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Diablo 3 Open Beta Weekend Starts Today

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Today Shacknews is reporting that Diablo III will be open to the public for beta testing. The open beta weekend begins this afternoon at 12:01pm Pacific, then will run until 10:00am on Monday, Blizzard explains in a Diablo blog post. All you need to play is a Battle.net account. You can download the client in advance, so you don't miss a second. The beta is relatively small, packing the first part of Diablo III's first act, but you will be playing Diablo III. Unlike proper closed beta testers, open beta players won't receive 'Beta Bucks' to spend in the auction house and cannot post in the beta forums.

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woot! DIII here I come haha. now i can see how well my comp can handle it.

EDIT: downloading now :)
 
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never tried it ..
 
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Already stocked up for the weekend. im ready for some DIII\Nuclear war.
 
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Meh Ill wait for the reviews.
 
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So a free chance to try it out for yourself is not going to give you the least bit of an idea whether or not you're going to spend money on the game, but a review will? :wtf:
 
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So a free chance to try it out for yourself is not going to give you the least bit of an idea weather or not you're going to spend money on the game, but a review will? :wtf:
Ive also seen betas rip apart machines breaking all kinds of other programs.
 

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I'm getting it now! Thanks bud!
 
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NICE. Downloading now.
 

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Meh Ill wait for the reviews.
Evidently you have no clue this beta has been through 16 patches and is open for 3 days so they can test their servers, not necessarily the fluidity of the game. Reviews won't come out until release on the 15th, so you should take this opportunity to play the game for yourself. Nobody can tell you what you like...
 
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Evidently you have no clue this beta has been through 16 patches and is open for 3 days so they can test their servers, not necessarily the fluidity of the game. Reviews won't come out until release on the 15th, so you should take this opportunity to play the game for yourself. Nobody can tell you what you like...
I don't care if its gone through 500 patches. Beta is beta. Ill wait for reviews and maybe a demo.
 
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Sweet open beta. This will probably determine if I buy the game or not.

Also, reviews are the worst way of determining whether a game is good or not.
 
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Sweet open beta. This will probably determine if I buy the game or not.

Also, reviews are the worst way of determining whether a game is good or not.
Not all reviews.
 

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I will also wait for demo/reviews

Also, reviews are the worst way of determining whether a game is good or not.
What I do is I watch/read reviews just to get the idea of how the game plays. I don't even care about what the reviewer's decision/opinion/rating is. I decide on my own.
 
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Do you really think the gameplay is going to change that much in the next 3 weeks from where its at now? It'll just add some polishing..etc. Game is already set basically.
 
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i do agree this game is pretty set. beta is beta sure - but blizzard is not all other companies. as much as i don't like the current art style and i think they simplified the skill system (while admittedly developing the combat system more) - the one thing i will say is they know what they want to do. also, no matter what anyone says - they listen to their brand fans less than most companies, even moreso since activision. they listen to $$$ only, no longer the innovative powerhouse they once were.

what i'm saying it - this is a preview, not a beta. the game will not change in any significant amount between this beta and release. they are testing servers, economy, etc - gameplay mechanics etc are set in stone.
 

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just tried it, why is it 15 GB :mad:
 
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took 15 mins here to download...a couple more hours since the start...
 
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done with the download... got about 3hrs to wait before i can play though

I don't think i'm gonna get much folding done this weekend haha
 

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Ive also seen betas rip apart machines breaking all kinds of other programs.
What betas were those? I've been in a fair amount of betas and have never ever seen that. :wtf:
 
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What betas were those? I've been in a fair amount of betas and have never ever seen that. :wtf:

You have never worked with a true beta I assume. Ive done closed door testing for some pretty big games in the past. A few AAA titles. Most open betas are demos. Real betas will tear a rig up if you ain't careful.
 
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I just cant wait to get home and play it... see if I really want to buy
 

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You have never worked with a true beta I assume. Ive done closed door testing for some pretty big games in the past. A few AAA titles. Most open betas are demos. Real betas will tear a rig up if you ain't careful.
Ahh those kind of betas. Yeah they I can imagine are very unstable but this is more like a demo than anything else. So why don't you try it? Didn't you play the BF3 beta btw?
 

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just finished downloading.. I'm ready... Looks at clock...
 
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Most open betas are demos. Real betas will tear a rig up if you ain't careful.
In other words: make a disk image of your system before installing the beta, and back up your data files periodically. If the beta does mangle your setup, you can restore it back to the way it was.