Here is a roundup of all the Diablo 3 related news that accompanied the game’s release this past week in South Africa and International markets.
Tuesday May 8 2012 (The precursor)
LazyGamer reported that Blizzard has said in a press release that delays of up to 40 seconds may be expected to accomodate the massive amounts of players who will be logging on to the servers.
Monday May 14 2012
Several retail shops and companies are preparing for a Midnight Launch. The major ones are Kalahari.net, ZAPS, BT Games Stores and many more.
Tuesday May 15 2012
Midnight. Release day. The game is released and millions of Battle.net subscribers flood the servers. Within minutes the servers are brought to the crippling halt, thus beginning the Error 37 debacle.
Despite problems plagueing the game, someone actually manages to finish the game, in 12 hours no less!
Full Article: Someone has finished Diablo 3 already
Players who were able to play the game discover a game breaking bug.
Blizzard reveals that all the hokey pokey around the ads they put up looking for console developers was just dabbling with ideas and not actual implimentation ideas.
Wednesday May 16 2012
Some of the reviews for the Diablo III launch events start to trickle through.
Kalahari.net Launch (Courtesy: LazyGamer)
Kalahari.net Launch (Courtesy: ZombieGamer)
Kalahari.net Launch (Courtesy: El33tOnline)
Look & Listen Fourways Launch (Courtesy: ITF Gaming)
BT Games Eastgate Launch (Courtesy: LazyGamer)
Blizzard announces via their forum that the US servers are still experiencing problems. The EU servers seems to be working fine now, however I encountered a glitch whereby my character spontaniously dissapeared.
Later in the day however another announcement was made that the US servers had been brought back online and that Blizzard was monitoring everything.
Dorkly Bits also released this awesomely funny cartoon:
Thursday May 17 2012
Approximately 2346 users on Meta Critic slam Diablo III with a 3.5 score.
Full Article: Diablo 3′s 3.5 User Score Justified?
Blizzard extends a press release apologizing for everything.
Full Article: Blizzard apologises for Diablo 3 server issues
The Whimseyshire secret level is revealed
Full Article: Whimseyshire is Diablo III’s Cow Level
Some more Launch reviews trickle through.
Mweb GameZone Mcave Launch (Courtesy: ZombieGamer)
Mweb GameZone Mcave Launch (Courtesy: Ozone)
Mweb GameZone Mcave Launch (Courtesy: LazyGamer)
Blizzard anounces that real money auction house has been postponed.
Another annoying bug is found: Achievements dissapear.
A french web site offers free pocket rockets to the girlfriends of those afflicted by the Diablo 3 phenomenon.
Friday May 18 2012
The Error 37 Meme phenomenon takes off.
Full Article: Error37 Explained; 10 Best Memes
Hayibo strikes again in this satirical news piece about Diablo 3.
Blizzard begins emergency system restarts to try and resolve some of the game’s lingering issues.
Mweb’s GameZone TV reports on the Mweb Diablo III Launch:
The first review hits the SA Gaming Community:
Full Article: Diablo III Review – More than 37 ways to skin a demon
In retrospect, this has been one of the most eventful weeks of 2012. Diablo 3′s launch has had one of the most controversial moments and has been met by lots of criticism, but at the same time it’s launch was met with great welcome and love for fans and newcomers alike.
I have yet to complete my own review for this game for ITF Gamer, so I will be revealing my own thoughts on the game early next week.
Until then I just want to give credit where credit is due. This list would not have been possible without the help of the following web sites, so thank you to them.