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But I liked the old challenge in building good characters. I know some people will say that it was easy and there were mathematical ways to make the ideal character ( and people would follow these ), but I liked that you couldn't switch the style of your character so easily. In D3 you can just play and your characters Skill points are automatically placed, and everyone has the option of respecing Active/Passive skills at any point, which at this time has no punishing effect known. The rune system is cool and all but I would still love to see them lock in place at some point like around level 40 or something.

Blizzard said they want the game to be more about having fun with the skills, and finding gear to get good. But when they include a market system and respecable characters that take no planning, its basically who ever is willing to spend the most money has the best characters, no such thing as a poorly planned out character you get punished for, you just change it.

I see lots of people referencing back to D2's lack of respecs in what seems like dumbfounded ignorance of the fact that D2 has had respecification mechanics in it for over a year. It has hardly destroyed the game to allow respecs.
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I didn't say it would destroy the game, but I think Diablo was fine the way it was before the respec in DII was added. If it aint broke don't fix it. I bet the only reason they added it in DII at the very end of its life was to breathe a little more life into it. Still, I think it's bad for people who like more of a challenge in the process, like myself.

Not to mention we don't even get points to put into things like simple things like Sword Mastery... so go ahead and just switch to whatever the best thing you get it is with out having any planning what so ever. DIII needs more planning, and not just something you can respec.
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I see lots of people referencing back to D2's lack of respecs in what seems like dumbfounded ignorance of the fact that D2 has had respecification mechanics in it for over a year. It has hardly destroyed the game to allow respecs.
You could respec once after completing a quest, which means you could do it three times per character after completing all difficulties iirc. From what we've seen from the beta so far you can now respec on the fly. Like, you have a fire sorc and see a bunch of fire immune mosters: no problem, just step away from the battle for few seconds and change into a lightning sorc with just few clicks. Similarly you can change from AoE focused build into a boss killer when necessary.

In D2 you'd ideally have a number of characters specialized in different things in the game. You'd have for example MFing sorc, PvP barb, hardcore necro, Hammerdin for baal runs and Smiter for Uber Tristram. Planning out and creating these characters was one of the most challenging and rewarding things in the game. Additionally it encouraged team play, since some builds were too specialized to face some of the challenges alone. This aspect now seems to be gone with unlimited and on-the-fly respecs.
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I think I've never been so hyped for a game, ever..

So in the meantime, I'm enjoying watching Yogscast playing the beta.
Ha ha, yeah, Yogscast is a trip to watch. Funny guys.

I myself, despite the many "controversies" over certain issues, feel that D3 is turning out great, and am seriously looking forward to it!

It has it's own atmosphere which, while different than D1/D2, is still great, IMO.

The visuals are surprisingly detailed in many ways, and the effects/spells/skills seem creative and generally great.

The respeccing issue... don't really feel it's an issue. I feel the game has been designed to be a challenge no matter what skills you're able to use, and since all the skills are so even visually appealing, it would be a waste, and an annoyance, I feel, to "limit" somehow the ability to switch-out skills at will.

I think it'll turn out alright. I'm rather sure Blizz thought of the issue before-hand, and don't want to have to limit the player's enjoyment of using all the skills and switching between them, especially since they aren't that many in quantity as it is, so I'm sure (or hoping, at least) that D3 is designed in such as way as to not "have" to have them limit switching out skills.

I suppose we'll see, but I'm loving the direction it's taking, personally. D2 was what it was. I say just appreciate D3 for what it is, and don't make so many comparisons.
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1. Start with a small sample audience to test stability
2. Take bug and crash report feedback; act on them quickly
3. Release new patches to make some very necessary changes in the small test environment
4. Keep testing stability while adding new battle.net/infrastructure components
5. If everything is running incredibly smooth after steps 1-4, invite people from the general public to open the flood gates on stress testing and get focused gameplay feedback/bug reports

This is a very layman's description, but the point is we have to slowly throttle in more people to test the game as we continue to create new builds and work out new battle.net functionality. Once the environment is stable and many of the core features are there, we then start to invite the masses.

I'd feel remiss in not mentioning this: we absolutely want everyone to play this game as soon as possible. But to make that a reality, we must first excel in both content and deliverance. (So let's put on our classics and we'll have a little dance, shall we?)
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/3196342532#18
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I just found out today that D3 is only 4 players per game. Wow am I disappointed. I was really looking forward to playing with my 5 other friends IRL that are getting it.
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Looks like you'll have to be stuck playing DII LOD.
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Looks like you'll have to be stuck playing DII LOD.
I have higher hopes of Blizzard realizing that 4 is a bit disappointing.
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It didn't look like they were set up like rooms/games like before.
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Looks like the diablo 3 beta press codes have started.
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