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Blizzard: cute but deadly

World-of-Warcraft-snowfightBlizzard has filed for a trademark for the phrase: “cute but deadly.” It will be used on anything from milk bottles to t-shirts.

In an unrelated news (ok, it’s kinda related): Blizzard has announced a children’s book:

It’s called Snowfight, and it’s currently being written by senior VP of story and franchise development Chris Metzen and illustrated by Blizzard artist Wei Wang.

So from the gothic horror of Diablo to cute but deadly chibis. I knew it was coming when I saw the revamped Cow Level, aka Pony Wonderland.

Diablo 3 console offline play

So it looks like Diablo 3 on consoles will not have a always-online requirement.

According to a preview, it lacks Auction Houses, so rare and legendary loot drop rates have been tweaked accordingly, i.e. increased a million times.

Money quote:

The game feels natural with this new element, like it was always meant to be played that way. The same goes for attacks. Face buttons and the right triggers on the PlayStation 3 controller give you access to six attacks and skills while the left triggers are for potions.

Yes, it’s now clear that the PC version was a beta and playtest for the real Diablo 3 to be played on consoles as a single-player without any of the bots spamming for gold and all the other fun extras we had to endure.

Diablo 3 on consoles: the natural platform

Diablo 3 on consoles: the natural platform

Diablo 3 director steps down

It was about time too! He will not be missed.

I’m not going to argue that Jay Wilson disappointed some Diablo fans.

He did and he knows it. This is an excerpt from his parting message to fans (not HIS fans, fans of Diablo):

The powers that be at Blizzard have been gracious enough to give me that opportunity. Over the course of the next several weeks, I will be moving off of the Diablo III project and transitioning elsewhere within Blizzard.

With Diablo 3 coming out on consoles in September (first Playstation 3, then Xbox 360, etc), his job was pretty much done.

Good luck with your next assignment, Jay. I must say I enjoyed killing you in Development Hell level!

Diablo 3 Dueling (patch 1.07)

It took Blizzard almost a year to get to patch 1.07 and add some form of PvP.

If it wasn’t for their previous news about the PvP Arena being scrapped, I would’ve been happy to try dueling while waiting for “real” PvP action.

As it stands, I’ll probably give dueling a go a few times but I have a feeling it will take them another year to get some kind of balance when it comes to class skills. Gear levels will NEVER be balanced, so Athene will own you with his eyes closed.

So apart from all this, how does dueling work?

  • To duel another player, you’ll need to speak with Nek the Brawler at the inn in New Tristram
  • Speaking with Nek will take you and your party to the Scorched Chapel
  • Dueling currently supports up to four players in a Free-For-All format
  • Dying in a duel will resurrect you in the dueling area
  • Hardcore characters can duel too, death in the dueling area doesn’t kill your toon
  • You don’t take any durability damage while in the dueling zone

Diablo 3 coming to Playstation

When I first posted that Diablo 3 was dumbed down and targeted at a console release, there were some angry comments.

Now Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo is indeed coming out for Playstation as an official announcement:

Diablo 3 item duping

Diablo 3 item duping has been rampant: from Auction House exploits to account rollback.

Blizzard is trying to address the issue in its latest round of tweaks to the account rollback feature.

Here’s the official announcement from Blizzard:

Starting on Tuesday, April 2, all character equipment including weapons and armor restored via the Diablo III rollback service will become bound to the restored account.

This means restored items cannot be traded with other players or posted on the auction house, but that they can still be shared with other characters on the account and sold to merchant NPCs.

So hurry up if you are in a duping mood, you have till April 2 to do it!

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