Then we got cheap, starting duping Elixers, obsidian rings, Godly plate of the Whale, and the Staff of Apocalypse. People starting getting trainers and killing people in town and the game slowly went away.
Then, Diablo 2. Every Diablo 1 fans dream, a new Diablo game without the cheats and dupes, and to hopefully see some new Characters and bosses.
It was the Year 2000, i was graduating grade 8 and finally figuring out how awesome Girls really were. Then out of nowhere I hear the release of Diablo 2, got my mind and other things out of Mary Jane Wilson and throw my attention to the Local computer shop begging them to tell me when the new Diablo game was coming (because I lived in a town of 6000 people and things came pretty late) an to let me put cash down to get it. He told me he didnt even know what the game was... i almost puked in mouth. I did some research got the date and my parents drove my buddies and I to a nearby city called Barrie, Ontario and got it. I was crapping my pants all the way home. Finally got there and not sure about all of you but in 2000 we didn't have awesome computers. I still had dial up and 256 mb's of ram, and the game lagged like there was no tomorrow. Saved up some cash did things i wish I could forget and upgraded my computer to 1 gig of ram.
Since then, life has been a blur, million of hellforges, trades and rushes later, im sitting here at the age of 25, in the Military, living with my spouse, thinking about the future and saving for retirement, and still I cannot get the sound of Tristram out of my head, the screaming of Diablo and Baal after you slam them down with 13k hammers, the Millions of people making life so hard to trade an item that you say screw it up and go onto a website and buy some stuff and go back and do the same thing, and most of all,the sound of "How can I help you today". Since the first time you step into Tristram in Diablo 1 and hear his old scratchy voice, to diablo 2, re-turning to Tristram to save the Elder that knows the Story of Diablo, and wishes to help you, like he helped the first Hero in Diablo 1. Cain. A Name that no one mistakes when they hear it, the only name that ties itself to the Game that everyone Fan will think of when they hear it.
Diablo 3. Im glad your here and im ready to take a trip into the deep with this game. I will sit at my computer at night waking in the morning with eyes darker then the depths of hell. Wake with fingers stiff as a board from a night of click CLICK click. Wake with the almost addictive drive to go back to my computer and find the next best Item.
Im ready for this game, and so are all of you, lets OWN this franchise and let it never die.
(post your memory of Diablo for this is mine)