Always Online — Blizzard’s Failure, Our Future

Posted by | June 28, 2012

Blizzard released Diablo 3 as an always-online game, likely to protect the sanctity of their Real Money Auction House. This requirement, however, did not go over well with the gaming public, and the failure of the launch will be spoken of in hushed whispers across tables in game company meeting rooms for years to come. However, the idea of always-online has a powerful siren’s call, offering complete control over the game, along with promises of strong DRM and a weapon against the used market. None of these honeyed words involve a better customer experience, oddly. Check out this article with developers explaining their thoughts on the always-online paradigm. Eurogamer has the story.

1 Comment so far
  1. Nelson Williams
    June 28, 2012 7:13 pm

    Before we can talk about always-online games, it makes sense to have always-online internet. Right now, even the best connection is riddled with lag, drops, hiccups, and noise. Games that can’t handle that sort of network chaos aren’t doing the gaming public any favors.

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