As most gamers know, there was some controversial news about Diablo 3 last week. Blizzard announced that it will require a constant internet connection to play, even in single player. Alex Mayberry, senior producer on "Diablo 3", claims this decision has nothing to do with DRM.
"Internally I don’t think [DRM] ever actually came up when we talked about how we want connections to operate. Things that came up were always around the feature-set, the sanctity of the actual game systems like your characters. You’re guaranteeing that there are no hacks, no dupes."
They also announced an auction house that will allow people to buy items for real-world money. It makes sense that they would want to eliminate hacks and dupes to protect the integrity of this auction house. Of course, there are some, like Pixel Poppers, who think there are more nefarious things going on.
For me, this is a huge disappointment. I was looking forward to playing Diablo 3. In fact, this site grew out of my desire to play it.
I am the kind of person who likes to play through games in order. I will go back and play a game I missed if I am really interested in the sequel. And sometimes I will play through the original again before starting the sequel. For example, I bought the collectors edition of Half-Life 2 on release day but didn’t even start it up until I had played completely through the Source version of the original first.
So that was my plan for Diablo 3. I bought the Battle Chest before they removed 1 so I would have both. Then I started thinking about creating a website that would allow me to chronicle my journey through all 3 games. Then I started thinking about other games with sequels coming out (F.E.A.R., Deus Ex, Torchlight just to name a few) and decided I didn’t want my site to be Diablo specific. And so K & M Tavern was born.
Which turns out to be a fortunate turn of events. Now that Diablo 3 will require a constant internet connection even in single player, I will not be buying it.
It’s not that I am hardcore anti-DRM. I currently have 136 games installed through Steam, which is definitely DRM. However, there are certain types of DRM I do not accept. A required constant internet connection for a single player game is one of them. I don’t care what the reasons are for including it. I will not pay for a sub-par experience. Automatically exiting a single player game when the internet connection is lost qualifies as a sub-par experience. So instead, I will take that money and spend it on other games, like Torchlight 2.