Tuesday, May 15th 2012

Diablo 3 Launch Overloads Servers

Shacknews is reporting Diablo III is pretty popular. So popular, in fact, that the servers have been overloaded by the flood of clickmaniacs trying to play when it launched at midnight. As Diablo III requires players be online to play, even by themselves, there are a lot of sullen faces around this morning, staring glumly at 'Error 37' messages. Still, some are able to play. There's a little good D3 news in that Blizzard is helping out Australian fans who pre-ordered from GAME, after the failing retailer said it wouldn't honour their orders but would keep their money.

"Due to high concurrency the login servers are currently at full capacity. This may cause delays in the login process, account pages and web services," a Blizzard representative said of Error 37. "We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience while this is being resolved." A message on the login screen notes, "We're also aware of issues affecting character creation and are working to resolve them at this time." Hang in there, then. As for the land down under, after GAME entered administration earlier this week, it told Diablo III pre-orders that they wouldn't receive their game, but nor could they get a refund. Blizzard kindly stepped in to save them, explaining that those with proof of preordering can buy a digital copy through Battle.net then submit their GAME receipt for a refund. You'll need to buy before May 21, and send your receipt in by June 30, though.

Source: Shacknews
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77 Comments on Diablo 3 Launch Overloads Servers

#1
DonInKansas
Yeah, this was REALLY unexpected. :roll:

Too broke to buy at launch anyways, so I just saved myself a headache.
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#2
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Kind of like a DDOS attack they created themselves. :laugh:

Kudos to Blizzard for taking care of the Aussies.
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#3
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Kreij
Kind of like a DDOS attack they created themselves. :laugh:

Kudos to Blizzard for taking care of the Aussies.
I agree. Seems like they are a studio who cares. I haven't owned a Blizzard game since The Lost Vikings.
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#4
UniformCube
Thanks, Blizzard, for selling a half of the game and keeping the other one at your servers.
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#5
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Wait, Diablo III has always on DRM?! How has no one bitched constantly about this yet?! Wait, and the servers went down on the first day preventing people from playing?!? How has this not turned into a shit storm? Oh, they aren't Ubisoft.
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TheMailMan78
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by: newtekie1
Wait, Diablo III has always on DRM?! How has no one bitched constantly about this yet?! Wait, and the servers went down on the first day preventing people from playing?!? How has this not turned into a shit storm? Oh, they aren't Ubisoft.
The double standard is amazing isnt it? :laugh:

Whats funny is I bought this game and I didnt even know about the always on DRM until I read about it on here. :laugh:
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#7
bpgt64
by: newtekie1
Wait, Diablo III has always on DRM?! How has no one bitched constantly about this yet?! Wait, and the servers went down on the first day preventing people from playing?!? How has this not turned into a shit storm? Oh, they aren't Ubisoft.
One makes good games, one makes Genre defining, life changing games. The other is Ubisoft.
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#8
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
a LOT of people are complaining about the always on internet requirement.

As for their servers, they didn't go down they were overloaded. There were people playing it just took a long time to get in. Blizzard fans are used to it from WoW.
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#9
Fairlady-z
The servers were only overloaded for the first few hours, but its working just fine now. Also, the difference betwenn ubi...eh why bother gonna go play Diablo 3 lol.
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#10
theubersmurf
by: Kreij
Kind of like a DDOS attack they created themselves.
I literally laughed out loud.
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#11
droopyRO
So if you install D3 on a laptop and take it with me where i have no internet connection i can`t play the game in singleplayer ?

EDIT:
Ubisoft has had far more block-buster titles than Blizzard has in the last 5 years.
And ruined series like Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon or my favorite Splinter Cell :(
Correct.
That is news to me, so the only reason to buy D3 is for my desktop then. 10x
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#12
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Correct.
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#13
newtekie1
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by: bpgt64
One makes good games, one makes Genre defining, life changing games. The other is Ubisoft.
If your life was changed by a game, I feel sorry for you...

Also, Blizzard hasn't made an original game in decades. They've lived off the success of WoW, releasing expansion pack after expansion pack, and it isn't really that good of a game. Diablo II was their last really good game.

Ubisoft has had far more block-buster titles than Blizzard has in the last 5 years.
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#14
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Kreij
Correct.
Yeah that sucks. This isnt something I knew before I spent the money.
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#15
Vancha
They couldn't even get past day one before demonstrating the ludicrousness of a required internet connection for a single player game.

I remember when Blizzard was likeable.
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#16
jalex3
If not for allways on DRM I would buy this. I dislike the item shop and will have nothing to do with it.
I really would like to get it, but unlike so many I do vote with my wallet.

I'm going to give an extra $60 to Grim Dawn instead.

If Blizzard ever do real Wc4 I hope they leave this DRM crap out of it.
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#17
Filiprino
Pirate the game and kick the DRM.
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#18
TheMailMan78
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by: Filiprino
Pirate the game and kick the DRM.
We don't condone pirating on TPU.
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#19
Black Haru
by: Vancha
They couldn't even get past day one before demonstrating the ludicrousness of a required internet connection for a single player game.

I remember when Blizzard was likeable.
by: jalex3
If not for allways on DRM I would buy this. I dislike the item shop and will have nothing to do with it.
I really would like to get it, but unlike so many I do vote with my wallet.

I'm going to give an extra $60 to Grim Dawn instead.

If Blizzard ever do real Wc4 I hope they leave this DRM crap out of it.
with RMAH, they absolutely have to have it as always on. think about the uproar when someone figures out how to hack/bot items and starts making a living off of it. (not saying it won't still happen, but it will be much harder)


by: Filiprino
Pirate the game and kick the DRM.
not gonna happen. you can't play the game without an authenticated account and key. even if you hack one, you have to be on their servers to play.
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#20
jalex3
by: Black Haru
with RMAH, they absolutely have to have it as always on. think about the uproar when someone figures out how to hack/bot items and starts making a living off of it. (not saying it won't still happen, but it will be much harder).....
So keep it like it is but add a mode that is not "ranked", I just want to play solo and with my friends.
I could care less if you could not trade items in unranked.
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#21
bpgt64
by: newtekie1
If your life was changed by a game, I feel sorry for you...

Also, Blizzard hasn't made an original game in decades. They've lived off the success of WoW, releasing expansion pack after expansion pack, and it isn't really that good of a game. Diablo II was their last really good game.

Ubisoft has had far more block-buster titles than Blizzard has in the last 5 years.
Since when is Originality a defining characteristic of success fullness of a video game. I judge a game on whether or not it's fun or not.
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#22
thematrix606
Servers overloaded on the first day, you don't say! :nutkick:

Yeah seriously, IT'S OK THAT IT'S NOT WORKING, but post a freaking time when it WILL be working. Fail is fail. mkay. Why can't companies understand that communication is really important to... oh I dunno 99% of us!
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#23
erocker
by: TheMailMan78
Australian fans who pre-ordered from GAME, after the failing retailer said it wouldn't honour their orders but would keep their money.
You mention the failing retailer like you mentioned who the failing retailer was previously. You did not and it reads funny.
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#24
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: erocker
You mention the failing retailer like you mentioned who the failing retailer was previously. You did not and it reads funny.
It reads fine to me. Not sure what you are saying.
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#25
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: bpgt64
Since when is Originality a defining characteristic of success fullness of a video game. I judge a game on whether or not it's fun or not.
Creating successful games, and creating "genre defining" and "life changing" games are two different things. You said Blizzard created genre defining and life changing games, the don't, at least not recently.

And Ubisoft has had way more successful and down right good games than Blizzard has.

by: erocker
You mention the failing retailer like you mentioned who the failing retailer was previously. You did not and it reads funny.
He did mention the failing retailer.

by: TheMailMan78
Blizzard is helping out Australian fans who pre-ordered from GAME, after the failing retailer said it wouldn't honour their orders but would keep their money.
GAME is the name of the retailer.
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