I'd love a Diablo 2 remastered, as long as it's more of a graphical update with maybe some modern quality of life improvements, but not if it would be a complete overhaul to make the gameplay feel like Diablo 3. I love action-RPGs but I really didn't enjoy D3 at all. It felt way too simplified for my tastes.
Earlier this month, Blitzchung won the Hearthstone Grandmasters Tournament, and after his victory, the casters gave him an opportunity to offer a closing statement and he said "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time/age." (slight variation depending on the translation)
After that, Blizzard:
a) Revoked Blitzchung's Grandmaster status
b) Stripped him of his $10,000 prize money
c) Banned him from all pro-play for a year
d) Permanently blacklisted the casters from ever participating at a Blizzard event again.
In response to this, the internet went fudging nuts and everyone from reddit to US Congresspeople across the political spectrum were condemning Blizzard for their actions, and the internet being what it is, started memeing. Blizzard was prioritizing the Chinese market over human rights and so people turned Mei from Overwatch into a Pro-Hong Kong symbol in an attempt to get Blizzard banned in China (sadly, didn't work) and after a few days, they issued a statement saying, paraphrased, "we jumped the gun and overreacted, our bad." and gave Blitzchung his money and title back and reduced the sentence on both him and the casters to six months.
After that, a lot of the buzz settled down but since then, they've banned (last I checked) an additional 3 people for supporting Hong Kong so they very obviously haven't changed their views. I've personally uninstalled all Blizzard games, Battle.net, and cancelled all existing subscriptions, but I understand some people don't feel as strongly about it.
That said, Tencent only owns 5% of Activision-Blizzard, so what they did was done out of pure greed in an attempt to satisfy China. While I won't defend it, Riot is 100% owned by Tencent so it's at least a little bit more understandable why they chat-restricted anything relating to Hong Kong during Worlds this year. About Blitzchung's banBlizzard's StatementExample of Mei memesThe reason for the statement
which was recently killed after 7 months of protests in Hong Kong.
> Guess you don't know, Tencent, a Chinese government owned company owns like 40% of
> Blizzard, some pro tour person for Hearthstone showed support of the Hong Kong protests.
> Chinese Overlords make Blizzard ban the guy, guy eventually gets unbanned and winnings
> back. It's been mayhem since.
Ah, I read basics here, didn't understand the Chinese relation. Interesting.
No problem! I've got a buddy from Hong Kong who's parents have been basically forced indoors for the past half year due to the protests, so I want to at least raise awareness for what's going on over there. It's been escalating a lot the past month or two with increased police violence and it's really spooky.
The D2 lovers-D3 haters often describe D3 as dumbed down or simplified and dislike the lack of strategy and challenge that results. Now I enjoy both games (I am easy to please lol) but I can kind of see their point.
Remember in D2, you were the one who had to assign stats and skill points when leveling up. Skill points were limited in number too . You basically have to commit to your build or start over. In D3, you eventually get all skills and can mix,match, and change them as you please.
Challenge wise, sets in D2 were far weaker and the really powerful items (cough* runes for runeword items) were really hard to get legit. I remember the higher difficulty levels in D2 being harder. In D3, once you get a complete set you can pretty much blow through higher torment levels.
> someone on 4Chan who leaked some Blizzard info on Overwatch 2 and WoW back in June
> also leaked some Diablo 4 info, it's a first person shooter in the Overwatch engine,
> that's intended to be a "Destiny killer". Yeah, they totally know how to please Diablo
That sounds awesome!
Laughs in Path of Exile
> Laughs in Path of Exile
Idk. Couldn’t get into it. Loved d2 back in the day but POE felt so dull. Yeah you could make crazy builds but it just wasn’t fun and felt super dated for me. D3 on the other hand has been a blast whenever I play it. The think I disliked about d2 anyways was being locked into a sucky build and you couldn’t really experiment unless you were okay grinding a new character if it ended up sucking
> Kommie wrote:
>> The problem with Path of Exile is you have to meticulously plan out your build.
>> no re-spec from what I remember.
> There's a respec currency that drops pretty regularly (way, way more than you would
> ever need especially if you pre-plan builds). POE's main problem is that it sucks
> for first time players, I didn't really start enjoying it at least until I played
> through the game once. The currency and skill systems are overwhelming. Trading is
> mostly done through third party tools. Item drops make no sense until you install
> an item filter. You literally need to learn to ignore 99.9% of drops because it's
> all useless and there's no "GP" type currency you can sell vendor trash for. It's
> counterintuitive if you're a hoarder and want to try to sell everything.
> Most isometric action RPGs are essentially Diablo clones so you already understand
> progression and drops before you start playing, POE is really different.
Never played POE, but I think I have it in my Steam library. Why are so many of the drops useless?
I don't necessarily play them for the story, but I DO like their cinematics because I've played Blizz games for years. I thought the cinematics in Diablo 3 were great, as an example.
Yep! Diablo 4 is confirmed for PS4 and Xbox One. Finn wrote:
> I actually really enjoy how Blizzard tells a story. I really enjoyed WoW for that,
> though apparently the last two expansions it really went downhill (never played em).
> Diablo 4 looks awesome, is it also releasing on consoles? I D3 on both and actually
> preferred the console versions.
> I thought they announced an original diablo remaster awhile back, it looks like there
> was one (kind of) but it's a partnership with GoG. Apparently the game is released
> exactly the same way it was in 1996... bot really a remaster but tweaked to work
> on Windows 10 PC's. I could have sworn they announced an official remaster of the
> original though.
Nah, this is it. Really quality port though, scales to high definition very, very well. Did my first two playthroughs on the GoG release, it was amazing. Still haven't beaten it with a mage though.
I'd be fine with a GoG upscale on D2 myself, I don't need a remaster of all these games, just make them playable on newer rigs.
Challenge accepted. 1) I like playing really old RPGs on my phone. I actually beat Final Fantasy IV on mobile this year. It looked great, and it made the grind way more tolerable because I could just play a few fights here and there and there was an auto battle option. 2) There are some awesome slow burn roguelikes on mobile. I’m playing Pirate Outlaws right now (card-based, similar to Slay the Spire), and the touch controls make it easier and more fun to play on mobile. Both of the aforementioned games were also super cheap. Kommie wrote:
> No mobile game is worth playing, IMO.
sweet, i'm down for sure.
Have you guys heard about Hearthstone?image
With Blizzard's recent going ons, replace Hearthstone with Diablo Immortal.
It's gonna be an ATM machine game.
> Looks like June 2nd is the new date. I've yet to get totally into a mobile game but
> this... I will play.
They also announced the pc version which will launch as a beta at the same time with cross save and play. Seems cool
> Guess Blizzard thought it was too risky to keep Diablo Immortal a mobile-only "spin-off"
> title, that it was better to officially bring it into-the-fold with a PC release?
Microsoft may have had an influence here.
> It is, just really confusing and obnoxious. It automatically throws you onto a new
> data server when you log in with a new platform, you have to select the server you
> made the original character on to see them. Got me too.
Yah, figured this out yesterday, not the best UI for this. So now I need to restart my characters, not a big deal, only put a couple hours into it. No way I'll remember what server and the server selector that says "character" does not show that I have characters there. This is not WoW, how did D2/D3 get by without needing various server selections? Silly.
Got my first Legendary dropimageimage
Can't wait until level 58 to get 2% on that skill, if I'm still using it! I must say, I'm pretty appalled at the time gating for in-game currency purchases with hilts and such. One legendary crest a month, you're gonna have to live to 385 before you get all decked out at that rate. I don't think I'll be playing much once I max level, if at all.
One of my friends has a good theory
on Diablo Immortal's release woes, I mentioned that after looking at the trailer from three years ago and the game as it is now, it's basically almost identical, other than some shader changes, like, beat for beat, I've killed three bosses in that trailer and the mechanics looked the same, character actions look VERY much the same. He said he wouldn't be surprised if after Microsoft came in and bought them out, they looked at the devs sitting on their hands, looked at this unfinished mobile game sitting in limbo since 2018 and said "Release a game or you're all fired" and we got Diablo Immortal to little fanfare or hype because it was as ready as it was going to be. Even though the monetization issues are SO fudging bad.
Diablo Immortal is fun. I spent .99 and I won't spend another penny. After 6 epic drops, it nerfs your drop chance.