Impromptu rant alert.
I was just having a quick browse through my Twitter feed before going to sleep, and noticed that the Diablo 3 twitter had a post about a followup question to yesterdays AMMA on reddit (lots of these going on at the moment).
Most of the stuff I read up on for Diablo 3 doesn’t, and will never, concern me. I have no intention of ever playing the game on Hell or Inferno difficulties. It isn’t that I couldn’t; it’s that I don’t particularly feel the need to. I’m working on all characters in Normal mode concurrently, and then I might take my favourite through Nightmare difficulty, and that’s likely to be all I care to do before other games come out.
But I digress. Here’s the rant.
Wyatt Cheng, one of the Diablo 3 devs, was talking about changes incoming in the next patch to balance out the game and narrow the disparity between ranged and melee classes (that I hadn’t noticed, because I’m not playing on a harder difficulty). One of the things they’re doing is introducing higher repair costs at higher difficulties so that ranged classes can’t just death zerg stuff.
Player Opellia posted the following response to this:
I play a DH [Demon Hunter] and I am in Nightmare mode to get to the point I die a lot I m not a super player and to me this feels like your punishing a class that the mechanics are different. If this goes through I will be forced to stop playing because all the enjoyment of this game will collapse and I will quiit, and yeah I know my voice don’t count because if I quit you don’t care..
I’m not a particularly good player at Diablo 3. I enjoy it, but I really do want my gaming time to be fun and not a grind. Grinding cash for repair costs wouldn’t interest me. Sure I’ve not died very much in the game so far, but I have died in Normal mode, and I’ve died a couple of times on my Monk in Nightmare mode too. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed by this fact, but apparently I should be…
Player Reboot responded with the following snide comments:
Nightmare mode …. I die a lot
I didn’t know it was possible to die in Nightmare mode.If this goes through I will be forced to stop playing because all the enjoyment of this game will collapse and I will quiit, and yeah I know my voice don’t count because if I quit you don’t care..
and nothing of value was lost. It will really suck losing a player that dies in nightmare.
Firstly, I hope it smells nice in there with your head so far up your ass, Reboot. I hate elitist remarks and insinuations like the first reply. But it’s the second comment that really gets me.
“Nothing of value was lost.” Nothing of value? They’re a fucking human being! Who the Hell are you, Reboot, to say this person isn’t somebody of worth? They could be a biochemist working on a cure for cancer for all you know, who just wants to have a bit of fun gaming when they get home late in the evening.
But even taking away that somewhat exaggerated example, how is a human being not of some kind of value? Just because they aren’t as “good” at you at clicking a mouse in the right place, they’re suddenly worthless and unworthy of your time? This kind of gaming snobbery is exactly why I rarely play multiplayer games. It’s childish, it’s poor manners, and above all else it makes you sound like a complete dick.
I believe that Bashiokk, one of the Blizzard CMs, recently posted that something like 0.3% of the game’s player base was working through the hardest difficulty. So yes, actually, losing a player who is struggling on Nightmare does matter. Blizzard wants to keep people playing — especially casual players — for when their Real Money Auction House launches. Casual players with limited time are much more likely to spend real $$ on virtual items than hardcore players, just to help further their enjoyment of the game and stop the massive gear grind that Diablo 3‘s ‘endgame’ apparently is.
What’s more, that’s all Reboot posted. There was nothing constructive said, no helpful hints or tips given. He saw somebody offer some criticism of a game he’s obviously better at than every one of the 6.3 million players Blizzard has mentioned who bought the game, and just had to give them shit over it.
This is one person. One example. But I see it so often — people on their high horses with their noses up in the air claiming or insinuating that they’re “better” human beings simply because they’re better at pointing a mouse cursor and clicking it at the right time. I seem to recall Charles I and his supporters sticking their noses up in the air and claiming superiority, and look where that got them…
This is just the kind of stuff that really pisses me off about the attitudes people adopt on the internet thanks to the wonderful veil of anonymity you can wear. I wish I’d never read that tweet now, and I hope — unrealistically — that the Guild Wars 2 community doesn’t become so far up it’s own backside.
Anyways, this has been a late night rant. Thanks for reading.
PS: I just read a couple of pages on and found the following blue post, which I’ll quote here just to reassure myself that there is some sanity left in the world.
This game is only for “Diabloholics” you whiners should QUIT the game as you said it. If we can play the game, can you not? [Posted by Danots]
But that’s not true at all. While Diablo III may not be for everyone, our goal is to make the game as fun as it possibly can be — for long-time fans of the franchise, for players just getting started, and for all those people somewhere in the middle — and criticism lets us know how we can improve.
No one should be advised to “quit” the game simply because they don’t play the same way you do. Constructive discussion, good. Mean finger-pointing, bad. ~Lylirra
Couldn’t agree more. Constructive criticism and tolerance are the way forwards!