Originally Posted by Socks keep you warm
This is obviously anti-piracy, they will crack it like always.
Exactly, leaving paying customer holding the bag. I will not buy this game, something I may have been more upset about if Torchlight 2 were not coming out shortly.
This kind of thing is the most customer hating type of thing to do. There is no gameplay design decision going on here, it is pure and simple a way to take functionality from the end product for paying customers in order to try and stop piracy, something they have not done yet nor will accomplish with this.
So you better hope you don't want to do some dungeon crawling on your laptop when you go out to the lake for 2 weeks this summer. Better hope you don't have your router die Saturday night when you've planned a D3 marathon. Better hope your ISP doesn't have any downtime. In 8 or so years when Blizzard is no longer selling copies of D3 and they yank the servers you'll be left with a $60 piece of software you can't run. Well, except by running a crack, which I would bet will still exist for D3.
EDIT:You know they talk about Steam but with Steam you can go into offline mode and play any game you have installed for as long as your computer will boot. Hell, even if you don't go into offline mode you can play your games for 30 or 90 days without logging back in. Here you don't get that option at all. Steam I am ok with, b/c they give you options for when you are going to be without Internet. Blizzards whole list could still be accomplished while offering an offline mode. They are limiting the paying user's product to try and combat piracy and I think it sucks. No money from me.Edited by Mygaffer - 8/1/11 at 1:56am