When I first posted that Diablo 3 was dumbed down and targeted at a console release, there were some angry comments.
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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!
As you are probably aware, Diablo 3 has been going down a lot in terms of hours played on Xfire. The players who are still playing it (beyond the paragon level grind) are doing because they expected the PvP Arena.
Well, the PvP Arena is scrapped. It’s no more. It’s now a late arena. (if you are not getting the dead parrot reference, you are probably too young).
Jay Wilson posted that they are going back to the drawing board on it. Considering we get games about 10 years after they are on the drawing board, I wouldn’t hold my breath for it.
On the positive side, they will be allowing duels sometime in the new year. So there.
Update: It’s worth reading the comments below Jay Wilson’s post. Some are pretty funny:
I bet the SWTOR dev team right now is popping bottles over recently becoming appointed second worst Dev team lol.
Obviously, I play a Demon Hunter so I lost quite a bit of DPS on account of the increased attack speed (IAS) nerf that Blizzard did a month ago.
Before the IAS nerf, I was pulling off 2.5 attacks in a second with a bow, which wasn’t anything spectacular. I’d imagine with a better bow (20% IAS), I could’ve passed 3 attacks per second.
At first glance, it does look quite excessive. English longbowmen were renowned for being able to shoot a dozen arrows in the span of a minute.
Here’s the counter-argument! Just replace the handgun with a handbow:
Yes, that’s right – two shots from a handarm can be done in a split second (technically, about 2/100 of a second). Blizzard, give us back the attack speed!
It’s Athene again, annoying is ever but showing how Diablo can be killed with blue gear only.
The video furthers my point about French players having amazingly low latency thanks to Blizzard’s datacenters being in Paris. On my computer, the five cages come up almost simultaneously while in Athene’s version, they appear almost in slow motion.
Quite a few reports of a nasty error that is affecting users trading on the Auction House.
The error looks like this:
“Failed to escrow funds. The player is locked. (317402)”.
One of the many complaints on the D3 forum was like this:
The problem is that the gold was also deducted without getting the materials.
The following error was displayed: “Failed to escrow funds. The player is locked. (317402)”.
The problematic orders were ORDERS #811901758, #811904342 and #812200536. They were all failed attempts of buying Exquisite Essences. I can’t remember the exact amount of gold deducted, but the total was above 22 millions gold (Order #811904342 was a large amount of Exquisite Essence: 15,000).
At the time of writing, this wasn’t resolved. So when doing transaction, definitely make them in small, incremental steps. Never buy 15,000 essences for 22 million! Buy them in a few batches (a thousand each?).