Blizzard VP Surprised Everyone Hates Diablo III’s Always-On Requirement

At least one Blizzard VP doesn’t get why no one is happy that Diablo III will require a persistent Internet connection to play.

Blizzard’s VP of online technologies, Robert Bridenbecker, told MTV Multiplayer that he was surprised everyone was so annoyed at the idea of Diablo requiring an Internet connection. He says it’s not a DRM thing, like Ubisoft’s recent online pass announcement, but more about keeping the system controlled and keeping players from cheating it, basically — maintaining “the sanctity of the actual game systems.”

“‘You’re guaranteeing that there are no hacks, no dupes,’ Bridenbacker said of the system, which guarantees single-player Diablo III characters wouldn’t be unduly overpowered if and when players brought them online,” Gamasutra wrote in its story on the matter. Also no modsa.

Meanwhile, anybody with money can purchase whatever they want from Diablo III’s auction house, thereby allowing them to power themselves up with weapons and goodies as long as they pay Blizzard for the privilege. Makes perfect sense.

It also makes complete sense that a VP at “we have more money than we know what to do with” Blizzard wouldn’t understand why people might be pissed that they have to pay for an Internet connection for the privilege of playing a Blizzard game, even if they choose not to play it online at all. Or that some people might live in areas that don’t have broadband service. Or that they might not be able to afford an Internet bill.

But seriously, why wouldn’t everyone just pay $50-$100 a month for an Internet connection and play with a gold-plated mouse (it works the best, after all) and eat caviar for all meals — I mean, it’s only money, right, Blizzard?

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14 Comments on Blizzard VP Surprised Everyone Hates Diablo III’s Always-On Requirement

idunnolol

On August 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

ing idiot….

Aids

On August 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Poor poor Blizzard. OH THAT. More like poor poor consumer. This is why cracks were made for SC2 to play it offline. Stupid ass devs.

Russell

On August 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Yea lets see how many people are that pissed. I can almost guarantee that 99% of those people will still buy diablo 3. Its not that they dont have internet connection, otherwise HOW WOULD THEY KNOW THAT? Its the fact that they probably want to play it in on laptop where internet connection could possibly be unavailable.

SupremeAllah

On August 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm

So, as long as the game is always connected to the net, there will be no hacks or dupes.

Hmm. That just simply is untrue. Plenty of always online games have hacks. MMO’s are a perfect example.

Kyle W.

On August 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

It seems like you could have an offline component with mods and without the “you can sell your stuff for real cash” part, and be just fine.

Matt

On August 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY EFFING MONEY!

13ouncer

On August 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm

All these new games now a days, are turning out to be really bad game in terms of their design. What happened to imagination, simplicity, and great craftsmanship? I am not sure if I am getting older or the games are declining in their ability to be unique, interesting, and fun.

brandon

On August 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

i couldnt agree more i want to cheat single player let me cheat singleplayer i mean seriously i hate EULAs wow for example 1st part in semi bold print

THIS SOFTWARE IS LICENSED, NOT SOLD. BY INSTALLING, COPYING OR OTHERWISE USING THE GAME (DEFINED BELOW), YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO INSTALL, COPY OR USE THE GAME. IF YOU REJECT THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER YOUR PURCHASE, YOU MAY CALL (800)757-7707 TO REQUEST A FULL REFUND OF THE PURCHASE PRICE.

so i’m pretty much buying a disk and revocable license to play the software

brandon

On August 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

latter is shown later on not far though

joder666

On August 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm

They should fire this dude for saying that. Why don’t make the game available for free so people stop complaining; why don’t make it open source; you damn moron. I really liked those days when the client has the reason. This really pissed off they see every buyer as some stupid donkey who sh!ts money. ”It’s not DRM” even worse is some-kind of new way of protecting the users from piracy. A new way to keep the virginity your game untouched. F@ck you.

@Robert Bridenbecker
I’m a huge purveyor of online sites and from my standpoint, I don’t look at DRM solutions and go, ‘Wow, those are awesome.’ I look at those and say, ‘Wow, those kind of suck.’ But if there’s a compelling reason for you to have that online connectivity that enhances the gameplay, that doesn’t suck. That’s awesome.”

You damn hypocrite, what are the benefits, do tell please.
Damn i’m pissed.

Endless81

On August 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Opinions are like a$$ holes, everyone has one, and there are a LOT of a$$ holes in here. Why complain? Seriously! People are going nuts for what reason. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it! Simple as that. Me personally, I will be glad to sell in game goods for real cash. Hell, It will help me pay all the MMO’s I play. A buddy of mine has been ing since Friday about the always on connection you have to have to play the game. He doesn’t play anywhere else but at his place and he is still complaining! WTF PEOPLE! Get over it!

Ken

On August 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

This guy is a Idiot.Period.He should be surprised.It’s not the point that most people have, online connections, it’s the fact their forcing you to have one and giving you no option. Especially with Internet providers starting to cap bandwidth, this is just not cool.Also this was game that in it’s series Diablo 1 & 2, were mainly single player games with multiplayer thrown in. If i wanted a MMO I would just play the myriad other MMO’s out there. Skyrim doesn’t require a always on connection,and that game will sell as much as Diablo will,if Bethesda can do it, why not Blizzard? Reason? we want to milk PC’ user’s for all there worth, and since were not going to tap into console’s with Diablo(yet) we need to guarantee we get crazy cash from PC users.SO my option ,I will not buy the game. If other PC users do this then we can send a message. Listen people, the reality is the PC gamer world is on most of the time by developer’s because they complain about piracy or there’s not enough money, so we get cast offs from console’s and no respect. Developers need to follow the example of CD-Projekt with the Witcher 2, They know how to take care of there PC gamer community. They made the game for PC first, Yes it was buggy, but they have patched it and as a result we have a excellent quality, graphically awesome game worthy of our money!!! THE only way were going to get quality games, and without stupid DRM crap, or other asinine add-on’s is if we speak with our wallets people. IF you guy’s become suckers and just go out and buy it anyway, then Blizzard won’t fear and respect their customer base, WHICH IS US!! THE PC GAMER!!!! STAND TOGETHER PEOPLE!!!!!

maxrob

On August 9, 2011 at 8:10 am

its no suprise the game need to be alwase online… what a bunch of idiots crying about it, we had it in starcraft 2,in wow, now d3, and its no suprise they want the game to be Un-hackable. so quit whining and accept the facts and go buy a decent internet connection.

Rickie Fengler

On March 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

This “Susan Webber” person clearly hates our freedoms! Waterboard her! Many! Times!