Now that we've established the time line of events by which Blizzard let us down, let's start the healing. 1. Denial: As someone who vividly recalls trying (and failing) to play on launch day, my denial phase was brief. Yes, Blizzard really, truly, let us down here.2. Blame: Yes, he was the leader, and yes, he does bear a burden of responsibility here... but no, the blame shouldn't fall entirely on JW, nor will firing him instantly make things better. I don't love you, Jay, but neither did I hate you, and I still don't.3. Depression: Even when the game did start working again, it was hard to enjoy any of it. All I could see were the problems. I even stopped playing entirely, for months (TL2 does a lot right that D3 did wrong, BTW, but that's a whole 'nother thread). I still couldn't quit D3 entirely, though; I kept coming back to the forums, hoping for some sign of... well, hope. I still wanted to love this game. Hell, I still want to love this game.4. Haterade: I don't hate D3, exactly, but I have posted criticism on the forums. Not as much as some, and I tried to be eloquent and constructive, but... well, see #3. I've never derided anyone as a fanboi, though. If you love D3, then you have every right to love D3, and I applaud you for having the courage to love, and to share that love with others. Seriously. Shine on, you crazy diamonds.5. Allowances: I've recently started playing again, and... D3 ain't all bad. It's not the game I wanted, it's not the game it could be, it's not the game that I thought I'd bought, but it's not without it's charms. Por ejemplo, the graphics are gorgeous (although Magda and the Withermoths are totally out of place), and sound & music are OK, too.
I came across this today, which might help:
Game play is relatively smooth, given lag times and issues with online play. It still chaps my... buttocks... to die by rubberbanding, or to have my game chopped off completely because my connection to the server was "lost" (i.e. dropped by Blizzard's servers), and the occasional problem logging in entirely still makes me sigh with sadness, but it doesn't make me angry anymore. When it's working, it's not an un-fun way to pass time. When it's not... TL2...I'm not angry anymore. I've even come to terms with the whole AH thing. It still bugs me that I was able to finish Normal, Nightmare, and Hell 100% self-found, but couldn't play Inferno without buying gear, and drops still suck... and I'd rather be playing Diablo than playing Auction House... but, well, folks get hooked on eBay for a reason. I still want Blizzard to finish balancing the classes (*cough* monk *cough*), although one hopes that they'd do that before launching PVP, and I don't think I'll be dropping $$ on an expansion pack, but the rage is past, and I feel so much better without it.
Edited by Waitubold#1127 on 1/9/2013 3:39 AM PST