Diablo III Offline Mode is Still Can Find Its Way
Not long ago, I saw a post asking Blizzard, the developer of the hot video game Diablo III, whether we can have an off-line mode. And several days ago, the Blizzard CEO gave an answer in a long open letter to the players. Of course the off-line mode now isn't available currently.
Since Blizzard has released this highly anticipated game in May, many gamers got much disappointment and frustration because of the game's DRM system. It requires a permanent internet buy diablo 3 gold connection to play -- moving much of the in-game interaction and logic to the network. Blizzard is using Diablo 3 to operate an online auction house, using real-world money or in-game gold, which in turn can be exchanged between players to purchase weapons, materials and upgrades for your in-game character. Of course Blizzard's taking fees.
Not only Blizzard is charging, they are charging a lot. They are taking a 15% cut of any in-game transactions, and yet fans of Diablo 3 are asking Blizzard to let them play the game in private, without internet access. These fans are willing to forgo the auction house, and just want to play the game they purchased without interruption or surveillance. Blizzard is refusing, because they use the always-on requirement as a way to tightly control the game software and its users. This is said to be Blizzard's authoritarian policy.
Unique product keys are also required to install the game and of course, uniquely identifying players to the Blizzard online service. Controlling how you can play it your own house — each product key is limited to a single online account — as is typical of DRM systems, a restriction that has nothing to do with enforcing copyright law.
This is the first time that the real-world money is get involved in a virtual game. Previously Blizzard attempted to implement an invasive 'real name' policy, which would force gamers to identify themselves with real-world credentials. But the company backed down and made it an optional feature. Otherwise there must have more complaints about it.