Diablo 3? More like Diablo Pee! Amirite?
If there's one thing you can count on, it's that the Internet at any given time has got it's panties in a bunch about some stupid thing or another. Right now the totally hot thing to bitch about is Diablo 3, and I don't wanna be left out. If all the cool kids are doing it, then I want to as well.
I would like to hit this from a slightly different angle then most though. To start off with, I have not bought the game, and don't intend to for at least a few more weeks. In that regard I can't bitch about not being able to play the game I spent my hard stolen lunch money on. Before the game even came out I just knew the whole thing would be a fiasco wrapped up in a debacle. Me! Just some asshole with a shitty blog that nobody reads knew that the launch would be a disaster. So, why didn't the network engineers at Blizzard know this? You know, the guys that have the capability of 12 million simultaneous connections on their WoW servers. Or maybe they did know, and this was part of thier evil plan the whole time! (dun dun duuunn!!!) No, most likely it boils down to simple dollars, as things so often do. Why go on a spending overkill to ensure that all their paying customers can all get in the game smoothly if they don't have to. Someone at the top decided to launch with a bare minimum and ramp up as demand ramped up. Only the ramp was much steeper they could handle.
Now, like I said, I don't own the game, so I couldn't care less about whether the game is up or not, but here's the twist kids, hold on to your He-man underoos. My problem with this travesty of a launch is this: It servers to undermine ever further the validity of the PC as a viable gaming platform. Think about this: When was the last time you recall a triple A title released exclusively on the PC? (Not including MMO's) In this console happy day and age, that happens, well, this is probably the last, thanks to Blizzard fucking the whole thing up. This is how it looks to people on the outside looking in: Blizzard one the largest game companies in the world, renowned for it's impeccable quality standards, can't get thier game up and running on this platform. If they can't do it, who can? A lot of deveoplers are saying, "ah fuck it, let's just poop out our game on iOS and call it day." When's the last time you fired up the old xbox and just couldn't seem to log on to Barbie's Horse Adventure? Never! That shit just works! Turn the sumbitch on and play. That's what Diablo 3 NEEDS to do. Double click the icon and just play, no muss, no fuss, just play the damn game. That's one of the reasons PC gaming is losing ground to consoles.
So thanks Blizzard, this is why we can't have nice things.