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A Virtual Weimar: Hyperinflation in a Video Game World

A culmination of a series of unanticipated circumstances — and, finally, a most unfortunate programming bug — has over the last few weeks produced a new and unforeseen dimension of hellishness within Diablo 3: hyperinflation. [via]
posted by Pyrogenesis on May 26, 2013 - 95 comments

"Then he hit a demon. Then he hit another demon. Then he hit the demon again. Then he hit it again."

Slo’ugh froze suddenly, gazing at his three new sets of gloves with an unblinking intensity. All that moved, for three long, silent minutes, was his eyes. They stared at first one pair of gloves, then the other pair, then the third, and then back to the first and then to second and then to the third and then to the first again and then to the second again and then to the third, and so it repeated. After a time, Slo’ugh shook himself out of his mysterious reverie and pulled the first pair of gloves onto his huge, meaty hands. He scowled, and immediately removed then. The second pair saw the honour of being donned by his heroic hands, but were similarly dispatched. On went the third, and then Slo’ugh froze again. Stared again. He grunted, and decided ultimately on the first pair.
-- The Saga of Slo'ugh - An Unofficial Diablo III novelization.
posted by empath on May 28, 2012 - 56 comments

Evil is Back

You may have heard that evil is returning to Sanctuary tonight. Your Diablo 3 launch day preparation guide includes opening cinematics, a cartoon, the story so far, a primer on the new Auction House (now with real money), and build guides for the Demon Hunter, Barbarian, Monk, and Witch Doctor. Since no one at Blizzard beat Diablo 3's Inferno difficulty, death is guaranteed.
posted by Avenger50 on May 14, 2012 - 311 comments

MMORPG modifications copy pirated server options

With news that Blizzard will require an internet connection to play Diablo 3 to curb piracy and prevent character-boosting cheats (previously), Wall Street Journal's China Realtime Report blog has new coverage of an old game. The article covers the actions of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Ltd., the Chinese distributor of the MMORPG The Legend of Mir 2, and their fight against illicit private servers that offer increased experience per task and more common rare items.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 10, 2011 - 62 comments

How many souls has the dungeon stole?

How Rogue Ended Up On The Sofa - a look at the descendants of the classic game, including MeFi's own 100 Rogues.
posted by Artw on Apr 17, 2011 - 52 comments

Diablo II Goes Gold!

Diablo II Goes Gold! The official release date is now next week, 6/29/01. Diablo was addictive, Hellfire was even worse. I spent a six months playing Diablo II non stop and now this. I hope my wife doesn't kick me and my Assassin out the door.
posted by me myself and i on Jun 24, 2001 - 10 comments

The life and times of a game company. While everyone knows Maxis for the SimCity games, they've has dabbled in everything from kids' games to Diablo-like titles. While this isn't a brand new article - it mentions The Sims in future tense - it is fascinating to see what happened to this unique company.
posted by hijinx on Nov 4, 2000 - 2 comments

As most of you know, Diablo 2 came out today.

As most of you know, Diablo 2 came out today. Have any of you bought it yet? Have any of you tried to run it under WINE yet? Did it work?
posted by y0bhgu0d on Jun 28, 2000 - 2 comments

Another Diablo II beta

Another Diablo II beta sign-up is this monday. This time they will be taking 100,000 users so maybe everyone will have a slightly better chance of getting selected. (I doubt it)
posted by corpse on Apr 29, 2000 - 2 comments

My dreams have been crushed...

My dreams have been crushed... The Diablo II beta selection is over and the results have been posted. A couple people were from towns near mine, but nope, no luck with me...
posted by hobbes on Mar 22, 2000 - 8 comments

Diablo II Beta Testers Wanted

Oooh! Blizzard will be taking applications for beta testers of Diablo II all day Monday, March 20.
posted by veruca on Mar 19, 2000 - 8 comments

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