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Diablo III Public Beta Starting Soon

Looks like things are getting a little closer to the release of Diablo 3. They’ve started a closed beta among employees based on the recent thread on the Blizzard forums. I wonder who you have to kill to get your hands on the beta client?

FYI, we’re getting very close to starting the closed public beta test for Diablo III. You might start seeing some new reports about the beta client as we’ve begun limited external testing with employees and their families, and there is no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for that. We look forward to sharing more info about the beta test in the near future. Stay tuned.

If you have a beta license, you are free to show, share, or talk about any portion of the beta content to which you have access, as this beta test is not confidential.


How-to Play Diablo 2 in High-Resolution

OK, I know a lot of people who still love playing Diablo 2 (my girlfriend included). She actually re-installed this the other day and she asked me “How come I can’t get rid of the black bars on the sides of the screen?”. The answer to this question is because Diablo 2 only supports a maximum screen resolution of 800×600. I showed her how to stretch the game across the whole screen but wouldn’t it be great to be able to play Diablo 2 at higher screen resolutions? Well, now you can.

I came across a really great article at N.E.E.T. Gamer which explains how it all works. You basically install some software which runs from the Diablo 2 game directory modifying the game to run in higher resolutions. The reason why something like this is able to work is because the graphics engine Diablo 2 uses is able to scale graphics accordingly based on your screen resolution (it can already do this between 640×480 and 800×600 anyway) unlike previous Blizzard games before it (StarCraft 1, WarCraft 2, etc) that used sprites of fixed size which could not be scaled or re sized without stretching and warping the image badly.

Here’s a quick link to the D2MultiRes Patch: http://www.moddb.com/games/diablo-2/downloads/d2multires-version-102

Have fun!

StarCraft II: Heart of The Swarm Teaser Trailer

I cannot wait for this second chapter of StarCraft 2. I really like the story so far, played right through the first game and really looking forward to what happens next with Kerrigan! No release date yet announced but probably looking like early next year at this point. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for an early (Christmas 2011) release!!

Anyone Trying To Play World Of WarCraft Without Cataclysm?

wowI know WOW: Cataclysm is only ~$40 to buy and it probably would be quicker if I just went out and got it, but if you fire up World Of WarCraft without the new expansion installed you’re pretty much forced to have to download about 8GB of patches and updates just to be able to play the game! Now $40 really isn’t all that much to pay and if I was really desperate to play it I probably would just go out and pick it up, but I’ve been thinking about possibly getting back into WOW but I’m not really sure. If I can get the game up and running and maybe buy a 1 month sub to test it out, if I like it I’d probably go get it…otherwise I’d leave it.

I’m sure I’m not the only one in this boat, there must be heaps of people out there who used to play and are thinking about returning to it now that the new expansion is out, but the last thing they want to do is fork out large sums of money for subscriptions to a game they might not want to even play.

Now I understand why these patches are required, the Cataclysm expansion changes pretty much the whole game. There are new starting zones for the 2 new races, but even looking at all the old zones from the base game and 2 previous expansions they’ve updated those also. This means you are pretty much having to download the entire cataclysm game anyway as everybody needs to be playing on the same zone maps, etc. The only things you won’t have access to if you don’t buy the expansion would probably be being able to create characters based on the 2 new races in the game (Worgen and Goblins) and any new quests.

I’m sure its a great game, it just kind of sucks that people who might want to come back to it have to wait a million years for their game clients to patch before they can jump back in again.

Ahh well, only another 1GB remaining and I’m back in.