Saturday Morning Gaming Post: Diablo 2!


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  1. Pinky says:

    There are lots of different ways you can play Diablo II. It can be smoked, snorted, injected directly into the bloodstream….You think you’re going to, what, install it on your machine and then use it every now and then? You know better. It’ll take over your life.Report

      • Pinky in reply to Jaybird says:

        That clip inspired me to look up the old build guides and see how many there really were. The funny thing is, I thought I was kidding when I compared the game to a drug, but looking over the guides, I got the itch back. Generally, I play games until I’m tired of them (which can take years), so I rarely look back on a game and want another crack at it. Maybe I have an occasional urge to build a SimCity, but that’s about it. But D2 still feels unresolved. There are too many goals that I never accomplished. Maybe you’re right that they figured out the perfect Skinner box drop system. For me, though, it was always about some kind of build that seemed possible but didn’t turn out that way. The Concentrate Barbarian, for example. Not enough damage, or too slow, or those crazy hp that Hell level monsters have. Whatever the reason, it just didn’t work. But I’m forgetting all the despair and lost hours and the finger pain, and I’m thinking that maybe I could win if I tried again. That says something about the product.Report

  2. D.A. Kirk says:

    Mass Effect 2 did for me what Diablo 2 did for Maribou. The context was a little different, though; I was going through a legit mental health crisis (severe OCD). ME2 gave me a virtual life that was so much better than real life at that time. RPGs have always had that kind of effect on me. They feel so personal, intimate and authentic that it’s almost like you’re living out your dreams on your televisions screen (console gamers FTW). I suppose that’s why I never really “grew up” when it came to gaming. I seemed to have left a lot of my other childhood interests behind, but not that one. Now I’m playing Vampyr, and I must say, I feel like it’s a very underrated game. Not as good as Diablo 2, mind you, but pretty darn good in its own right. The vintage London aesthetics are really attractive to me, and the story is really well done. It’s longer than I thought, though, and will probably take me a while to play through.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to D.A. Kirk says:

      I *LOVED* Mass Effect 2. I beat it as a paragon, then as a renegade, then as a paragon again because I didn’t want to leave the universe in that state.

      Have you checked out Red Dead Redemption 2? It’s got a weird… I dunno. Almost Zen thing going on. When you’re not doing the main mission, you’re hunting and fishing and just riding your horse around in an idyllic paradise.Report

  3. Burt Likko says:

    For ten bucks, that’s cheaper than a movie and I’ll get more entertainment from it. See you in the ruins of Tristram!Report