The gaming industry evolves and will continue to, endlessly. Around the time of Diablo 2, video games still carried many stigmas. Stigmas like, gamers are lazy, they are wasting their lives, and last but not least that they were greasy fat socially awkward virgins. Was this true? Of course not.
Gaming has taken a huge leap from this perception. hasn't it? I couldn't name one person that doesn't play apps or Facebook games. where I work there is an older gentleman that smokes cob pipes, reads old western novels, and would make you wet your pants with fear if you played him in a shooter. Much like the wild west changing into suburbs, the face of the gaming industry is now so diverse you could find yourself being schooled by your mom in arena.
The cowboy is like the Diablo 2 player. He likes things complicated. He likes his terrain rough. He likes the rules of engagement to be on his terms. He enjoys his over complex systems to keep casual players in their place. He likes willing and dealing in a currency that makes sense only to some one that has invested as much time as he. He likes the fact that, unless some one commits 100% to becoming a cowboy, they could never hope to compete with him.
Unfortunately for the cowboy gamer, his days are nearly gone. There is simply no logical investment in it. How could there be? Either you cater to a small minority that thrives in exclusion. Or you create a great game that is wholly inclusive. It is the era of the gamer in that soon it will be hard to find some one that doesn't wear that label proud. By the same hand it is also the death of a kind of gamer.
My Favorite western genre is the one in which the cowboy joins society. He bides his time and plays by the rules. Every one forgets how ruthless he was, how legendary. Then when one day when the corrupt banker takes everything away. The cowboy raises up with a righteous furry and shows the city folk that he alone is one bad !@# mother $%^-er.
So that's my challenge to you D2 purest's. Stop slinging your hate. Stop winning. You and your kind are long forgotten. Instead join the common folk and prove how good you really are.
Unless you're afraid...