Diablo 3 hotfixes finally detailed

Fans have been complaining about unannounced Diablo III fixes for the last few days. Now, you can consider those fixes announced.

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Despite its extensive development time, Diablo 3 continues to get patched days after launch. Blizzard hasn't detailed many of the changes, with fans discovering to their surprise that certain skills are gone or nerfed. Well, the changes aren't secret any more.

Blizzard offered a complete list of changes and fixes that it had implemented as far back as three days after launch. Be advised that there are spoilers in the fixes if you have not completed the game yet.

Among the changes were the already mentioned tweaks to the monk's rune Boon of Protection, the Wizard's Force Armor and the Demon Hunter's Smoke Screen. Also, the game crashing bug of giving a shield to your Templar follower if you were a Demon Hunter was fixed on May 18. And most importantly, the notes say that "over 30 game and service crashes affecting players" have been resolved.

Luckily, I had not experienced any of the crash issues, but I'm not too happy about changes made to the monk since I am playing one. But hotfixes or not, the game continues to be a lot of fun.

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    May 24, 2012 9:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Diablo 3 hotfixes finally detailed.

    Fans have been complaining about unannounced Diablo III fixes for the last few days. Now, you can consider those fixes announced.

    • Zek
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      May 24, 2012 9:46 AM

      Was the "finally" really necessary? Comes across as needless negativity injected into the article because of your personal experience. IIRC that info went up less than a day after the Monk nerfs.

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        May 24, 2012 9:57 AM

        according to the link, it went up yesterday. So the "finally" seems warranted.

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          May 24, 2012 10:02 AM

          The updates went live, and the blog post detailing the changes went up a few hours later.

          This site's just a day late in reporting it.

        • Zek
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          May 24, 2012 10:02 AM

          IIRC the nerf happened Tuesday night.

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          May 24, 2012 10:10 AM

          As in, "finally, Shack posts yesterday's news"?

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        May 24, 2012 9:59 AM

        This has been going on more and more lately here in news posts. The Dead Island news post was pretty disgusting for a 'journalist'.

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          May 24, 2012 10:50 AM

          haha...not on MY professional gaming news how revolting!!111

          calm down, it was perfectly appropriate in that article as it is in this one, calling out content creators and publishers is what the media is supposed to do

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          May 24, 2012 10:54 AM

          I dunno man I feel like if no journalists are allowed to express their opinions then what's the point of having a bunch of news sites at all? Why not just have one big site that publishes press releases

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        May 24, 2012 10:03 AM

        These things are normally detailed before the change goes live, so yes, I think it merits a "finally".

        Disclaimer: I play a barbarian, so I don't really care about these changes anyway.

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        May 24, 2012 10:09 AM

        The "finally" was in regard to nerfs and changes made well before any announcements came out. People were complaining they had no clue why the Wizard armor or Demon Hunter smoke screens was changed. If you look at the change list, the first change happened back on the 18th fixing the Templar shield bug. That was a good thing, but nothing was ever said officially about it.

        • Zek
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          May 24, 2012 10:30 AM

          Yes, those nerfs were made a matter of hours before the announcement, so "finally" hardly seems justified. On the 18th there was only one change that isn't a fix for a game-breaking bug, which nobody even noticed except for the Inferno-rushing group that was abusing that rune. And ultimately this whole story seems trivial and hardly news-worthy in the first place. You even made a personal editorial comment in the article about how unhappy you were.

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            May 24, 2012 4:00 PM

            You don't think balance changes should be noted before/as the server comes up? What about people playing HC who are relying on their characters playing the same but die due to stealth nerfs?

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        May 24, 2012 10:14 AM

        tell that to ce ce peniston

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        May 24, 2012 10:24 AM

        It is necessary. It was a cunty thing of blizzard to do unannounced. They have their message of the day at login with clickable links, a link to a forum post should've been there.

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        May 24, 2012 3:49 PM

        It's appropriate. It's pretty aggravating to discover these changes the hard way. The useless launcher they make you use is a perfect place for info like this, but no, all that's been there since the game launched over a week ago is

        " AVAILABLE NOW Buy Diablo III "

        That's right, the game you already bought is available for sale! I'm so glad it's here to tell me this. My concerns of this launcher being a redundant hurdle to starting up the game are completely dispelled.

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          May 24, 2012 4:33 PM

          I'd say it would be appropriate if the site reported on it yesterday when the hotfixes were detailed.

          Using the word "finally" like this when you're a day late reporting on it is just douchey.

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        May 24, 2012 5:10 PM

        There has always been a bit of editorializing on Shacknews. This isn't Reuters and it hasn't ever been.

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        May 24, 2012 5:40 PM

        Needless negativity is what Diablo 3 is all about!

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      May 24, 2012 10:03 AM

      did they fix this one yet?

      http://forums.d2jsp.org/topic.php?t=62624076&f=68&o=0

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      May 24, 2012 5:40 PM

      Man, D3 looks so pretty in that screenshot. It looks nothing like that on my MacBook :(

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        May 24, 2012 7:30 PM

        Thats because a large chunk of the money you spent on it goes to the apple logo, and shiny plastic.