring more enjoyment and harmony to the game, Blizzard?
How dare you?
For those interested in watching a bit of Diablo 3 Beta footage; one of my favourite Starcraft 2 casters, Husky, has put some up on his channel and I’ve embedded the first video below the ‘read more’ section for your convenience. It looks rather good to say the least.