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Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-07 01:28pm
by Crossroads Inc.
ERMERGERD!!! ITZ DIABLO!!!!!!!
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/ ... zards-app/

I love the fact that it is a direct partnership with... NOT Steam, but GOG :3 and that blizzard announced they would be releasing future projects through them as well :3

Re: Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-07 05:56pm
by Vendetta
It's with GOG because they're willing to put in the effort to make it work well on modern operating systems, and Valve aren't willing to put in any effort to do anything.

Re: Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-12 02:10am
by Sea Skimmer
Why are people dumping on valve here? Anything that's blizzard Activision linked is more or less automatically not going to be on steam. They are far too direct of competitors. GOG meanwhile is run by CD Projekt, a company that has exactly one franchise released, which was based on licensed content from a completely random Polish fiction author from 25 years ago.

In fact one that wouldn't even exist had the rights holders for a prior never released Witcher game enforced their exclusive rights to the franchise, But they simply didn't because the guy who was head of the failed company said yeah, we failed, I don't care. But that was his whim, CD Projekt actually shouldn't even exist.

Re: Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-12 03:56am
by Jub
Sea Skimmer wrote:
2019-03-12 02:10am
Why are people dumping on valve here? Anything that's blizzard Activision linked is more or less automatically not going to be on steam. They are far too direct of competitors. GOG meanwhile is run by CD Projekt, a company that has exactly one franchise released, which was based on licensed content from a completely random Polish fiction author from 25 years ago.

In fact one that wouldn't even exist had the rights holders for a prior never released Witcher game enforced their exclusive rights to the franchise, But they simply didn't because the guy who was head of the failed company said yeah, we failed, I don't care. But that was his whim, CD Projekt actually shouldn't even exist.
Maybe it's because Valve is objectively shit at the one thing that they actually do at the moment. Steam curation is an utter joke, their refund policy is overly restrictive, they shove DRM into every game on their platform, they ask for a 30% cut, and (off-topic but I can't resist) they can't even manage to make DotA into an eSport worth the name except for one week out of the year. They're lucky they got into this business first and have a large lead because people are starting to look for a viable alternative.

As for CD Projekt, while it's early days yet, Cyberpunk 2020 is very hotly anticipated and should sell well if it can make a good first impression. They're also making a point of releasing it on as many online retailers are they reasonably can, unlike some recent games. GOG itself is well regarded for it's DRM policy and the care with which old games are patched to run on modern machines without fiddling with third-party software and unofficial patches. I'd rather see GOG rise and Steam fall given the current state of the respective companies.

Re: Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-12 08:53am
by houser2112
Jub wrote:
2019-03-12 03:56am
Steam curation is an utter joke
Am I the only one that doesn't mind this? Steam gives you the tools to avoid the games you don't like. I'm not a fan of Japanese pron games or school shooting simulators, but if I was, I'd appreciate that there was a convenient place to get them.

Re: Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-12 08:58am
by Jub
houser2112 wrote:
2019-03-12 08:53am
Am I the only one that doesn't mind this? Steam gives you the tools to avoid the games you don't like. I'm not a fan of Japanese pron games or school shooting simulators, but if I was, I'd appreciate that there was a convenient place to get them.
That would be fine if these games didn't ship without executables or weren't just assemblies of prepackaged assets. If there was actual artistry behind most of the worst games on Steam I'd be all for it but the reality is a world of stolen assets, badge trading schemes, hate speech, and utter scams. If there was even a bare minimum of curation you'd have a point but as there is literally none at the moment you have no leg to stand on.

Re: Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-12 03:01pm
by TheFeniX
I guess selling commander packs has finally tapped out and since making new content is out of the question: let's just do a shitty port/hack of a dated game to modern operating systems. 4K support? Widescreen? Fake Fullscreen? What's that?

Diablo 1 is dated and was honestly pretty hideous and mechanically simple even on release. That was part of the popularity since it would run on your mom's Dell and didn't require two brain-cells to rub together on normal difficulty.

Other games, including even later Diablo games, have expanded on the tech demo Blizzard released. There's better skinner boxes out there that demolish fewer left-mouse buttons. And there's much better clicking sims.

Re: Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-12 10:40pm
by bilateralrope
At least it being on GOG means that Activision-Blizzard can't stick microtransactions into this remaster.

Re: Blizzard Re-Releases Diablo-1

Posted: 2019-03-28 01:00pm
by Crossroads Inc.
Welp, a number of peeps said to expect this, but didn’t expect it so soon. Ladies and gentlemen, Gog releases Warcraft and Warcraft 2 !

https://www.gog.com/news/release_warcra ... et_edition