I started playing D3 in Softcore. I played SC for a while, but then moved to HC a few months ago, and it's really fun. It's hard to go back.
See, I was getting bored of Softcore, and was ready to quit, but a few friends convinced me to join them in HC mode. So I did. And I had a ton of fun. In fact, it's so fun, I don't think I can go back to playing SC exclusively.
In fact, I'm sure that anyone who has extensively played Hardcore and Softcore can testify that HC is just way more fun! It has its advantages and disadvantages, but overall, it's a better game. Nobody in HC is complaining about drops, difficulty, balance, class customization, etc. Because the game is changed completely in HC mode, and it turns out that all these things are very much alleviated in HC mode. The economy is more stable, people have to avoid zerging tactics, since items in the AH are far less abundant, items that you find are worth much more, etc.
So Hardcore is more fun than Softcore. Why don't people play it then?
Simple: The !@#$ing disconnects!
I refer you to this poll for why people don't play HC, where after five pages, option B (the lag/disconnect option) reached 48 votes, and none of the other four options have even hit the double digits.
Deaths via lag or disconnect is the single biggest problem in Hardcore to date, which means it's the single biggest problem in the most fun part of D3 to date.
Now let me make two things clear (although I know a lot of people will respond without having read the following two points):
1) On release and during patch days, the servers can be sketchy, but for the most part, Blizzard servers are extremely stable. If you have a great connection, and you don't play during maintenance days, you almost guarantee yourself no DC deaths. However, the vast majority of players (myself included) do not have such circumstances. Our ISP might mess with our connection, we might have random disconnects once every 24 hours, or even once a week, etc. Hell, even the top of the line connection people can run into unforeseen circumstances such as a processing meltdown, a windows update, a blackout, etc. So it's a big slap in the face to the majority of us non-perfect connection players that we are barred from the most fun setting of D3.
2) I have no desire for a means of getting rid of disconnect deaths by allowing you to use an exploit to escape legitimate death. That means that I don't want you to be able to escape a hairy situation by pulling the plug. In fact, if we had a choice between Blizzard implementing this, or nothing at all, I would choose nothing at all, as something that allows for death-escaping exploits destroys the entire integrity of Hardcore.
Tons of issues that people have complained about have been addressed. There is
-lack of legendary drop quality
-exploits (such as the old wizard Force Armor)
-uselessness of WD summons
-teammates losing NV points by disconnecting in SC mode (it really irks me that this was addressed)
-abundance of difficulty, or lack thereof (both issues addressed perfectly by MP)
and many more. They have come and made statements to alleviate the concerns of players. So why has the single biggest issue of the most fun setting of D3 been completely ignored by the developers? Why are they silent on this screaming issue?
Many people have offered solutions to lag or connection related deaths. Now, many of those solutions have not been feasible, for they would either destroy the integrity of HC or would create a big expense. That's why I'm saying that I'm not asking for a solution here, just that this be addressed by a developer.
Maybe DC deaths are intended for HC, so that the economy can remain in check. Maybe not. See, this is the kind of thing they can tell us if they address this issue!
I just want to say one more thing: If a solution turns out to cost a lot, I still think it's better for them in the long run. As I have established, HC mode is fun. It is vastly more fun than SC mode. So many people here, who are simply leaving the game because they don't like it, and are not trying HC mode because of the lag barrier (as my poll thread illustrates) would really start to enjoy D3 again if they could simply play HC mode.
So come on guys! It is in your best interest to pay attention to the most fun setting of your game.