Diablo® III

Public Games Matchmaking Clarification

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Hey I have an idea? Why doesn't Blizzard record the numbers of people online for a week and then let the public know? Oh wait... everyone else would quit then too. You guys are funny, keep trying to tip toe around you're failing endeavors.
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Address something we are actually concerned about.

Next we will have a blue in here saying Xfire numbers aren't accurate.

Who gives a flying turd?
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This is actually a great post. Thankyou for silencing the ridiculous arguments over this. Seriously, you can say that this is not a concern of anyone but it was one of the most talked about things on this forum. This and xfire in almost every single post...no matter te topic this popped up.
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Here's a solution, change "In Games" to "Available Games". How did no one on the Blizz team think of that?
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Can we get a confirmation on whether or not the Templar is saying "GLORIOUS" more often as well?

Please address this game breaking issue to please :D


HA... damnit now my boss knows im not working! Damn you!
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I think we have just been trolled ......
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07/10/2012 10:22 AMPosted by BurtThaMan
This is actually a great post. Thankyou for silencing the ridiculous arguments over this. Seriously, you can say that this is not a concern of anyone but it was one of the most talked about things on this forum. This and xfire in almost every single post...no matter te topic this popped up.

Yea this blue response will put the topic to rest and not begin the cycle anew with fanbois/haters going at eachothers throat about the state of the game.

Seriously, think before you post.
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I wouldn't be surprise at all, if the number displayed in the public games window is suddenly altered by Blizzard to make it seem as though there are more people playing.

Can you make up some sort of fallacy as to why the text says "Players on this quest"?
This issue has little to do with how games are set up, and more to do with the number of players that are actually playing.

Good try though.
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Good to see the first post of substance in 2 weeks is damage control to try and contain the disaster this game is turning into.

I wonder whether the community would like...

A. 1.0.4 and beyond design preview. Maybe another Developer Q and A.

B. Excuse making for the precipitous falloff in player activity following the inept design decisions made by your company.

Let me guess, tomorrow can we expect a "The real reason no one shows online in your friends lists any more is because of a change in 1.0.3 to the UI display. Rest assured 99% of your friends have not quit and are in fact playing!"
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This is a very important issue apparently. *whistles*
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can you actually show us the REAL number ppl online in games? / in menus?
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Since you are clarifying things, perhaps you can get to the multiple threads on other subjects which need clarification, eh?
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Let me guess, tomorrow can we expect a "The real reason no one shows online in your friends lists any more is because of a change in 1.0.3 to the UI display. Rest assured 99% of your friends have not quit and are in fact playing!"


+1 Amazing mode.
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We've recently seen a lot of questions from players regarding the number displayed in the Public Games window -- specifically, what the number represents and why it's changed so drastically since patch 1.0.3 released.

Here's the skinny:


Before I continue, what is the fat? If this is the 'skinny' as in what you are choosing to show us, can you please elaborate.

1) What does the number displayed in the Public Games window actually represent?
The number that displays in the Public Games window represents the total number of games currently available to your hero, based on your game region and mode (Hardcore heroes qualify for a different set of Public Games). The number does not represent private games or Public Games that already have four players. Players hanging out in the character menus or using the auction house are not considered here either.


What does this mean?
Alot of SC players have switched to HC since they have already found Inferno either too BS, broken, been forced into RMAH or finished it and have no other end-game content apart from giving HC a trial?

Are you saying previously the public matchmaking system showed PRIVATE games to random players? That it counted people sitting in char select screen as being a +1 counter to being in a public game? Maybe adding AH users into the public game system should be included? maybe they can get some PvP satisfaction out of it?

2) Why did that number suddenly change so much after patch 1.0.3?
Prior to patch 1.0.3, the in-game matchmaking system would often create new Public Games instead of filling existing games to their maximum capacity of four players. That configuration was to help reduce server load within individual games (fewer players, less load); however, it caused situations where players were rarely being placed into full games, and our goal has always been to promote the four player cooperative experience in Diablo III.


Wait a minute...instead of filling an already created game to maximum capacity the game was designed to create ANOTHER game with a whole new randomly generated map and quests. The end result being a reduction on server load? I am no computer genius or IT specialist, but my logic is this: If I have 4 people in 1 room, or 4 people spread over 3 rooms...the 4 people in 1 room take less effort to keep track of. Can you explain further?

We understand that labeling this number as "In Games" in the Public Games window can be confusing...


I'm sorry Lylirra, I actually do find this confusing. Complete forum CM silence for days, then a patch comes out and the only thing that is covered is something about player capacity in games. This honestly seems to me like a contrived effort to keep hope that the people still playing won't feel alienated not only by a lackluster game, but by horrible community support and horrible patch implementation.

Is there any hope the majority of concerned gamers are ever going to feel welcomed into Blizzards once tight community again?
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Thank you for the information. Contrary to what a lot of the complainers on this thread are saying, I've seen this question asked many times and it's good to know you guys are listening and responding. While I personally don't care about public games, I do care that you're taking the time to provide information to the community.

We all know there is a lot of work needed to make D3 what it should be, but the rational players also understand that just because you posted this message doesn't mean those other things are being ignored. Keep up the good work, and hopefully we'll see a D3 that pleases most of the people most of the time.
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It was obvious that something like that had changed, since the game pool number droped overnight. Thank you the the clarification, but it's a couple weeks late.
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