Who let Diablo 3 off the hook?

Let’s face it – the launch of Diablo 3 was a disaster:

Servers down, technical hick-ups preventing you from starting to play or just throwing you back to a point you’ve been before, game-breaking and lesser bugs, and yet, where is the shitstorm?

Remember Skyrim on the PS3? That was a shitstorm!
Remember the Mass Effect 3 ending shitstorm?
Don’t get Rabidgames wrong, both examples clearly show that publishers publish games thinking they can get away with it since we’re all just dumb nerds in basements who swallow everything – so yes, it was about time for a shitstorm!
But media and gamers simply let Blizzard off the hook – within days.

What happened there?
After all, didn’t Blizzard have all time in the world to prepare for the launch of Diablo 3?
Didn’t they have the pre-order numbers?
So why weren’t they prepared?

And even worse, remember how they have delayed Diablo 3 again and again because of “quality” issues?
So, how comes the game seems to be riddled with bugs? What was done during all the months of beta testing?
How comes Blizzard can release a semi-broken game … yet no one gives a fuck?

Rabidgames doesn’t know.
Maybe it’s just the Blizzard fanboys outnumbering the rest of us, maybe Blizzard has tons of street cred (for whatever reason they should have any left eludes Rabidgames), maybe 12 years of work are an excuse for a fucked-up delivery (except Duke Nukem Forever begs to differ), maybe it’s more of the same “why would magazines bite the hands which feed them” … who knows?

But one thing is for sure:
If Blizzard can get away with not properly preparing for launch and using paying customers as second generation beta testers – why wouldn’t other companies have a close look and think “hey, let’s do the same! As long as we babble on about how great our fans are and how perfect the game will eventually be we might get away with every shit we throw at them!” … and why shouldn’t they? If we keep on buying blindly, we don’t deserve better.

Rabidgames shudders: Fellow gamers, what the fuck happened there? Do you really believe Blizzard is better than EA or Activision (you do know Activision owns Blizzard, don’t you)? It’s bad enough you’re celebrating a dumbed down and casualised version of Diablo 2, but please, don’t let lazy devs get away with wasting 12 years of whatever-they-did to produce that half-baked game!


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